Best Of 2019

Best Sports Bar

Winner: Slackers

Multiple locations

slackersbars.com

The three-bar Slackers chain apparently holds a commanding lead when it comes to folks who like getting boozy while they watch sports — or play sports of the indoor variety. Each Slackers location features a dozen large-format flatscreen TVs airing anything from football and hoops to soccer and cycling plus a bad-ass sound system. For those not content just to be spectators, however, the bars also offer the chance to play Soccer Pool on what the chain bills as a life-size pool table and Floor Board on a massive shuffleboard square. If those sound a little too physical, there's always pool, beer pong, air hockey and other diversions. The bars are also stocked with vintage arcade games ranging from NBA Jam to Mortal Kombat 2, and an impressive beer list. Just a word of warning, however: your motor skills may not be at their best after you've slammed back a few cold ones.

2. Cover 3

1806 N. 1604 West

(210) 479-9700

cover-3.com

3. Ticket Sports Pub

420 E. Houston St.

(210) 222-9722

theticketsportsbarsa.com

Nightlife

Nightlife

Winner: Little Woodrow's

Multiple locations

littlewoodrows.com

With a sprawling outdoor area perfect for cornhole and ring toss, not to mention pool tables and electronic dart boards inside, Little Woodrow's allows you to get competitive while enjoying happy hour specials on weekdays. Guests can partake in discounts at the Babcock and Stone Oak locations from 3-7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 3-9 p.m. on Fridays. Little Woodrow's offers $3 well beverages and domestic pints, $4 select shots, $5 select appetizers and $3 house wines, so there's something cheap for everyone to sip on. Well-placed TV screens help you keep up with basketball, baseball, boxing and more during their respective seasons if you need to stay occupied while getting boozy. Seriously, there's something to do for everyone, and that's on top of a solid selection of drinks. Be sure to check out the bar's social media pages for special theme nights like Texas Thursdays with discounted Texas beers and turtle racing for extra fun.

2. Slackers

Multiple locations

slackersbars.com

3. Bonham Exchange

411 Bonham St.

(210) 224-9219

bonhamexchange.com

Winner: Little Woodrow's

Multiple locations

littlewoodrows.com

With a sprawling outdoor area perfect for cornhole and ring toss, not to mention pool tables and electronic dart boards inside, Little Woodrow's allows you to get competitive while enjoying happy hour specials on weekdays. Guests can partake in discounts at the Babcock and Stone Oak locations from 3-7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 3-9 p.m. on Fridays. Little Woodrow's offers $3 well beverages and domestic pints, $4 select shots, $5 select appetizers and $3 house wines, so there's something cheap for everyone to sip on. Well-placed TV screens help you keep up with basketball, baseball, boxing and more during their respective seasons if you need to stay occupied while getting boozy. Seriously, there's something to do for everyone, and that's on top of a solid selection of drinks. Be sure to check out the bar's social media pages for special theme nights like Texas Thursdays with discounted Texas beers and turtle racing for extra fun.

2. Evil Olive

2950 Thousand Oaks, Suite 5

(210) 495-0970

facebook.com/EvilOliveSA

3. Ocho

1015 Navarro St.

(210) 222-2008

havanasanantonio.com

Winner: Dad's Karaoke Bar

2615 Mossrock

(210) 267-5703

facebook.com/dadskaraoke

With its lively atmosphere and variety of song choices, Dad's Karaoke Bar provides the perfect environment to test your vocal chops. If you need help building up the courage to get on stage and sing, this mainstay also boasts a solid well and beer selection. Hey, sometimes it takes a little liquid confidence to convince participants they've got the range and showmanship to step up to the mic, right? Adding to the eclectic fun, performers sing to the crowd on a library-themed stage — fun fact: the shelves hold real books. Part of the appeal also comes in Dad's ability to cater to diverse musical tastes. Expect a wide-ranging catalog, from country to pop to R&B, and for energetic audience support, no matter the genre. Reserve a table in advance for a comfortable view of the stage and show up early to get your name high on the list and avoid long wait times.

2. Who's Who Cocktails

1711 Babcock Road

(210) 973-5055

facebook.com/whoswhococktails

3. Hidden Tavern 11407 West Ave.

(210) 541-0001

hiddentavern.com

Winner: Max's Wine Dive

340 E. Basse Road, Suite 101

(210) 444-9547

maxswinedive.com

Don't let the name fool you, Max's isn't much of a dive, even if it does have a jukebox. It's more of a relaxed gathering place for people who aren't wine snobs — although we doubt the place turns away many of the latter. The menu features 101 moderately priced selections from all over the world, and the wait staff are happy to walk customers through the extensive list. Among Max's offerings: Argam Tempranillo from Spain, menu-described "badass" red wines from France such as Réserve du Palais and a selection of eco-friendly tap wines for the green imbiber. Patrons can also purchase vino at retail prices to enjoy later. Keeping with its slogan "Fried chicken and champagne... Why the hell not?!" Max's also serves up a variety of comfort foods to pair with its pours, its signature crispy bird among them. While the food's tasty, wine is definitely the main attraction.

2. High Street Wine Co.

302 Pearl Parkway #104

(210) 908-9144

highstreetwine.com

3. Copa Wine Bar

19141 Stone Oak Parkway, Suite 704

(210) 495-2672

thecopawinebar.com

Winner: La Gloria

Multiple locations

chefjohnnyhernandez.com

With locations in the Dominion, the Pearl and the airport, Mexican street food spot La Gloria has also won a following for its margaritas. Whether you prefer yours frozen or on the rocks, La Gloria's got you covered with three staple margs, all featuring El Jimador Reposado tequila and Patrón Citrónge. You can't go wrong with the classic lime flavor of the Margarita de la Casa, while the Margarita La Gloria features blue curacao for a fun, citrus-infused pop of color. For a sweet, melon-like twist, try the prickly pear variety. La Gloria also periodically offers special and seasonal takes on San Antonio's signature drink. This summer's La Fresa, Mango Picoso and Coco Loco, for example, bring extra cooling vibes because each one is topped with a paleta.

2. Rosario's

910 S. Alamo St.

(210) 223-1806

rosariossa.com

3. El Mirasol

Multiple locations

elmirasolsa.com

Winner: Vikki Buchanan

Bonham Exchange

2. Leah Sparks

John T. Floore's and Sam's Burger Joint

3. Paul Hernandez

Pico de Gallo Restaurant

Winner: Aztec Theatre

104 N. St. Mary's St.

(210) 812-4355

theaztectheatre.com

2. Paper Tiger

2410 N. St. Mary's St.

(210) 841-3771

papertigersatx.com

3. Majestic Theatre

224 E. Houston St.

(210) 226-5700

majesticempire.com

Winner: John T. Floore's Country Store

14492 Old Bandera Road, Helotes

(210) 695-8827

liveatfloores.com

2. Thirsty Horse Saloon

2335 NW Military Highway

(210) 348-1513

thirstyhorse.net

3. The Lonesome Rose

2114 N. St. Mary's St.

(210) 455-0233

thelonesomerose.com

Winner: Hookah Harem

6862 Ingram Road

(210) 455-9499

hookahharem.com

2. Sultan Cafe and Grill

5625 Babcock Road

(210) 641-5544

facebook.com/SultanCafe.SA

3. Shisha Cafe

5500 Babcock Road #101

(210) 694-4800

shishacafesa.com