During the warmer months, the stylish tapas eatery Barrio opens up its giant walls of windows, welcoming a summer breeze through the entire restaurant. And if you want to grab some sun to go with the Spanish fare, there are tables on two patios, but get there early because they fill up quick.

During the warmer months, the stylish tapas eatery Barrio opens up its giant walls of windows, welcoming a summer breeze through the entire restaurant. And if you want to grab some sun to go with the Spanish fare, there are tables on two patios, but get there early because they fill up quick.

My favorite spot is the mammoth natural wood table along an open wall next the Spring Street patio. It's perfect for a large group - close to the bar and the breeze.

The Booze:

The old adage "quality over quantity" holds true at Barrio, which pours only a handful of beers and two dozen carefully selected wines.

During happy hour, Red Stripe bottles and Modelo Especial cans are half off, as are all glasses of wine. But the best options are the pitchers of margaritas and sangria for $12.50 (that's half-price).

The margaritas, rightly served on the rocks, stick to the traditional recipe. With a frothy blood color and the perfect mixture of vino, booze, 7Up and OJ, the red sangria is refreshing but still has a decent bite.

If you're looking for something a little stronger, three infused liquors have you covered. The pineapple-infused vodka and tequila are sweet ($3), and the "Del Thrill" pepper-infused vodka is spicy ($2). Both can be sipped straight up or on ice.

The Food:

While the drink choices at Barrio aren't limitless, the food specials are plentiful.

All small plates are half-off during happy hour. I recommend the chorizo and Manchengo cheese meatballs or the newly added red-wine-soaked chorizo - both are spiced, but not too spicy.

While the small plates menu is more than respectable, the daily specials are the highlight. Crispy fried empanadas are eight for $12 on Wednesdays and tacos are $2 on Thursdays.

The three tacos I tasted (chicken, beef and fish) were of the authentic street variety, and the tilapia with pickled cabbage was mouthwateringly grand.