January 17, 2020

20 Under-the-Radar Bars in San Antonio You Should Try

San Antonio has plenty of places to grab a drink, so you'd have to go out a lot to hit them all up. While you might have your go-to spots, venture out and explore some of these bars (and sometimes hidden gems) that you may or may not have had the pleasure to drink at just yet.
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I Don't Know Yet Lounge
1229 Babcock Road, (210) 735-1276, facebook.com
Big, cheap beers? Yeah, this lounge has ‘em. In case you need another selling point, IDKYL is super spacious and chill, meaning you can make friends during the events going on here, or sit off to the side and do your own things.
Photo via Instagram / asapstormborn
I Don't Know Yet Lounge
1229 Babcock Road, (210) 735-1276, facebook.com
Big, cheap beers? Yeah, this lounge has ‘em. In case you need another selling point, IDKYL is super spacious and chill, meaning you can make friends during the events going on here, or sit off to the side and do your own things.
Photo via Instagram / asapstormborn
Sanchez Ice House
Multiple locations, facebook.com/SANCHEZICEHOUSE
With one location downtown nearing the West Side and another near Fort Sam Houston, you have options for your next night out for a drink. Happy hour specials, bar games and dancing are just some of the extra treats you’ll get when you stop by for a drink (or however many you order) here. Just be sure to bring cash when you’re ready to get boozy.
Photo via Instagram / pj1113
Sanchez Ice House
Multiple locations, facebook.com/SANCHEZICEHOUSE
With one location downtown nearing the West Side and another near Fort Sam Houston, you have options for your next night out for a drink. Happy hour specials, bar games and dancing are just some of the extra treats you’ll get when you stop by for a drink (or however many you order) here. Just be sure to bring cash when you’re ready to get boozy.
Photo via Instagram / pj1113
QPV Queso Pan Y Vino
727 S Alamo St, (210) 263-9729, facebook.com/QPVSA
Southtown has no shortage of food and drink options, but QPV is one that doesn’t get enough credit. Here you’ll be able to munch on delicious pizza and your wine of choice. Doesn’t that sounds like a classy, fun way to spend a night on the town?
Photo via Instagram / richie1186
QPV Queso Pan Y Vino
727 S Alamo St, (210) 263-9729, facebook.com/QPVSA
Southtown has no shortage of food and drink options, but QPV is one that doesn’t get enough credit. Here you’ll be able to munch on delicious pizza and your wine of choice. Doesn’t that sounds like a classy, fun way to spend a night on the town?
Photo via Instagram / richie1186
Squeeze Inn Sports Bar & Club
1755 S General McMullen Dr, (210) 432-1080, squeezeinnsanantonio.com
If you don’t mind running into your tio when you go drinking, you will definitely want to hit up Squeeze Inn at some point. This West Side gem is full of regulars who are welcoming, which you’ll be thankful for if you feel like playing a game of darts or pool. Maybe you’re enticed by the karaoke (Tejano and oldies are favorites here). Be sure to order a michelada, it’ll get you good.
Photo via Yelp / Squeeze In Sports Bar and Club
Squeeze Inn Sports Bar & Club
1755 S General McMullen Dr, (210) 432-1080, squeezeinnsanantonio.com
If you don’t mind running into your tio when you go drinking, you will definitely want to hit up Squeeze Inn at some point. This West Side gem is full of regulars who are welcoming, which you’ll be thankful for if you feel like playing a game of darts or pool. Maybe you’re enticed by the karaoke (Tejano and oldies are favorites here). Be sure to order a michelada, it’ll get you good.
Photo via Yelp / Squeeze In Sports Bar and Club
Rathskeller Bar
525 S St Mary's St, (512) 660-1706, facebook.com/hsrathskeller
Also regarded as “Hermann Sons,” Rathskeller Bar is likely a building you’ve passed by time and time again, maybe taking note of the sign. Yes, there’s really a bar inside. It’s actually the longest continuously-functioning bar that’s held a TABC license so long — since 1937 to be exact. Plus, the bar also has a ballroom upstairs that features themed events like Chicano oldies nights — and there’s a bowling alley too.
Photo via Instagram / _j_l_a_n_d_
Rathskeller Bar
525 S St Mary's St, (512) 660-1706, facebook.com/hsrathskeller
Also regarded as “Hermann Sons,” Rathskeller Bar is likely a building you’ve passed by time and time again, maybe taking note of the sign. Yes, there’s really a bar inside. It’s actually the longest continuously-functioning bar that’s held a TABC license so long — since 1937 to be exact. Plus, the bar also has a ballroom upstairs that features themed events like Chicano oldies nights — and there’s a bowling alley too.
