November 05, 2021

25 San Antonio bars where you probably won't see anyone you know

Sometimes you just want a beer without having to make small talk with friends-of-friends or the coworker you already politely declined an invitation from. Is that so wrong? We rounded up 25 bars to help you avoid just that — with the perks of good beer and fun atmosphere.
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Betty’s Battalion
1524 E Grayson St, (210) 227-9255, facebook.com/bettysbattalion
Though Grayson is known for its posh drinking spots, do yourself a solid and pay a visit to Betty’s Battalion. This homey spot is popular among military folks (being very close to Fort Sam Houston), but all are welcome here. Karaoke nights, live music and borderline-borracho drink specials will have you become a regular in no time.
Photo via Instagram / bettysbattalionsatx
Betty’s Battalion
1524 E Grayson St, (210) 227-9255, facebook.com/bettysbattalion
Though Grayson is known for its posh drinking spots, do yourself a solid and pay a visit to Betty’s Battalion. This homey spot is popular among military folks (being very close to Fort Sam Houston), but all are welcome here. Karaoke nights, live music and borderline-borracho drink specials will have you become a regular in no time.
Photo via Instagram / bettysbattalionsatx
Web House
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.
Photo via Instagram / shaunsee
Web House
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.
Photo via Instagram / shaunsee
Oak Hills Tavern
7920 Fredericksburg Rd, (210) 614-8855, facebook.com/OakHillsTavern/?rf=143052062418159
This is probably SA’s collective favorite dive bar – so you’re really missing out if you haven’t been already. With good food, better beer and generous happy hour offerings, you can’t get much else out of Oak Hills Tavern – it’s got everything you need.
Photo via Instagram / mexa_pina
Oak Hills Tavern
7920 Fredericksburg Rd, (210) 614-8855, facebook.com/OakHillsTavern/?rf=143052062418159
This is probably SA’s collective favorite dive bar – so you’re really missing out if you haven’t been already. With good food, better beer and generous happy hour offerings, you can’t get much else out of Oak Hills Tavern – it’s got everything you need.
Photo via Instagram / mexa_pina
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.
Photo via Instagram / jonwiener
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.
Photo via Instagram / jonwiener
Faust Tavern
517 E Woodlawn Ave, (210) 257-0628, facebook.com/TheFaustTavern
With a rock feel to it, Faust should take pride in being the no-fucks-given spot of the St. Mary’s Strip. If you’re looking for a surprisingly romantic spot, grab a few beers (or cocktails) and take your boo to the back patio with the two-seater picnic tables. We can’t think of anything more intimate than that, paired with cigarette smoke and metal playing in the distance.
Photo via Instagram / drdithers
Faust Tavern
517 E Woodlawn Ave, (210) 257-0628, facebook.com/TheFaustTavern
With a rock feel to it, Faust should take pride in being the no-fucks-given spot of the St. Mary’s Strip. If you’re looking for a surprisingly romantic spot, grab a few beers (or cocktails) and take your boo to the back patio with the two-seater picnic tables. We can’t think of anything more intimate than that, paired with cigarette smoke and metal playing in the distance.
Photo via Instagram / drdithers
Bar du Mon Ami
4901 Broadway St, (210) 740-9229, instagram.com/bardumonami
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.
Photo via Instagram / bardumonami
Bar du Mon Ami
4901 Broadway St, (210) 740-9229, instagram.com/bardumonami
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.
Photo via Instagram / bardumonami
Lowcountry
318 Martinez St, (210) 560-2224, facebook.com/lowcountrysa
Solid drinks, a country theme and laid-back? Yup, Lowcountry has it all. Plus, it has live music to boot that will have you comin’ over on at least a weekly basis.
Photo via Instagram / do210
Lowcountry
318 Martinez St, (210) 560-2224, facebook.com/lowcountrysa
Solid drinks, a country theme and laid-back? Yup, Lowcountry has it all. Plus, it has live music to boot that will have you comin’ over on at least a weekly basis.
Photo via Instagram / do210
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.
Photo by Mike Humphries via Instagram / realcameralero
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.
Photo by Mike Humphries via Instagram / realcameralero
Hidden Tavern
11407 West Ave, (210) 541-0001, hiddentavern.com
Need a bare-bones drinking spot that makes it the priority for you to get drunk off your ass? We found it. This underrated watering hole has billiards, darts and of course live music for all types of fun.
Photo via Instagram / mrschrislopez
Hidden Tavern
11407 West Ave, (210) 541-0001, hiddentavern.com
Need a bare-bones drinking spot that makes it the priority for you to get drunk off your ass? We found it. This underrated watering hole has billiards, darts and of course live music for all types of fun.
Photo via Instagram / mrschrislopez
Retox Bar
1031 Patricia, (210) 775-2886, retoxbar.net
This rock ‘n’ roll bar doesn’t have a cover, so you’ll be able to take part in karaoke nights and drink specials without any hassle. There’s also a bunch of TVs and live music, so you’ll always be entertained here.
Photo via Instagram / andjdubyawaslike
Retox Bar
1031 Patricia, (210) 775-2886, retoxbar.net
This rock ‘n’ roll bar doesn’t have a cover, so you’ll be able to take part in karaoke nights and drink specials without any hassle. There’s also a bunch of TVs and live music, so you’ll always be entertained here.
Photo via Instagram / andjdubyawaslike