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Throwback San Antonio bar and restaurant busts a groove in Castle Hills

Retro San Antonio bar and restaurant busts a groove in Castle Hills

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Groove House's Boo-Ya cocktail will get the party started. Photo courtesy of Groove Bar
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Groove House's sweet heat wings will fuel you up for a night of dancing. Photo courtesy of Groove Bar
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The contemporary interior at Groove House has plenty of retro touches. Photo courtesy of Groove Bar
Groove Bar Boo-Ya cocktail SATX
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Groove Bar interior SATX

Maybe you’ve been under pressure lately. Or maybe you are just looking for a place to jump around. Regardless, we could all use a little nostalgia in our lives. While time travel may not be an option yet, a new bar debuting later this month may be the next best thing for San Antonio’s PYTs.

Groove House will be celebrating its grand opening on January 20 at 12333 West Ave., near Castle Hills. The retro-themed bar, brainchild of Adrian Martinez (perhaps better known around town as DJ A-MAR), pays homage to the video clubs of the ’80s and ‘90s in a homey clubhouse that’s one part the Peach Pit, one part The Max.

Though modern in feel, the interior has old-school touches. Boombox wallpaper wraps the DJ booth while ceiling beams and an accent wall are painted in cool Miami Vice pastels. Late 20th century memorabilia is peppered throughout the space, and slick neon lights shine as customers approach the bar. There is plenty of entertainment, from a Ms. Pac-Man arcade game to flat screens showing old-school music videos matched to the bar's soundtrack. And, if you need a place to catch your breath, take a break from the dance floor and enjoy the shaded patio out front.

The bar menu is also a throwback, nodding to the time before Prohibition-style cocktails took over the scene. The Tootsie Roll combines vodka, Kamora coffee liqueur, and orange juice. Boo-Ya features gin, vodka, white rum, peach schnapps, blue curaçao, and Red Bull (and probably a hangover, but sometimes these things are worth it).

We’re sad to say that the snacks do not include Lunchables, but you can still get your latchkey kid on with nachos, loaded fries, tacos, or sweet heat wings. During the first stage of operations, the kitchen will be open from 4-10 pm, but Martinez will be introducing a lunch service soon.

And if all that isn’t enough to take you back to the age of Rubik’s Cubes and Tamagotchi, maybe one other thing will: the prices. During the grand opening celebration, guests can enjoy $3 Lone Stars and Lone Star Lights while listening to a live set from Martinez between 10 pm-2 am. Doors open at 4 pm.