My coworkers and I decided to try a little variation from our normal Friday Happy Hour spot last week. We ventured to Uncle Julio’s in Ballston for a taste of their margaritas. Arriving just after 5pm, the bar was fairly filled, at least to the point where the five of us couldn’t find a seat there. Luckily, we were able to sit in the relatively vacant restaurant area (that would later fill up) and still get the happy hour specials.
While we debated on drink orders, it was nice to be able to chow down on tortilla chips and salsa. This was refilled throughout the visit. For the first round, everyone ordered a margarita of some variation. These were priced at a $2.25 discount from the regular price. My frozen strawberry margaritas rang up as $6 a piece. I will say this did come as quite the surprise when the check came because the server initially stated that all margaritas were $2.25 (rather than the $2.25 discount). The drinks around the table were almost all good…with one exception. The swirl drink was unanimously decided that it tasted like chemicals (more specifically how dog shampoo smells). Luckily, my friend spoke up to the server and the manager was very nice about coming to speak with us. He exchanged the drink at no extra charge. Do NOT go to Uncle Julio’s and order the swirl….trust me. As previously mentioned, the restaurant area quickly filled up with patrons looking for dinner and different intentions than our group’s intention of drinking. If you do go to Uncle Julio’s just be aware that Friday nights can be rather family-oriented in the restaurant area and you should probably just stay in the bar area if looking for a strictly young crowd.
Prior to coming to Uncle Julio’s I was warned of food that was on the expensive side, but that they had cheap drinks. After visiting, my impression was so-so. While the staff was friendly and well-intentioned, the terrible drink and miscommunication of happy hour prices left Uncle Julio’s with a warning strike. If you’re in Ballston, I’d recommend Chevys over Uncle Julio’s for drinks at least.