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New gastropub brings crafty cocktails and Japanese bites to Alamo Heights

New gastropub brings cocktails and Japanese bites to Alamo Heights

Hanzo lotus chips Far East Side cocktail
Hanzo opens May 18. Photo by Jacqueline Fierro
Hanzo pork dumplings
The izakaya will offer Japanese-inspired dishes like pork dumplings. Photo by Jacqueline Fierro
Hanzo hamachi sashimi
The menu, crafted by chef Justin Richardson, also includes hamachi sashimi. Photo by Jacqueline Fierro
Hanzo Hell No Kitty cocktail
A craft cocktail list comes courtesy of Nick Kenna. Photo by Jacqueline Fierro
Hanzo lotus chips Far East Side cocktail
Hanzo pork dumplings
Hanzo hamachi sashimi
Hanzo Hell No Kitty cocktail

Alamo Heights has scored a new drinking destination with Hanzo, which opens on Thursday, May 18. The funky eatery is modeled after an izakaya, a traditional Japanese gastropub that focuses on small plates — or, as owner Steve Mahoney puts it, "the Japanese version of your local watering hole."

While the surrounding area boasts a handful of sushi restaurants, this is the first bar of its kind to hit Alamo Heights.

"After seeing the space and brainstorming this concept, we wanted to offer a unique and fun pub for this neighborhood," explains Mahoney in a release. The serial restaurateur also owns Francis Bogside, Brigid, Blue Box, and George's Keep.

Nick Kenna, who comes by way of Dorćol Distillery and Blue Box, leads the bar team. In addition to Japanese beer and sake, Hanzo will offer craft cocktails like the Matcha Matcha Man (Kinsman Rakia, gin, matcha, and honey) and the Miso Hungry (sake, miso simple syrup, and lime).

But let's not forget about food. Chef Justin Richardson of Francis Bogside has crafted a menu of Japanese-inspired delights, including hamachi sashimi, pork dumplings, and lotus chips.

Look for Hanzo at 7701 Broadway St., in the same shopping center that houses Frederick's Restaurant. Hours are 3 pm to 2 am daily.