Outdoor Mexican pop-up bar El Barquero is returning to the Bellarine for summer

Outdoor Mexican pop-up bar El Barquero is returning to the Bellarine for summer

Providing a full fiesta, this cruisy Mexican cantina will once again be bringing the summer drinks (or a Chupito) with a serious serve of Mexican on the side.

While we can’t take that much-needed trip to Mexico just yet (hopefully really soon though), Queenscliff has you sorted with the return of their outdoor Mexican pop-up bar for the summer – and we know you need a margarita (or ten).

Launched back in December last year 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.

The key takeaways

  • Mexican pop-up El Barquero is returning to Queenscliff
  • The venue will be located just by the ferry terminal
  • Expect tacos, tequila, cocktails, burritos and nachos

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After servicing bubbly patrons for the summer, the bright and vibrant venue took a siesta for the winter, closing in April with the promise of a return for the summer… and now that time has come with the venue announcing its return opening for mid-November.

While the menu is still being finalised, we imagine it will continue to deliver fresh, simple, yet traditional Mexican street food and drinks we know and love.

Their previous colourful menu consisted of housemade salsa and corn chips, soft shell tacos, including their famous fish taco, and green pepper and coconut pulled chicken taco, as well as delicious beef burrito, quesadillas and some loaded looking nachos. If you’re not into Mexican (absolute madness), they also served fish and chips, burgers and seafood chowder.

For those impartial to a drink or two, we imagine the bar will see the return 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.


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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.

You’ll find El Barquero right next to RORO Café, next to the ferry terminal in Queenscliff (1 Wharf St East, Queenscliff). Stay tuned for an opening date and prepare for one helluva summer!

You can visit the website for more information.