San Antonio tequila and Mas Chingon mezcal bar are now open

South Presa’s new spot for tequila, Latin music and San Antonio flair is now open. Mas Chingon opened in the Mission Reach area on Thursday, May 5.

The tequila and mezcal bar owned by Sam Garcia Jr. hosted a double celebration marking the grand opening of Mas Chingon and Cinco de Mayo. As the San Antonians planned their Cinco de Mayo nights, Mas Chingon made it easy for Southside revelers with a list of ready-to-go branded tequila and mezcal and music to keep the fun going.

Around 9 p.m., the bar was full of customers and the DJ was blaring a list of party favorites, including “Tusa,” “Oye Mi Canto,” “Soltera,” and just about every other Latin tune that tequila will get you. convinces you can dance to.

The bar menu includes tequilas like Dos Artes, Clase Azul, Casamigos as well as mezcals like Tapatio Reposado and Rey Campero. While tequila and mezcal take center stage, Mas Chingon also serves other spirits, beer, micheladas, and Bloody Marys. The bar offers standard margaritas as well as specialty cocktails with San Antonio-centric names like a “Como La Flor.” I opted for a tangy, tangy margarita on the rocks with a chili rim, which is about $6 before tip.

Mas Chingon, at 4904 South Presa Street, is now open.

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Mas Chingon’s website says it aims to reflect the Southside neighborhood in which it is nestled.

“Mas Chingon was inspired by the community that lives in the Mission Reach neighborhood south of San Antonio, where Mexican food, cocktails and good vibes are always flowing,” the site says.

The large opening crowd seemed to fit the mission perfectly. Patrons of all ages gathered around the bar to take selfies with their drinks, while others danced around the DJ. It was like a weekend on a working night.

The space is big on San Antonio and the Mexican aesthetic. The bar, with a pewter backsplash resembling a kaleidoscope and ironwork, is illuminated by four neon-glowing pewter star pendants. Spurs-inspired artwork hangs on the bright orange walls. While the bar is a party spot in its own right, there’s a cozy nook marked by a stone wall with cutouts holding velas emblazoned with the faces of celebrities like Betty White, Tiger King, and more. It’s the perfect place for a quick chat away from the music and makes a nice backdrop for photos.

Mas Chingon, at 4904 South Presa Street, is now open.

Mas Chingon, at 4904 South Presa Street, is now open.

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Mas Chingon is open Wednesday to Sunday from 5:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. You’ll find the bar at 4904 South Presa Street.

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