Spanish tapas culture is reimagined with flavours from all over the Mediterranean at Merivale’s vibrant new culinary offering, Bar Topa. This pint-sized tapas bar has just a handful of seats, with standing room for around 40 diners. Perching with a wine in hand and snacks to share is the way to go here, just like in Spain’s tapas bars. Displayed at the counter, you’ll find small bites like whipped salted cod, or sliced jamón on crisp bread, while the tapas menu features a heftier selection of dishes hot off la plancha — the Spanish-style grill. Expect plates of sautéed chicken livers, cuttlefish cooked with parsley, garlic and olive oil, whole sardines, and of course, that classic patatas bravas. Those wishing to drink can enjoy a range of $8 half-size cocktails includes sips like the Marques — made with Pali Cortado sherry, Campari and sweet vermouth — and the La Perla, blending Altos Reposado tequila and pear liqueur. Otherwise, match those tapas with sangria from the tap, mini $4 beer or a 100-millilitre serve from the short, snappy wine list.
How late? Open till 1am Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 12am Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.