Vintage floral fit and flare dress
Dress, Temperance (thrifted); belt, Club Monaco; shoes, J. Crew Factory; bag, MbMJ (via consignment)

Right before I went back to work, my husband and I got to have one last (summer) date night courtesy of my parents, who offered to babysit. You don’t turn down that kind of offer. At least, we don’t. So I got myself gussied up, and we hit Whyte Ave with a vengeance. I love the vintagey vibe of this dress I thrifted at Value Village for $8, so I added some actual vintage sparklers – a matching brooch ‘n earrings set.

vintage brooch; Vintage floral fit and flare dress

We decided to check out El Cortez Tequila Bar because, apparently, our newest hobby is hanging out at hipster haunts. Also, my husband loves Mexican food. Also also, we were both in a nostalgic mood; we remember about 3 previous incarnations of this little joint. I spent many a night in my undergrad years dancing at Suite 69 upstairs – and I can’t quite believe it’s still there 15 years later. That’s practically an eternity in nightclub years.

Back to the present. The menu is not extensive (the name gives fair warning that the food is secondary at El Cortez), and everything is kinda expensive for the amount you get. We enjoyed the salsa trio appetizer, as well as the cheese taco. The other tacos were forgettable. I persuaded my husband to get a Dos Equis beer, because how could he not. I Instagrammed everything, because how could I not.

Edmonton El Cortez tequila bar; dos equis beer
Hipster tacos

We also got the (mini) churros, which were excellent – possibly the best part of the meal.

Edmonton El Cortez tequila bar; churros
mini churros!

But what I really loved about El Cortez was the dedication to its theme. Everything from the table settings, to the food presentation, to the decor, is very OTT Mexicana by way of Desperado. My favourite was the bathroom.

Edmonton El Cortez tequila bar
Mexican whorehouse chic? Yes!

I could have happily spent a few hours in there, and that is not something I’ve ever said about a bathroom before. Since I was alone, I figured it was as good a time as any to take a selfie.

Edmonton El Cortez tequila bar; blue collar red lipstick

The upside of the small portions at El Cortez is that, for once, we had plenty of room for dessert – not counting the yummy churros. We took a leisurely stroll down the Ave, and hit our go-to dessert destination, Block 1912. I also made my husband stop in front of every brick wall along the way. What can I say? He really loves me.

Vintage floral fit and flare dress
same dress, different brick wall

A lot.

Vintage floral fit and flare dress
Besos, amigas

6 Comments on Date Night: El Cortez Tequila Bar & Kitchen

  1. okay, i know i say this on every post, but THIS is my favorite thing you’ve ever worn. i want you to sing sultry ballads to me in a spanish dive bar. i definitely mean that in a wonderful and not at all creepy way, i swear. my hope is that this dress never, ever stops fitting you. it’s just too perfect for you.

    someday when you come visit me, i’ll take you to all the best taco places–some with hipsters and some without. also, mini freaking churros!? you live a blessed life.

    xo nicole

  2. There is something about blues and greens that no other colour can achieve. There is also something about husbands and brick walls … but we won’t go there 😉