An authentic new Spanish bar to open on Little Malop Street

An authentic new Spanish bar to open on Little Malop Street

Meet Sabroso Pintxos Bar

There’s a new spot coming to Little Malop Street and it’s promising to further ignite Geelong’s ongoing love affair with all things Español.

Sabroso Pintxos Bar is the new bar from Geelong locals and brother-sister duo Candice and James Costoso. A dream that’s been in the making for 10 years, the intimate venue is a Malop Street portal to the tapas bars of Barcelona, offering a relaxing setting in which to enjoy a few pintxos, either to hold you over between feeds or to make a full meal of.

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Officially opening on Wednesday, April 6 at 86 Little Malop Street (previously Toit Bar & Grill and the Ok Smash pop-up), Sabroso Pintxos Bar brings a sophisticated yet warm atmosphere to enjoy Spanish food and immerse yourself in live acoustic Flamenco music.

Providing a compelling way to travel via your stomach, the Pintxos is of course the hero – small snacks, typically eaten in bars, traditional in northern Spain and especially popular in the Basque country. Channelling authenticity, you’ll find tortilla with aioli, house-roasted peppers with Meredith Goats Cheese, Jamon Serrano with Queso Manchego, and Gilda – the original Basque Pintxo, among others. These one-bite tapas wonders are just $4 and are perfectly paired with a few rounds of drinks.

So-authentic-it-hurts, you’ll end up grazing your way through the menu with a number of other items to share. Keeping to Spanish tradition, each dish has one main ingredient. There’s patatas bravas (twice-cooked potatoes in Bravas sauce), croquetas, Arbequina Spanish olives served warm with bread, Gambas al Ajillo (prawns in garlic and white wine), and La Boqueria Chorizo, panfried with white wine and parsley served with bread.

If you’re feeling adventurous and extra hungry, go all-in and get the bar’s twist on paella with a mix of chicken, chorizo and seafood (Controversial? Maybe. But delicious? Absolutely and that’s all that matters here), or the vegan paella made with roast vegetables, legumes and rice.

With a menu like that, it’s going to be hard not to get carried away. While the menu of tapas and racions is designed to be shared we recommend you try and leave room for dessert. We’re talking churros con chocolate and crema Catalan, which is essentially the Spanish version of a crème brûlée though made with milk over cream.

With the food on point, the drinks flowing and the vibe infectious, the long, slinky space, the white and blue Mediterranean tiled bar, luxurious pendant lighting, timber tabletops, emerald green walls, attractively low lighting and a convivial hum gets our tick as the perfect venue for a first date.

Grab a seat at the bar and let the staff be your Spanish-inspired spirit guide, this is a place that will excite your senses and leave you craving more.

Sabroso Pintxos Bar is located at 86 Little Malop Street. Open Wednesday to Sunday from 12pm to late.