November 18, 2022

21 San Antonio hotel bars that locals love

With San Antonio’s recent uptick in luxury hotels comes a parallel boom in fancy bars at those properties, many of which are located downtown.

These creatively designed drinking spots can make locals feel like they're on vacation or provide a convenient meeting place when getting together with friends in town on business or a sightseeing visit.

The best part? You don’t even need to reserve a room to enjoy the impeccable service in these swanky hotel bars, any of which could be a posh way to pass time on a long holiday weekend.

Here are 21 essential hotel-based drinkeries for staycation-worthy sipping. No reservations required.
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Ambler at Hotel Contessa
306 W Market St, (210) 298-8040, thehotelcontessa.com
This spot marries rustic Texas charm with elevated cocktails and eats. The signature cocktails boast interesting ingredients — tea-infused vodka, anyone? — making this hotel bar one that’s not just pretty to look at.
Photo via Instagram / amblersatx
Ambler at Hotel Contessa
306 W Market St, (210) 298-8040, thehotelcontessa.com
This spot marries rustic Texas charm with elevated cocktails and eats. The signature cocktails boast interesting ingredients — tea-infused vodka, anyone? — making this hotel bar one that’s not just pretty to look at.
El Colegio at Omni La Mansion Del Rio
112 College St, (210) 518-1000, omnihotels.com
Paying tribute to the St. Mary’s School of Law that first inhabited the space in 1934, El Colegio highlights cocktails popular in the ‘30s. That’s not to say this is a speakeasy, however. Either way, the Prohibition-era decor is the cherry on top to a drinking spot that focuses on local and regional spirits.
Photo by design_dudes via Instagram / omnilamansiondelrio
El Colegio at Omni La Mansion Del Rio
112 College St, (210) 518-1000, omnihotels.com
Paying tribute to the St. Mary’s School of Law that first inhabited the space in 1934, El Colegio highlights cocktails popular in the ‘30s. That’s not to say this is a speakeasy, however. Either way, the Prohibition-era decor is the cherry on top to a drinking spot that focuses on local and regional spirits.
Ocho at Hotel Havana
1015 Navarro St, (210) 222-2008, havanasanantonio.com
With Pan-Latin fare, mojitos and a chic aesthetic at the forefront, Ocho is a favorite for a reason. Tourists may flock to the beautiful Hotel Havana, but locals will feel more than welcome to enjoy the scenery brought to you by this glass-enclosed riverside spot. With the cocktail menu highlighting San Antonio’s Mexican roots (we’re talking about tequila) and the prevalence of rum in Havana’s culture, guests will be drinking well here.
Photo courtesy of Nick Simonite for Hotel Havana
Ocho at Hotel Havana
1015 Navarro St, (210) 222-2008, havanasanantonio.com
With Pan-Latin fare, mojitos and a chic aesthetic at the forefront, Ocho is a favorite for a reason. Tourists may flock to the beautiful Hotel Havana, but locals will feel more than welcome to enjoy the scenery brought to you by this glass-enclosed riverside spot. With the cocktail menu highlighting San Antonio’s Mexican roots (we’re talking about tequila) and the prevalence of rum in Havana’s culture, guests will be drinking well here.
Havana Bar at Hotel Havana
1015 Navarro St, (210) 222-2008, havanasanantonio.com
Can a bar be sexy? The answer is yes, and that bar is none other than Havana Bar. This dimly candlelit basement drinkery offers cozy vibes that pair beautifully with craft cocktails. Havana Bar is definitely the spot for folks looking to imbibe — with a shot of intimacy.
Photo courtesy of Nick Simonite for Hotel Havana
Havana Bar at Hotel Havana
1015 Navarro St, (210) 222-2008, havanasanantonio.com
Can a bar be sexy? The answer is yes, and that bar is none other than Havana Bar. This dimly candlelit basement drinkery offers cozy vibes that pair beautifully with craft cocktails. Havana Bar is definitely the spot for folks looking to imbibe — with a shot of intimacy.
Haunt at The St. Anthony
300 E Travis St, (210) 352-3171, marriott.com
