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Our Favorite Bars in San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio is a city in the south of Texas. Visitors from across the globe travel to San Antonio, Texas to visit the renowned riverwalk and explore the Alamo.

friends enjoying drinks at one of the top bars in san antonio texas

For those who like to eat great food and drink delicious cocktails, there are plenty of fun places to get drinks in San Antonio.

If you don’t know where to get a drink in San Antonio, this list is for you. The culinary scene is vast and exciting and can help you enjoy your time in San Antonio.

So here is my list of the best bars San Antonio, Texas has to offer.


Bar 1919

1420 S Alamo St, San Antonio, TX 78204
Phone: (210) 227-1420
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Bar 1919 is a prohibition-era bar existing as a speakeasy in San Antonio. Happy hour occurs during the week from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

Try the Pimm’s Cup, Gimlet, or Sazerac. Also, the bar has created a Ukraine Mule with vodka and ginger beer. Please review the bar’s house rules before planning to visit.


George’s Keep

17803 La Cantera Terrace, San Antonio, TX 78256
Phone: (210) 310-3733
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George’s Keep offers beer, wine, and craft cocktails. I enjoyed the So Fresh, So Clean with vodka, St. Germaine, lemon, grapefruit juice, and soda.

The bar is off Frontage Road and near the Eilan Hotel and Spa. George’s Keep opens at 4:00 pm daily.


The Modernist

516 E Grayson St, San Antonio, TX 78215
Phone: (210) 901-8646
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The Modernist is in the Westfort community. The bar has mid-century decor, and the bartenders specialize in crafting unique cocktails.

Try the Etta’s Dream cocktail with cognac, coconut rum, blanc vermouth, Averna Amaro, and black walnut bitters. The Modernist is a great place for a date night or catching up with friends.


The Bang Bang Bar

119 El Mio Dr, San Antonio, TX 78216
Phone: (210) 320-1187
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The Bang Bang Bar is near the North Shearer Hills neighborhood beside the Joe Caruso Golf Academy. The bar has arcade games and a pool table to entertain patrons while enjoying a cold beer or a creative cocktail.

The bar will occasionally host a riveting karaoke night!


The Esquire Tavern

155 E Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78205
Phone: (210) 222-2521
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The Esquire Tavern is near downtown San Antonio. The tavern has the longest wooden bartop in Texas. The weekday happy hour from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm offers great drink prices.

The classic cocktail list is great, with options like French 75 and Old Fashioned. My favorite craft cocktail is the Tropic Thunder with Haitian Rum, gin, green tea, dry curacao, Batavia arrack, and pineapple.


Hopscotch San Antonio

711 Navarro St Suite 100, San Antonio, TX 78205
Phone: (210) 960-2064
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Hopscotch San Antonio is in downtown San Antonio by Travis Park and is one of my favorite places to go out with friends.

Try The Harvest Moon cocktail with Still Austin Whiskey, fig, lemon, truffle honey, apple bitters, and a Tarot Card! Food trucks park by the bar.

I enjoyed the churros. It is a chill bar to visit with friends or families.


Jazz, TX

312 Pearl Pkwy Building 6, Suite 6001, San Antonio, TX 78215
Phone: (210) 332-9386
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Jazz, TX has a dance floor and a full bar. Try the tenderloin bucatini pasta, long stewed tenderloin-based meat sauce, fresh herb, parmesan, fried basil, and grilled sourdough.

Jazz, TX is by the river and The Park at Pearl. There are seven shows at the bar weekly.


RD Hidden Speakeasy

8400 N New Braunfels Ave, San Antonio, TX 78209
Phone: (210) 605-2292
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RD Hidden Speakeasy is tucked in the Oaks community. The bar is reservation-only, so be sure to call before heading to the bar.

The bartenders make craft cocktails based on types of alcohol, like bourbon, gin, and Campari. Visit the speakeasy to impress your date at the end of the night out.


Hanzo

7701 Broadway Ste 124, San Antonio, TX 78209
Phone: (210) 826-1488
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Hanzo is an Asian-themed gastropub. Try the Hanzo Daiquiri cocktails with raspberries. Hanzo is in the Dijon Heights neighborhood and opens at 5:00 pm daily.

The panko shrimp and the poke bowl are delicious items on the bar’s food menu.


