El Loco at the House: Pop-up Bar at the Opera House

Sydney summer has just turned a lot hotter with the arrival of El Loco at the House, a pop-up venue that brings the best of Merivale’s popular Surry Hills eatery to the foreshores of Sydney Harbour.

El Loco at the House
El Loco at the House

The Western Broadwalk of the Sydney Opera House is transformed into a Mexican cantina, with El Loco’s kitchen and bar serving up delicious tacos and margaritas. It’s fiesta time at the House, with colourful high stools set against share tables, wooden pallets and white canopies that make up the bar.

El Loco at the House
The bar

There’s a choice of three cocktails, all made with Espolon Tequila, from the Classic Margarita, to the Jalapeño Margarita and the Pink Cuco, El Loco’s famous slushie, all well-priced at $13.50.

El Loco at the House
Jalapeño Margarita

The Jalapeño Margarita hits the right spot with the right balance of Espolon Reposado tequila, Cointreau, roasted jalapeño syrup and a wash of Illegal Mezcal for a slightly smoky finish.

El Loco at the House
Tacos  at the House

El Loco’s famous tacos are on the menu, from the breakfast taco with chorizo, egg, guacamole and salsa verde to the secret taco, all priced at $6 with El Loco Hot Dog at $10. There’s even a kiddies menu and a sandpit to keep los niños amused.

El Loco at the House
Tacos, $6 each

After sunset, a DJ spins cool tunes which fill the night air and turn the sand pit into a dance floor as the fiesta continues into the late hours.

El Loco at the House
View of the sand pit from The Cove at the House

El Loco at the House is the perfect spot to chill with friends on hot summer nights, enjoy inexpensive and tasty food, knock back a couple of Coronas or sip on margaritas.

El Loco at the House is open daily from 10am until late and runs as a pop up from January 4 to 28, 2013.

Don’t miss our review of The Cove at the House, another Merivale pop-up champagne and cocktail bar at the Sydney Opera House.

El Loco at the House
Western Broadwalk,
Sydney Opera House
Macquarie Street, Sydney


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Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of popular online magazine Gourmantic and Cocktails & Bars, a website dedicated to cocktail culture and the discerning drinker. She is named in Australian Bartender Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The Academy responsible for judging the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the inaugural Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions.