Local Nightlife

Bars & Pubs

 

Bar Rojo

Tel:210/224-1234

600 E Market St.

A hot spot on the river and a great place to chill, Bar Rojo’s comfortable oversized seating invites you to relax and enjoy yourself. Take your pick from an impressive array of premium libations, including Mexican tequilas, South American rums and Chilean wines.

 

Bier Garten

Tel: 210/212-7299

126 Lasoya St.

Close to the Alamo, shaded by our native live oak trees, the Biergarten offers authentic Bavarian fare, including sausages, pretzels, kraut and ice cold beers (we have one of the largest selections of import and craft beer on the Riverwalk). Wine is also available, and while you might have a hard time finding Margaritas in Germany, you can find them here—after all, this IS San Antonio!

 

Blue Star Brewing Company Restaurant & Bar

Tel:210/212-5506

1414 S. Alamo, #105

Preppies and gallery types don't often mingle, but the popularity of this brewpub in the Blue Star Arts Complex with college kids demonstrates the transcendent power of good beer. (The King William ale, a barleywine style of ale, is especially fine). You can get a beer sampler for $10, which includes five samples of your choice.

 

Cadillac Bar & Restaurant

Tel:210/223-5533

212 S. Flores

This bar near the Bexar County Courthouse gets a lot of lawyers and businesspeople on the weekdays. Set in an old saloon, it's an enjoyable place to relax after a day of walking around town. On the weekends it's a little noisier with live music on Fridays and recorded music on Saturday. 

 

Coyote Ugly Saloon

Tel: 210/465-8459

409 E. Commerce

Outpost of a festive saloon chain with female bartenders, bartop dancing & body shots.

 

The Davenport Lounge

Tel: 210/224-5635

203 N. Presa St.

Warm, polished lounge pairing a sophisticated cocktail list with nightly live music.

 

Drink Texas

Tel: 210/224-1031

200 Navarro St.

Long happy hours lure locals to this cozy lounge with sofas, TVs, drink specials & a relaxed vibe.

 

Durty Nelly's Irish Pub

Tel: 210/224-3343

200 S. Alamo St.

Traditional grub, import drafts, peanuts, piano entertainment & sing-alongs in a festive atmosphere.

 

Howl at the Moon Saloon

Tel:210/212-4695

111 W. Crockett St

This well-known piano bar attracts a slightly older crowd who can listen to dueling piano players hash out oldies from the '60s, '70s, and '80s.

 

Menger Bar

Tel:210/223-4361

204 Alamo Plaza

Constructed in 1859 on the site of William Menger's earlier successful brewery and saloon, the bar was moved from its original location in the Victorian hotel lobby in 1956, but 90% of its historic furnishings remain intact. Spanish Civil War uniforms hang on the walls. It's still one of the prime spots in town to toss back a few.

 

Stone Werks Cafe and Bar

Tel:210/828-3508

7300 Jones-Maltsberger

At this offbeat venue -- a 1920s building that used to be the Alamo Cement Company's office -- a 30-something crowd moves to local cover bands from Wednesday through Saturday. A fence, hand-sculpted from cement by Mexican artist Dionicio Rodríguez, surrounds an oak-shaded patio.

 

Swig Martini Bar

Tel:210/476-0005

111 W. Crockett, #205

This martini and cigar bar is quite popular. It also has single-barrel bourbon, single-malt scotch, and a wide selection of beer and wines, but James Bond's preferred poison is always the top seller. The big cigars are the draw here. This place was so popular it spawned a national chain.

 

Waxy O'Connors Irish Pub

Tel:210/229-9299

234 River Walk

Sit in the pub or out on the river. This is your typical Irish-style pub -- friendly, loud, and with lots of pub grub. Most nights someone is singing songs to the accompaniment of an acoustic guitar.

