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24 Underrated Bars in San Antonio You Should've Tried By Now 

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Everyone has their go-to bar, but sometimes you're just in the mood to explore something new. Skip the usual recommendations you get and hit up these underrated bars – whether new and still finding their place in San Antonio's drink scene or long-standing but still a hidden gem. Cheers!
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Social Spot
930 Broadway St, (210) 263-9009, facebook.com/socialspotSATX
Away from the centralized business of Broadway sits the Social Spot, which is an accurate name in every sense. Let the trippy, yet beautiful mural on the exterior draw you in and the drinking games and booze keep you there. Trust us, fun is waiting to be had here.
Photo via Instagram / social_spot_satx
George’s Keep
17803 La Cantera Terrace Suite #1200, (210) 310-3733, georgeskeep.com
Fitting in with its neighborhood, this sophisticated drinking spot has your drink of choice, whatever it may be. Whether you’re all about cocktails or prefer draft beer, having a few rounds at this beautiful lounge is ideal catching up with the girls or having a nightcap at the end of your date.
Photo via Instagram / georgeskeep
The Edison Experiment
1846 N Loop 1604 E, (210) 479-9600, facebook.com/edisonexperiment
Away from the business of downtown lies the Edison Experiment, a cozy bar that is plenty welcoming and has a cocktail menu that justifies the drive to get there. The happy hour menu is a perfect adventure the next time you venture outside Loop 410. Order the Carajillo and be wowed, trust us.
Photo via Instagram / theedisonexperimentsa
Thirsty Horse Saloon
2335 NW Military Hwy, (210) 348-1513,
San Antonians love dancing, but not everyone knows about the solid choice in Thirsty Horse. Mostly playing country tunes, this dancing spot comes through when you just feeling like dancing. Whether you want to shake your nalgitas or not, this spot is a great one for group outings that call for lots of booze.
Photo via Instagram / juliafilipiak10
Davenport Lounge
203 N Presa St, (210) 224-5635, davenportloungesa.com
Opt for something a bit less-divey and hit up Davenport Lounge. Located in the heart of downtown, this polished bar brings live entertainment every night, plus a sophisticated cocktail list. If craft beer is more your thing, you’ll find plenty of that here too.
Photo via Instagram / robalfieriphoto
Cobalt Club
2022 McCullough Ave, (210) 251-2027, facebook.com
Daydrinking is one thing, but a morning cocktail is a whole other ballgame. You’re in for a surprisingly wonderful trip full of oddities when slamming back your drink of choice at Cobalt Club at 7 a.m. This gay dive bar is a classic that definitely does get enough rightfully-earned praise. We raise our glass to you, Cobalt Club.
Photo by Jessica Elizarraras
Southtown 101
101 Pereida St, (210) 263-3753, southtown101.net
Bringing crowds for trivia night and a solid happy hour choice in the neighborhood, Southtown 101 is a must-know if you love classic bars. With a dependable drink menu as well as DJs, live music and even karaoke, this is the type of chill bar where memories are made.
Photo via Instagram / southtown101
Babios Night Club
527 W Hildebrand Ave, (210) 409-7245, facebook.com/babiosedd
“Eat. Drink. Dance.” That’s what you can expect when you swing by Babios. And what do folks here expect of you? Be fabulous. Serve looks while getting boozy at this nightclub, which is loved by some (others just don’t know about it yet). Fun music, good company and a glamorous ambiance are what you get at this gay bar – what more could you ask for?
Photo via Instagram / bfodah57
The Modernist
516 E Grayson St, (210) 446-8699, facebook.com/themodernistsa
Inspired by a mid-century aesthetic, The Modernist is a still-new addition to SA’s drink scene, but it can surely hold its own. With custom and classic cocktails on the menu, you can enjoy your libations in such swank, modish digs.
Photo via Instagram / themodernistsa
Luna
6740 San Pedro Ave, lunalive.com
A perfect spot for a cozy date night, this dimly-lit bar is sexy to say the least. With live jazz performances on the regular and tasty cocktails to match, Luna is a worth a visit or two (you’ll quickly become a regular though).
Photo via Instagram / elizabethanne00
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My Brother’s Bar
845 N St Mary's St, (210) 557-0677
While St. Mary’s has plenty of watering holes, one that can hold it down but doesn’t always get the recognition is My Brother’s Bar. Down-to-earth and cozy, MBB is plenty homey with pool tables and cold beer to boot. With the name My Brother’s Bar, become a regular here and you’ll feel like family.
Photo via Instagram / djvitamix
The Cherrity Bar
302 Montana St, (210) 598-0496, cherritybar.com
Let us be frank: Cherrity Bar will never get enough praise. Across the street from the Alamodome, Cherrity Bar is all about giving back – giving a small portion of proceeds to the Tourette Association of America and selecting three various charities to compete for the rest of the funds every month. On top of that, this family-friendly drinking spot has fun events, live music, and a ramen shop inside. Seriously, why aren’t you there right now?
