The Bar Tab 

Pointe Martini Lounge
19178 Blanco, Ste. 201
Martinis circa $7.50
The Pointe Martini Lounge is like that relationship between the psycho freakazoid who nukes all your CDs in the microwave upon breakup, and your one true love — not good, not bad, just “eh.” It’ll get you by in a friendly, inoffensive way, and you won’t be embarrassed to be seen in public there, but eventually, you’ll start considering other options.

Part of the problem is that the year-old Pointe doesn’t seem quite settled on its identity. The most notable element is the lighting, followed by the bar’s brushed-metal face and simple black top, stylish without being obnoxious. Yet once you get past the initial prettiness, the strip-mall core is unmistakable, despite attempts to create a unique environment. The Pointe’s web page boasts of an “understated elegance” and the “comfot `sic` of a neighborhood bar with the class and stature of the Stone Oak area,” which, in San Antonio, means they didn’t cut down all the trees when building the shopping centers fortifying the borders of the gated communities blighting the area. The Pointe fits in too well, proving Texans don’t know jack-shit about elegance. And the big-screen TVs tuned to sports attempt to placate any male patrons feeling uneasy in a bar serving an impressive array of martinis designed to appeal primarily to women.

The martinis prove to be the bar’s saving grace — varied, strong, and not too expensive, with the caramel apple savored by my companion at a reasonable $7.50. Because my manhood’s easily threatened, I opted for a Newcastle Brown Ale, a $3 special on Tuesday for premium beers; domestics run $2. The bartender was confident he or his fellows could whip up almost any martini, barring any unusual ingredients not readily available. The Pointe’s selections will make your teeth ache, with options such as Red Appletinis, Vanilla Truffles, and Flirtinis sweet enough to send diabetics scrambling for the insulin at their mere mention. The full bar includes more than 30 types of vodka and other high-end liquors, as well as a piss-poor beer selection and a passable number of wines, with the prices at a reasonable level for SA.

The Pointe Martini Lounge is OK, no more or less — a good place for ladies to go after a marathon session of Sex And The City and gripin’ about mens. Eventually, toward the end of the evening, something hawter and more exciting will beckon, but in the meantime, Pointe’ll do.




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