Talk about lucky: Clarita Hinojosa gets to combine her two passions—music and bartending—in her gig at Capitol Hill's new vinyl-only bar Revolver (1514 E Olive Way, 860-7000). An Austin native and alum of bar programs at La Bête and Artusi, Clarita books Revolver's DJs, occasionally spins a few records herself, and creates cocktails she says are "casual, but with thoughtful ingredients. I make my own berry shrub, I infuse a cucumber-dill vodka... Even though it's not a 'craft' bar, we can offer the same kind of profile, but for less money and with a more casual atmosphere." The three-month-old watering hole serves Cajun small plates and loud music alongside classic drinks like their best-selling house old-fashioned, made with Old Overholt rye whiskey, brown-sugar simple syrup, and bitters, garnished with orange peel.
Clarita spends what little time she finds away from Revolver at Speckled & Drake, two blocks away (1355 E Olive Way, 917-476-9328). "Jeremy, their bar manager, and I kind of think of ourselves as sister bars," she says. "We have an employee in common, and some of the same clientele and music taste." Some of the same DJs can be found at both bars, too, her favorite being DJ Kurt Bloch, who's "always fun" and "plays a lot of rock and roll and danceable punk, new and old."