Best Of 2017

Photo via Ismael Rodriguez
Photo via Ismael Rodriguez
OUR PICK: Paper Tiger, 2410 N. St. Mary’s St., (800) 513-7540, papertigersa.com

If you follow touring indie acts in San Antonio at all, this one is most likely as much of a no-brainer to you as it was to us. Since opening its doors in March 2015, Paper Tiger, which of course replaced the old mainstay The White Rabbit, has hosted consistently excellent shows of a diverse variety. From the best local noise makers to acts that you would have had to drive to Austin to see just a few years ago, Paper Tiger, in consort with ATX-based promotions group Margin Walker, has been on a roll since it first opened its doors (with a free weekend that featured a Roky Erickson show, no less). Just consider a few of the venue’s recent shows: Television (as part of Burger Hangover Fest V), Of Montreal, Conor Oberst, and Explosions in the Sky. It’s hard to imagine most of those acts ever would have played at The White Rabbit, let alone any other venue in town.

WINNER: David Davis at Heat, 1500 N. Main Ave., (210) 227-2600, heatsa.com

2. Bobby Sanchez at Smoke, 1170 E Commerce St., (210) 253-9919, smoketherestaurant.com

3. Esteban Medina at Chisme, 2403 N. St. Mary’s St., (210) 530-4236, eatchisme.com


WINNER: Paramour, 102 9th St., (210) 340-9880, paramourbar.com

2. Blue Box, 312 Pearl Pkwy., Suite 2107, (210) 227-2583, blueboxbar.com

3. Bar 1919, 1420 S. Alamo St., (210) 227-1420, bar1919.com
WINNER: Heat, 1500 N. Main Ave., (210) 227-2600, heatsa.com

2. Pegasus, 1402 N. Main Ave., (210) 299-4222, pegasussanantonio.com

3. Babio’s, 527 W. Hildebrand Ave., (210) 409-7245, facebook.com/babiosedd

WINNER: Chisme, 2403 N. St. Mary’s St., (210) 530-4236, eatchisme.com

2. Casa Azul de Andrea, 1036 S. Alamo St., (210) 451-9393,
facebook.com/casaazuldeandrea

3. Bang Bang Bar, 119 El Mio Drive, (210) 320-1187, facebook.com/thebangbangbar210


WINNER: Paper Tiger, 2410 N. St. Mary’s St., (800) 513-7540, papertigersa.com

2. Jazz TX, 312 Pearl Pkwy., Suite 6001, (210) 332-9386, jazztx.com

3. The Aztec Theatre, 104 N. St. Mary’s St., (210) 812-4355, theaztectheatre.com


WINNER: Alamo Ice House, 802 N. Alamo St., (210) 758-5151, alamoicehouse.com

2. Texas Ice House, Blanco Road, (210) 771-2765, facebook.com/texas-icehouse

3. Sanchez Ice House, multiple locations, facebook.com/sanchezicehouse

WINNER: Perfect 10, 111 NW Loop 410, (210) 344-6601, perfect10sa.com

2. The Palace Men’s Club, 2482 NE Loop 410, (210) 599-6011,
thepalacemensclubsa.com


WINNER: Dorcol Distilling Co., 1902 S. Flores St., (210) 229-0607, dorcolspirits.com

2. Babio’s, 527 W. Hildebrand Ave., (210) 409-7245, facebook.com/babiosedd

3. The Squeezebox, 2806 N. St. Mary’s St., facebook.com/thesqueezebox

WINNER: Babio’s, 527 W. Hildebrand Ave., (210) 409-7245, facebook.com/babiosedd

2. Brass Monkey, 2702 N. St. Mary’s St., (210) 480-4722, facebook.com/brassmonkeytx

3. Bonham Exchange, 411 Bonham St., (210) 224-9219, bonhamexchange.com

WINNER: Slacker’s, multiple locations, slackerssa.com

2. Sancho’s, 628 Jackson St., (210) 320-1840, sanchosmx.com

3. Artisan on Alamo, 315 8th St., (210) 896-5070, artisanonalamo.com