The Hoppy Monk

1010 N Loop 1604 E, San Antonio, TX 78232
Phone: (210) 545-3330
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The Hoppy Monk is near the Hollywood Park community. I enjoyed the Family Business IPA and the Live Oak Amber Lager.

The bar offers a beer, whiskey, and mezcal seat. Happy hour occurs for a few hours daily and all day on Wednesdays.

Order the Blue Fox Burger with blue cheese sauce, cider-poached pears, wild arugula, and walnut aioli.


Menger Hotel

204 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, TX 78205
Phone: (210) 223-4361
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The Menger Hotel has one of the closest bars to the Alamo! The bar was voted one of the Top 10 Most Historic Bars in the United States.

Try the New York Reuben Sandwich or the Chicken Santa Fe Sandwich. My favorite cocktail is the Manhattan with Makers Mark.


Paramour At The Phipps

102 9th St Floor 4, San Antonio, TX 78215
Phone: (210) 417-6559
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Paramour At The Phipps is adjacent to the San Antonio Museum of Art. Try the Panty Dropper cocktail with Tito’s vodka, Aperol, honey-based simple syrup, lime juice, and cucumber.

The venue has event packages for your next party or social gathering. The bartenders are great at creating unique cocktails.


Rathskeller Bar

525 S St Mary’s St, San Antonio, TX 78205
Phone: (512) 660-1706
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I can’t miss Rathskeller Bar when listing fun places to go out in San Antonio. It is across from the Tour of the Americas.

The historic building where the bar is housed is also available for booking your next party. The venue offers a variety of beer and wine, along with live music.


Sternewirth

136 E Grayson St, San Antonio, TX 78215
Phone: (210) 223-7375
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Sternewirth is near the Tobin Hill neighborhood. Sternewirth is a swanky bar with a historic cellar that offers classic cocktails, craft beer, select wines, and some bar bites.

Try the Guerrilla Radio cocktail with mezcal, Suze, lime, basil, Peychaud’s bitters, and an absinthe mist. Be sure to ask the bartender about the three Emmas!


Havana Bar

1015 Navarro St, San Antonio, TX 78205
Phone: (210) 222-2008
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Havana Bar is near the Tobin Center for Performing Arts in San Antonio. Havana Bar offers a romantic atmosphere with a candlelit basement.

The bartenders mix tasty craft cocktails. Additionally, the San Antonio Current named the Havana Bat the Best Hotel Bar.

If you can, I also recommend spending a night at the attached hotel.


Faust Tavern

517 E Woodlawn Ave, San Antonio, TX 78212
Phone: (210) 257-0628
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Faust Tavern is a casual pub that serves a great selection of beers and simple cocktails. Additionally, the bar serves some Southern-style foods.

The Faust Tavern self-identifies as a dive bar, so try ordering a Jack Daniels with ginger ale or trying a local draft beer.


502 Bar

502 Embassy Oaks, San Antonio, TX 78216
Phone: (210) 257-8125
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If you are looking for great entertainment and an excellent list of craft beers, check out 502 Bar. The bar and music venue hosts live shows and karaoke.

The 502 Bar has many fun events for groups of friends to experience together.


Final Thoughts

Hopefully, this list of the best bars in San Antonio, Texas will give you plenty to do during your visit. San Antonio is a great place to visit.

From historical locations, like the Alamo, to museums like the San Antonio Modern Art Museum, you can find something fun to fill your time in the hip Texas city.

Additionally, the bars and restaurants in town are a great addition to your to-do list. Is your favorite bar on the list? Let us know in the comments.


Best Bars in San Antonio

  1. Bar 1919
  2. George’s Keep
  3. The Modernist
  4. The Bang Bang Bar
  5. The Esquire Tavern
  6. Hopscotch San Antonio
  7. Jazz, TX
  8. RD Hidden Speakeasy
  9. Hanzo
  10. The Hoppy Monk
  11. Menger Hotel
  12. Paramour At The Phipps
  13. Rathskeller Bar
  14. Sternewirth
  15. Havana Bar
  16. Faust Tavern
  17. 502 Bar

Paul Kushner

I have always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. My restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time I turned 17 I was serving tables, and by 19 I was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.

In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, I opened my first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

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