21 San Antonio bars where you probably won't see anyone you know

Sometimes you want to kick back and enjoy a beer or a mixed drink at a place where you don't have to worry about running into your ex from high school or that coworker you already politely declined an invitation from.

Is that so wrong?

These San Antonio drinking establishments have all the unique atmosphere, fun activities and quality beverages of the best local bars — just without the looming risk of having to make awkward small talk with friends-of-friends or people you'd really rather not run into.
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Bar du Mon Ami
4901 Broadway, (330) 565-5445, instagram.com/bardumonami
With dozens of spirits available behind the bar, you’ll enjoy cocktails that were created with plenty of thought and consideration, so that means they’ll hit just right. The red wall paint/light combination at this Broadway haunt is super cozy, so post up in one of the booths to feel like you’re hiding away.
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Bar du Mon Ami
4901 Broadway, (330) 565-5445, instagram.com/bardumonami
With dozens of spirits available behind the bar, you’ll enjoy cocktails that were created with plenty of thought and consideration, so that means they’ll hit just right. The red wall paint/light combination at this Broadway haunt is super cozy, so post up in one of the booths to feel like you’re hiding away.
Web House
320 Blanco Road, (210) 531-0100, webhousecafe.com
Sit out on the deck or grab a seat at the bar — no matter where you post up, you won’t be seeing folks you don’t want to see. The no-frills spot comes through that way, as well as with a pool table and live entertainment from time to time. Feel free to stop by Tuesday-Sunday between 4 p.m. and 2 a.m. to hang out without any unfortunate run-ins.
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Web House
320 Blanco Road, (210) 531-0100, webhousecafe.com
Sit out on the deck or grab a seat at the bar — no matter where you post up, you won’t be seeing folks you don’t want to see. The no-frills spot comes through that way, as well as with a pool table and live entertainment from time to time. Feel free to stop by Tuesday-Sunday between 4 p.m. and 2 a.m. to hang out without any unfortunate run-ins.
Lowcountry
318 Martinez St., (210) 560-2224, lowcountrysa.com
Solid drinks, a country theme and laid-back? Yup, Lowcountry has it all. Plus, it has live music to boot that will have you comin’ over on at least a weekly basis.
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Lowcountry
318 Martinez St., (210) 560-2224, lowcountrysa.com
Solid drinks, a country theme and laid-back? Yup, Lowcountry has it all. Plus, it has live music to boot that will have you comin’ over on at least a weekly basis.
Oak Hills Tavern
7920 Fredericksburg Rd., (210) 614-8855, oakhillstavern.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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Oak Hills Tavern
7920 Fredericksburg Rd., (210) 614-8855, oakhillstavern.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.
Who's Who Cocktails
1711 Babcock Road, (210) 973-5055, facebook.com/whoswhococktails
Need to kick back with a drink in your hand? Who’s Who is exactly the place where you can do just that without worrying about who you’ll see. This unassuming strip-mall watering hole is the perfect place to grab a drink in the company of other folks not looking to be seen. This dive will come through time and time again.
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Who's Who Cocktails
1711 Babcock Road, (210) 973-5055, facebook.com/whoswhococktails
Need to kick back with a drink in your hand? Who’s Who is exactly the place where you can do just that without worrying about who you’ll see. This unassuming strip-mall watering hole is the perfect place to grab a drink in the company of other folks not looking to be seen. This dive will come through time and time again.
Broadway 5050
5050 Broadway, (210) 832-0050, broadway5050.com
Whether you’re there to watch the game, for karaoke night or just to grab a drink, 5050 has a revamped menu of bar food and an expanded drink menu capable of satiating just about any visitor.
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Broadway 5050
5050 Broadway, (210) 832-0050, broadway5050.com
Whether you’re there to watch the game, for karaoke night or just to grab a drink, 5050 has a revamped menu of bar food and an expanded drink menu capable of satiating just about any visitor.
Faust Tavern
517 E Woodlawn Ave., (210) 257-0628, facebook.com/TheFaustTavern
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 patio with the cozy picnic tables to enjoy the ambiance tinged with cigarette smoke and metal music.
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Faust Tavern
517 E Woodlawn Ave., (210) 257-0628, facebook.com/TheFaustTavern
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 patio with the cozy picnic tables to enjoy the ambiance tinged with cigarette smoke and metal music.
Joey’s
2417 N. St. Mary's St., (210) 733-9573, joeys-sa.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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Joey’s
2417 N. St. Mary's St., (210) 733-9573, joeys-sa.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.
El Luchador
622 Roosevelt Ave., (210) 988-3385, facebook.com/luchadorbarsa
Bow down to el supremo luchador! Enjoy the Lucha Libre theme and let loose with cocktails, karaoke nights and weekly DJ takeovers.
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El Luchador
622 Roosevelt Ave., (210) 988-3385, facebook.com/luchadorbarsa
Bow down to el supremo luchador! Enjoy the Lucha Libre theme and let loose with cocktails, karaoke nights and weekly DJ takeovers.
Alibis Sports and Spirits
1141 E. Commerce St., (210) 225-5552, instagram.com/alibissportsandspirits
Tucked downtown, on the outskirts of the hustle and bustle of the Alamo City’s tourist spots, Alibis offers a laid back atmosphere with great drinks for anyone looking to wind down.
