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Patio Unmatched

01/15/2020 02:08PM ● By Jessie Monsivais

By: Jessie Monsivais  Photos by: Rachel Benavides 

If you’re looking for a vibe that perfectly mixes the feeling of a throwback with a sense of trendiness, then The Social is the place for you; and although it’s only January, here in the Coastal Bend, patio seating is a must year-round. 

Originating from Houston, local entrepreneur Mike Polakis has been in the bar business for many years. Mike has been working for most of his life with his father, who has been in the bar business for as long as he can remember. He has established some of the community’s favorite hangout spots, like singing karaoke at Molly’s or watching the game at Gators Sports Bar. 

“Opportunity brought us to Corpus. I really enjoy the outdoors, and Corpus is centrally located for that. It made sense to build a place that allows for the enjoyment of that,” says Mike. “This is what the building spoke to me. I felt like Corpus needed a space that had a patio like this – it’s something I think people would enjoy.”

The large, open patio at The Social includes a full-service bar in a shipping container, games of cornhole, HDTVs, and handmade tables from recycled wine and whiskey barrels. The incorporation of repurposed metal and wood creates a fun and enjoyable environment to relax. 

“I wanted to build a place that was nice but still comfortable and approachable. I have a very eclectic crowd, and I wanted a spot where everyone can go and enjoy themselves,” shares Mike.

The atmosphere and menu reflect The Social’s modus operandi for diversity, from classics with a twist to original concoctions blasted with flavor. The Black Almond Old Fashioned combines the flavor of bourbon, agave, Cointreau, and almond to create a delicious beverage that makes you feel sophisticated and funky. The Strawberry Basil Rickey is the perfect cocktail for every season, with muddled fresh strawberries and basil, mixed with Cointreau, fresh lime juice, and gin, topped off with club soda. If you’re a peach lover, then the Peach Donkey is your go-to, shaken with Deep Eddy Peach, pure peach puree, ginger liqueur, and fresh lemon juice – topped with ginger beer and a peach slice. 

Visit on Sundays for the Sunhat Sunday event, which features deals on Mimosas and Bellinis along with a free chicken and waffle bar, with a batter made in-house. The Social also offers other fun mixers during the week such as Working Women’s White Claw Wednesdays, speed dating events, and tasting events that feature a different spirit each month. 

No matter the month (yes, even in January), patio seating is key in the Coastal Bend, and after a visit to The Social on a beautiful, sunny, and 65º day, with a perfect cocktail in hand, it is clear to see why they have given themselves the title of the best patio around town. 

Contact: 4535 SPID - Suite 38, Corpus Christi, Texas | (361) 692-2999 | thesocialcc@gmail.com