The Tequila Bar at Saloon 151


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Just in time for summer, Saloon 151 has opened its highly anticipated new tequila bar aptly named “The Tequila Bar at Saloon 151.” The bar which sits in the former home of Star of India is essentially an extension of the main Gay Street establishment but it has its own drink menu and a very different feel. 

“We want it to feel like two different entities,” said bartender and manager Kara Johnson who describes the space as having a modern, open feel with an exposed brick wall and pops of neon.      

Also, different are the drinks which are all mezcal based in contrast to Saloon’s whiskey focus.

“I was trying not to just have margaritas,” said Kara who designed the drink menu. So she created tequila or mezcal interpretations of other summer favorites like a Mezcal Old Fashioned. The Tequila Colada, with its coconut rim, has proven to be quite popular. 

But there will be margaritas. Good margaritas.

“We are doing everything fresh,” said Kara, who reported squeezing lime juice at 1 a.m. last night. “Which sucks for me but we do everything fresh.”

The Tequila Bar is now open from Thursday to Sunday. A grand opening is planned for June 25 with specials, live music, and half-price gift cards until 2 p.m. Follow Saloon 151 on social for complete details.

Published, June 16, 2023

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