Food & Drink

The 11 Most Essential Bars in San Antonio

Published On 06/02/2015 Published On 06/02/2015
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1. Barbaro 2720 McCullough Ave, San Antonio, TX 78212 (Monte Vista)

Nestled into the corner of an unassuming building and adjoining bakery, Barbaro is a quaint bar and restaurant featuring rustic, wood-fired pizzas and craft cocktails. The brick-walled space has a full bar with a menu (sorted into Spaghetti Western categories, “The Good," "The Bad," and "The Ugly") brimming with carefully designed, seasonally rotating cocktails. The pizzas consist of innovative flavor combinations and high-quality ingredients, (our favorite is the Clams Casino) and are rolled out on house-made dough. They're best enjoyed with a signature cocktail, during happy hour or for a late-night snack and nightcap.

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2. The Brooklynite 516 Brooklyn Ave, San Antonio, TX 78215 (Southtown)

Visiting The Brooklynite is like being transported to another time and place, somewhere between Mad Men and a Victorian speakeasy. You might expect a heavy waft of cigar smoke, but all you’ll get are some incredible craft cocktails. Cool off with a Summer Pimm's, made with house pineapple gomme, lemon, cucumber, salt, and Topo Chico.

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3. Bar 1919 1420 S Alamo St, San Antonio, TX 78204 (Southtown)

In the heart of the Blue Star complex is Bar 1919. Not just your friendly neighborhood watering hole, it's a house of craft cocktails that takes itself seriously -- and expects you to as well. They have nearly every scotch and bourbon ever made and are proud of the fact that they only carry one kind of vodka.

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4. Green Lantern 20626 Stone Oak Pkwy, San Antonio, TX 78258 (Stone Oak)

In traditional speakeasy style, this cocktail bar relies on word of mouth to spread its reputation -- a reputation of amazing craft cocktails and home-made infusions of outstanding quality.

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5. George’s Keep 17101 LA Cantera Pkwy Ste 1200, San Antonio, TX 78256 (La Crescenta)

Another bar specializing in house infusions and craft cocktails, George’s Keep presents a somewhat schizophrenic take on the speakeasy movement. In the front, you’ll find a classically adorned bar with limited selection of draft and craft beers as well as a custom drink menu. As you move to the rear bar, however, you’re transported to an entirely different scene, where bitters meets lemon zest as the bartender mix liquid works of art from a bar that’s center stage.

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6. The Esquire Tavern 155 E Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78205 (Downtown)

Opened in 1933, The Esquire Tavern isn’t just styled after the Prohibition Era -- it celebrates the end of it. The old stone building looks like something you might find settled in with the screaming balconies of Bourbon Street, but luckily you don’t even have to leave the city to enjoy its classically made cocktails and loud, dark ambiance (which hasn't changed much since its early days).

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7. Juniper Tar 224 Houston, San Antonio, TX 78205 (Downtown)

Juniper Tar is anything but the norm. Seemingly hand crafted from the chandeliers all the way down to the gold toilets, it is a visual treat in the form of a cocktail lounge. The drinks themselves are nothing to scoff at either, carefully crafted by hand with an almost artistic attention to detail. The bartenders use fresh fruit in a way you've likely never experienced before but will want to come back for again and again.

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8. The Friendly Spot 943 S Alamo St, San Antonio, TX 78205

The Friendly Spot took the old model of the ice house and modernized it for the craft beer fan. Instead of sipping on Lone Star or Coors Light, you’ll have to decide which beer to order from one of their 76 taps or 250 bottles on hand.

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9. Filling Station Tap Room 701 S Saint Marys St, San Antonio, TX 78205 (Southtown)

Formerly a gas station, Filling Station Tap Room now specializes in a different kind of fuel with 25 seasonal, local, and Texas beers, as well as Austin Eastciders. The outdoor seating is perfect for communing with friends while you fuel your body on their fantastic pizzas and sandwiches. Bring your friends, bring your appetite, and enjoy a great laid back scene.

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10. Alamo Ice House 802 N Alamo St, San Antonio, TX 78215 (Downtown)

Alamo Ice House is the quintessential Texas beer and BBQ joint. The music keeps your toe tapping and the beer is always flowing ice cold. The open air environment begs for big groups and parties.

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