The Pastry War
This Mexican cantina’s name is not indicative of what’s served inside. Instead it refers to the French-Mexican war of the 1800s which stemmed from a Mexico City mob trashing a Frenchman’s pastry shop.
Where to Drink
The Pastry War captures the feeling of old world Mexico with its extensive tequila, mezcal, and sotol options, as well as the Dia de los Muertos-inspired decor: veladoras, Mexican comic book details, and a tiny altar tucked into the brick wall. Right next door, behind an unassuming law office door and up some stairs, is a speakeasy named Captain Foxheart’s Bad News Bar with a whiskey and amaro-heavy cocktail program and over 30 craft beers on tap. End the night at OKRA Charity Saloon with a cocktail and a game on their shuffleboard centerpiece, knowing it’s all for a good cause (100 percent of its proceeds go to charity).
Okra Charity Saloon
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Where to Stay
Hotel Icon does an exemplary job of preserving and honoring history while incorporating modern details that add comfort and make the space entirely its own. This boutique hotel and spa is located in the restored Union National Bank Building, where the neoclassical architecture and towering marble columns in the lobby are offset by cowhide bar stools, larger-than-life tic tac toe boards, and whimsical geometric pillows. The hotel exudes Southern charm from its signature offerings of spicy pecans and iced tea to antique bookshelves and chandeliers.
Originally built in 1911, Hotel Icon was one of the nation’s first concrete and steel skyscrapers. In both 2004 and 2012, the historic building received facelifts while still maintaining its original elegance.
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