Small Victory

Bars, Cocktail bars Congress Ave District
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Small Victory
Photograph: Courtesy Small Victory/Robert J. Lerma

Owner Josh Loving’s Small Victory is actually a huge victory; the bar serves cocktails borrowed from the past in a gorgeous space that still feels like a secret—despite all of the acclaim. Nestled in the corner of the parking garage behind the Stephen F. Austin Intercontinental Hotel, the bar is found up a flight of stairs and behind a heavy wooden door. The former dive bar has been transformed with new plush banquette seating that spans the length of the room, as well as a large, round booth in the back that you just know is the epicenter for wheelings and dealings. The Artist’s Special—adapted from a 1927 bar book—is a great example of Small Victory’s style. It’s a variation on the whiskey sour using Scotch instead of American whiskey to add smokiness to the sherry, lemon and grenadine.  

By: Anastacia Uriegas


Venue name: Small Victory
Address: 108 E 7th St

Cross street: between Congress Ave and Brazos St
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 5pm-11am
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It was no small victory to find this bar, but once you do you'll soon find that this is a hidden gem. Like a true speakeasy, you'll never know it's there unless you've been there before but it's charming and intimate when you head upstairs and grab yourself a cocktail.


If you have a group, grab the back booth if you can. It's a great intimate space for a night out with friends. The new cocktail program is particularly strong, both in terms of quality and wobbly-knees-ness.