It’s an exciting time for the inner-city party scene as Burnett Lane’s current boom brings with it a plethora of exciting venues. Following hot on the heels of the recent opening of Death & Taxes, laneway tapas bar El Matador opened to the public in April 2019. The venue comes from Leo Castelluccio, an established figure in the Melbourne scene who has developed numerous venues including Cato, the Graffiti Club and Bakers Gallery. El Matador marks Leo’s first foray into the Brisbane market, and it’s a doozy. Celebrating the best of Spanish produce, techniques and tradition, El Matador serves a menu of tasty tapas-style morsels, including the likes of smoked Spanish mussels with pickled beetroot, Mount Zero local olives soaked in rosemary, garlic and chilli, Spanish banderilla skewers, three-cheese tarts and much, much more. Meats are sliced to order fresh from the humidor, and the food is bolstered by a beverage list encompassing spritzes, sangria jugs, cocktails, Spanish beers, ciders and worldly wines.