New tequila bar offering 20 percent off discount for National Tequila Day today

Credit: Bar Granada

Credit: Bar Granada

Downtown Dayton’s brand new tequila bar will give patrons a reason to have a fiesta today, July 24.


Bar Granada, 5 W. Monument Ave. at North Main Street, will offer 20 percent off house-selected flights of three tequilas in celebration of the unofficial holiday, co-owner Paul Pelnar said.

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“We invite people to come on in if they want to try the spirit in a unique place, he said.

Credit: Mark Fisher

Credit: Mark Fisher

Bantanga — a savory tequila blanco cocktail made with a list of ingredients that includes "chili mud," Coca-Cola and fresh lime juice — will be sold all night for $4.50, happy hour prices.

Other handcrafted specialties include the BG Margarita, a honey paloma, a tequila sunset and a pomegranate margarita.

Most regularly priced cocktails are $9 or $10.

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Pelnar said regularly priced, self-selected flights range from $8 to $30.

Each tequila flight comes in a set  of three, half-ounce pours.

“They are presented on a tasting board. We have tasting notes,” Pelnar explained. “We educate people on what they are drinking.”


Credit: Mark Fisher

Credit: Mark Fisher

Located in the former site of The Wine Gallery, Bar Granada reopened under its new Latin theme late last month. It features food from Latin Arepas and a tequila tasting room.

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Bar Granada originally opened with a tapas concept in November.


Pelnar said tequila is unfairly underrated due partly to popular brands.

“It really is a misunderstood spirit. It is a finely crafted spirit,” he said.

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“It is something you become an aficionado of like any other wine or spirit. The more you taste, the more you experience, the more you appreciate it.”

Pelnar said Bar Granada serves tequila with 100 percent blue agave and no mixtos, which are thought to lead to those nasty hangovers that give the spirit such a bad rep.

A good tequila is to be sipped rather than shot, he said, adding that they are traditionally served neat.

“You should first experience it through the nose and let it breath a little bit,” Pelnar said. “Sip it slowly and let it hit the tongue and try to discern what you are drinking.”

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