No compilation of beer-centric bars in SA would be complete without the inclusion of The Friendly Spot, the beloved gathering spot for all manner of San Antonians and a great place to take in a Spurs game while relaxing under the trees. The food is good, the beer menu is outstanding, and there’s no better place in town to people- (and dog-)watch.
The gorgeous ALAMO Beer Company compound features a brewery, beer hall, and beer garden -- plus one of the nicest patios in SA -- nestled in the shadow of historic Hays Street Bridge just east of Downtown. The shiny, modern setting puts ALAMO firmly in the anti-dive category, but its quality product, chill vibe, and commitment to being a part of its community make it a true destination for beer-loving San Antonians.
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Michelle Burgess is a San Antonio writer. She walks the streets of her neighborhood nightly, trying to appear casual as she peers into strangers' windows for design ideas. Follow her @MishiBurg.