by Bobby Cattano on
The mojitos are delicious, and they obviously train their bartenders on that specific drink. Mo-ji-to. The rest of their cocktails are passable, on par with most of the other bars in Austin. The food is not exactly what I would call authentic Cuban (or even New Cuban), but it's a step up from most bar food and works in a pinch. An extra star for the startling automagic curtain that shrouds the place in mystery when you first walk in.
by Jeffry Kleindienst on
Attention to detail is what sets ESSR apart from any other bar I've ever been to. Patience is key here, because if it's busy you might have to wait a while for your drinks...it's totally worth it though. After dinner at Buenos Aires, Kevin N, Allison P, BF and I moseyed over here for a few cocktails. We grabbed seats at the bar and were immediately greeted by a really friendly bartender. After staring at most of the unknown ingredients on the drink menu, I ordered the Zanahorita. Watching the bartender make our drinks was more entertaining than watching a monkey dance...I was in awe about how much TLC he put into that little bitty glass. I can't even begin to imagine how long their training class is, but this guy knew *exactly* what he was doing. And it was served in a mini Mason jar - how adorable! Allison ordered the Pisco Fuego and it was even more entertaining! I lurrrrve the brulee effect! I mean, really...how many places do you know that keep a blow torch behind the bar? ESSR, move to Dallas into my neighborhood. We'll be best buds.