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Alibis Sports and Spirits
1141 E. Commerce St., (210) 225-5552, instagram.com/alibissportsandspirits
Tucked downtown, on the outskirts of the hustle and bustle of the Alamo City’s tourist spots, Alibis offers a laid back atmosphere with great drinks for anyone looking to wind down.
Thirsty Camel Bar
5307 McCullough Ave., (210) 780-0669, facebook.com/ThirstyCamelBar
This Olmos Park nightclub is a hoppin’ spot for live music and more, and is complete with a full bar. If you find the weather nice, there’s also space outside for you to sit back with a drink in hand.
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Thirsty Camel Bar
5307 McCullough Ave., (210) 780-0669, facebook.com/ThirstyCamelBar
This Olmos Park nightclub is a hoppin’ spot for live music and more, and is complete with a full bar. If you find the weather nice, there’s also space outside for you to sit back with a drink in hand.
Zombies
4202 Thousand Oaks, (210) 281-8306, drinkingwithzombies.com
Love heavy metal and getting boozy? Zombies is the place for you. There’s live music on the regular as well as horror flick screenings, karaoke, cocktails and an impressive beer list.
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Zombies
4202 Thousand Oaks, (210) 281-8306, drinkingwithzombies.com
Love heavy metal and getting boozy? Zombies is the place for you. There’s live music on the regular as well as horror flick screenings, karaoke, cocktails and an impressive beer list.
The Thursty Turtle
1626 NE Interstate 410 Loop, (210) 820-3600, facebook.com/TheThurstyTurtle
Right off the Loop 410 access road you’ll find this dingy (we say it with love) dive bar connected to a convenience store. While the folks you graduated with flock to more poppin’ spots, you and your selected company will be safe drinking it up here. Take the strong drinks and laid-back vibes as the cherry on top for what will be a drama-free outing.
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The Thursty Turtle
1626 NE Interstate 410 Loop, (210) 820-3600, facebook.com/TheThurstyTurtle
Right off the Loop 410 access road you’ll find this dingy (we say it with love) dive bar connected to a convenience store. While the folks you graduated with flock to more poppin’ spots, you and your selected company will be safe drinking it up here. Take the strong drinks and laid-back vibes as the cherry on top for what will be a drama-free outing.
Reggae Bar
826 San Pedro Ave., (210) 772-9891, facebook.com/profile.php?id=100057501885692
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. \Visit on reggae and dance nights to get extra irie.
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Reggae Bar
826 San Pedro Ave., (210) 772-9891, facebook.com/profile.php?id=100057501885692
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. \Visit on reggae and dance nights to get extra irie.
Hidden Tavern
11407 West Ave., (210) 541-0001, hiddentavern.com
Need a bare-bones drinking spot that offers comfy, low-lit digs? We found it. This underrated watering hole has billiards, darts and live music for all types of fun.
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Hidden Tavern
11407 West Ave., (210) 541-0001, hiddentavern.com
Need a bare-bones drinking spot that offers comfy, low-lit digs? We found it. This underrated watering hole has billiards, darts and live music for all types of fun.
Retox Bar
1031 Patricia, (210) 775-2886, retoxbar.net
This rock ‘n’ roll bar has karaoke nights and drink specials in addition to live music, plus a bunch of TVs, so you’ll always be entertained here.
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Retox Bar
1031 Patricia, (210) 775-2886, retoxbar.net
This rock ‘n’ roll bar has karaoke nights and drink specials in addition to live music, plus a bunch of TVs, so you’ll always be entertained here.
Coco Beach
12159 Valliant St., (210) 341-5330, facebook.com/CocobeachSA
With island-themed decor, taco nights and TVs mounted around every corner, Coco Beach can the perfect place to kick back after a long day, when you’re looking to give your socializing muscles a break.
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Coco Beach
12159 Valliant St., (210) 341-5330, facebook.com/CocobeachSA
With island-themed decor, taco nights and TVs mounted around every corner, Coco Beach can the perfect place to kick back after a long day, when you’re looking to give your socializing muscles a break.
Rod Dog’s Saloon
2617 Wagon Wheel, (210) 828-2582, facebook.com/RodDogSaloon
Located just north of Oak Park, Rod Dog’s offers a relaxed bar atmosphere with chingos of pool tables — and without any fuss.
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Rod Dog’s Saloon
2617 Wagon Wheel, (210) 828-2582, facebook.com/RodDogSaloon
Located just north of Oak Park, Rod Dog’s offers a relaxed bar atmosphere with chingos of pool tables — and without any fuss.
Our Glass Cocktails
1301 Pat Booker Rd. Ste. A, (210) 599-7036, facebook.com/ourglasscocktails
Even if it’s your first visit, a night at Our Glass Cocktails guarantees a wave of nostalgia with its pool tables, darts and friendly service.
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Our Glass Cocktails
1301 Pat Booker Rd. Ste. A, (210) 599-7036, facebook.com/ourglasscocktails
Even if it’s your first visit, a night at Our Glass Cocktails guarantees a wave of nostalgia with its pool tables, darts and friendly service.
BARFLYS
8503 Broadway Ste. 110, (210) 277-7202, facebook.com/BARFLYS1
Take advantage of the patio seating while the Texas weather is crisp and refreshing. Here you can watch football on two 50-inch flatscreens, play pool or darts, or just quietly enjoy a drink.
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BARFLYS
8503 Broadway Ste. 110, (210) 277-7202, facebook.com/BARFLYS1
Take advantage of the patio seating while the Texas weather is crisp and refreshing. Here you can watch football on two 50-inch flatscreens, play pool or darts, or just quietly enjoy a drink.
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