Haunt Cocktail Lounge
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Captivating Cocktail Culture
“Come back later,” whispers hotel manager Kevin Thorstenson. Even though the bar was open for the post work crowd he explains how you can’t quite appreciate the surroundings until the sun has set. Kevin was right as I entered the doors later that evening I was visually transported to a whole new world. Elaborate light fixtures and textures surround the space as the classy but cool kids of San Antonio bop to the music. River City is known for its cocktail culture and Haunt, located in the St. Anthony Hotel offers guests a carefully crafted menu of spirits. Each concoction is named after rumored ghosts of the historic hotel. My favorite being The Lavender Lady- which stems from the age old wives tale that a female spirit would visit guests in the lobby bathroom. Whist sitting in the stall the guest would suddenly felt a chill followed by the overwhelming scent of lavender. Served in a champagne flute head mixologist Ryan Jones assures me he personally infused gin with lavender and let it steep for thirty days. Add in lemon and lavender bitters and topped with prosecco to give it a fizzy punch.
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