517 E Woodlawn Ave, (210) 257-0628,
With a rock feel to it, Faust should take pride in being the no-fucks-given spot of the St. Mary’s Strip. If you’re looking for a surprisingly romantic spot, grab a few beers (or cocktails) and take your boo to the back patio with the two-seater picnic tables. We can’t think of anything more intimate than that, paired with cigarette smoke and metal playing in the distance.
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5050 Broadway St, (210) 832-0050, broadway5050.com
If you want a no-frills, non-pretentious sports bar with grub to keep you satisfied, this is your spot. This Broadway spot is always hosting fun events, so you’ll constantly have a reason to go (like you even need one).
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826 San Pedro Ave, (210) 772-9891
Reggae Bar brings the chill, laid-back attitude of the island back to SA. The Jamaican theme is all around, from food and drink to music and aesthetic. Be sure to visit on reggae & dance nights to get extra wild.
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Oak Hills Tavern
7920 Fredericksburg Rd, (210) 614-8855, facebook.com
This is probably SA’s collective favorite dive bar – so you’re really missing out if you haven’t been already. With good food, better beer and generous happy hour offerings, you can’t get much else out of Oak Hills Tavern – it’s got everything you need.
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1524 E Grayson St, (210) 227-9255, facebook.com
Though Grayson is known for its posh drinking spots, do yourself a solid and pay a visit to Betty’s Battalion. This homey spot is popular among military folks (being very close to Fort Sam Houston), but all are welcome here. Karaoke nights, live music and borderline-borracho drink specials will have you become a regular in no time.
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8318 Jones Maltsberger Rd #128, (210) 342-4998, facebook.com
Whether you want a chill spot or one where you and the crew can goof off, you’ll find all that at Cootey’s. Beer, cocktails, pool, darts, shuffleboard and weekend karaoke will keep you entertained here.
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9503 Console Dr
Round up the bros and have a boys night out on the town, just as long as you visit Boneheadz. This place is like a cross between a barn, a church and a frat house – and that’s okay. Just know that you’re getting yourself into a wild night.
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Hangin’ Tree Saloon
18424 2nd St, (210) 651-5812, facebook.com
Go country and boot scoot boogie your ass on over to Hangin’ Tree. This roadhouse-style joint offers live music and dancing as well as your traditional bar games. On top of drink specials, you’ll have plenty of reason to stick around.
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2417 N St Mary's St, (210) 733-9573, facebook.com
No matter where your bar crawl takes you on the St. Mary’s Strip, you should always make it a point to hit up Joey’s. Drink specials, bar food, multiple pool tables and ample outdoor seating make for an all-around good night of getting boozy.
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622 Roosevelt Ave, (210) 272-0016, facebook.com
Bow down to el supreme luchador! You’ll love the Lucha Libre theme and let loose with the cocktail menu and weekly DJ takeovers.
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