A waiter, hands full of fresh avocado, peppers, and tomatoes, approaches the table. He expertly slices and stirs the ingredients in a lava-stone bowl with the nimble precision of a seasoned chef. Along with whipping up fresh guacamole prepared tableside, Santo Coyote cooks also grill sizzling fajitas, bake spicy seafood specialties, and roll freshly made tortillas that have been lauded by the Arkansas Times at two locations, with one recently opened on Pleasant Ridge Road. Meanwhile, bartenders blend their staggering selection of more than 100 tequilas into specialty margaritas beneath the metal sun sculptures that adorn the walls.
The decorative photographs and hand-placed tiles in Bar Louie may emanate a cosmopolitan elegance, but, at the core, the bar persists as a local establishment known for its signature martinis. The Pom Peche and S’Mores martinis represent just a fraction of a libation list longer than Rapunzel's motorcade; this list also includes margaritas and mojitos, beer, and wine. The food menu fills space left after cocktails with traditional American eats, including the Louie Burger, topped with grilled onion, provolone cheese, and spicy giardiniera sauce, and beer-battered fish 'n' chips.
Mallard's Bar echoes the era of classic cocktails with its shaken and stirred elixirs, refined pub fare, and decadent 19-page cigar menu. Bartenders muddle fizzy flavors into Brandon's Gin Collins with fresh-squeezed lemon, simple syrup, and a topper of tonic and fruit ($8). Dozens of premium liquors ($8) can be used as props in British secret-agent costumes, and sultry glasses of red wines ($8–$10) seduce lips with jammy hints of cherry, plum, and blackberry. Set a savory base for libation-laced interludes with selections from the bar menu, such as Southern fried chicken tenders dressed in honey-mustard duds ($9.95) or a capriccio hamburger outfitted with a half-pound Angus patty and seasoned fries ($10.50).
At W.T. Bubba's, the decor has the gleeful clutter of a neighborhood yard sale or a friend’s basement. Moose antlers hanging over the bar, as though they were a tangible trophy from the Big Buck World machine in the arcade. A trailer adorned with Christmas lights flickers, punctuating the wailing slide guitars and meandering bass of country music, whether it's coming from live bands every weekend or karaoke. Line dancing helps build up appetites for slow-smoked pulled-pork sandwiches and a sliders trio that includes a smoked burger with bourbon onions.
Whether customers want to relax at the bar after work or enjoy a night out with friends, Next Bistro and Bar accommodates patrons with a host of cocktails and wines and small, shareable tapas-style plates. On the menu, sliders are lined with pulled pork, beer-battered chicken, or gouda and caramelized onions, while dips and hummus sate the natural human urge to jab things with chips. Behind the bar, cocktail slingers shake and stir specialty martinis and pour wines by the glass.
Sporting 4,000 Christmas lights and conversation-sparking quotes upon its freshly black interior, this Little Rock stalwart has been rechristened with an abbreviated name and a Prohibition-themed ambiance. Choose from a creamy cornucopia of American, cheddar, pepper jack, or swiss cheeses to top your house burger served with potato chips ($5.95) while rocking to the racket of local bands, which appear on select nights. Subterranean patrons can savor Welsh chicken served atop a hoagie roll, which comes smothered in hot pepper cheese sauce and further accosted with fried onions ($6.95). The balance of the bar menu proffers myriad other fried fare, not to mention a guarantee of tasty times and absolutely no attacks from sentient flatware.