If country music's not your thing, get a taste of soulful, alternative rhythms at LUNA. Jazz is the club's raison d'etre, and its red-velvet decor, exposed brickwork, and slinky upholstered bar provide a perfect backdrop to the main event. While you're savoring top-notch music, try a Liquid Reverb martini – raspberry vodka, orange juice, and Red Bull – to accompany the snacks. Other musical styles you may encounter include swing, soul, blues, funk, and Spanish guitar.
Be in vogue at Vbar, a trendy concoction of chic cocktails, Spanish-influenced cuisine, and clean-lined furnishings. Guests of the Hotel Valencia and 30-something professionals eye each other at this upscale River Walk establishment while sampling small plate tapas. Afterwards, they venture onto the stone terrace to watch the river, illuminated by the light of wall sconces. Modern touches like a sleek beaded curtain add interest to the intimate meeting place.
Get your recommended daily allowance of Zinc at this stylish champagne and wine bar. Order a glass of red or white from the sizable wine list, make your way through the chic lounge, and find a seat out on Charles Court, a brick patio with a charming fountain and serene seating. At Zinc, food complements the wine rather than vice versa, so go ahead and luxuriate in that apple huckleberry crisp with sweet whipped cream!
Follow the long bar that meanders through Swig and you'll likely find your way to a Hemingway Classic from the extensive cigar list, or perhaps a Flirtini with pineapple juice and champagne. At one of the only martini bars on the River Walk, cosmopolitan locals hobnob with the tourist set, yielding a chic yet welcoming atmosphere. Live jazz supplies the perfect backdrop for savoring smokes and drinks.