"I must admit, I was skeptical visiting cocktail bars in San Antonio when I moved back home from New York City. I had just spent the past decade living in the city during the resurgence of the classic cocktail scene. What I found was that the bartenders here balanced hospitality and creativity nicely while still having a desire to learn more about the craft. Pretension doesn’t really fly here.
San Antonio entered the cocktail scene much later than cities like New York, LA, and even neighboring Austin. In hindsight, this seems to be a good thing. The growth of cocktail bars has been slow and steady. San Antonio has so much more room to grow both literally and figuratively. Latin American spirits like cachaça, pisco, mezcal, and, of course, tequila, lend well to our climate, culture, and food.