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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Hugman’s Oasis
135 E Commerce St, (210) 441-7225, hugmansoasissatx.com
Named for Robert H. H. Hugman, the architect responsible for the creation of San Antonio's River Walk, this spot offers tiki-focused tipples in an over-the-top venue. Don’t let the skull-forward decor stop you from bringing out-of-towners — the drinks are aces.
Photo via Instagram / hugmansoasissa
Hugman’s Oasis
135 E Commerce St, (210) 441-7225, hugmansoasissatx.com
Named for Robert H. H. Hugman, the architect responsible for the creation of San Antonio's River Walk, this spot offers tiki-focused tipples in an over-the-top venue. Don’t let the skull-forward decor stop you from bringing out-of-towners — the drinks are aces.
Photo via Instagram / hugmansoasissa
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. Indulge in its sophisticated cocktails while you snap a new selfie. 
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. Indulge in its sophisticated cocktails while you snap a new selfie.
Photo via Instagram / themoonsdaughters
Otro Bar at Canopy by Hilton San Antonio Riverwalk 
123 North Saint Mary’s St, (210) 404-7516, domingorestaurant.com/otro-bar
The Otro terrace bar at the new Canopy San Antonio Riverwalk hotel hangs over the San Antonio River, surrounded by canopies of mature cypress trees, just removed from the hustle and bustle of the Paseo del Rio.  
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Otro Bar at Canopy by Hilton San Antonio Riverwalk
123 North Saint Mary’s St, (210) 404-7516, domingorestaurant.com/otro-bar
The Otro terrace bar at the new Canopy San Antonio Riverwalk hotel hangs over the San Antonio River, surrounded by canopies of mature cypress trees, just removed from the hustle and bustle of the Paseo del Rio.
Photo via Instagram / ​​feedsthebexar
The Friendly Spot
943 S. Alamo St., (210) 224-2337, thefriendlyspot.com
Or maybe you want a place where you can let the kiddos get the wiggles out. You can do that at The Friendly Spot Ice House. Beer lovers will get to choose from oodles of bottles on the wall (er-fridge) or more than 70 taps of local, regional and national craft — though you can still get down with a Lone Star if you want. Pups are also welcome to while away the day under the giant trees or take in a movie during the week on the inflatable big screen. Photo via Facebook / TheFriendlySpot
The Friendly Spot
943 S. Alamo St., (210) 224-2337, thefriendlyspot.com
Or maybe you want a place where you can let the kiddos get the wiggles out. You can do that at The Friendly Spot Ice House. Beer lovers will get to choose from oodles of bottles on the wall (er-fridge) or more than 70 taps of local, regional and national craft — though you can still get down with a Lone Star if you want. Pups are also welcome to while away the day under the giant trees or take in a movie during the week on the inflatable big screen.
Photo via Facebook / TheFriendlySpot
The Lonesome Rose
2114 N St Mary’s, (210) 455-0233, thelonesomerose.com/
St. Mary's Strip honky tonk the Lonesome Rose offers up a laid-back atmosphere with live music, cocktails and plenty of outdoor seating. A little bit country, a little bit rock and roll — but 100% SA.
Photo via Instagram / thelonesomerose
The Lonesome Rose
2114 N St Mary’s, (210) 455-0233, thelonesomerose.com/
St. Mary's Strip honky tonk the Lonesome Rose offers up a laid-back atmosphere with live music, cocktails and plenty of outdoor seating. A little bit country, a little bit rock and roll — but 100% SA.
Photo via Instagram / thelonesomerose
La Segunda Bartique
1302 S St Mary’s, (210) 314-2740, facebook.com/people/La-Segunda-Bartique-Gallery/100073228684341
Stop by this Southtown shop for beer and wine — plus hand-picked vintage wares. Take your visiting fam through a whole house chock-full of antiques while owner Eduardo Hernandez serenades you with vinyl tunes from the upstairs DJ booth.
Photo via Instagram / la_segunda_bartiqueandgallery
La Segunda Bartique
1302 S St Mary’s, (210) 314-2740, facebook.com/people/La-Segunda-Bartique-Gallery/100073228684341
Stop by this Southtown shop for beer and wine — plus hand-picked vintage wares. Take your visiting fam through a whole house chock-full of antiques while owner Eduardo Hernandez serenades you with vinyl tunes from the upstairs DJ booth.
Photo via Instagram / la_segunda_bartiqueandgallery
Beethoven Maennerchor
Masks Not Required for Customers
422 Pereida St., (210) 222-1521, beethovenmaennerchor.com
Located in Southtown near Blue Star, the Beethoven Maennerchor halle is home to one of the oldest German singing societies in Texas. The property hosts some of the biggest outdoor bashes in town, complete with authentic German food and music, plus ah-mazing German bier. 
