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Emily Morgan's Oro: Psychic Happy Hour

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In honor of the ghosts that are said to haunt the Emily Morgan, the Thursday Psychic Happy Hour at Oro allegedly runs from 5-8 p.m., a full hour longer than the earthbound iteration on other nights. The spirits apparently need a little coaxing. But despite the fact that event is touted on the hotel's website and prominently featured on the happy hour menu, the only spirits in attendance were those regularly to be found behind the underlit onyx bar. There was nevertheless a decent crowd, made up in no small part by troops in fatigues, and there was also a three-piece guitar band, no doubt just as happy not to have to compete with voices from the beyond. Nothing to do but have a drink and an appetizer.

There are $4 well drinks and $3 domestic beers, plus just two mixed drinks, a Margarita and, oddly, a Bloody Mary (right), both at $6. Among regular, non-happy drinks The Don, their "award-winning margarita" is composed of Don Julio Añejo, Grand Marnier and both orange and lime juices. The base model also employs both juices, squeezed fresh by somebody at some point, and, served in a tall wine glass, it's really not bad. It was also good with a $6 sweet potato gnocchi served with truffle brown butter. The truffle oil was as shy as the spirits that night, but the dish pleased regardless. The well-known Oro Mac & 3 Cheeses, ceviche, and Alamo Chili are also available, all at $6. Take your own Tarot cards is my advice.

Oro

705 E Houston
(210) 225-5100
emilymorganhotel.com

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