Southtown’s The Friendly Spot adds booze to its drinks lineup in San Antonio
After 10 years of doing steady neighborly beer business in San Antonio’s Southtown Arts District, The Friendly Spot Ice House has added a welcoming twist to the drinks lineup: booze.
The bar acquired a mixed-beverage license and just added 15 cocktails and spirits to the menu that are available on a tap system created by Friendly Spot co-owner Steve Newman. The cocktails were developed by the owners in collaboration with Andy Hack, a former Friendly Spot employee who is now the drinks manager at Sidecar in New Braunfels.
“We’ve been around now for 10 years, and this was a chance to make a few changes that we are excited about,” co-owner Jody Newman said.
Spirits include the basics from Jack Daniels to Patrón, but also feature locally made products such as Seersucker Gin and TLC Vodka. Some of the drinks include the Southtown Sipper (with vodka and Aperol), Watermelon GT (gin, lime and watermelon) and the WuTang (TLC vodka, Sprite and housemade Tang syrup).
As for the beer, that isn’t going away as the Friendly Spot’s focus. It will continue to carry more than 250 varieties, including 76 on tap.
“We are still primarily the place to go for a cold beer,” Jody Newman said. “We looked at adding the spirits and cocktails as a way to expand more options for our customers and make sure everybody is happy.”
The Friendly Spot, 210-224-2337, 943 S. Alamo St., Hours: 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. daily. Facebook: thefriendlyspot
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