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Fort Lauderdale’s First and Only Tequila-Dedicated Bar, Rio’s Tequila Bar Is Now Open

Fort Lauderdale’s First and Only Tequila-Dedicated Bar, Rio’s Tequila Bar Is Now Open

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SFL Food Group, a Fort Lauderdale,-based hospitality group led by Mike Linder specializing in timeless dining concepts across South Florida, is proud to announce the opening of Rio’s Tequila Bar. As Fort Lauderdale’s first and only tequila-dedicated cocktail bar, Rio’s offers a curated lineup of tequilas from some of the finest distilleries. Located at 620 S Federal Hwy among the tree-lined streets of Rio Vista, the hidden bar’s namesake, Rio’s Tequila Bar menu serves up craft cocktails, tequila flights with educational tastings, mixology classes, and globally-inspired, tapas-style bar bites.

“With an intimate feel and elevated ambiance, Rio’s Tequila Bar is a haven for every tequila lover,” says Mike Linder, Owner of SFL Food Group. “At SFL Food Group, we pride ourselves on delivering concepts that tap into a deeper sense of place and offer guests a space that’s an extension of their home. Rio’s is no different – immersed within Rio Vista, this special tequila hideaway gives guests the chance to sip on their favorite libations while learning about the history and deep culture behind their favorite spirits.”

Signature cocktails include Smoking Gun with Se Busca Blanco Mezcal, walnut bitters, honey, and smoked Oak wood; Vida Verde with Amaras Mezcal, mint, cucumber, jalapeño and lemon;  Sixth St. Sour with Rosaluna Mezcal, chinola passion fruit, and pisco; and Coming in Hot with El Silencio Mezcal, Rockey’s Botanical Liquor, lime, and chili oil.

Bar bites include Carnitas Chiquitas with carnitas pork, avocado, cabbage, pico, and cilantro crema; Canyon Ceviche with poached calamari, shrimp, Chef’s choice fish, jalapeño, pico de gallo, citrus, and seasoned corn tortilla chips; and Masala Dusted Venison Skewers with blueberry serrano reduction and pickled red onion.

Rio’s Tequila Bar is a first-of-its-kind concept in the area offering unique tequila and mezcal educational programming including tastings and mixology classes. With the capability to seat 25 people, Rio’s has an intimate feel and elevated ambiance with modern Southwest décor, creating a chic desert vibe in Rio Vista. Rio’s Tequila Bar offers limited weekly seatings and is available for private bookings and events.

Rio’s Tequila Bar is open Thursday through Saturday from 5:00 p.m. to close. For more information, please visit To make a reservation, please call 754-779-7199.

Rio's Tequila Bar