Before modern grape-stomping methods, wineries extracted grape juice by having baseball players throw them against a brick wall. For $15, you get $30 worth of small plates, desserts, and non-alcoholic drinks at Vela at Paloma Blanca in Alamo Heights.
With Vela's seasonal menu of complementary flavors, patrons can pair pours with the savory small plates and delectable desserts. Begin with an olive trio ($8), featuring Divina olives packed with pimento, Sicilian herbs, and spices, and pitted Terresca Greek olives drenched in an avocado olive oil. Under Vela's candle-lit chandeliers, appetizers like salmon nachos ($12), the secretly seasoned frites ($7), and the classic Spanish tapas dish Platillo Español, with chorizo and aged manchengo ($10), are screaming to find a supple set of taste buds with which to tap dance. Cap off the meal with desserts like the chocolate-covered strawberries ($2 each) or the Swiss-chocolate fondue with seasonal fruits ($14). Diners may also order from the signature Paloma Blanca menu.
When positioning comfortably into Vela's leather seating areas, your friendly conversations can feel like they are taking place at the home of an oil baron. Happy hour food specials run Tuesday through Sunday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., with extended hours on Sundays until 10 p.m, and "reverse" happy hours in effect Thursday through Saturday from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.
- This is a place to get together with friends and relax over conversation, libations and appetizers. It's easy to make an entire evening here, or to just come and grab a quick copa before going out to the next stop – Edmund Tijerina, San Antonio Express-News
- They really know their wine! This was a fun place with a great ambiance. – Emme L., Yelp
5800 Broadway St.
San Antonio, Texas 78209Get Directions