Friday, July 12, 2024

New nightclub and ‘shot house’ opens in place of Victoria’s Sonora Bar & Grill


In case you haven’t heard, the downtown Latin restaurant Sonora Bar & Grill decided to close its doors, undergoing renovations and rebranding to make way for the next chapter.

The newly uplifted space, located downtown at 531 Yates Street, is now home to Medusa’s Shot House, which boasts a signature menu listing over 150 fun and creative shots (and some food options too)!

In fact, in an interview with Victoria Buzz, co-owner José Zendejas revealed a unique detail about their shots, which don’t just place emphasis on stereotypical shot-style spirits.

“Our shots are more like a cocktail-style—a cocktail in a shot glass!”

Shots no longer have to be something you suffer through for the sake of partying, you can immerse yourself in different flavours and enjoy every second.

Zendejas mentioned that his favourite, and one he knows will be popular, is the Chocolate Cake Shot, but you’ll just have to visit to find out for yourself!

Of course, for all of you tequila fans out there, they will still be offering the classic and familiar shots that many know and love.

Also new, and in place of Sonora’s Mexican cuisine, they’ve implemented a delicious selection of bar eats/appetizers to munch on between shots.

Treat yourself to menu items including poutine, onion rings, popcorn chicken, cheese balls, gyoza and so much more. 

When asked why they decided to rebrand and renovate, Zendejas touched on the need for a fresh start, and shifting gears would enable them to open up their doors to a larger demographic. 

They’re thrilled to welcome back their Latin community regulars, but they hope to expand and welcome in all of Victoria’s shot-loving folks in—whatever the occasion. 

“We are excited to bring in more customers. We want people to come and to gather with friends.”

In addition to their food and drink offerings, they hope to regularly host themed events, such as Afro-beats night, Latin night and other dance-esque activities. 

They have a few upcoming events, including a 90s Night on Saturday, June 15th and a Glow Party on Saturday, June 29th! For the full schedule of events, visit their website.

After a successful soft launch, their spirits are high and they’re excited to be a part of this next chapter for the space, which they will continue to run as a family.

Come and check out Medusa’s Shot House and see for yourself!

Medusa’s Shot House

  • Where: 531 Yates Street
  • When: Hours vary

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