August 20, 2021

San Antonio's 35 best bars that aren't located downtown

Downtown SA doesn't have everything sewn up when it comes to nightlife. Sometimes you don't want to mess with the center city parking situation. Not to mention, it can be way more convenient to meet friends at a place closer to home.

We pulled together 35 spots with cool vibes and even cooler drinks — but won't leave you stressed out about traveling into the thick of the concrete jungle.
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Hops & Hounds
13838 Jones Maltsberger Rd, (210) 592-9400 hopsandhoundsllc.com
This Northeast SA indoor/outdoor venue is a shady, sprawling place to snag a casual meal and frozen marg flight. 
Photo via Instagram / hopshoundssa
Hops & Hounds
13838 Jones Maltsberger Rd, (210) 592-9400 hopsandhoundsllc.com
This Northeast SA indoor/outdoor venue is a shady, sprawling place to snag a casual meal and frozen marg flight.
Photo via Instagram / hopshoundssa
The Stetson Bar
7350 Tezel Rd., (210) 541-4529, thestetsonbar.com
This Northwest SA joint offers up a classic come-as-you-are scene with a huge dance floor to twirl around on while weekend country music fills the air.  
Photo via Instagram / silvereaglebeverages
The Stetson Bar
7350 Tezel Rd., (210) 541-4529, thestetsonbar.com
This Northwest SA joint offers up a classic come-as-you-are scene with a huge dance floor to twirl around on while weekend country music fills the air.
Photo via Instagram / silvereaglebeverages
Rusty Nail
15122 Potranco Rd., (210) 254-9201, therustynailsa.com
Situated at the end of a small strip mall on SA’s far west side, the Rusty Nail offers up a slightly-elevated neighborhood bar vibe. Grab a cold drink and their chicken on a stick. Trust us. 
Photo via Instagram / therustynail210
Rusty Nail
15122 Potranco Rd., (210) 254-9201, therustynailsa.com
Situated at the end of a small strip mall on SA’s far west side, the Rusty Nail offers up a slightly-elevated neighborhood bar vibe. Grab a cold drink and their chicken on a stick. Trust us.
Photo via Instagram / therustynail210
502 Bar
502 Embassy Oaks, (210) 257-8125, 502bar.com
Over on Embassy Oaks, you can trust 502 Bar for your drinking needs. Though technically a spot for live music (especially local bands), this watering hole also lets you get boozy (with plenty of craft beers) and have a blast with karaoke or on a select movie nights.
Photo via Instagram / cycliciousb
502 Bar
502 Embassy Oaks, (210) 257-8125, 502bar.com
Over on Embassy Oaks, you can trust 502 Bar for your drinking needs. Though technically a spot for live music (especially local bands), this watering hole also lets you get boozy (with plenty of craft beers) and have a blast with karaoke or on a select movie nights.
Photo via Instagram / cycliciousb
Chicken N Pickle
5215 UTSA Boulevard, (210) 874-2120, chickennpickle.com
When you’re feeling like an afternoon in the sun is just the ticket, take a drive over to the Northwest side for a game of pickleball and a cold adult beverage at this huge complex.  
Photo courtesy of Chicken N Pickle
Chicken N Pickle
5215 UTSA Boulevard, (210) 874-2120, chickennpickle.com
When you’re feeling like an afternoon in the sun is just the ticket, take a drive over to the Northwest side for a game of pickleball and a cold adult beverage at this huge complex.
Photo courtesy of Chicken N Pickle
Big Hops
Multiple locations, bighops.com
With three locations outside Loop 410, Big Hops lets you get your fill of booze without dealing with the craziness of downtown. It’s all about craft beer here, and it’s all but guaranteed that there’s a brew for everyone here.
Photo via Instagram / grendel210
Big Hops
Multiple locations, bighops.com
With three locations outside Loop 410, Big Hops lets you get your fill of booze without dealing with the craziness of downtown. It’s all about craft beer here, and it’s all but guaranteed that there’s a brew for everyone here.
Photo via Instagram / grendel210
Gold Feather 
834 NW Loop 410 Suite 106, (210) 342-2473,  goldfeatherbb.com 
Located near SA’s North Star Mall, Gold Feather offers fried chicken and beer without the hassle of fighting downtown traffic.  
Photo via Instagram / goldfeatherbb
Gold Feather
834 NW Loop 410 Suite 106, (210) 342-2473, goldfeatherbb.com
Located near SA’s North Star Mall, Gold Feather offers fried chicken and beer without the hassle of fighting downtown traffic.
Photo via Instagram / goldfeatherbb
Cover 3
1806 N 1604 W, (210) 479-9700, cover-3.com
Sure, there’s plenty of food options over at Cover 3, but this northern S.A. spot is also hella reliable for drinking. With a focus on providing a solid spot to watch sports, Cover 3 has a full bar as well as a wine cellar with more than 70 different kinds of this classy booze. Plus, the beer is hella cold so you can’t ask for much else.
Photo via Instagram / sanantoniostephanie
Cover 3
1806 N 1604 W, (210) 479-9700, cover-3.com
Sure, there’s plenty of food options over at Cover 3, but this northern S.A. spot is also hella reliable for drinking. With a focus on providing a solid spot to watch sports, Cover 3 has a full bar as well as a wine cellar with more than 70 different kinds of this classy booze. Plus, the beer is hella cold so you can’t ask for much else.
Photo via Instagram / sanantoniostephanie
Picks Bar SA
4553 North Loop 1604 W #1101, (210) 253-9220, picksbar.com
This live music venue offers a sweet Reverse Happy Hour from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., as well as live music every damn day of the week. 
Photo via Instagram / picks_barsa
Picks Bar SA
4553 North Loop 1604 W #1101, (210) 253-9220, picksbar.com
This live music venue offers a sweet Reverse Happy Hour from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., as well as live music every damn day of the week.
Photo via Instagram / picks_barsa
The Sandbox
7280 UTSA Blvd, Suite 110, (210) 277-0970, thesandboxsa.com
UTSA students and area residents alike were super excited to hear about the opening of the massive bar appropriately named The Sandbox. There you’ll find a full indoor bar (and restaurant) as well as a rooftop bar. While the views may not be as nice as downtown, this rooftop spot has everything you’re looking for.
Photo via Instagram / thesandboxsa
The Sandbox
7280 UTSA Blvd, Suite 110, (210) 277-0970, thesandboxsa.com
UTSA students and area residents alike were super excited to hear about the opening of the massive bar appropriately named The Sandbox. There you’ll find a full indoor bar (and restaurant) as well as a rooftop bar. While the views may not be as nice as downtown, this rooftop spot has everything you’re looking for.
Photo via Instagram / thesandboxsa