San Antonio’s Be Kind & Rewind Bar Will Immerse Patrons In The Vibe Of The 80s, 90s & 00s Starting Next Week | Flavor | San Antonio
Lately, a lot of people are longing for simpler days. You know, back when the life of our Tamagotchi and the rise of our jeans were our biggest concerns.
An upcoming bar and arcade in downtown San Antonio taps into those nostalgic feelings and promises a totally tubular experience for those looking to turn back the clock.
Be Kind & Rewind, set to open Friday, October 28 at 115 Alamo Plaza, will offer an immersive experience focused on pop culture from the 1980s to 2000s. We’re talking disco balls, neon lights, music videos, murals and arcade games, as well as alcohol and food, of course.
Co-owner Alex Amaro invited the Running on an exclusive downtown drink tour, explaining his vision and what he hopes the experience means for locals.
“I was born and raised [in San Antonio], and I’m so excited to give people something fun, exciting and new to experience downtown,” Amaro said. “I know a lot of people have mixed feelings about coming downtown, but we built this for locals, by locals…”
He added: “We really wanted to create a space where people can mix and fit in, regardless of race or gender… we just want people to come together to have a good time. That’s what ‘it’s about. ”
Be Kind & Rewind was supposed to open this spring, but step inside, and it’s easy to see what’s taken so long. People who frequented the Fuddruckers burger joint, the space’s former tenant, will barely recognize the interior.
Visually, the space is overwhelming. Every corner is designed to offer surprising detail, from a fun mirrored home-style hallway to a larger-than-life Selena Quintanilla mural by local artist Colton Valentine.
Several other Valentine’s Day murals and art installations cover the walls, which surround a dance floor, stage, and expansive booths meant to accommodate large groups.
The club will also feature eight free arcade games and two pinball machines, which can be viewed from behind the glass of a full-sized claw machine game – one of several spots created for photo ops.
“We wanted it to be equal parts dance club and entertainment house. There are all these different elements, and we just want to keep it exciting,” Amaro said. “All the unique touches and surprises, the menus – we hope this takes people back to those decades. Whether you were born into one or just love 80s or 90s iconography, it’s here waiting for you to experience it in a new way.
Amaro, who has spent years working with immersive experience companies like Escape Rooms, used that understanding to build the concept.
In addition to the staggering amount of detail in the decor, Be Kind & Rewind will feature themed parties, karaoke and seasonal pop-ups. Upon opening, the club will host local DJs Chacho and Acid Wash on Fridays from the 80s and Saturdays from the 90s to 2000s. Rebel Yell Karaoke with KJ Magic Mark will take place on Sundays.
Be Kind & Rewind will use the kitchen left behind by the Fuddruckers to offer an assortment of bar food, ranging from a forearm-sized fried mozzarella stick to more conventional offerings like pepperoni pizza and sliders. of cheeseburger.
The full bar will offer a signature cocktail menu, including a libation dubbed Weird Science, which uses dry ice for a theatrical twist.
A smaller bar set back from the dance floor will feature a Miami Vice-inspired aesthetic and an edgy reggaeton playlist. This one will focus on frozen drinks.
Be Kind & Rewind will be open until 2 a.m. daily and the kitchen will serve until midnight. The venue will accommodate all ages until 7 p.m., when it will change to 21+.
Service workers will get a 20% discount at the new bar. Customers can park in nearby garages or on the street near Rivercenter stores and enter from Alamo Plaza or Losoya streets, according to Amaro.
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