Check out the cocktails at SouthBound, opening today next to Mac’s on South Boulevard

Check out the cocktails at SouthBound, opening today next to Mac’s on South Boulevard
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SouthBound, the highly anticipated new SoCal-inpsired taco joint from Jimmie Johnson and the team behind Mac’s Speed Shop, opens today.

The full website is live so check the food and cocktail menus and plan your mealtime attack accordingly.

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Bartender Larry Suggs joins the SouthBound team following a stint at The Punch Room at the Ritz-Carlton.

It’s a major change of pace moving from the refined, formal experience of the Ritz to a casual taco bar that begs for no-fuss beachy cocktails. And Suggs translates the theme effortlessly with an approachable menu featuring sangria and margaritas on tap, Mexican lagers, Tequila flights and gorgeous made-to-order cocktails in the $5-$15 range.

He’s also making his own triple sec and citrus salt in house and doing tons of fresh squeezed juices.

Here are some highlights…

Bartender Larry Suggs

SouthBound ‘Rita ($8)

The house margarita is served on tap and features Suggs’ own triple sec (made with leftover rinds from the juicer) and citrus salt.

El Bandtio ($12)

A refreshing (and visually pleasing) smokey pineapple cocktail made with Vida Mezcal, Jarritos pineapple soda and fresh lemon and orange.

Cerveza en Bolsa ($5)

A can of Tecate or Tecate Light served in a brown paper bag with a shot of sangrita (a non-alcoholic palate cleanser) and a salted lime. It’s a hands-on drinking experience — sip the beer and then pour in the sangrita to create a bubbling foam effect.

32oz Mexican Beers ($7-$10 each)

Carta Blanca, Corona Familiar and Tecate are available in hefty 32-ounce bottles, which can be ordered together for the table as the “Three Amigos” and delivered in a bucket of ice like a fancy champagne presentation except not at all.

Agave Flights ($18-$24)

Three options — Especial, Primero or Mezcal — all served with three sample shots.

I personally couldn’t be more excited for this addition to Charlotte’s social scene so I’ll most certainly see you there.

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