24 bars and restaurants to take out-of-towners that show the real San Antonio
It can be hard choosing a place to take friends or family visiting from out of town — or if you're just visiting the Alamo City yourself. So, why not check out some places where everyday San Antonians go to eat and drink?
We narrowed down our list to local favorites that are also likely to impress visitors, whether its with their ambiance, their striking views, their quality service — or the fact that they show the Alamo City has more to offer than River Walk enchilada plates. Some are high-end experiences while others are as chill as it gets.
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1111 S Alamo St, (210) 227-1187, liberty-bar.com
Found inside a restored convent, Liberty Bar is full of windows, offering a bright space to enjoy brunch, lunch, dinner or a late-night drink. No matter what meal you decide to stop by for, you’ll enjoy the food and views. Just be sure to order one of the famed Bloody Marys and take a few photos in front of the bright pink exterior.
Photo via Instagram / shelbysorrel
2420 N. St. Mary's St., facebook.com/rumblesatx
If your out-of-towners are looking for a chill spot to grab a drink, Rumble will give them a great view of St. Mary's and let them indulge in spicy margaritas and other house drinks.
Photo via Instagram / arielmarte
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 mostly-glass riverside drinking 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, you’ll be drinking well here.
Photo courtesy of Nick Simonite for Hotel Havana
136 E Grayson St, (210) 448-8351, thehotelemma.com
Nestled just inside acclaimed Hotel Emma, this Pearl eatery is an obvious choice whenever you’re wanting beautiful vibes to accompany your meal. Serving farm-to-table American plates, Supper will leave your appetite satisfied.
Photo via Instagram / supperatemma
1402 N. Main Ave., (210) 299-4222, pegasussanantonio.com
Maybe your guests need a very specific kind of entertainment? Pegasus Nightclub with its outdoor drag courtyard, country bar and leather bar is a can't-miss stop if you and your guests are crawling along the Main Avenue Strip. Make sure to fuel of at Luther's beforehand.
Photo via Facebook / ThePegSA
The Esquire Tavern
155 E. Commerce St., (210) 222-2521 esquiretavern-sa.com
Though not the first cocktail bar in San Antonio, The Esquire earns points for several great traits. From its storied history as the longest bar in Texas, to its thoughtful decor, to its amazing food menu, to its extensive mezcal list, and yes, classic and inventive cocktails, there's a bit of everything to find here.
Photo via Facebook / EsquireTavernSA
Little Em’s Oyster Bar
1001 S Alamo St, (210) 257-0100, littleemsoysterbar.com
This bright and airy Southtown joint offers more than seafood, boasting crisp white walls and floors with pops of light pink and periwinkle blue that are just damn Instagram-worthy. Post up on the patio for uber-flattering trip photos.
Photo via Instagram / emtrevy
Bohanan's219 E. Houston St., (210) 472-2600, bohanans.com
If we're talking OG bars, your out-of-town guests need to visit Bohanan's for expertly made cocktails by a professional staff and the classy vibes that grow from spending time on Houston Street.
Photo via Facebook / Bohanans
Haunt at The St. Anthony
300 E Travis St, (210) 352-3171, facebook.com/HauntSA
Arguably one of the most post 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 cal The St. Anthony home. So go ahead, sip on some drinks and meet the ghosts here, all while enjoying the view.
Photo via Instagram / lres_marketing
Fairmont Rooftop Oyster Bar
401 S Alamo St, (210) 224-8800, fairmountsa.com
For fans of the SA landmarks such as the Tower of the Americas, the view from this seafood-doling rooftop bar is tough to beat. Post up for a spectacular sunset view of the 53-year-old structure.
Photo via Instagram / fairmount_rooftop_oysterbar