Houston is all abuzz about the city’s newest cocktail lounge, Axis. Little wonder, since this contemporary bar is a chic headliner at the Royal Sonesta Houston, which just completed a magnificent $25 million renovation.

Royal Houston's Grand Smash

Royal Houston’s Grand Smash

Its sleek new space with its astronomy theme—a nod to Houston’s role in space exploration—isn’t the only thing that’s sophisticated about Axis. The drink menu here also offers a fair share of, shall we say, discovery. It’s all part of Sonesta’s continued commitment to providing refreshing alternatives to the everyday. Whether you’re sharing a drink with friends, family or colleagues, you’ll enjoy handcrafted drinks, including Axis Lounge’s own riff on infamous libations from cities around the world.

First, raise your glass to Innovative Celebrations featuring farm or garden fresh products. Contemporary Classics updates some tried and true favorites with a fresh twist. The result? Let’s just say that we think there’s no daiquiri quite as masculine as the Hemingway Daiquiri. Lastly, there are our Deconstructed Discoveries. As you might guess, we leave you to construct these yourself, giving you the chance to try your hand at the fine art of mixology. We’ll bring you all you need to handcraft your own signature cocktail, including exotic herbs and bitters. We give you the base. You add the flavor. Then shake, muddle or stir your own Mojito, Margarita or Garden & Tonic tableside.

Royal Houston's Deconstructed Mojito

Royal Houston’s Deconstructed Mojito

As for wines, you won’t find ordinary vintages in our cellar. The two dozen red and white varieties poured at Axis cannot typically be found on retail shelves. And wine lovers know that there’s nothing like finding that special vintage to call your own and return to again and again. Whether sparkling wines from France, crisp whites from Germany and Washington State, or lively reds from Portugal and Argentina, we bring the most exciting flavors from vines all over the world to your glass.

We curate our beer selection from all over, too, pouring the best of hops and barley. Our menu is a balanced sampling of household names interwoven with intriguing local, domestic and international craft beers.  Texas craft, California craft, domestic and imported—you’ll enjoy names as familiar as Coors and as foreign as the German Paulaner Hefe-Weizen.

Sonesta’s Liquid Art takes many forms at the new Axis Lounge. And there’s only one way to enjoy it all … raise your glass!