New pink Latino bar Vibras opens on St. Mary’s Strip – mySA

Get ready to join the Cumbia circle y mas, San Antonio. A new vibrant all-pink Latino bar is opening on the St. Mary’s Strip for the first time this weekend. Vibras, the new bar, is bringing all the Latino vibes by focusing its music programming on some of San Antonio’s favorite genres like reggaeton y corridos.

Vibras will welcome the public starting at 8 p.m. on Friday, January 20 at 3011 N. St. Mary’s St. San Antonio, TX 78212, which is the former Candlelight Coffee House that moved adjacent to the property. Sophie Gonzales and John Villanueva, who are part owners of the popular Midnight Swim bar, have been working on this project for nearly 11 months.

Vibras is located at 3011 N St Mary's St. San Antonio, TX 78212.

Vibras is located at 3011 N St Mary’s St. San Antonio, TX 78212.

Vibras

The bar features signature $8 drinks.

The bar features signature $8 drinks.

Vibras

After hosting Latino nights at Midnight Swim, Villanueva said they saw how successful it was and decided to start their plans for Vibras, which offers a bit of Miami vibes, indoor and outdoor seating, a dance floor, bright pink lights inside, and a full bar.

“We’re really excited,” Gonzales said while showing MySA around on Thursday, January 19. “It transforms at night. It’s like a totally different vibe than what we will offer during the day.”

Yes, you can dance in the evenings. However, Vibras will also offer coffee from Sad Hrs Coffee and a food truck via El Cevichero during the day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays to Sundays. The duo said their hope is for others to hang out, work on their computers, drink coffee, and relax when the sun is out. Then, after dark, you can enjoy the music programming by Rudy Rios and the signature cocktail menu curated by general manager Cristina Ortiz.

It has outdoor and indoor areas.

It has outdoor and indoor areas.

Abigail Im, Multimedia producer

Vibras will offer coffee and food during the day.

Vibras will offer coffee and food during the day.

Abigail Im, Multimedia producer

The menu includes $4 chingones shots and $8 signature drinks, like the Pink Flamino, which has tequila, prickly pear, and grapefruit soda, or the La Fresca, which is rum, strawberry, coco, and lemon. On Thursdays, Vibras will also feature different live Cumbia bands to perform.

And, yes the construction is a bummer on the St. Mary’s Strip. However, Gonzales said they are somewhat desensitized to it now. She said it’s been going on for years but that wasn’t going to delay their plans for Vibras.

“I’m really used to it,” she said. “We have been fortunate enough to be able to still do pretty well. I mean, this construction is happening and seems to be not going anywhere, so we might as well still do what we want to do.”

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