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Ruins, Deep Ellum’s Newest Bar and Eatery, Has Arrived

The joint specializes in rum, agave, and Mexican and South American fare

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Ruins, a Mexican and South American-influenced bar and eatery from the minds behind Armoury DE, has finally made its Deep Ellum debut.

The indoor-outdoor eatery and music venue at 2653 Commerce St kicked open the doors on Thursday. Eater has procured menu details, which include a handful of torta and traditional taco options including barbacoa, tripe, and tongue, plus tapas-style offerings like fried pork shanks and red snapper with shrimp which were created by Abram Vargas, Armoury’s chef and part-owner of Ruins.

One of Vargas’ co-owners, Peter Novotny, curated the lengthy cerveza list that features more than 30 different options (he’s also responsible for Armoury’s on-point beer selection), plus the “library” of agave and rum spirits that will be used to make its signature cocktails.

As of now, there are six yet-to-be-named blends that are heavy on the rum and agave, with more than 25 planned for the menu. One current selection features rum, mezcal, piloncillo, caffe de fuego, Peruvian bitters, and Colombian cacao, and another which has tequila, mandarin, ginger, lime, and cilantro. If Armoury’s cocktails are any indication, these will be equally as delicious.

Ruins will serve a limited menu of cocktails from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. this weekend, with more cocktail rollouts to follow in the coming weeks before the bar hosts its official grand opening on May 9th.

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