Arguably one of the most posh hotel bars in San Antonio, Haunt is sleek and sexy for a reason. This bar may look contemporary, but it actually pays homage to the spooky spirits that call The St. Anthony home. Spooky season may only come in October, but Haunt’s creative cocktails and spirits (of all varieties) are enjoyable all year round.
Photo via Instagram / hauntlounge
Haunt at The St. Anthony
300 E Travis St, (210) 352-3171, marriott.com
Arguably one of the most posh hotel bars in San Antonio, Haunt is sleek and sexy for a reason. This bar may look contemporary, but it actually pays homage to the spooky spirits that call The St. Anthony home. Spooky season may only come in October, but Haunt’s creative cocktails and spirits (of all varieties) are enjoyable all year round.
Sternewirth at Hotel Emma
136 E Graysaon St, (210) 223-7375, thehotelemma.com
Every facet of Hotel Emma delivers on elevated experience, and Sternewirth is no exception. Serving as the hotel’s tavern and club room, you’ll feel nice and cozy on the sofas that sit underneath 25-foot vaulted ceilings.
Photo via Instagram / thehotelemma
Sternewirth at Hotel Emma
136 E Graysaon St, (210) 223-7375, thehotelemma.com
Every facet of Hotel Emma delivers on elevated experience, and Sternewirth is no exception. Serving as the hotel’s tavern and club room, you’ll feel nice and cozy on the sofas that sit underneath 25-foot vaulted ceilings.
Paseo Bar & Lounge at Estancia Del Norte
37 NE Interstate 410 Loop, hilton.com
Located at the Estancia Del Norte just off Loop 410, Paseo Bar offers handcrafted cocktails, bar food inspired by the flavors of South Texas and the occasional night of live music for hotel guests and locals alike to enjoy. They also offer monthly themed cocktails for folks looking to shake things up.
Photo via Instagram / paseo_bar
Paseo Bar & Lounge at Estancia Del Norte
37 NE Interstate 410 Loop, hilton.com
Located at the Estancia Del Norte just off Loop 410, Paseo Bar offers handcrafted cocktails, bar food inspired by the flavors of South Texas and the occasional night of live music for hotel guests and locals alike to enjoy. They also offer monthly themed cocktails for folks looking to shake things up.
Crooked Branch at JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa 
23808 Resort Pkwy, (210) 276-2500, marriott.com
Situated on the outskirts of SA, this luxury hotel doesn’t stop at the swanky rooms. Accommodations include this drinkery that doles out elevated eats as well as unique cocktails.
Photo via Instagram / jwsanantonio
Crooked Branch at JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa
23808 Resort Pkwy, (210) 276-2500, marriott.com
Situated on the outskirts of SA, this luxury hotel doesn’t stop at the swanky rooms. Accommodations include this drinkery that doles out elevated eats as well as unique cocktails.
Q Bar at the Hyatt Regency
123 Losoya St, hyatt.com
While one can grab a bite to eat at the Q Kitchen Bar, the sole Q Bar is all about getting boozy. Situated around a 55-foot granite bar, the open concept lets guests relax and unwind. The hotel is located on the River Walk, making Q Bar the ideal spot to stop and unwind for a few minutes after a lively walk by the river.
Photo via Instagram / hyattregencysa
Q Bar at the Hyatt Regency
123 Losoya St, hyatt.com
While one can grab a bite to eat at the Q Kitchen Bar, the sole Q Bar is all about getting boozy. Situated around a 55-foot granite bar, the open concept lets guests relax and unwind. The hotel is located on the River Walk, making Q Bar the ideal spot to stop and unwind for a few minutes after a lively walk by the river.
The Moon’s Daughters at Thompson San Antonio
115 Lexington Ave, (210) 942-6032, themoonsdaughters.com
This Insta-worthy rooftop bar overlooks the SA skyline from a twenty-story perch. Guests can indulge in its sophisticated cocktails and Mediterranean bites while appreciating the spectacular views.
Photo via Instagram / themoonsdaughters
The Moon’s Daughters at Thompson San Antonio
115 Lexington Ave, (210) 942-6032, themoonsdaughters.com
This Insta-worthy rooftop bar overlooks the SA skyline from a twenty-story perch. Guests can indulge in its sophisticated cocktails and Mediterranean bites while appreciating the spectacular views.