Food & Drink

The 13 Best Happy Hours in San Antonio

Published On 09/09/2015 Published On 09/09/2015

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.

Wurzbach Icehouse

Medical Center
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.

Courtney Pierce/Courtesy of Bar 414

Bar 414

Downtown
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.
 

Sushi Zushi

Stone Oak
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.

Kody Melton/Courtesy of The Esquire Tavern

The Esquire Tavern

Downtown
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.

Barbaro

Barbaro

Monte Vista
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. 

Cured

Cured

Pearl
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.
 

Bombay Bicycle Club

St. Mary’s 
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.

Rebar

Rebar

Oak Park
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.

Blue Star Brewing Co.

Blue Star Brewery

Pearl
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.
 

Pericos

Northwest
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.

Paloma Blanca

Paloma Blanca

Alamo Heights
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.
 

151 Saloon

Northwest
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.

Azuca

Azuca

Southtown
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.

Sign up here for our daily San Antonio email and be the first to get all the food/drink/fun in the Alamo City.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
1. Wurzbach Ice House 10141 Wurzbach Rd, San Antonio, TX 78230

This open-air beer joint has over 150 local and international beers and daily drink specials.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
2. Bar 414 205 E Houston St, San Antonio, TX 78205

This speakeasy bar is known for its 1920s Prohibition-era cocktails, without the drama of Boardwalk Empire. Fedoras, suspenders, and cloche hats are welcomed.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
3. Sushi Zushi 18720 Stone Oak Pkwy, San Antonio, TX 78258

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.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
4. 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).

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
5. Barbaro 2720 McCullough Ave, San Antonio, TX 78212 (Monte Vista)

Nestled into the corner of an unassuming building and adjoining bakery is this quaint little bar and rustic wood-fired pizza restaurant. The brick-walled space has a full bar with a menu (sorted into “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly") brimming with carefully designed cocktails that change seasonally, plus a solid happy hour.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
6. Cured 306 Pearl Pkwy Ste 101, San Antonio, TX 78215

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.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
7. Bombay Bicycle Club 3506 N Saint Marys St, San Antonio, TX 78212

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.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
8. Rebar 8134 Broadway St , San Antonio, TX 78209

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?

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
9. Blue Star Brewing Company 1414 S Alamo St, San Antonio, TX 78210

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.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
10. Perico's Mexican Cuisine 11075 W Interstate 10, San Antonio, TX 78230

With locations in Bandera, Huebner Oaks, and Sonterra, authentic Mexican cuisine and refreshing margaritas—at least nine different mixes—are east to come by.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
11. Paloma Blanca 5800 Broadway, San Antionio, TX 78209 (Alamo Heights)

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.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
12. 151 Saloon 10619 Westover Hills Blvd, San Antonio, TX 78251

With a daily happy hour and rotating specials, Saloon 151 will make you forget you hate country music.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
13. Azuca Nuevo Latino 713 S Alamo St, San Antonio, TX 78205

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.

Clickbait