Photo via Instagram / _j_l_a_n_d_
Babcock Social Pub
5891 Babcock Road, (210) 236-8080, babcocksocial.pub
If you ever find yourself driving down Babcock late at night and hear thumping music, chances are you’re driving by Babcock Social Club. This neighborhood bar is all about providing a place for folks to hang out and, of course, have some drinks. On top of happy hour beverage specials, you’ll also be able to score bites from the grill, listen to live music and play bar games. Sounds like a win-win to us.
Photo by Mike Humphries via Instagram / realcameralero
Babcock Social Pub
5891 Babcock Road, (210) 236-8080, babcocksocial.pub
If you ever find yourself driving down Babcock late at night and hear thumping music, chances are you’re driving by Babcock Social Club. This neighborhood bar is all about providing a place for folks to hang out and, of course, have some drinks. On top of happy hour beverage specials, you’ll also be able to score bites from the grill, listen to live music and play bar games. Sounds like a win-win to us.
Photo by Mike Humphries via Instagram / realcameralero
RD Speakeasy
8400 N New Braunfels Ave, (210) 605-2292
San Antonio (unfortunately) isn’t home to a lot of speakeasies, but a recent addition has yet to gain too much attention. Anyone who wants to feel really badass should make arrangements to visit the RD Speakeasy. Here’s what you gotta do: text RD at the number above with your party size and expected arrival time. Once you get the green light, you’ll need to whisper the password through a peephole where you see a green light at The Barn Door — the speakeasy is found in a former party room of the restaurant.
Photo via Instagram / rdsanantonio
RD Speakeasy
8400 N New Braunfels Ave, (210) 605-2292
San Antonio (unfortunately) isn’t home to a lot of speakeasies, but a recent addition has yet to gain too much attention. Anyone who wants to feel really badass should make arrangements to visit the RD Speakeasy. Here’s what you gotta do: text RD at the number above with your party size and expected arrival time. Once you get the green light, you’ll need to whisper the password through a peephole where you see a green light at The Barn Door — the speakeasy is found in a former party room of the restaurant.
Photo via Instagram / rdsanantonio
The Base Line
1139 Harry Wurzbach Road, (210) 930-6612, thebaselinebar.com
Whether you hang out near Fort Sam Houston or not, you’ll likely end up at this bar sooner or later. Previously known as the Recovery Room, The Base Line comes through with drink specials, pool, darts, shuffleboard, karaoke, trivia nights and even food. If it’s your first time here, be sure to order the Transfusion Shot.
Photo via Yelp / The Base Line
The Base Line
1139 Harry Wurzbach Road, (210) 930-6612, thebaselinebar.com
Whether you hang out near Fort Sam Houston or not, you’ll likely end up at this bar sooner or later. Previously known as the Recovery Room, The Base Line comes through with drink specials, pool, darts, shuffleboard, karaoke, trivia nights and even food. If it’s your first time here, be sure to order the Transfusion Shot.
Photo via Yelp / The Base Line
My Friend's Backyard
442 W Hildebrand Ave, (210) 573-5227, facebook.com/myfriendsbackyardbar
Beers and fun drinks are always up for grabs here, as are laid-back vibes at this fun spot. Plus, you’ll find all the sports bar vibes with multiple TVs and bar games.
Photo via Instagram / la_aventurera_
My Friend's Backyard
442 W Hildebrand Ave, (210) 573-5227, facebook.com/myfriendsbackyardbar
Beers and fun drinks are always up for grabs here, as are laid-back vibes at this fun spot. Plus, you’ll find all the sports bar vibes with multiple TVs and bar games.
Photo via Instagram / la_aventurera_
Pete’s Place Spirits and More
14743 Old Bandera Road #9, Helotes, (210) 474-6116, petesplacespspiritsandmore
Helotes might be a heck of a drive for you, but if you find yourself in the area, you can trust Pete’s Place for quick alcohol fix. The bar has generous drink specials on deck every day of the week, meaning you can get tipsy for cheap no matter when you stop in. As always, drink responsibly, folks.
Photo via Instagram / hotpinkgoldfish
Pete’s Place Spirits and More
14743 Old Bandera Road #9, Helotes, (210) 474-6116, petesplacespspiritsandmore
Helotes might be a heck of a drive for you, but if you find yourself in the area, you can trust Pete’s Place for quick alcohol fix. The bar has generous drink specials on deck every day of the week, meaning you can get tipsy for cheap no matter when you stop in. As always, drink responsibly, folks.
Photo via Instagram / hotpinkgoldfish