Greg Perez, co-owner and beverage director at Monkey’s Tail, grew up in Lindale Park, the place his bar is situated, so it’s solely pure that his menu is heavy on nostalgia for his youth. And one of many issues Perez finest remembers from these bygone days is children sucking down drinks from pouches—each “that refreshing and tangy style that I received out of a Capri Solar once I drank it at recess,” he says, and the baggage filled with soda common with youngsters in Mexico.
This was the inspiration for his No … Pos Ta Cabron—tough translation: “no, this isn’t an excellent state of affairs”—created from West Cork Irish Whiskey, Greenbar Distillery Grand Hops Amaro, orange and lime juice, and mango syrup infused with guajillo chiles and dried chervil, served in an adult-size pouch. It’s a tropical, candy, tart concoction assured to make you're feeling like a child once more, and the proper signature cocktail for Monkey’s Tail, which pays homage to Perez’s upbringing as a Mexican American rising up within the neighborhood simply throughout I-45 from the Heights.
Perez, who beforehand labored at Calle Onze and opened Monkey’s Tail in July with Helen Greek’s Sharif El Amin and chef Steven Ripley, grew up on each his mother’s selfmade enchiladas and Chick-fil-A, McDonald’s, and different American quick meals. As an grownup he appreciates each a cooler filled with Mexican beer and a $10 craft cocktail.
There’s a bit of little bit of all of that at his bar, the place patrons can order $2 Miller Excessive Life pony bottles and $16 buckets of Tecate, or strive specialty cocktails like a rum-based quantity that tastes like a boozy tres leches. Add to that the bar’s Feliz Meals—pizza, burger, scorching canine, or wings with a beer and a shot for $8—together with full of life game-watching events, a playlist match for a quinceañera, and a laid-back patio scene, and also you’ve received a super-fun bar that completely captures Perez's expertise rising up right here within the Nineties and 2000s.
“There’s actually nothing that caters to that first-generation and second-generation market of Mexican folks right here in Houston,” says Perez. “All of the Hispanic locations are golf equipment, however me, coming from the cocktail realm, I needed one thing that was a bit of extra balanced.”