Michin's Social Hour Brings Cheap Drinks to an Intimate Setting

click to enlarge Social Hour Drink Menu - Erin Winch
Erin Winch
Social Hour Drink Menu

We’ve all been there, we start wanting to go out and have a fun
night out, but our wallets tell us to stay in. Well Michin Mexican Kitchen
offers an opportunity to start your night late and still save money.

Most happy hours in San Antonio will end around 7, or 8 (some
even as early as 6) but at Michin you can count on their “Social Hour” lasting
from 3 p.m. 'til closing time. The Social Hour offers
click to enlarge Salsa trio and seasoned chips - Erin Winch
Erin Winch
Salsa trio and seasoned chips
 discounts on
select drinks, beers, and spirits all at less than $4 bucks. The Tita Margarita (the house marg) will cost you only $2.99 while the spirit selection is priced just one dollar higher. If you plan accordingly, you can even take advantage of Michin’s Patio Social Hour, which runs from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. and offers $5 deals on select food and appetizers (guacamole, ceviche, elotes and Mexican pizzas). This does only take place on the patio, however, so if you do not want to brave the heat, you do have to pay full prices inside.

I was one of those people, opting to stay in the AC. The store was surprisingly quiet for a Saturday evening. We got there at about 8:30, and there were only a couple of people enjoying their complimentary chips and salsa while sipping on their margaritas. It seems that most people aren’t aware that the eatery is open late into the night, and that they get most of their traffic during the lunch hour. Our server (Mark) greeted us and brought the chips and salsa trio to the table (you get three salsas). He asked if we had ever visited the restaurant before, then suggested some of his favorite items on the menu.

We ordered drinks, 
click to enlarge Mezcal shot - Erin Winch
Erin Winch
Mezcal shot
 I took advantage of happy hour getting copitas of Wahaka mezcal at only $3.99, and my friend opted for a White Manhattan (white whiskey, dry vermouth and bitters) off the cocktail menu (not on happy hour) that set her back $15. The food and drink menu have really broad price ranges. Depending on what you wanted you could spend anywhere from $3 to $16. Foodwise, my friend and I opted for some tacos (they ran about $4 each) and munched on the chips while taking in the ambiance of the restaurant.

Michin's got an open air vibe to it, and it’s very sleek and modern. It seems like the type of place that could have the potential to be loud if packed with a lot of people, though it wasn't this evening. Instead, Michin ended up giving it more of an intimate vibe, somewhere you could go for late night snacks and drinks with a date or a friend. There is live music on Fridays, but that’s also on the patio (the patio gets everything!). 

The food arrived fast and looked 
great. If our meals were anything like the chips, (which had a dusting of chili powder), I knew it would be delicious. It lived up to the Michin motto of a “fresh healthy kitchen.” The food was good, and if you are looking for something that is cheaper and healthy, it is a great spot to hit up. Michin has a great thing going for it, though it does need to work on getting some patrons in on a Saturday night (they did mention starting karaoke). 'Til the karaoke starts, or word starts spreading about the great social hour deals, it’s a great intimate spot. Perfect for those wanting to have a conversation over affordable snacks and drinks.

427 N. Loop 1604 W., Suite 202, (210) 277-7222; Social Hour runs from 3 p.m. 'til close, everyday with Social Patio running 8- 10 p.m.everyday. 

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