Sometimes working stiffs need to unwind with the help of sweet, sweet alcohol. Problem is, hooch costs a lot of dough. But, if you can master San Antonio’s happy hour schedule then you’re ahead of the curve. Just to make it easier for you, we’ve narrowed the field down to 13 premium specials around town. Good luck and godspeed.
When: Wednesdays, 8pm-2am
The deal: Go to Wurzbach for college night and $1 off draft beer, $3 off Piraat, $2 off Arrogant Bastard, and $2 off Lindeman’s Framboise. Not attending UTSA, UIW, St. Mary’s, or the SAC? Don’t worry -- they won’t check your college credentials like a FAFSA document. Pro tip: pregame here too because well drinks are $2.50 from open 'til 8pm. Sounds about as dangerous as a 7am foreign language seminar.
When: Mon- Fri, 4-7pm
The deal: Blues master Robert Johnson recorded an album here in the early '30s. Not sure if that was before he sold his soul to the devil or afterwards but if you’re looking for stiff drinks, history, and bartenders who know what they’re doing, then look no further. About those bartenders: ask for Fernando. He’ll make you a drink so good you won’t care how much it costs. The deals are pretty solid during happy hour: $5 will get you an Old Fashioned and $3 will get you a draft beer.
When: Weekdays, 3-7pm
The deal: Say hello to sushi for budget-conscious ballers. Come for the $4 select sushi rolls, stay for the $4 22oz Kirin Ichibans.
When: Weekdays, 3-7pm
The deal: Some of the best cocktails in SA for $3 less? That’s what the guys at Esquire are gifting you. After a couple rounds, order some deviled eggs, curried chicken wings, and nachos for $3 a pop.
When: Mondays, 5pm to midnight
The deal: Pizza alert! Flash the pizza signal! Every large pizza is $10. Every last one of them. Get four and “share” the rest with your roommates. Pro tip: buy five pizza-sized tupperware containers, insert two leftover pizza slices into each one. Now you have a meal plan for the work week.
When: Mon-Sat, 3-6pm
The deal: Half off all cocktails. Do you know what this means? You can get a Chef Salad for $4.50. Maybe you can convince your boss to let you out early so you can experience this? Tell them it’s for research or team morale... or just lie.
When: Wednesday, all day
The deal: You’re not above well drinks, right? The difference between Canadian Mist and Pappy Van Winkle? Couldn’t tell you. I know I like Canada and the way a morning mist feels. Order your well alcohol with pride and authority because every one of them costs a measly $3.50.
When: Wednesdays, all day
The deal: All beers cost $2.25 and almost all liquor is $3.25. You could buy rounds for the 10 coworkers you invite and still have money left over for that Roth IRA contribution you were mulling over.
When: Weekdays, 11am-7pm
The deal: Blue Star's special might not be the most inventive of the bunch, but when it happens to some of the best beer SA has to offer, we all need to take notice. All beer is $1 off.
When: Weekdays, 4-7pm
The deal: $2 domestic bottles and $3 Tecate micheladas. I’m not endorsing this but, technically, you could get five beers and one order of queso for $13 plus a tip. Drink responsibly.
When: Weekdays, 3-6pm
The deal: If you get off work at 5pm or work half days or enjoy some other bourgeois work schedule, then I envy you -- for a number of reasons. One of them is that you can make it in time for Paloma’s happy hour. Just $3.50 will get you an award-winning margarita and $5 will afford you a fat plate of nachos.
When: All day, every day
The deal: $1.51 Lone Star and Lone Star Light. I’m pretty sure that’s the price my dad paid for a beer during the 1970s. No way 151 makes any money on this deal, but hey, the price is right for us, so enjoy.
When: Weekdays, 4-7pm
The deal: $3.50 will get you a delicious pisco sour, caipirinha, or mojito. If that’s not enough to get you through the doors: all domestic beers are $3. After you enjoy a few drinks, stick around for its regular menu and enjoy some of the best tartare in San Antonio.
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1. Wurzbach Ice House10141 Wurzbach Rd, San Antonio
2. Bar 414205 E Houston St, San Antonio
3. Sushi Zushi18720 Stone Oak Pkwy, San Antonio
4. The Esquire Tavern155 E Commerce St, San Antonio
5. Barbaro2720 McCullough Ave, San Antonio
6. Cured306 Pearl Pkwy Ste 101, San Antonio
7. Bombay Bicycle Club3506 N Saint Marys St, San Antonio
8. Rebar8134 Broadway St , San Antonio
9. Blue Star Brewing Company1414 S Alamo St, San Antonio
10. Perico's Mexican Cuisine11075 W Interstate 10, San Antonio
11. Paloma Blanca5800 Broadway, San Antionio
12. 151 Saloon10619 Westover Hills Blvd, San Antonio
13. Azuca Nuevo Latino713 S Alamo St, San Antonio
This open-air beer joint has over 150 local and international beers and daily drink specials.
This speakeasy bar is known for its 1920s Prohibition-era cocktails, without the drama of Boardwalk Empire. Fedoras, suspenders, and cloche hats are welcomed.
This Texas sushi chain offers traditional, Japanese cuisine, along with Latin-inspired dishes. The daily happy hour includes both drinks and sushi. Heaven is, in fact, real.
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).
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.
As you walk into the restaurant -- Pearl Brewery’s old administration building -- you’ll be greeted by a throng of dried meats hanging in temperature-controlled chamber affectionately known as the “Charc Tank.” Start off with a charcuterie board.
Bombay Bicycle Club, built in 1880, retains its old word charm with colorful, mismatched furniture and elegant chandeliers. The bar has been serving their legendary margaritas since Texas laws allowed on-premise liquor sales in 1974, and boast classic diner eats: burgers, chili, and nachos.
This laid-back bar and lounge has live music, a daily happy hour, weekly drink specials, and outdoor space. What more can you ask for?
Since 1996, this microbrewery has been crafting 100% organic beers and serving an array of unique pub fare: think jalapeno brisket poppers, bratwurst plate, chicken-fried steak, and "Frito pie." The company also has a weekly jazz night, late-night shows, group bike rides, and other community events.
With locations in Bandera, Huebner Oaks, and Sonterra, authentic Mexican cuisine and refreshing margaritas—at least nine different mixes—are east to come by.
Paloma Blanca is an upscale Mexican restaurant with gluten-free & paleo options on the menu, along with all the classic Tex-Mex dishes everyone loves. In terms of decor, this spot can't be beat: it has one of the prettiest outdoor patios in Alamo Heights, a comfortable but elegant dining room, and the food is the same way. This spot also has a great happy hour special where you can get appetizers for $5, margaritas for $3.50, and domestic beers for $3.
With a daily happy hour and rotating specials, Saloon 151 will make you forget you hate country music.
Azuca offers both traditional and reinvented Caribbean, Central, and Latin American cuisine, such as paella, spicy tuna tartar, and pumpkin-crusted chicken breast. The restaurant also serves sangria, daiquiris, margaritas, mojitos by the pitcher.