Crossley St Cantina, Melbourne CBD

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
Victoria 3000

Telephone: (03) 9193 4555
E-mail: [email protected]

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

Paul founded The City Lane back in 2009 as a place to share photos of his travels around Europe with friends and family. The City Lane might have changed quite a lot since those early days but one thing that’s remained constant is Paul’s passion for food, travel and culture, and a desire to photograph and write about his experiences. Paul has a strong inquisitive nature that drives him to look beneath the surface in order to discover what really makes a city and its people tick, and what better way to do this than over a good meal or drink, with a city’s locals, at places that people who live in that city actually frequent. Paul is also a co-host of The Brunswick Beer Collective, a podcast that may or may not actually be about beer.


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