Wednesdays can be the most difficult day of the week. Our energy is drained from the initial hustle and bustle from the beginning of the week, and the weekend seems to be so far away. We decided to visit The Reserve at Social located in Edinburg to get rid of the Hump Day Blues.
Gaby: Trying to find the correct street to turn into can be a bit tricky since the sign on the side of the road is not lit. But after squinting and driving about 20 miles per hour in the middle lane, we were able to find the entrance to The Reserve.
Trisha: The place is effortlessly arranged into three areas. The lounge, the bar and the casual seating area.
Gaby: We appreciated the step under the bar to help short people like us feel comfortable. I hate it when my legs are hanging from the bar stools; it makes me feel like a little kid.
Word of advice to all bars: Want to become our favorite place ever? Put purse hooks under your bar. Believe me, we find it just as annoying as men do when we use one whole extra chair to hold our “luggage”.
Trisha: The artwork displayed throughout the venue is that of local artist Robert Viña. You might recognize his art from a local, favorite eatery in South McAllen. The series at The Reserve depicts the adventures of a white lion and his gang of beautiful women and olives in suits, which essentially translates into portraits of the owner along with his siblings, staff and friends.
Gaby: The overall environment felt like a bachelor pad, but not like one from a twenty-something-year-old who has frameless band posters hung throughout the place and thinks the floor serves as his extra closet. No, this pad could possibly belong to the younger version of “The Most Interesting Man in the World”.
The chic jungle theme continued in the casual area where the windows were covered by large greenery. I expected Mowgli from the 1994 version of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book, the older one covered in baby oil, to come out and whisk me away.
Trisha: Our bartender was key in helping to set the mood of a chill laid-back hangout. He was easy going and liked to joke around with the guests. He even came to my rescue when a somewhat inebriated, very forward man was trying to flirt with me. Dude, come on! It’s Wednesday night, I am in jeans and a plain t-shirt, it’s been a stressful week and I have a vodka-soda in my hand. Definitely not looking for a date this evening.
Kudos to our awesome bartender for taking care of us!
Gaby: The soundtrack for the evening was provided by the acoustic sounds of Greg Garza, a.k.a. Arzalez. He plays every Wednesday evening from 9:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. While at the bar, a guest who deems himself a music connoisseur of sorts commented, “I’ll never admit this, but your friend is really good”.
Trisha: I think we should throw music reviews into our next article!
Greg sang a mix of Tom Petty, Ghostland Observatory, Eric Clapton, the Bee Gees and Coldplay amongst others. With each song Gaby and I tried, emphasis on the word tried, to sing along. I think people appreciated it more when we would stay quiet and hold our applause till the end. C’est la vie!
Gaby: INSIDER’S TIP-There’s no food offered at The Reserve, but the proprietors are totally cool with you brining in your own or having something delivered. We opted for pizza!
Trisha: In continuing our cocktail research, we noticed The Reserve has four signature cocktails: The Reserve Hound, The Lion’s Roar, The Royalty, and The Prowess. I had The Royalty. Like I’ve said before, I am not into sweet drinks, but duty calls! It was made with Ciroc Berry, cranberry and pineapple juice.
Cheers my dear for getting me off my couch and dragging me out!
Gaby: Anytime! For tasting purposes, our bartender was kind enough to make our drinks in smaller batches. I opted for The Prowess which apparently is made with a secret recipe, but it definitely had coconut rum and some pineapple juice. I took a sip of Trisha’s drink and liked hers more than mine.
A cool idea would be to make a flight of these 4 signature drinks and offer them as option for a special price.
Trisha: Happy Hour at The Reserve is from Monday through Friday 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., with $2.50 domestic pints and margaritas along with $4.00 well drinks. Located at 205 Conquest Blvd, Edinburg, TX 78539, The Reserve is open Monday through Wednesday from 5:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.; Thursday through Saturday from 5:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.; and closed on Sundays. Contact their friendly staff at (956) 457-3262.