Grain-alcohol storage

Release Date: 2009-07-22

Pop bar quiz
The challenging questions:

1. Who is most likely found at the Silo Bar in Alamo Heights?
2. Who is most likely found at the Silo Bar in Stone Oak?

The culturally biased answers:

a) Yuppie: Young Urban Professional
b) Yeppie: Young Exurban Professional
c) Yippie: Youth International Party (1960s counter-cultural political pranksters)
d) Dymwit: Downwardly Mobile White Inheriting Trust

 (Answers at the bottom)

Traveling through the dry Stone Oak land in search of a drink, Bar Tab has tried to observe what is unique to the Stone Oak experience, and in the process we have grown to quietly respect its nightlife. There’s no denying there is fun to be had in the neighborhood. True, there’s not a lot of irony in Stone Oak, and there is always a hint of Aqua Velva in the air, but it also possesses a youthful energy that suggests possibility (assuming, of course, you have enough money).

We followed last week’s success at Swig North `see the Bar Tab, July 15` and jumped across the freeway to Silo 1604, which like its Alamo Heights sibling supports a cocktail scene entirely separate from its upscale New American cuisine. When we arrived, several groups were clustered around the futuristically lit bar, which has an intimate feel. The bartenders reminded me that it really gets going on the weekend with live music. I can imagine the dance floor and small private rooms fill up on those busy Friday and Saturday nights, but based on this off night, I think a slower lounge vibe suits Silo 1604 just as well.

The patrons were an interesting mix: a couple of 50-year olds possibly having an affair, a late 20-something who works for the DA and preferred not to be photographed, and a large group of medical professionals.

Silo 1604 doesn’t specialize in any particular sort of drink but they do have a small list of specialty cocktails, most of which lean toward vodka. I tried the mojito refresco ($8.50), which is fairly traditional except for the slight twist of using light and golden rum. Kim the bartender created a refreshing concoction true to its name. For those who want to the enjoy experience, but at a lower price point, Silo serves more than 40 quality bottled beers.

While rock music played lightly in the background, the bartender occasionally adjusted the ambience by changing the color of lights emanating from underneath the frosted plexiglass bar. For a relaxed Wednesday night, this was just enough excitement.

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