A new outdoor Mexican pop-up has landed on the Bellarine

A new outdoor Mexican pop-up has landed on the Bellarine

The pop-up launched in December.

While we can’t take that much-needed trip to Mexico this year, Queenscliff has you sorted with a new outdoor Mexican pop-up bar – and we know you need a margarita (or ten).

Thought up by the legends at Searoad Ferries and situated beside the beach in Queenscliff, El Barquero promises fresh, simple, yet traditional Mexican food in an epic outdoor location. Providing a full fiesta, the cruisy menu could be viewed as a Mexican cantina with drinks, or a Chupito (shot) bar with Mexican on the side. You choose, but we know which way we’ll be leaning.

The key takeaways

  • El Barquero is a new Mexican pop-up in Queencliff
  • The venue will be located just by the ferry terminal
  • Expect tacos, tequila, cocktails, burritos and nachos

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If you’re all about the food, you’ll find a colourful menu with housemade salsa and corn chips, soft shell tacos, including their famous fish taco, and green pepper and coconut pulled chicken taco… drool. Or if you’re craving a more hearty feed, they’ve also got a delicious beef burrito, quesadillas or some loaded looking nachos. If you’re not into Mexican (absolute madness), then they’ve also got fish and chips, burgers and seafood chowder to choose from.

For those impartial to a drink or two, the bar has a range of gringo beers, wine and cool cocktails. For those who dare, the hero is a range of Chupitos (shots) that will definitely get you in the mood for food.

It is a pretty cool way to spend a summer evening, enjoying the small things, hanging with your amigos with the sound of waves breaking in the background. Or grab a takeaway and in a few step sit on the beach and just soak it all up.

The pop-up is open Mon – Thurs 12pm – 3pm, and Fri – Sun 12pm – 9pm. You’ll find El Barquero right next to RORO Café, next to the ferry terminal in Queenscliff (1 Wharf St East, Queenscliff).

FYI, if you are visiting from Sorrento, make sure you catch the last ferry back at 7pm.

Please note, being an outdoor venue reservations can not be taken due to possible unforeseen weather conditions that could impact the experience. Despite not being able to take bookings, with such a large outdoor area the team are confident they will be able to accommodate you and your amigos.

Reservations can be made for their indoor space at Roro Café, where the full El Barquero menu will be on offer.

You can visit the website for more information.