San Antonio’s cocktail scene continues to impress, and one of the city’s brightest newcomers is Juniper Tar, a lush, speakeasy-like space on the west end of downtown that re-opened under new management earlier this year. With a collection of drinks penned by former Esquire Tavern bartender Benjamin Krick, and a vivid, friendly atmosphere, the bar is a must-visit on the Alamo City cocktail map. “We want the guest to be transported to another time with both the taste of the cocktails and the design of the space,” Krick says. “San Antonio is a very laid-back city, and we embrace that while making sure the guest experience is on par with our favorite bars worldwide.”
Housed in a former Mexican cantina and restaurant, local firm Hilmy Productions designed the interior when the bar first opened in early 2015. Described by the firm as an “opulent San Antonio bar with a New York attitude,” vintage vibes abound throughout the small space, which required a complete renovation. Now, details including ornate wallpaper, overstuffed leather sofas, a vintage absinthe drip, taxidermy and an assortment of antiques sourced from around Central Texas, set a sophisticated yet welcoming vibe.
Behind the bar you’ll find spirits from every corner of the world—a focus that aligns with the eclectic menu of drinks inspired by Krick’s travels. The boozy Pamploma, featuring oloroso and fino sherry and a Kalimoxto-inspired red wine and Coke reduction, was inspired by his time spent living in Spain. And the Portuguese Gin & Tonic combines lime cordial, white port, gin and tonic water—a refreshing spin on the classic.