As the rims of cocktail glasses meet with one another, there’s a “Salut!” followed by a buzz of conversation, almost harmonious with the piano player.

This sort of ambience is something you can find at Sidecar, an underground speakeasy located in the heart of New Braunfels.

Sidecar opened in 2018 and is an ode to the 1950s with live jazz music and craft cocktails, according to General Manager John Wickam.

"The idea behind it is to feel more transported into a little bit different place and time," Wickam said.

The speakeasy is owned by New Braunfels locals Terry and Celina Muckenfuss, who also own the neighboring Prince Solms Inn and Muck & Fuss Craft Beer & Burgers.

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Sidecar is known for being a craft cocktail bar with a broader focus on curated cocktails.

“The menu really embodies more house-created cocktails and classic cocktails that you would find, pre- and post-Prohibition,” Wickam said.

Wickam noted that the syrups and tinctures are all made from scratch.

On the menu

Although Sidecar is known for its craft cocktails, the speakeasy also offers a selection of shareables, such as charcuterie boards, marinated olives, brown butter curry shrimp and New England-style lobster rolls. The bar also serves spicy ahi tuna nachos and focaccia flatbread.

One more thing

Although the bar accepts walk-ins, Wickam said they highly recommend making a reservation.