Spring Branch Sweets Shop Is Actually Swanky Speakeasy-Style Bar and Lounge

George Villa
Spring Branch Sweets Shop Is Actually Swanky Speakeasy-Style Bar and Lounge

OVER THE PAST five years or so, Spring Branch, which was founded in the late 1800s, has established itself as one of Houston’s most diverse and foodie-friendly neighborhoods. Newcomers like Blind Goat, Wild Oats and La Cruderia have denizens heading out to dinner more often.


New bars have joined the ’hood, too. The Decoy lures sports enthusiasts, Loose Cannon offers cocktails in a nautical setting, and The Library draws wine imbibers with its fairly priced menu. And as of this week, Aye Candy is the new kid on the block, located at 1849 Bingle Rd.

Taking inspiration from speakeasies in Mexico City, guests enter the bar through a small candy storefront glittering with sugary delights. Aye, meaning “wow” in Spanish, is the first word that comes to mind when stepping through. The new concept aims to provide the rapidly growing area with a sophisticated cocktail lounge featuring craft libations. “We wanted to bring an adult escape to the neighborhood,” owner Cristy Velasco said in a statement.

A moody interior awaits with dark lighting, velvet seating, upscale finishes and upbeat music. Find banquette seating across the back wall with various tables for two, while couches and lounge seating is offered for larger groups. Velasco conceptualized the program with motivation from her husband, who has food and beverage establishments in Monterrey, Mexico. She wanted to create a space that their friends and family could enjoy where they can dress up and unwind without venturing far from home.

Getting thirsty? Expect various signature drinks adorned with candy, naturally, plus classic cocktails with a twist like an Espresso Flor Martini and Vanilla Old Fashioned. Perfect for summer, the Watermelon High is made with Aguasol Tequila reposado, fresh watermelon and lime juice with a dash of fire bitters. Its Royale flaunts Haku vodka, strawberry, and is topped with Champagne. Wines by the glass and bottle and charcuterie boards are on offer as well. For those with a sweet tooth, candy can be purchased from the hosts!

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