A Japanese whisky diner and a speakeasy-type bar have opened this spring in downtown San Antonio, and a wine bar is scheduled to open near downtown in mid-May.
The Cellar at Mixtli
Executive Chefs Rico Torres and Diego Galicia, the creators of Mixtli, said they plan to open The Cellar at Mixtli on May 14 at 812 S. Alamo St., Ste. 103, next to Mixtli.
According to a news release, The Cellar at Mixtli will have more than 1,200 bottles curated from around the world with a focus on Mexican wines at various price points.
Additionally, The Cellar will offer an assortment of cheeses, charcuterie, conservas and other fine foods as well as home goods, books and other groceries, the release said.
Representatives for Mixtli added personal shopping sessions with certified sommelier Hailey Pruitt will also be available for booking.
Pruitt said she looks forward to sharing her passion for wine by guiding guest choices and suggesting pairings.
“At The Cellar, similar to Mixtli’s ethos, we will also focus heavily on Mexican wine and shedding light on this great, but lesser-known winemaking region,” Pruitt said in a statement.
The Cellar at Mixtli will also be available for private dining experiences and events for up to 12 guests, the release said.
Tokyo Cowboy, described by owners Chris Hill and Ben Cachila as a “Japanese whisky diner,” opened April 29 near The Esquire Tavern and Hugman’s Oasis, both owned by Hill.
According to a news release, Tokyo Cowboy offers shareable plates of food menu items that blend Japanese and Texas cuisine, including brisket egg rolls, hot chicken chili dumplings, crispy pork chops, Dashi corn waffles and sushi hand roll “tacos.”
Tokyo Cowboy’s lineup of signature cocktails features a togorashi-smoked Manhattan, a boozy Thai tea with Japanese whisky, yuzu margaritas, the Tokyo Cowboy Grasshopper and Toki highballs. The beverage menu also boasts Japanese beer and a selection of wine.
Hill said he and his crew worked to preserve and incorporate elements of the historic Witte Building, which houses Tokyo Cowboy, into the new bar’s design.
“We believe in authenticity. The San Antonio city center has a unique mix of 18th and 19th century limestone buildings intermixed with early 1920’s skyscrapers,” Hill said in a statement. “The Witte Building had a storied past, we wanted to bring the building back to a period of its prominence on Commerce Street.”
The Bunker Mixology
The Bunker Mixology opened April 14 at 229 E. Houston St., San Antonio, in a downstairs bar space formerly occupied by Jet-Setters next to Bohanan’s restaurant.
Owned by local hospitality group Gusto Group, The Bunker Mixology offers an array of craft cocktails in a speakeasy atmosphere, a news release said.
Gusto Group co-founder Gerardo De Anda said The Bunker Mixology is a lounge space that embraces both classic and modern art. The bar features a custom-made vault front entry door, a classic car in the form of a 1952 MG and walls adorned with replicas of famous artwork, the release said.
“There's depth and culture here. The Bunker Mixology is intended to be one of the most unique art exhibitions in town and a place that tells stories, a place where our guests can tell their own stories," De Anda said in a statement.
According to De Anda, The Bunker Mixology will showcase local artists and host exhibitions and special events. The bar currently has a DJ, too.