Basement, 58 Elizabeth Street, Sydney (02) 9232 7380 facebook.com/Barriocellar
Margaritas, a mariachi band and a Naked Lady in each hand… what more could you ask for on a Wednesday night? Overtaking Spice Cellar‘s spot on Elizabeth Street is Barrio Chino’s new venture – Barrio Cellar: a late night Mexican cantina bar that trades until 3am. At Barrio, the focus is on tequila – just in case the massive neon ‘Everything with Tequila!’ sign in the entrance didn’t give it away… After my date and I descended into the art-deco inspired sunken cellar and weaved our way through the excitable after work crowd, she staked us out a comfy booth, while I sorted out the booze. I couldn’t go past Barrio’s signature Tommy Margarita ($16), while my date wrapped her lips around a delicate Naked Lady ($18) with strawberry-infused tequila, cointreau, lemon and bitters. While we drank, we people watched and munched on deliciously spicy crispy prawn and calamari tacos ($7). Tequila, tacos and tunes… consider me sold.