25 San Antonio bars where you won't see anyone you know
Sometimes you just want to go out and not see anyone you know. But that can be difficult given that everyone knows each other. "Big city, small town feel," right?! Here are some dependable spots where you can grab a drink without seeing everyone and their abuelita.
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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 between 4 p.m. and 2 a.m. to hang out without any unfortunate run-ins.
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The Filling Station Tap Room
701 S St Mary's St, (210) 444-2200, facebook.com/stationtaproom
So small that the bar could most likely fit inside your home, this tap room is a prime spot for a quick drink that’ll hit the spot. Though folks also stop by for a slice (or an entire pie) of pizza, the Filling Station comes through with its 17 craft beers on tap. If you’ve got haters, you may want to wear shades if you grab a seat on the patio.
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Bar du Mon Ami
4901 Broadway St, (210) 740-9229, bardumonami.com
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 hella cozy, so post up in one of the booths feel like you’re hiding away.
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11407 West Ave, (210) 541-0001, hiddentavern.com
This bare-bones bar has it all: pool, darts, karaoke and live music. Not to mention the chill crowd that definitely won’t include anyone you’d rather not see. This neighborhood bar might just become your go-to for a night out without feeling anxious about who you’ll see.
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My Brother’s Bar
845 N St Mary's St, (210) 557-0677
While most boozehounds drinking on St. Mary’s will be heading to the Strip, you’ll be safe from running into lots of people you know if you head to My Brother’s Bar. The downtown watering hole is down-to-earth and cozy, plenty homey with pool tables and cold beer to boot.
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11851 Bandera Road #119, Helotes, (210) 637-9094, stouthousesa.com
Though technically located in Helotes, Stout House is the perfect hangout spot that doubles as a hideaway. You’ll most likely be away from the areas where you’d run into people from your past (or your present, we’ve been there too), and you’ll be able to enjoy a craft beer or two (there’s 20 on tap) during your adventure. Stick around awhile and enjoy a game of pool, darts or beer pong while you’re here.
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826 San Pedro Ave, (210) 772-9891, facebook.com
A nightclub with a full bar, this reggae-inspired joint keeps it real with Jamaican-inspired food, drinks and of course music. Although the reggae dance nights can draw a crowd, you won’t be running into your mama’s church friends here.
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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.
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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 — and without worrying about who you’ll see. This strip-mall watering hole is squeezed in alongside a donut shop, nail salon, cleaners, Thai restaurant and insurance office, so it’s not like anyone is coming here to be seen. This dive will come through time and time again.
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203 N Presa St, (210) 224-5635, davenportloungesa.com
With live music every night and lots of drinks (from craft beer to martinis), this downtown lounge is a prime spot for a boozy night out. This lounge is complete with a sophisticated cocktail list and live music every night, making it a go-to for when you want to drink well, be entertained and not be bothered with unwanted encounters.
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