Food & Drink
Lackluster DJ Aside, Aztec Lounge Has Plenty of Potential
Published: April 2, 2014
Unobtrusive but quietly visible security patrolled the second floor, which wasn’t an unwelcome thing, what with the nooks and crannies of the mez. At one point, I noticed an ambulatory light-up tchotchke vendor, because, San Antonio.
Drink specials from the bar vary every night, but when I paid my visit, wells and three varieties of Karbach beer were going for $4 during the first half of the evening. The beer and liquor selection is standard, with Macallan rounding out the upper end of the spectrum at $12. The friendly ’tenders were happy to chat and pleased to mix up all sorts of instant-hangover inducing shots in the $7 to $9 range, including the Purple Gecko, with tequila, raspberry, Blue Curaçao and salt on the rim ,and the Tokyo Typhoon featuring Malibu, Midori, more Blue Curaçao and pineapple. (The Typhoon was a bit better than the vaguely cough syrup-reminiscent Gecko, FYI, but my shot recommendation remains straight tequila.)
Overall, the Aztec has potential to be a viable downtown dance destination. It’s housed in a really rad-looking and historic space, has a stage for concerts, boasts reasonable club-drink options and prices, charges cheap entry and—most importantly—it’s not fucking Pat O’s.
The Aztec Lounge
280 W Crockett