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Paramour Is Opening High Above the City

Paramour is opening Thursday high above the city at 102 9th St. Whether your poison is craft cocktails, wine, beer or bubbles, the new rooftop bar has the best of the best waiting on the top floor.

paramourParamour sits atop Martin Phipp’s namesake Phipps Building, which houses his law firm, Phipps Anderson Deacon, overlooking the San Antonio Riverwalk. Phipps and general manager/bar manager Christopher Ware share the same love for upscale cocktail bars and now they share the same goal in making this new bar the top dog in town.

Ware, formerly of Bohanan’s and Arcade Midtown Kitchen, has gone to great lengths to make Paramour a craft cocktail bar (with more than 1,000 spirits behind the bar), a wine enthusiast’s heaven (21 different types of bubbles); and a cicerone’s delight (more than 50 beers) —and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Ware and his team have been barrel-aging cocktails for more than a year and a half. There is also an impressive list of the best and rarest spirits that have been collected throughout the years.

“My goal was to create the most remarkable space where every individual can feel catered down to their specific desires. Paramour provides the highest level of service, which is also the same level of service that I live by,” Ware said of the conception of Paramour.

Ware and his staff of bartenders, cicerones and wine stewards will be working in more than 8,000 square feet of space, which features a large wrap-around patio with stunning views. With garage doors that open from floor to ceiling, the bar and patio remain cool thanks to some clever architecture built to block the Texas heat.

While most of the furniture, including the 24-foot French oak bar was built off-site; the centerpiece of design is an onyx backdrop behind the bar. A second bar located outside on the covered patio will change seasonally and host one exclusive type of booze, spanning anything from gin to eau de vie, but for Paramour’s opening and for the following three months, the outdoor bar will be a Champagne bar featuring sparkling bubbles not just from France, but from all over the world. Exclusive side bar sparkling cocktails will also be available at this patio bar.

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Barriba Cantina Pours Some Holiday Cheer

Barriba Cantina is serving up some Holiday Cheer.

In need of some Christmas spirits? Then check out the Holiday Cheer cocktail menu at Barriba Cantina, 111 Crockett St., above the County Line.

The menu will last until spring and includes some potent potables, including:

  • Tuaca Lemon Drop Martini — Lemon- and sugar-infused Skyy Vodka with a touch of Tuaca, $11.
  • Mango Loco — Republic Sliver Organic Tequila, Patron Citronge, mango, Tabasco and simple syrup, $8.75.
  • La Guapa (aka Sexy Girl) —  100 Proof Dulce Vida Organic Tequila, Amaretto, grapefruit juice, ginger beer and cayenne pepper, $8.
  • Spiced Apple Manhattan — Apple- and cinnamon-infused Jim Beam, sweet Vermouth, Goldschlager and Angostura Bitters, $9.25.
  • Hot Apple Toddy — Apple- and cinnamon-infused Jim Beam and apple cider, $6.50.
  • Diosa Verde (aka Green Goddess) — Blended Bacardi Rum, avocado, half and half, lime juice and simple syrup, $8.
  • Chocolate Razz Martini — Stoli Razberi Vodka, Bailey’s and Crème de Cacao, $11.
  • Ambrosia Martini — Stoli Vanilla Vodka, Frangelico, grapes, pineapple, lime juice and simple syrup, $9.50.
  • Pomegranate Fizz —  Pomegranate-infused Beefeater Gin and elderflower liqueur, topped with Champagne, $8.

Barriba Cantina is open daily from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. That includes New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day with no cover charge or reservations needed. Call 210-228-9876.

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