A buddy and I discovered Faulker’s Pub earlier this year. I started passing by it often because I’d recently moved, and Wetmore Road became my shortcut to Bitters and various freeways. Faulker’s is nestled in the Starcrest Center strip across from Blossom Athletic Center, claiming Jones Maltsberger as its nearest cross street.
Faulker’s is a great find for a neighborhood bar. It’s not huge or brand spanking new, but cleanliness is an obvious priority and its simplicity is inviting. The bar makes good use of modest space with an efficient layout. The single pool table is in a low-traffic area — no need to nudge bystanders aside when setting up for a shot. Two electronic dartboards occupy a side wall, and the Touch Tunes jukebox is easy to get to. On quieter nights patrons belly up to the wooden island bar, but tables and chairs scattered along the outer edges accommodate larger groups.
The bar’s best feature is its drinks. They’re cheap. Most of us are short on cash these days, but some bartenders shoot the evil eye when asked about drink specials right off the bat. At Faulker’s, though, nightly drink specials beckon from brightly decorated chalkboards. One titled “Faulkin’ Shots” categorizes fun-sounding choices by price, starting at a reasonable $3.75 for a Dr. Faulker (chilled vanilla vodka with a splash of Dr. Pepper).
Every night has a beer and a couple different liquors in the $2-$3 range. We most recently visited on a Wednesday night, which meant $2 Tito’s Vodka, $3 Buchanan’s, $1.25 Lone Star pints, $3 Jim and Jack, and $3 Jäger and Jäger Bombs. Having the specials displayed prominently makes patrons feel less like broke-ass losers and more like family.
Another reason I like Faulker’s — the jukebox volume is kept at a reasonable level. Loud enough to keep the party going, but moderate enough so you’re not shouting over music to have a conversation with friends. It’s a delicate balance but essential in creating the neighborhood bar vibe.
Weekends are equally fun without being pretentious. I dropped by on a Friday night when Faulker’s was busy but not uncomfortably packed. Sobieski Vanilla Vodka was a steal at $2.75, so we paired it with Diet Coke and drank that all night. Sundays cater to the football crowd this time of year, creating a relaxing game-day atmosphere that’s a notch above staying at home. Several flat-screen TVs hover above the bar, guaranteeing a good view of the game from anywhere, and a few more screens line a side wall.
A regular remarked that he heard a pizza shop was opening up next door, and our friendly bartender confirmed the fact. She said it should be ready for business in about a month. The eatery itself will be a family-friendly environment, but an adjoining door will provide bar access, and patrons will be able to order pizza from their barkeeps. With new options for late-night eats few and far between on the Northside, Faulker’s is undoubtedly set to capitalize on a niche market.
12066 Starcrest Dr
Vibe Neighborhood bar where people are friendly and drinks are cheap; laid-back atmosphere includes a pool table and dart boards
Best Use: Catching up with conversational friends without shouting over music; drinking on a budget; Spurs games or Sunday football
Prices: Daily Specials; Happy Hour 2-8pm Mon-Fri
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