The best tapas bars in The City
Tapas has to be one of the best culinary contributions from Spanish cuisine. These small bites and snacks, traditionally served in bars in Spain, have evolved to fully fledged meals and tantalising share plates available at restaurants around the world.
Whether you’re sharing with friends or enjoying a few bite-sized snacks with drinks, here’s our round-up of the best tapas bars in Brisbane City. Olé!
‘Fuego Nero’ aka Black Fire Restaurant stokes our red-hot love of tapas with an authentic tapas menu available from 3 to 6pm daily. Famous for its flame-grilled meats, venture into the Albert Street space to sample the tasty tapas menu with a jug of fruity sangria. The spicy patatas bravas potato tapas, seared local scallops and grilled chorizo dishes are like a flamenco dancer on your tastebuds.
In the independent Basque region between northern Spain and southern France, tapas are known as pintxos in the local language. It’s a distinction that tastes equally as delicious at Alba Bar & Deli. Tucked into Burnett Lane, this intimate neighbourhood bar brings the goods with an inspired cocktail, aperitivo, wine and beer list that includes Spanish specialties. Savour bite-sized snacks such as jamón croquettes and stuffed piquillo peppers plus meaty terrines and fancy tinned fish from Spain.
Adding Latin flair to fresh Australian produce, Rico Bar and Dining channels the Spanish Riviera with the Brisbane River as its backdrop. The Eagle Street Pier restaurant offers an extensive tapas menu that includes Rico’s signature tapa dish of Moreton Bay bug brioche with lime and chilli aioli. We’re also enamoured of the garlicky chilli prawns, chargrilled octopus and tortilla – the famous Spanish potato omelette served with salsa brava.
Mr & Mrs G’s Riverbar is a waterfront wine bar with tapas tastes. Share white or red sangria cocktails and settle in with small bites from the petite menu of Mediterranean flavours that range from moreish bar snacks such as olives, thick-cut chips and beef jerky to more substantial eats such as wagyu meatballs and arancini balls. The charcuterie and cheese boards also pair nicely with the impressive wine list.
Located on level 16 of the Pullman & Mercure Brisbane King George Square hotel, Sixteen Antlers serves sky-high views and small bites. The tapas menu takes inspiration from the global cuisines represented in Spain with Iberian-style smoked cod croquettes and salt and pepper squid alongside Middle Eastern pumpkin fritters and French-flavoured prawn and crab cigars.