 

Zinc

Tel:210/224-2900

207 N. Presa St

This chic wine bar makes for a nice watering hole in the afternoon when it's half empty. Hardwood floors, brick walls, and racks of wines make the indoor space appealing, but when the place fills, you might head for the pretty back patio.

 

 

Comedy Clubs

 

Rivercenter Comedy Club

Tel:210/229-1420

849 E. Commerce St

This club books such big names in stand-up as Dennis Miller and Garry Shandling, but it also takes advantage of local talent on Mondays (Comedy Potpourri nights) and Fridays (open-mic night in the Ha!Lapeno Lounge 5-7:30pm; no cover). The late, late (12:20am) adult-oriented shows on Friday nights are also free.

 

 

Gay & Lesbian Bars

 

Bonham Exchange

Tel:210/271-3811

411 Bonham

Tina Turner, Deborah Harry (aka Blondie), and LaToya Jackson -- the real ones -- have all played this high-tech dance club near the Alamo. While you may find an occasional cross-dressing show here, the mixed crowd of gays and straights, young and old, comes mainly to move to the beat under wildly flashing lights. All the action -- five bars, three dance floors, three levels -- takes place in a restored German-style building dating back to the 1880s. Roll over, Beethoven.

 

 

The Club & Music Scene

 

Casbeers at the Church

Tel:210/271-7791

1150 South Alamo

Casbeers, in Southtown, offers two different ways to hear music. Downstairs in the cafe, you can hear local acts for free from Tuesday through Saturday nights. The kitchen serves burgers and enchiladas (the enchiladas are popular) and has a full bar. Upstairs, in the nave of the old church, you can hear larger acts for somewhere between $5 and $20.  Most of the bands that play here are roots rock, blues, Tejano, country, or folk, anything from the Texas Tornadoes to Michele Shocked.

 

Leon Springs Dancehall

Tel:210/698-7072

24135 I-10

This lively 1880s-style dance hall can -- and often does -- pack some 1,200 people into its 18,000 square feet. Lots of people come with their kids when the place opens at 7pm, though the crowd turns older (but not much) as the evening wears on. Some of the best local country-and-western talent is showcased here on Friday and Saturday.

 

Salute!

Tel:210/732-5307

2801 N. St. Mary's St

Like the crowd, the music at this red-lit little wonder is eclectic, to say the least. The live jazz at this tiny club tends to have a Latin flavor, but you never know what you're going to hear -- anything from synthesized '70s sounds to conjunto. There is no set cover, but some nights it can be as much as $10 to get in the door. So, call ahead or pocket a 10-spot, just in case.

 

Tycoon Flats

Tel:210/320-0819

2926 N. St. Mary's St

This friendly music garden is a fun place to kick back and listen to blues, rock, acoustic, reggae, or jazz. The burgers and such Caribbean specialties as jerk chicken are good, too. Bring the kids -- an outdoor sandbox is larger than the dance floor. There's live music Wednesday to Sunday and there's rarely any cover.

 

White Rabbit

Tel:210/737-2221

2410 N. St. Mary's St

One of the few alternative rock venues on the Strip -- and one of the only ones large enough to have a raised stage -- the Rabbit attracts a mostly young crowd to its black-lit recesses. Those 18 to 20 years old are allowed in for a higher cover.

 

Floores Country Store

Tel:210/695-8827

14464 Old Bandera Rd./Hwy. 16

John T. Floore, the first manager of the Majestic Theatre and an unsuccessful candidate for mayor of San Antonio, opened up this country store in 1942. A couple of years later, he added a cafe and a dance floor -- at half an acre, the largest in south Texas. And not much has changed since then. Boots, hats, and antique farm equipment hang from the ceiling of this typical Texas roadhouse, and the walls are lined with pictures of Willie Nelson; Hank Williams, Sr.; Conway Twitty; Ernest Tubb; and other country greats who have played here.

