Caliente is done up like an old hacienda with exposed beams, wood and iron fixtures, cactus decor and rustic wooden chairs. The interior bar and dining room stay warm and cozy in the winter but if the sun is shining, you've got to get outside. For something mellow, try the patio around the front of the building. If you’re looking for the party, head upstairs to the rooftop deck with its Palapa Bar and view of the lake. The cuisine at Caliente matches the decor: Tex-Mex with a Southwestern accent. The menu is packed with tasty bar snacks with a few Platos Grandes, some fajita platters and tacos, of course. But you’re here for the drinks, right? Caliente is well known for its wide selection of tequilas. Have a shot or a flight, a traditional margarita or something different like the Prickly Pear Margarita or a Ginger Anejo Julep. Come by on the first Thursday of every other month for a tequila tasting. But you haven’t experienced Caliente until you’ve gotten brain freeze from their signature frozen drink, the ChupaCabra, a blend of tequila, rum, peach schnapps and tropical juices. Salud!
8791 North Lake Boulevard, Kings Beach, CA