Find Tapas for All Appetites, Excellent Gin and Tonic at The Bin's Happy Hour

click to enlarge Pan Tomate, Gilda, Deviled Egg, Gin and Tonic - ERIN WINCH
Erin Winch
Pan Tomate, Gilda, Deviled Egg, Gin and Tonic
Name: The Bin

Background: The Bin opened in late summer of 2016, in what used to be the first Bakery Lorraine location off Grayson. The small bar, located just down the street from the Pearl Brewery, is a cozy joint that serves traditional Spanish-style cocktails, wine, and tapas.

Happy Hour: The happy hour at the Bin runs from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and features specials on snacks and drinks. The menu of discounted tapas to choose from includes deviled eggs for 50 cents, pan tomate for $1.50, gildas (olives skewers) for $.50, and goat cheese sandwiches for $6. For libations, you can score a cocktail, shot, glass of wine, beer, or gin and tonic for $6 or less.
click to enlarge Goat Cheese Sandwiches ($6) and beer ($2.50) - ERIN WINCH
Erin Winch
Goat Cheese Sandwiches ($6) and beer ($2.50)

Patrons: Patrons were typically just couples or a group of two friends that would order and retreat to their own table. Occasionally there were some service industry folk that would walk in, shake hands with the bartender, order a quick drink and engage in a bit of conversation before heading to their shift.

Experience: I stopped in when they first opened and the bar was empty, so with ample seating, I took a seat at the bar and asked about specials. The friendly bartender handed out a happy hour menu and let me know that there were a couple of other specials they feature on Wednesdays, for the Wine Down Wednesday promotion that runs in conjunction with Grayze and Shuck Shack. Wanting to stick with the traditional happy hour menu I ordered the gin and tonic and the sandwiches, gildas, and pan tomate. Since tapas are so affordable, every happy hour snack could be ordered and only cost $8.50. The cocktail was simple and refreshing, not outstanding — but perfect for the summer, and while you can’t choose the gin that is used, the bartender does take requests on the tonic that is paired with it. The tapas paired well with the lighter cocktail. The smaller tapas were the perfect size for a pre-dinner bite, while the goat cheese sandwiches are a nice option if you want more sustenance. Overall, the Bin happy hour offers a break from the chips and salsa, on its own terms, inside a storied location. It's a great place for those looking for a relaxing place to grab a drink and light bite, or for two friends that are looking for a laid-back joint to sit, snack and talk.

511 E. Grayson St., (210) 994-8099.

Erin Winch writes about boozin' in the Alamo City on her blog Drinking In SA. Follow her on Instagram at for more.
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