San Antonio

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  • 1. Blue Box Bar

    Historic District

    A very cool bar with a friendly vibe and bright decor, Blue Box serves a good selection of house cocktails, house shots of pineapple serrano tequila and strawberry vodka, cigars, wine, and beer—including some good seasonal craft brews. The name comes from the blue box cooler that overnight "third shift" workers at the original Pearl Brewery would keep their beers in (brewery workers could drink on the job back then). Happy hour lasts all day on Sunday and Monday. 

    312 Pearl Pkwy., San Antonio, Texas, 78215, USA
  • 2. Esquire Tavern


    Originally opened in 1933 following the end of Prohibition, the Esquire Tavern has a storied past as the oldest riverfront bar on the River Walk. The legendary locale even claims to be the longest bar in Texas, at 100 feet. The sleek, dark 1930s interior blends well with an elevated pub-style menu. The evolving seasonal classic cocktail menu is a favorite of locals and visitors alike. The intimate Downstairs area is directly on the River Walk and is open Friday and Saturday from 7 pm to 2 am.

    155 E. Commerce St., San Antonio, Texas, 78205, USA
  • 3. Iron Cactus Mexican Grill and Margarita Bar


    Choose from the extensive selection of tequilas and margaritas here as well as nearly 30 tequila flights for the indecisive. They also have domestic, imported, and Texas craft beers.

    200 River Walk, San Antonio, Texas, 78205, USA
  • 4. Menger Bar


    At this historic bar within the historic Menger Hotel (one of the city's great cultural treasures), listen to tales of how Teddy Roosevelt recruited his army of Rough Riders here. The bar was built in 1871, as a replica of London's House of Lords pub. It's a fun place to go with friends for a drink or to meet the locals. A small pub menu is served all day. 

    204 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, Texas, 78205, USA
  • 5. Sternewirth Tavern & Club Room

    Historic District

    One of the most elegant spaces at the Pearl—no surprise since it's inside Hotel Emma—the bar is named for the Sternewirth Privilege, the 19th-century tradition of giving brewery employees free beer during the workday. The cool, dark, inviting space has a 25-foot vaulted ceiling over a collection of softly lit seats, a fireplace, and a beautiful bar serving signature cocktails, beer, and wine, along with satisfying bar bites. 

    136 E. Grayson St., San Antonio, Texas, 78215, USA
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  • 6. Azúca

    King William Historic District

    On Friday and Saturday night, come to Azúca to put some salsa or merengue in your step. When you aren't dancing, you'll be sipping on a Latin or specialty cocktail. A full dinner menu and more than 15 types of mojitos are available, too.

    709 S. Alamo St., San Antonio, Texas, 78205, USA
  • 7. Bar du Mon Ami

    Alamo Heights

    This quiet, cozy neighborhood bar is a favorite go-to for area locals. You'll get a greeting from pleasant bartenders and, on certain days, from a very sweet dog. The space has a chill, intimate atmosphere that's dimly lit and perfect for conversation. Experienced bartenders serve craft cocktails, wine, and beer. They don't serve food, but there is a restaurant next door.

    4901 Broadway, San Antonio, Texas, 78209, USA
  • 8. Bonham Exchange


    If you're staying near the Alamo, this is a must-see LGBTQ club for the open-minded and those who aspire to be. Housed in the 20,000-square-foot classic 1892 Turner Hall, the Bonham Exchange is a testament to the tenacity of legendary downtown developer Arthur P. "Hap" Veltman, who scouted the area in 1980 to replace his previous gay nightclub, the San Antonio Country. After a costly renovation, the club opened in 1981, and this amazing place has been going strong ever since. There are three levels of lively dance floors plus a bar area off the entrance. Multiple DJs spin every music genre you can imagine. Every year they throw an impossible-to-describe Halloween bash, and the club has a float in the Battle of Flowers parade during the annual Fiesta Week. Touring companies of Broadway shows have held their cast parties here, and at least one ghost hunter has scoured top to bottom for anybody who might have forgotten to (or didn't want to) leave the party. It has a friendly, welcoming atmosphere and great drink specials. Cover charges vary from nothing to $5 depending on days and times. 

    411 Bonham St., San Antonio, Texas, 78205, USA
  • 9. Broadway 50/50

    Alamo Heights

    Built in 1935, this fun, casual place has been a staple of the Alamo Heights community for so long that most people can't remember when it wasn't there. The crowd is eclectic, although it skews younger, and it's a great place to hang out, have a cold adult beverage, listen to live music or karaoke, and watch sports. There's also a lunch and dinner menu—the burgers alone have their own devout following. The weekend brunch serves breakfast plates, sandwiches, tacos, French toast, and omelets.

    5050 Broadway, San Antonio, Texas, 78209, USA
  • 10. Drink Texas


    Across from Hotel Contessa, Drink Texas serves tapas and has a large variety of signature cocktails, wines by the bottle, and wines by the glass. They're also known for their long (2 pm to 9 pm) happy hour. 

    200 Navarro St., San Antonio, Texas, 78205, USA
  • 11. Howl at the Moon


    Come here to have a dueling-piano bar and high-energy live show experience—and don't hesitate to sing along. They have a big selection of cocktails, shots, and beers. It's a great place for parties and group events. 

    111 W. Crockett St., San Antonio, Texas, 78205, USA
  • 12. Jazz, TX

    Historic District

    Book your table and seating times online for a visit to this favorite cool spot for live jazz and fine dining. Jazz, TX is located in the basement of the Food Hall and Bottling Department, accessible by outside stairs or indoor elevator. With seven shows a week (two on Saturday and Sunday nights), they have quite the variety of live music performances: jazz, blues, big band, Texas swing, salsa, and Latin jazz. The atmosphere is very old-school supper club, with craft cocktails, wine, and beer being served. There's a pretty standard food menu, too. Weekend shows are $35 per person, while weekday shows run $20 to $25. 

    312 Pearl Pkwy., San Antonio, Texas, 78215, USA
  • 13. Mad Dogs British Pub


    Claiming to be an authentic British-theme pub, Mad Dogs offers a selection of imported beers and cocktails as well as entertainment that includes DJs, karaoke, and live acts.They also have a pub menu of fish and chips, Scotch eggs, bangers and mash, and more. Shows are "mostly" family-friendly, but no minors are admitted after 10 pm. 

    123 Losoya St., San Antonio, Texas, 78205, USA
  • 14. Pat O'Brien's


    The San Antonio outpost of New Orleans institution Pat O'Brien's serves the bar's wickedly strong Hurricanes, along with cocktails like the Cyclone and the Cat-5 Margarita. They have live music daily on the patio and a New Orleans–style menu.

    121 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, Texas, 78205, USA
  • 15. Re:Rooted 210 Urban Winery & Tasting Room


    With this winemaking and tasting room facility in downtown San Antonio, this urban winery specializes in local wine education and serving only Texas wines. It usually features six wines on tap and dozens of bottles. 

    623 Hemisfair Blvd., San Antonio, Texas, 78205, USA
  • 16. The Republic of Texas


    After dinner, the Republic of Texas restaurant transforms into a nightclub. Enjoy one of the nightly drink specials or order the massive 42-ounce margarita served in a souvenir take-home glass. 

    526 River Walk, San Antonio, Texas, 78205, USA
  • 17. Waxy O'Connor's Irish Pub

    Amazingly, this pub was built in County Monaghan, Ireland, and shipped to San Antonio, where it was reassembled. They are open for lunch and dinner daily (lots of Irish specials, naturally) and have live music every night.

    234 River Walk, San Antonio, Texas, 78205, USA

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