The Best Bars In San Antonio

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Brendan Scully

Rich with culture and history is the lovely city of San Antonio, a small yet vibrant asset to Texas that’s wonderful to visit any time of the year. While in town, it’s only natural to enjoy the nightlife the city has to offer. So, from the bustling Riverwalk to the quiet surrounding areas, here are some of the best bars to frequent during a jaunt through San Antonio.

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The Havana Bar

A row of colourful cocktails on a bar, with other drinks behind.

Nestled in a dimly-lit and cozy cocktail den in the popular Hotel Havana basement, the Havana Bar has a hidden speakeasy feel that’s a special part of the San Antonio community. With its candlelit gathering space and lavish, yet laid-back decor, it’s aesthetically pleasing to say the least, while the drinks are certainly high class. This hidden gem’s location is perfect to visit after a night out on the Riverwalk too. Price: Mid-rangeWatch out for: The speakeasy feelAddress: The Havana Bar, 1015 Navarro St, San Antonio, Texas, United States

Another of San Antonio’s best-kept secrets is Betty’s Battalion,;deemed a soldier’s “home away from home” in the city. Opened in 1985, Betty’s first became known by soldiers who were stationed at Fort Sam Houston with the Airborne and Special Ops divisions. To this day, the place is full of history and visitors eager for a good time. Although the establishment is military focused, all are welcome, so come to Betty’s Battalion for a unique and off-the-beaten-path experience you certainly won’t forget.

The Esquire

Opened in the early 1930s to celebrate the termination of the Prohibition era, The Esquire is a local watering hole that’s the oldest on San Antonio’s Riverwalk. The Esquire is constantly buzzing – it’s open late every night of the week and has a lively and diverse crowd of all ages and backgrounds, giving patrons a taste of all of San Antonio at once. Esquire caters to the weekend rush on the Riverwalk, with late night specials from each evening.

Tonic Bar

In the Old Havana neighborhood is the Tonic Bar, a massive venue renowned for good drinks and an ever better atmosphere. With plenty of outdoor seating and drink specials happening almost every night of the week, The Tonic always has something new going on. Come for a drink and stay for the lively local music, typically consisting of rock bands blaring tunes all times of the day. Price: Mid-rangeOpening hours: Mon to Sun 3pm-2amWatch out for: The live musicAddress: Tonic Bar, Babcock Rd #117, San Antonio, Texas, United States

Mi Tierra Cafe y Panderra

Touristy yet well-rated, Mi Tierra Cafe y Panderra is a Market Square bakery that’s a staple to the city of San Antonio. One thing that makes Mi Tierra stand out is its availability: the establishment is open 24 hours a day. With authentic Mexican food ready to be served at any time, going to Mi Tierra is a no brainer when hitting the town here. The place is visually stunning, with lights strewn all over the ceiling and walls of the establishment. Order one of their famous margaritas to compliment a hearty food dish to make this experience a truly well-rounded one!

Drink Texas Bar

Right off the Riverwalk lies Drink Texas Bar, a relaxed lounge that’s a perfect escape from the constant buzzing of downtown. Drink Texas is frequented by tourists and locals for its popular and lengthy happy hour, which goes from 2 to 8pm each night! The drinks are highly regarded, but what makes the place even better is the atmosphere and music; the whole Texan package! Price: Budget/Mid-rangeOpening hours: Mon to Sun 2pm-2amWatch out for: The live music and long happy hourAddress: Drink Texas Bar, 200 Navarro St, San Antonio, Texas, United States

Friendly Spot

Living up to its name, the Friendly Spot in San Antonio is a classic establishment serving happy citizens of all ages. It’s kid and pet -friendly, and opened daily until midnight. The Friendly Spot also has over 250 bottled beers to choose from, in addition to 76 more on draft, so there’s always something new to sample here. With hearty Tex-Mex fare, an on-site playground and Sunday brunch specials, it’s also great for food.

Friendly Spot

Off Main Street is Sparky’s, a welcoming and friendly pub that’ll make any visitor feel right at home. This spot is away from the traditional tourist route, so a visit here will give travelers a more local San Antonio feel. It’s also one of San Antonio’s new nightlife hotspots in the LGBT community, and every night brings new excitement.

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