All cocktails are made by hand at El Bar, and the attention to detail, from the house-made syrups—grenadine, strawberry, and mint—to the fresh hand-squeezed juices, is unmatched.
For the frozen margarita, El Bar uses a Japanese shaved-ice machine to create a snow cone infused with 100 percent blue agave blanco tequila, all-natural Triple Sec, and freshly-squeezed lime juice. The 8-Hour Margarita is more intensive - over the eight-hour process, Don Julio tequila and Cointreau diffuse through a hopper filled with lime and orange supremes, lime and orange zest, lemongrass, and sugar. The result is bottled in a glass vial and is served in frozen martini glasses rimmed with salt crystals.
Favorites include El Classica Margarita-Agave Tequila, Dry Curacao, fresh lime juice and simple syrup. ($9); the Tequila Old-Fashioned - Reposado Tequila, simple syrup, bitters ($11); La Paloma - Cazadores Tequila Blanca, grapefruit soda and a pinch of salt ($10), and the Cucumber Margarita - Blanco Tequila, St. Germaine, fresh cucumber juice, lemon (9). A carefully curated selection of wines and locally-made craft brews is also available.
El Bar at El Monumento is located at 205 W. 2nd Street and is open during regular operating hours.