MELBOURNE | Crossley St Cantina is a Spanish inspired bar focusing on tapas style bites by head chef Federico Perez, and quality wine, beer, spirits, and cocktails. I recently popped in to take some photos for What’s On Melbourne.
Owner Geoff Machirus, who’s also part owner of sister bar Bodega Underground, opened the venue in March this year. So it’s spent more time shut during lockdowns than it has open. It’s come through the other side though, and when I visited on a Friday night the venue was busy, with a great vibe.
The menu is designed for sharing, with options for those who want some small bites with their drinks, or a full meal. It features things like manchego and plum croquettes, patatas bravas, stuffed calamari with spiced rice and mojo sauce, and flan de queso.
For drinks, it’s vermouth and wine on tap that evokes memories of Spain’s tapas bars, along with cocktails and a beer list that both lean Spanish. Their giant G&Ts are a particular highlight.
On weekends during lunch, you can pop in to enjoy a great value bottomless brunch. $65 per person gets you unlimited Gin and Tonics, Vermú Spritz, cocktails, beer and wine coupled with a selection of the chef’s food highlights.
Crossley St Cantina
30-32 Crossley Street
Wed – Thu: 5:00pm to 1:00am
Fri: 5:00pm to 3:00am
Sat: 12:00pm to 3:00am
Sun: 12:00pm to 1:00am