Photo via Facebook /  
the.Beethoven
Beethoven Maennerchor
Masks Not Required for Customers
422 Pereida St., (210) 222-1521, beethovenmaennerchor.com
Located in Southtown near Blue Star, the Beethoven Maennerchor halle is home to one of the oldest German singing societies in Texas. The property hosts some of the biggest outdoor bashes in town, complete with authentic German food and music, plus ah-mazing German bier.
Photo via Facebook / the.Beethoven
The Hoppy Monk
1010 N. Loop 1604 E., (210) 545-3330, thehoppymonk.com
When The Hoppy Monk first landed in SA, we thought it was too good to be true. But several visits and beers in and we couldn't speak highly enough of this bar with its more than 90 taps of craft brew, delicious and evolving menu and chill ambiance. Sure, it sits right next to 1604 and doesn't have the best of views, but if your guests want great tacos and equally tasty beer, you could do far, far worse. Photo via Instagram / thehoppymonk_sa
The Hoppy Monk
1010 N. Loop 1604 E., (210) 545-3330, thehoppymonk.com
When The Hoppy Monk first landed in SA, we thought it was too good to be true. But several visits and beers in and we couldn't speak highly enough of this bar with its more than 90 taps of craft brew, delicious and evolving menu and chill ambiance. Sure, it sits right next to 1604 and doesn't have the best of views, but if your guests want great tacos and equally tasty beer, you could do far, far worse.
Photo via Instagram / thehoppymonk_sa
The Cove 
Masks Required
606 W Cypress St, San Antonio, TX 78212, (210) 227-2683, thecove.us 
The Cove has long been an outdoor haven for San Antonians, but a recent revamp to the patio area creates a more spacious layout to accommodate those looking to enjoy the weather. Be sure to introduce out-of-towners to the Texas bar, which offers nearly 50 Texas craft brews.Photo via Instagram / thecovesa
The Cove
Masks Required
606 W Cypress St, San Antonio, TX 78212, (210) 227-2683, thecove.us
The Cove has long been an outdoor haven for San Antonians, but a recent revamp to the patio area creates a more spacious layout to accommodate those looking to enjoy the weather. Be sure to introduce out-of-towners to the Texas bar, which offers nearly 50 Texas craft brews.
Photo via Instagram / thecovesa
Squeezebox
Masks Required
2806 N St Mary's, (210) 314-8845, facebook.com/TheSqueezebox
This indoor/outdoor joint serves up an ever-changing line up of frozen cocktails which — fair warning — can be a little boozy. Post up on one of many picnic tables for a sweet sunset serenade of Puro vinyl hits from any one of the visiting DJs to give visitors a taste of puro cultura.
Photo via Instagram / thesqueezebox_sa
Squeezebox
Masks Required
2806 N St Mary's, (210) 314-8845, facebook.com/TheSqueezebox
This indoor/outdoor joint serves up an ever-changing line up of frozen cocktails which — fair warning — can be a little boozy. Post up on one of many picnic tables for a sweet sunset serenade of Puro vinyl hits from any one of the visiting DJs to give visitors a taste of puro cultura.
Photo via Instagram / thesqueezebox_sa
Mi Tierra
218 Produce Row, (210) 225-1262,mitierracafe.com
It may be played out for residents, but this colorful, bustling local legend is one out-of-towners may look at in awe. Have some breakfast tacos or chow down on some fajitas — and don’t forget to take a bag of pan dulce for the next morning.
Photo via Instagram / lezzzl3y_
Mi Tierra
218 Produce Row, (210) 225-1262,mitierracafe.com
It may be played out for residents, but this colorful, bustling local legend is one out-of-towners may look at in awe. Have some breakfast tacos or chow down on some fajitas — and don’t forget to take a bag of pan dulce for the next morning.
Photo via Instagram / lezzzl3y_
Freetail
Multiple locations, (210) 625-6000freetailbrewing.com
With its taproom and brewery off South Presa —  and original brewpub on the city’s northside — Freetail is keeping most area beer drinkers happy. Introduce visitors to the Bexarliner series or their side project, Ghost Pixel.
Photo via Instagram / suds_for_buds
Freetail
Multiple locations, (210) 625-6000freetailbrewing.com
With its taproom and brewery off South Presa — and original brewpub on the city’s northside — Freetail is keeping most area beer drinkers happy. Introduce visitors to the Bexarliner series or their side project, Ghost Pixel.
Photo via Instagram / suds_for_buds
Picks Bar
4553 North Loop 1604 W #1101, (210) 253-9220, picksbar.com
The upgraded patio and craft cocktails on tap st far north SA spot Picks Bar are reason enough to make the trip to that side of town, but your visiting fam may get a kick out of the one-of-a-kind live band karaoke experience.
Photo via Instagram / picks_barsa
Picks Bar
4553 North Loop 1604 W #1101, (210) 253-9220, picksbar.com
The upgraded patio and craft cocktails on tap st far north SA spot Picks Bar are reason enough to make the trip to that side of town, but your visiting fam may get a kick out of the one-of-a-kind live band karaoke experience.
Photo via Instagram / picks_barsa