From two epically facial-haired drink-mixing dudes (and an ops manager!) responsible for the cocktail programs at 15 Romolo, Wayfare Tavern & Quince, Rio Grande's a just-grand-opened Market St tipplery that's sort of a Texas border town meets Dusk Till Dawn operation, meaning
semi-naked, snake-dancing Salma Hayeks!! cow hides, 60yr-old Mexican newspapers, and Virgin Mary shrines!! And like any good bar run by two epically facial-haired dudes (and an ops manager!) responsible for the cocktail programs at 15 Romolo, Wayfare Tavern & Quince, Rio doesn't have a drink menu... wait, what? Luckily for you though, it does have a super badass secret drink menu with just three offerings, including:
Jagermeister Machine-Chilled Four Roses Old Fashioneds: Batched by their bar staff (which also includes 'tenders from Rickhouse and NOPA), the classic bourbon Old Fashioneds are stored in empty Four Roses bottles, which're slotted into a Jager Cooler that instantly chills your tipple as it runs into a rocks glass with the customary orange peel and not-so-customary gaudy, hand-carved chunk of ice, which's likely too cold (too cold) to even touch.
The Rio Grande: Named after the
Mississippi Rio Grande river, this drink was invented in the CoCo 500 kitchen when Justin Simoneaux (now the chef at Boxing Room) and one of the aforementioned epically facial-haired dudes set out to create a cocktail combining their respective favorite boozes (whiskey & tequila). This drink does, along with lemon, lime, and a pepper-and-salt rim.
$7 Beer and a Shot: This not-f-ing-around boilermaker includes a your-choice shot of Wild Turkey or Espolon coupled with a can of Dos Equis (the only beer they offer), which they'll dress for you (can head dipped in salt, lime shoved in the mouth), and give you six hot sauces from behind the bar to mess around with, including: Melinda's, Cholula, El Yucateco, Castillo Salsa Habanera, Valentina & Tamazula -- try 'em all in your beer and you might be sweating enough to consider going semi-naked yourself.