Inman Square's 15-year-old Mexican standby, Olé, has expanded its bar and dubbed it "El Trago" (Spanish for "the drink"), and there's a revamped bar menu and beverage list to go with it. Previously, the bar held just six seats, located in the back corner of the main dining room. Now, a spacious 14-seat bar spans nearly the whole right wall of the dining room, and there's plenty of standing room at a nearby high table. With a little bit of reworking the layout, Olé hardly lost any sit-down dining space in the process.
Expect more home-brewed drinks from El Trago, like tepache, a pineapple drink that ferments for three days on the corner of the bar. In Mexico, it's commonly sold by merchants in the streets. And torito, a drink from Veracruz, comes with a local twist - it's made with Taza chocolate (plus peanut butter, milk, and rum). The flavors vary each day, and other drinks are in the works as well. Bar manager Michael Florence hopes to introduce mezcal punches eventually, for example. Going along with the home-brewing theme, many of the bar's garnishes and ingredients come directly from the organic garden next door. And to go with the drinks? More tapas - and soon, more late-night hours. Stay tuned for updates, and take a peek inside the renovated bar below.
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