The Reserve on 1863, a high-end whiskey and cocktail bar in the New Braunfels Hill Country, celebrated its soft opening Feb. 27 followed by a grand opening March 4.

The bar, located at 1272 FM 1863, celebrated its grand opening with a crawfish boil and live music.

They serve a variety of classic alcoholic beverages, including old fashioned, whiskey sour, Manhattan, paloma, martini and Moscow mule.

“There's nothing on this side of town where you can get a craft cocktail. ... We spent months with a mixologist to produce high-end cocktails for customers,” owner Jonathan Cole said.

The bar also partners with multiple food trucks and will soon have live music on weekends.

“It’s all about elevating people’s drinks and elevating your experiences and making sure you don’t have to go far for a great time and a good drink,” Elizabeth Edwards, the bar’s general manager said.

The name came from its location and what one of the owners felt described the property.

“We really liked that it was on 1863, and we were trying to figure out how to work with that, and one of the owners just jotted down some notes of what he felt when he was on the property, and one of them was like a reserve, not being super noticed but still being able to enjoy the outdoors, and all of us loved it, and that’s kind of how it came to be,” Edwards said.

The bar also has multiple yard games for people to play while enjoying drinks outdoors, including giant Jenga, cornhole and a ring toss. The business plans to start booking group events in both its outdoor and indoor seating areas.

“[The Reserve on 1863] is just a relaxing backyard venue where you get drinks like you're downtown or in Gruene,” Cole said.

The Reserve on 1863 is open Wednesday through Thursday from 3-10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 3-11 p.m. The bar is also open on Sunday from 11 a.m.-8 p.m.