Photo by Jessica Elizarraras
The Green Lantern
20626 Stone Oak Pkwy #101, (210) 497-3722, thegreenlanternsa.com
No, we’re not talking about the terrible movie starring Ryan Reynolds. Head north and check out this mellow, underground bar that offer speakeasy-style digs. Classic or contemporary cocktails, take your pick. Or have both, you might as well drink to your heart’s content.
Photo via Instagram / thegreenlanternsa
Rod Dog's Saloon
2617 Wagon Wheel, (210) 828-2582, facebook.com/RodDogSaloon
If you’re looking for something low-key, you’ll definitely want to check out a neighborhood bar. Oh, and Rod Dog’s checks all the boxes for a prime spot for drinking when you just want to chill.
Photo via Instagram / godzilla_banzai
2015 Place
2015 San Pedro Ave, (210) 733-3365, 2015-place.business.site
Taking pride in being friendly (especially to the LGBT community), 2015 Place is a place where all feel welcome. With a dance floor and pool tables inside and a small, but cozy patio outside, this neighborhood bar is a solid place to meet up with friends for an after-work drink or start your night of bar-hopping.
Photo via Instagram / frankie_part2_
The Thursty Turtle
1626 NE Interstate 410 Loop, (210) 820-3600, facebook.com/TheThurstyTurtle
Come for the drinks, stay for the giant-ass turtle shell encased on the wall. Or maybe, stay for the popcorn? Consider this your push to hit up this chill bar, where you can choose from chilling on the couches and maybe playing a game of giant Jenga, to playing pool on the other side of the bar. For all the divey goodness we love, hit up Thursty Turtle.
Photo via Instagram / jonwiener
Cloak & Dagger Social Club
8338 N Loop 1604 E, (210) 233-1609, facebook.com/CloakandDaggerSA
Not too far from UTSA you’ll find Cloak & Dagger, an interesting combination of a sports bar and a speakeasy. While the two would seemingly not mesh well, it works for this club. Complete with beautiful lounge seating, this watering hole welcomes a variety of crowds, making it one of those bars where everyone can hang.
Photo via Instagram / therealdjocean
Thirsty Camel Bar
5307 McCullough Ave, (210) 780-0669, facebook.com/ThirstyCamelBar
Ever heard of karaoke roulette? You already know that those two words, together, call for a night of unforgettable fun. That is, unless you get drunk off your ass. In that case, you’re still in for a lot of fun. Stop by for themed karaoke nights and slam back all the booze you can handle to get the courage if you need.
Photo via Instagram / thirstycamelsatx
Franky Diablos
1301 Roosevelt Ave, (210) 723-6451, frankydiablos.com
With a number of shots named after culture references in the culture, you know Franky Diablos is that bar. A favorite to those who know what’s up, Franky Ds has lots of fun shots, but you’ll want to start with the Flying Chancla (just don’t duck).
Photo via Instagram / frankydiablos
Main Street Bar
13477 Wetmore Road, (210) 490-3038, barsanantoniotx.com
Walk in and you’ll see what you get: pool, darts and a sizable bar, which is perfect to set up at when you’re wanting to catch the game on the big screen. Explore a bit more and head out to the patio. There you can relax and catch live music weekends. How cool is that?
Photo via Instagram / mainstbar
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Cootey’s Tavern
8318 Jones Maltsberger Road #128, (210) 342-4998, facebook.com
When you just want to get a damn drink, you want to go somewhere not at all pretentious. Trust Cootey’s Tavern to just bring all the booze you need as well as shuffleboard, darts, pool and weekend karaoke. When you think bar, it should be this place.
Photo via Instagram / heatherdeekay
Hidden Tavern
11407 West Ave, (210) 541-0001, hiddentavern.com
This bare-bones bar has it all: pool, darts, karaoke and live music. Oh, and not to mention a pretty friendly crowd that’ll make your visit all the more pleasant. This neighborhood bar is homey for sure, so if you’re close by this may just be your new place.
Photo via Instagram / odetogatsby
Reggae Bar
826 San Pedro Ave, (210) 772-9891, facebook.com
With a Jamaican theme on all fronts, Reggae Bar keeps it chill with its vibe inspired by the culture. There’s bites to be eaten, music to be danced to and booze to be consumed. What are you waiting for?
Photo via Instagram / chuytorresjr74
Wax Club Lounge
2211 San Pedro Ave, (210) 737-9191, facebook.com/WaxClubLounge
If you just feel like dancing the night away, do it at Wax Club Lounge. Equally perfect for dancing and people-watching, this neighborhood haunt delivers a fun time – you definitely won’t want to go home at the end of the night.
Photo via Instagram / thewavecharlie
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Social Spot
930 Broadway St, (210) 263-9009, facebook.com/socialspotSATX
Away from the centralized business of Broadway sits the Social Spot, which is an accurate name in every sense. Let the trippy, yet beautiful mural on the exterior draw you in and the drinking games and booze keep you there. Trust us, fun is waiting to be had here.
Photo via Instagram / social_spot_satx

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