Best Of 2017

Best Mural
Our Pick: Neon Drive, Nolan Street underpass

San Antonio is home to a wide variety of colorful and unique murals — and they keep popping up. Unsurprisingly, this year’s mural sprung out of the Luminaria festival, San Antonio’s weeks-long public art festival. Titled “Neon Drive,” this eye-popping, 300-foot long mural is tucked under the railroad bridge that crosses Nolan Street (between N Cherry St. and Chestnut St.). Its creator, Iker Muro, drew his inspiration from refracting light, and used optical illusions and bold shapes (that could have been pulled from a 90s style guide) to get the point across. The mural blends beautifully with its neighbor, a blue and red mural painted during the 2013 Luminaria, and has created a vibrant gateway into Eastside San Antonio.



WINNER: Victory Salon, 4745 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 281-5808, facebook.com/victorysalontx

2. All American Barbershop, 105 Warren St., facebook.com/allamericanbarbershops

3. Traveler Barbershop, 2202 Broadway, (210) 920-4134, travelerbarbershop.com



WINNER: Inn on the Riverwalk, 129 Woodward Pl., (210) 225-6333, innontheriverwalk.com

2. Arbor House, 109 Arciniega St., (210) 472-2005, arborhouse.com

3. King William Manor, 1029 S. Alamo St., (210) 222-0144,
kingwilliammanor.com


WINNER: Brackenridge, 3910 N. St. Mary's St., (210) 207-7275, brackenridgepark.org

2. Hemisfair, 434 S. Alamo St., (210) 709-4750, hemisfair.org

3. Phil Hardberger, 13203 Blanco Road, (210) 492-7472, philhardbergerpark.org


WINNER: Phil Hardberger Park, 13203 Blanco Road, (210) 492-7472, philhardbergerpark.org

2. Bark Park of Alamo Heights, 5150 Broadway, gotdoggetpark.com

3. McAllister Dog Park, 13102 Jones Maltsberger Road, (210) 207-7275


WINNER: NIOSA, niosa.org

2. King William Festival, kwfair.org

3. Cornyation, fiestacornyation.org


WINNER: Alamo Drafthouse, multiple locations, drafthouse.com

2. Santikos Embassy, 13707 Embassy Row, (210) 496-4957, santikos.com/san-antonio/embassy-14

3. Casa Blanca, 11210 Alamo Ranch Pkwy, (210) 982-0180, santikos.com/san-antonio/casa-blanca
WINNER: Glaze Nail Lounge, 742 NW Loop 410 Suite, Suite 113, facebook.com/glazenaillounge

2. The Opal Office, 6245 Vance Jackson Road, Suite 1, (210) 414-6985, facebook.com/theopalofficesalon

3. The White Orchid, 4079 N. Loop 1604 W., Suite 107, (210) 408-1699, thewhiteorchidsa.com


WINNER: Out in the Park, sixflags.com/fiestatexas/special-events/out-in-the-park

2. Texas Folklife Festival, texasfolklifefestival.org

3. Mexiqueens, facebook.com/mexiqueensa


WINNER: God’s Dogs Rescue, godsdogsrescue.org

2. Project HOT, 722 Isom Road, (210) 393-1981, projecthot.org

3. The Pride Center San Antonio, 1002 N. Flores St., (210) 370-7743, pridecentersa.org


WINNER: God’s Dogs Rescue, godsdogsrescue.org

2. SNIPSA, (210) 237-9400, snipsa.org

3. San Antonio Pets Alive, sanantoniopetsalive.org