 

The Landing

Tel:210/223-7266

You might have heard cornetist Jim Cullum on the airwaves. His American Public Radio program, Riverwalk, Live from the Landing, is now broadcast on more than 160 stations nationwide, and his band has backed some of the finest jazz players of our time. If you like big bands and Dixieland, there's no better place to listen to this music.

 

 

The Performing Arts

 

Arneson River Theatre

Tel:210/207-8610

If you're visiting San Antonio in the summer, try seeing something at the Arneson. It was built by the Works Project Administration in 1939 as part of architect Robert Hugman's design for the River Walk. The stage for this unique theater sits on one bank of the river, while the audience sits in the amphitheater on the opposite bank. 

 

Beethoven Halle and Garten

Tel:210/222-1521

422 Pereida

San Antonio's German heritage is celebrated at this venue, a converted 1894 Victorian mansion in the King William area. It's open Tuesday through Saturday as a beer garden, with bands playing everything from oompah to rock. Among the regular performers is the Mannerchor (men's choir), which dates back to 1867.

 

Carver Community Cultural Center

Tel:210/207-7211

226 N. Hackberry

Located near the Alamodome on the east edge of downtown, the Carver theater was built by the city's African-American community in 1929, and hosted the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Charlie "Bird" Parker, and Dizzy Gillespie over the years. It continues to serve the community while providing a widely popular venue for an international array of performers in a variety of genres, including drama, music, and dance. 

 

Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center

Tel:210/271-3151

1300 Guadalupe

There's always something happening at the Guadalupe Center. Visiting and local directors put on six or seven plays a year; the resident Guadalupe Dance Company might collaborate with the city's symphony or invite modern masters up from Mexico City. The Xicano Music Program celebrates the popular local conjunto and Tejano sounds; an annual book fair brings in Spanish-language literature from around the world; and the CineFestival, running since 1977, is one of the town's major film events.

 

Laurie Auditorium

Tel:210/999-8117 (box office information line)

715 Stadium Dr

Some pretty high-powered people turn up at the Laurie Auditorium, on the Trinity University campus in the north-central part of town. Everyone from former weapons inspector David Kay to Fox news correspondent Brit Hume has taken part in the university's Distinguished Lecture Series, subsidized by grants and open to the public free.

 

Majestic and Empire Theatres

Tel:210/226-3333

230 E. Houston

The Majestic Theatre introduced air-conditioning to San Antonio -- the hall was billed as "an acre of cool, comfortable seats" -- and society women wore fur coats to its opening, held on a warm June night in 1929. The Empire Theatre, which is just around the corner, is a little smaller but is not far behind in swankiness. 

 

San Antonio Symphony

Tel:210/554-1000

222 E. Houston St

The city's symphony orchestra was founded in 1939. It celebrated its 50th anniversary by moving into the Majestic Theatre, the reopening of which was planned to coincide with the event. The symphony still plays there, but it may move to the Municipal Auditorium in 2011 or 2012. The symphony's season runs from September to May and usually has two concert series, one classical and the other pops.

 

Sunken Garden Theater

Tel:210/207-7275

3875 N. St. Mary's St

 

Built by the WPA in 1936 in a natural acoustic bowl in Brackenridge Park, the Sunken Garden Theater boasts an open-air stage set against a wooded hillside; cut-limestone buildings in Greek revival style hold the wings and the dressing rooms. This appealing outdoor arena, open from March through October, offers a little bit of everything -- rock, country, hip-hop, rap, jazz, Tejano, Cajun, and sometimes even the San Antonio Symphony. Annual events include Taste of New Orleans (a Fiesta event in Apr), the Margarita Pour-Off in August, and a biannual Bob Marley Reggae Festival.

 

The Aztec Theater

Tel:210/213-7638

104 N. St. Mary's St

This grand old theater dates from 1926. At present, it's home to a country music revue called San Antonio Rose Live. Performances are Friday through Monday nights at 7:30 and a Saturday afternoon matinee at 2pm. Tickets range from $25 to $35.

 

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