Saint Leo Lounge Opening in Oxford
It’s not often that I get to hop in the car and take a quick food trip just because. Thanks to the folks at Saint Leo Lounge, last week, I got that opportunity to indulge in food fanfare and good times. Although Oxford is a quick hour and 21 minutes straight down 55 south with only one turn, I have only visited Oxford once for a pharmacy school interview. Being a hop, skip, and jump away in Memphis, I have heard so many great things about this little small town with charm. It seems in the past decade since my last visit, Oxford has transformed into a chic town with shopping, boutique hotels and buzzing new restaurants that make Oxford an incredibly coveted trendy must-visit part of Mississippi. After a day of work, we drove down to celebrate the grand opening of a new lounge and bar, Saint Leo Lounge, on Oxford’s food and drink scene.
Saint Leo Lounge located just a few doors down from its sister restaurant Saint Leo was so alive and vibrant and packed with high energy from a chic happy hour crowd.
The opening party celebrated the new concept bar artisanal cocktails by mixology master Joe Stinchcomb, a menu of elevated bar bites, and the soon to come event space with disco balls and an illuminated dance floor.
On to the booze (mocktails for me) and the food, we tried every dish and cocktail on the menu. First up, a round of bar food to get us in the game. We enjoyed the most satisfying and delicious charcuterie party platter with asparagus, warm olives with rosemary, grilled piadini bread, prosciutto, and sweet pickles. Because that’s not enough for a shared table, we also ordered french fries and pesto stuffed arancini plus the best pistachio ice cream sundae any of us ever had.
Well because I am expecting, I didn’t get a chance to savor the cocktails but the crowd favorites at our shared table were the Prosecco Pops which is Saint Leo’s cocktail claim to fame, the “Hot Off the Presses” cocktail which has a jalapeno-infused tequila with Triple Sec, and a classic Mai Tai.
I met some really cool people while there like Anna Grace, Editor of Hotty Toddy, and staff who made the night so fun. I even learned more about the city of Oxford, its history and its unique Southern Culture. I will be making the trip back down to Oxford for a night at Saint Leo Lounge after the baby and to experience the sister restaurant Saint Leo.
Thank you to Saint Leo Lounge for having me at this amazing opening. Cheers to new friends and new food memories!
VISIT Saint Leo & Saint Leo Lounge
1101 Jackson Ave East Oxford, MS 38655