July 15, 2022

Venus Spirits Cocktails & Kitchen Beachside Opens at Rio Del Mar State Beach

Sean Venus, head distiller and owner of Venus Kitchen + Cocktails on Santa Cruz’s westside, has opened a second location eight miles south of Santa Cruz in the Rio Del Mar neighborhood of Aptos. Located a stone’s throw from the ocean at Rio Del Mar State Beach, Chef John Harry – formerly of the Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur – is heading up the kitchen at this new eatery. Leveraging the abundance of local agriculture and seafood, John is planning to add some southern flavor to the dishes he creates, utilizing his Georgia roots. Venus Spirits Cocktails + Kitchen Beachside will naturally feature a full bar with hand-crafted cocktails made with the distillery’s award-winning gins, whiskeys, agave spirits, and aquavit. Menu items like oysters Bienville, a classic New Orleans dish of baked oysters with shrimp, mushrooms, bacon, white wine, and scallions and cornmeal dusted and fried with cheese grits and braised greens will be offered, as well as popular staples like roasted local Brussels sprouts.

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