Food & Drink

The 13 Best Happy Hours in San Antonio

Published On 09/09/2015 Published On 09/09/2015
Courtney Pierce/Courtesy of Bar 414
Kody Melton/Courtesy of The Esquire Tavern
Barbaro
Cured
Rebar
Blue Star Brewing Co.
Paloma Blanca
Azuca
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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5. 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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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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