bonito bar photo by meera nagarajan

​Bonito Bar brings new life and great drinks to Frida's in University City

The new iteration of University City’s Frida’s – which has recently reopened as a plant-forward, pescatarian restaurant – includes Bonito Bar, a little jewel box of a space decorated with a gilded ceiling, tropical, floral print-lined light shades, and dozens of tiny clear glass hummingbirds – and one colorful glass parrot – suspended from the ceiling. The cocktail list reflects this equatorial setting through fruity, well-balanced drinks made with top-shelf spirits, like The Bonito, which combines two different rums with blood orange aperitif, pineapple, lime and agave, and Oaxaca’s Last Word, made with El Buho mezcal, green chartreuse, maraschino liqueur and lime juice. There’s also a robust selection of low-ABV “session” cocktails and mocktails like the Passion Project made with Lyre’s non-alcoholic rum, lime and passion fruit syrup. Bar patrons can also order from the Frida’s food menu; the gooey, zippy baked goat cheese was an excellent accompaniment to our fruity tipples.

622 North and South Road, University City, 314.727.6500,