Azul 17 has its grand opening this weekend
Azul 17, a new Mexican restaurant and lounge specializing in upscale cocktails, is celebrating its grand opening this weekend.
The odd part? Azul 17 is at 9400 Snowden River Parkway Suite 127 in Columbia.
Do you think Columbia is ready for something like this?
Owners Julio and Lily Soto do. They've lived in Columbia for 15-odd years, according to Amber Drenner, Azul 17's general manager.
"They're residents here and feel like this is something Columbia needed," Drenner said. "It's gorgeous."
From the way Drenner describes it, Azul 17 sounds sharp ...
The space is done in crisp whites and bright blues, and the bar changes colors, she said. But the drink list is what really interested me. True to its name, Azul 17 has 17 signature margaritas, 17 signature cocktails and a wide-reaching list of bottled beers.
Each of the signature cocktails are made with name brand liquors, hand-squeezed juices and fresh nectars, Drenner said. The cocktails range in price from $9 to $13. We're talking about mojitos, Cuba libres, caipirinhas -- oh my.
After 10 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, DJs will spin house and Latin music, and the dining area will be turned into a lounge, Drenner said.They also have a dance floor.
Azul 17 had its soft-opening on Labor Day weekend. To celebrate its grand opening, Azul 17 will be offering drink specials and giveaways. Its normal happy hour is from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and features $5 margaritas.
Hours are 11:30 a.m.-midnight Sundays-Wednesdays and 11:30 a.m.-2 a.m. Thursdays-Saturdays.