Be Kind & Rewind offers a welcome blast from the past
A landline phone mounted next to a mural of Selena in Be nice and rewind isn’t just a great photoshoot, it’s also a way to connect with the other landline at the opposite end of the new 80s, 90s-themed downtown bar and early 2000s.
After all, what’s more authentically 90s than a working landline phone?
It’s just one of many design details that take Be Kind & Rewind guests completely back to the days when iPhones weren’t in everyone’s hands and renting a VHS tape from Blockbuster on Fridays was all the rage. (Naturally, there’s also a large Blockbuster-esque video wall that’s another ripe spot for Instagrammable moments).
Officially opening Friday, October 28, the bar is in the old Fuddruckers near Alamo Plaza, which has been transformed by co-owners Alex Amaro, Davis Phillips and David Strainge, all of whom have highlighted their desire for the bar to be a space welcoming for everybody.
Themed, Be Kind & Rewind food and drink menu is printed inside various VHS tape covers, Pretty in pink at Free from all ties.
Expect cocktails to arrive in creative containers, from tumblers that take you straight back to science class to a Disco Punch drink served in a disco ball. If you plan to bring a big party, there are also plenty of cocktails to share.
The dishes on offer pair perfectly with themed cocktails, juicy sliders with crispy pizza fries and more. Chef Jay Rod also notes that there are vegan and gluten-free options, as he wanted every guest to have the chance to eat something safe in the kitchen.
Amaro, originally from San Antonio, was the mastermind behind the theme and nostalgia-tinged concept of Be Kind & Rewind. Their team also collaborated with local artist Colton Valentine, who created the aforementioned Selena mural and other incredible artwork throughout the bar, including murals of Britney Spears, Prince, David Bowie and Madonna.
Be sure to do a few pinball spins and take a photo with Pac-Man before heading home. There’s also a classic claw game, a hallway filled with fun mirrors, and even a Rubix cube room.
Be Kind Rewind was “created by locals, for locals,” says Phillips. “We want everyone to feel safe and welcome here.”