Co-owners Jen (aka Jen Ann Tonic) and Marty Reyes are all about tiki. It's not just a cocktail style for them, it's a lifestyle. While having tiki pop-ups here and there, it took Marty years to convince Jen it was time to open their dream bar. She finally gave in, and we couldn't be happier she did.
The space on Lowest Greenville underwent an extraordinary makeover. They transformed every wall and surface to make an immersive experience, from an anteroom with a custom fountain made by Jen's stepfather and uncle to tiles from the well-known tiki concept Trader Vic's. They tried to make the space feel lived in, not manufactured; and every detail looks thoughtfully considered.
Look for a full food menu from Swizzle, complete with staples like Sweet Spam Stir Fry ($13) and Lumpia ($8), tiki concoctions, and even a frozen Dole Whip (available soon). Jen's favorite, the Pukiki Punch ($13), and the Black Pearl Diver ($13) got us in a tropical mood. Our table enjoyed every item, and all were eager to return to try other cocktail options. (But best to know your limits, because, tiki.)
While they have things humming, they are giving themselves time to get everything ship-shape. We still get to look forward to choreographed "shows" when special cocktails are ordered, and dessert and happy hour menus will soon follow, too.
Swizzle, 1802 Greenville Ave., No 110 (Lowest Greenville). Open 4 p.m. to midnight Wednesday through Sunday. Reservations are required after 6 p.m.