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Tiny Cantina lets patrons drink, browse and shop

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Customers who visit Tiny Cantina at The Shops at La Cantera can grab a drink and go. Libations include the Cafe de Olla con Crema and the Sherry Cobbler. Courtesy photos

Sip and shop is the philosophy behind Tiny Cantina, which gives customers a chance to enjoy an alcoholic beverage while strolling The Shops at La Cantera.

Designed like an open-air, stand-alone bar, it debuted in October at 15900 La Cantera Parkway near Bar Louie and Yard House.

Customers can indulge in libations on the patio or take drinks to go.

“The timing was perfect because when I called La Cantera … they had already talked about it and had already approved having people walk around with wine and beer,” said proprietor Raul Correa.

In the hospitality industry for six years, Correa also owns 151 Saloon and Ceviche Ceviche, and is a co-owner of Whiskey Tree.

His new grab-and-go attraction sells craft beer, along with imports and domestics, wine and wine-based margaritas and cocktails.

“I have other bars and I never go to them,” Correa said. “I can just come here, sit by the fountains and have a beer. It’s just refreshing. It feels like you’re at a resort.”

Derik Cortez, founder of The Alderman Beverage Co., helped create the cocktails.

The drinks, inspired by different eras from around the world, include a champagne julep.

“We put a lot of thought and heart into the drink menu,” Correa said.

His current favorite is the Champurrado, inspired by Aztec culture of the 1300s. It features tawny port and Nestle Abuelita Chocolate, served warmed.

Correa plans a second Tiny Cantina in North Star Mall, followed by one in The Woodlands.

Hours are 2-9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 2-6 p.m. Sunday.

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