August 30, 2018

20 Dark San Antonio Bars Where You Can Get a Damn Drink in Peace

Whether you're not wanting to run into anyone you know or just want to get your drink on without being bothered, these bars offer a dark setting perfect for being left unbothered. Drinking alone? Looking for a flirty date night spot? Just not into the club scene? We've found a dark bar for every need you have.
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George's Keep
17803 La Cantera Terrace Suite #1200, (210) 310-3733, georgeskeep.com
Skip the overcrowded spots in the La Cantera area and do yourself a favor by heading to George’s Keep. This sophisticated lounge is regarded for its craft cocktails, so you’ll be drinking well here. If you want something more simple, don’t fret. They also have a solid draft and bottled beer selection.
Photo via Instagram / justin.a.torres
George's Keep
17803 La Cantera Terrace Suite #1200, (210) 310-3733, georgeskeep.com
Skip the overcrowded spots in the La Cantera area and do yourself a favor by heading to George’s Keep. This sophisticated lounge is regarded for its craft cocktails, so you’ll be drinking well here. If you want something more simple, don’t fret. They also have a solid draft and bottled beer selection.
Photo via Instagram / justin.a.torres
Bar 1919
1420 S Alamo St, (210) 227-1420, bar1919.com
Head on over to this speakeasy for some serious coziness. With only the bar lit and candles scattered about on the tables, you’ll be pressed to find a darker drinking spot, and a snazzy one at that.
Photo via Instagram / ficzko
Bar 1919
1420 S Alamo St, (210) 227-1420, bar1919.com
Head on over to this speakeasy for some serious coziness. With only the bar lit and candles scattered about on the tables, you’ll be pressed to find a darker drinking spot, and a snazzy one at that.
Photo via Instagram / ficzko
Faust Tavern
517 E Woodlawn Ave, (210) 257-0628, facebook.com
This no-frills dive is a must-visit every time you frequent the St. Mary’s Strip. While the inside bar area itself doesn’t provide ample seating, but sure to set up shop early to snag a table. This eerie bar has an assortment of decor you’ll appreciate while sipping on quality dranks that come cheap.
Photo via Instagram / meredith_martina
Faust Tavern
517 E Woodlawn Ave, (210) 257-0628, facebook.com
This no-frills dive is a must-visit every time you frequent the St. Mary’s Strip. While the inside bar area itself doesn’t provide ample seating, but sure to set up shop early to snag a table. This eerie bar has an assortment of decor you’ll appreciate while sipping on quality dranks that come cheap.
Photo via Instagram / meredith_martina
The Brooklynite
516 Brooklyn Ave, (210) 444-0707, thebrooklynitesa.com
While not the darkest in this roundup, the muted lights at The Brooklynite provide a hazy ambiance that matches well with the vintage furnishings and classy chandeliers. If you like cocktails with a punch, consider that an added bonus. They may be small, but they’re strong as hell.
Photo via Instagram / blood_soup
The Brooklynite
516 Brooklyn Ave, (210) 444-0707, thebrooklynitesa.com
While not the darkest in this roundup, the muted lights at The Brooklynite provide a hazy ambiance that matches well with the vintage furnishings and classy chandeliers. If you like cocktails with a punch, consider that an added bonus. They may be small, but they’re strong as hell.
Photo via Instagram / blood_soup
Havana Bar
1015 Navarro St, (210) 222-2008, havanasanantonio.com
If you want some privacy on date night, head on over to the Hotel Havana’s bar. This romantic spot offers a loungey setting and serves up cocktails that are just as inviting.
Photo via Instagram / stevenvsqz
Havana Bar
1015 Navarro St, (210) 222-2008, havanasanantonio.com
If you want some privacy on date night, head on over to the Hotel Havana’s bar. This romantic spot offers a loungey setting and serves up cocktails that are just as inviting.
Photo via Instagram / stevenvsqz
Jazz, TX
Building 6, 312 Pearl Pkwy #6001, (210) 332-9386, jazztx.com
The Pearl is the place to be at pretty much any time, and Jazz, TX is probably the most intimate place to get a drink here. While you’ll be plenty entertained with the bar’s stream of musicians, you’ll be right to put your trust in Jazz, TX for craft cocktails, draft beer and Texan-inspired bites.
Photo via Instagram / kaleyjamesanderson
Jazz, TX
Building 6, 312 Pearl Pkwy #6001, (210) 332-9386, jazztx.com
The Pearl is the place to be at pretty much any time, and Jazz, TX is probably the most intimate place to get a drink here. While you’ll be plenty entertained with the bar’s stream of musicians, you’ll be right to put your trust in Jazz, TX for craft cocktails, draft beer and Texan-inspired bites.
Photo via Instagram / kaleyjamesanderson
Barbaro
2720 McCullough Ave, (210) 320-2261, barbarosanantonio.com
While there’s plenty of light during the day, visit at night and Barbaro transforms into a cozy spot with great food and drink. Regarded for its wood-fired pizza, Barbaro has a full bar that’s proven to be a one-stop shop for a night out on the town.
Photo via Instagram / cyties
Barbaro
2720 McCullough Ave, (210) 320-2261, barbarosanantonio.com
While there’s plenty of light during the day, visit at night and Barbaro transforms into a cozy spot with great food and drink. Regarded for its wood-fired pizza, Barbaro has a full bar that’s proven to be a one-stop shop for a night out on the town.
Photo via Instagram / cyties
Menger Bar
204 Alamo Plaza, (210) 223-4361, mengerhotel.com
Located at the Menger Hotel (duh), this historic bar was built in 1887 as a replica of the House of Lords Pub in London and features mirrors from France. Theodore Roosevelt is rumored to have gathered his Rough Riders here when they weren’t training to fight in the Spanish-American War. So when you’re here, pour one out for the Rough Riders and have a spot of whiskey because ‘Merica.
Photo via Instagram / jillwaterston
Menger Bar
204 Alamo Plaza, (210) 223-4361, mengerhotel.com
Located at the Menger Hotel (duh), this historic bar was built in 1887 as a replica of the House of Lords Pub in London and features mirrors from France. Theodore Roosevelt is rumored to have gathered his Rough Riders here when they weren’t training to fight in the Spanish-American War. So when you’re here, pour one out for the Rough Riders and have a spot of whiskey because ‘Merica.
Photo via Instagram / jillwaterston
Downstairs
155 E Commerce St, (210) 222-2521, esquiretavern-sa.com
From The Esquire Tavern team comes Downstairs (at Esquire). Here you’ll be able to be on level with the River Walk and enjoy craft cocktails in an intimate setting. While the upstairs portion is better known and frequented by tourists, escape the commotion and hangout here.
Photo via Instagram / kodymelton
Downstairs
155 E Commerce St, (210) 222-2521, esquiretavern-sa.com
From The Esquire Tavern team comes Downstairs (at Esquire). Here you’ll be able to be on level with the River Walk and enjoy craft cocktails in an intimate setting. While the upstairs portion is better known and frequented by tourists, escape the commotion and hangout here.
Photo via Instagram / kodymelton
502 Bar
502 Embassy Oaks, (210) 257-8125, 502bar.com
It’s all about music here with live music and karaoke with the occasional movie nights. Craft beer connoisseurs will feel at home here, so invite the crew and get to drinking.
Photo via Instagram / ohmylandshark
502 Bar
502 Embassy Oaks, (210) 257-8125, 502bar.com
It’s all about music here with live music and karaoke with the occasional movie nights. Craft beer connoisseurs will feel at home here, so invite the crew and get to drinking.
Photo via Instagram / ohmylandshark