- Black Manhattan at Ventura
If you aren’t actively seeking
During happy hour the drinks are a steal, too; well liquor will cost you about $3.50 as will a Shiner or a Dos Equis. The cocktails are priced at $2 off their list price and will run at about $4 to $6 during the discounted time. The menu located on a board at the end of the bar can change, at this point in time it includes Margaritas, Moscow Mules, Old Fashioneds, and Black Manhattans (made with Averna versus sweet vermouth). Order the tried-and-true margarita or a well drink and you can't go wrong. Venture outside of these and you may find that your go to drink is a little too sweet, or not prepared in the style that is traditional to it.
Though the crafted cocktails need a little bit of work, the wells are strong, the beer is cold, and the bar is full of friendly people and local performers. Visit during happy hour (6 p.m. to 9 p.m. daily) and you could even stumble in on a band in the middle rehearsal, giving insight into how music is created.
Venutra's happy hour is daily from open (typically 6 p.m.) to 9.
1011 Avenue B.
Erin Winch writes about boozin' in the Alamo City on her blog Drinking In SA. Follow her on Instagram at @drinking.in.sa for more.