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San Antonio & Austin Texas TX tiki bars?
mikehooker
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jul 17, 2014
Posts: 119
From: Austin via SoFla
Posted: 2014-10-22 11:48 am   Permalink

Went to Pleasant Storage Room for happy hour yesterday with a couple friends and must say I had a wonderful time. Three different bar tenders served us and a fourth plus the bar back all chatted with us. I kicked things off with a simple Daiquiri. I asked what rum she was going to use and she showed me a white well rum I wasn't familiar with. She sensed my puzzlement and said she can use Smith & Cross to which I gleefully accepted. A heavy pour of S&C and for just 5 bucks we were off to a good start! Next ordered the $5 jerk chicken which was divine. Decided to order off the happy hour menu next. They have a long list of cocktails that I was unfamiliar with so I asked bartender #2 what she would recommend as a classic Donn or Vick style tiki drink and she said they could make us whatever we wanted, a Mai Tai, Jungle Bird, Zombie, Painkiller, you name it. I asked what she puts in the Mai Tai and she recited the original Vic recipe using Clement VSOP and Appleton. She first pulled down the V/X so I asked if she could use 12 instead and she happily obliged. Finished product was perfectly measured and mixed with a wonderful presentation (see below). She even gave it a LH151 float that maintained perfect balance throughout the drink. I asked how their supply of Lemon Hart was doing as I only saw a few bottles on the shelf and she wasn't sure if that was the end of the line or if they were somehow importing it. Bartender #3 overheard the conversation and joined in. He said, so you like Lemon Hart? And proceeded to make us what appeared to be a Kapu Kai but with homemade cinnamon syrup instead of sugar. Potent and very tasty drink! We continued talking rum and he pulled down some of his favorites, mostly small batch rums I'd never heard of, and gave us samples of atleast three or four different ones and explained where they were from and the process for each. Then he started whipping up another concoction with fresh mint leaves and chunks of pineapple and I don't know what else that all went into the blender and came out deliciously green and slushy. It was a Tuesday night so it wasn't very busy and the staff was all attentive and knew their stuff. Everything I consumed was excellent and I definitely will be back for more.



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croe67
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jan 05, 2003
Posts: 1086
From: Land of Cheese & Beer
Posted: 2014-10-23 06:51 am   Permalink

Peche is doing some good stuff these days with Tiki Drinks. They have Tiki Sundays pretty much every Sunday & the drinks are exceptional. Also plenty of tiki mugs to serve from, too & a new custom mug coming soon as well. Trey is the guy passionate about tiki there, so if he's working, see if you can be at his end of the bar

Pleasant Storage Room can be good, but we have found that some of the bartenders are very good, while others seem to be going through the motions & it shows in their drinks. Glad to hear that you got a good one. My only challenge for them is that they should be more consistent.

Bar Congress will likely do Tiki weekdays again next Summer, but it's over for the season. But - they can still do GREAT tiki-style drinks & have tiki mugs as well. Atmosphere is less casual than what tiki folks tend to look for, but get a spot at the bar & chat with the bartenders - some very good people with some excellent drink mixing chops!

Drink.Well is usually very good. They have had some staff turnover of late, which has ben a challenge. They are currently getting their new staff trained-up, so hopefully better next time. It's still one of the best places in town for a well-made cocktail. They Tiki Tuesdays are over for the season to my knowledge.

The guys at Midnight Cowboy have some serious Tiki Drink Mixing chops, too, so most definitely worth checking out to see what you think.

There's also a Tiki & Vintage event this Saturday. Unfortunately we'll be out of town for the weekend so will not be able to go.


 
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mikehooker
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Joined: Jul 17, 2014
Posts: 119
From: Austin via SoFla
Posted: 2014-10-23 12:28 pm   Permalink

Hey, thanks for all the info. Will definitely check out those other spots. What is the event going on this weekend?

 
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croe67
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Joined: Jan 05, 2003
Posts: 1086
From: Land of Cheese & Beer
Posted: 2014-10-23 1:11 pm   Permalink

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On 2014-10-23 12:28, mikehooker wrote:
Hey, thanks for all the info. Will definitely check out those other spots. What is the event going on this weekend?


It's an event for The Barman's Fund - I just sent you an invite for it on Facebook so you can check it out


 
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mikehooker
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Joined: Jul 17, 2014
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From: Austin via SoFla
Posted: 2014-10-23 1:42 pm   Permalink

Got it, thanks. Looks like it's Sunday not Saturday. Hope I can make it.

 
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