Aptos, California, June 16th 2023 – Venus Spirits, the award-winning distillery, is excited to announce that the reopening of its Venus Spirits Cocktails & Kitchen beachside location will be this July. The kitchen will be led by Chef Gaby Molina, currently the chef of the Westside Santa Cruz location. Pastry Chef Nicole Sanchez will be preparing all baked goods for both restaurants and Venus Pie Trap, the pie, coffee, pizza spot located next door to the beachside restaurant.
The fully renovated location will offer a unique dining experience, with a menu that showcases locally sourced ingredients with a focus on sustainable seafood. Chef Gaby Molina, who has been with Venus Spirits since 2020, will bring her expertise in California cuisine to the menu.
“We are thrilled to be reopening our new beachside location in Aptos,” said Sean Venus, founder of Venus Spirits. “We are excited to bring our award-winning spirits and unique dining experience to the community, this time in a space that more closely reflects Venus Spirits.”
Venus opened Cocktails & Kitchen Beachside during the summer of last year, and closed in November for a complete redesign that expanded kitchen space, relocated the bar and modernized the space. The renovated space, designed by Stripe Design Services, will have elements that reflect the westside location while also bringing a sense of coastal influence. The full bar will feature cocktails made with Venus Spirits’ locally distilled whiskey, gin, vodka, rum and agave spirits, which will also be available for purchase by the bottle. The restaurant will also offer a selection of local wines and beers.
The Aptos restaurant was awarded “best new restaurant”
in the Good Times Best of Santa Cruz 2023 awards, and the menu will bring back the lobster roll and oysters, along with new dishes like grilled maitake and vegan poke. End your meal with a Venus espresso martini and slice of fresh pie.
“We are excited to bring our passion for food and spirits to the Aptos community,” said Chef Gaby Molina. “We look forward to creating a unique dining experience that showcases the best of California cuisine.”
About Venus Spirits Cocktails & Kitchen
The original location is located on the Westside of Santa Cruz, part of the warehouse that is home to the distillery, Venus Spirits Cocktails & Kitchen and the tasting room. We look forward to welcoming you back to the beachside location soon!
About Venus Spirits, LLC
Founded in 2013 by Sean Venus, Venus Spirits is located in Santa Cruz, California. Venus Spirits currently produces small-batch spirits Wayward Whiskey, Venus Spirits Gin, Aquavit, Vodka and El Ladrón Blue Agave Spirits and rum. A line of canned cocktails launched in 2019. Distributed throughout California by Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, Venus Spirits is available at fine locations across the state and may be purchased online through select retailers or Venus Spirits’ online shop.