At Victor Tango’s, it’s all about consistency. Even the most experienced bartenders must measure each shot that goes into the bar’s specialty cocktails, which include the Victor Tango, combining fresh cucumber, locally grown mint, Blanco tequila, lime juice and house-made syrup.

“It’s a modern twist on classic cocktails,” says Liz Gonzalez, assistant general manager. “They’re very strong, so don’t be fooled.”

Pepper Smash at Victor Tango’s / Photo by Molly Dickson

And she’s not kidding. One $10 cocktail is all it takes to get a little buzzed. For an extra kick, the Pepper Smash has an unexpected burst of heat, mixing together red bell peppers, mint, dry gin, lemon juice and house-made clover honey syrup. “The thing that sets us apart is that we use all fresh ingredients,” general manager Greg Katz says.

A little water is added to the in-house clover honey so it doesn’t overpower the rest of the drink. Victor Tango’s opened three years ago with a drink menu that changes with the seasons. Happy hour runs all day on Mondays and 5-7 p.m. Tuesday-Friday.

Victor Tango

Victor Tango’s
Henderson & Miller


Three more spots for cocktails

1 Cosmo’s Bar & Lounge

This funky Lakewood establishment serves an array of signature martinis, including the Cosmo with citrus vodka, Cointreau, lime juice and cranberry juice. Stop by on Swayze Mondays when the bar screens a Patrick Swayze movie.
Skillman & Live Oak

2 Neighborhood Services Tavern

The drink menu is full of sophisticated cocktails such as the Amelia with Tito’s vodka, blackberries, St. Germain and lemon juice, but the food is the star of the show at Neighborhood Services.
Henderson & Capitol

3 The Libertine Bar

In addition to traditional cocktails like the Pimm’s Cup and the margarita, The Libertine serves up its aptly named Snake in the Grass, a mixture of 110 proof green Chartreuse, elderflower, Peruvian bitters and citrus fruits.
Greenville & Richmond

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