For nearly four years now, the Alamo City has enjoyed the convenience of B-Cycle, a community bike sharing program that allows riders to rent bikes from any bike station peppered throughout central San Antonio, cruise around and then return the bike to either that same station or another one nearby. The bikes are great for perusing some of San Antonio's most active areas, including the Pearl, King William and Southtown. Designed for "quick" rides, B-Cycle offers day passes for $10, a seven-day pass for $24 or an annual membership for $80.
If you're looking for a fun afternoon with friends or are Alamo City newcomers and visitors, pick up a B-Cycle bike in the Blue Star Arts Complex and hit up some of our favorite outdoor patios, all of which are dog friendly. First, enjoy a snack and a drink at La Tuna Grill (100 Probandt St.), located just across the street from the Complex. La Tuna offers a chill vibe and patio where you can grab a cold beer and grill favorites like loaded nachos, sandwiches and fish tacos at prices ranging from about $5 to $8 for appetizers and up to $15 for heftier meals.
Grab your rented bike when you're done and hop on Pereida Street over to South Alamo Street, where you'll pass local favorites Liberty Bar, Feast and Hot Joy before hitting The Friendly Spot (943 South Alamo St.). As the name suggests, Friendly is essentially one giant gravel patio, perfect for taking a quick break from the bike and meeting up with pals. The ice house offers loads of beers on tap and a menu of traditional bar snacks as well as unique items like lamb sliders, a Creole-style fish sandwich and an edamame-jasmine burger, all for $10 or less.
Hop back on your bike and cruise up Alamo Street, where you'll pass the Alamo on your right and downtown on your left. Once past the mission, you'll veer slightly right and continue toward Brooklyn Avenue. A few more blocks north and you'll hit a relatively new barbecue joint, Alamo Ice House (802 N. Alamo St.). The spot features onsite BBQ pits and a menu loaded with smoked favorites, such as brisket, chicken and sausage. After stuffing yourself with barbecue, you can return your bike at a B-station a few blocks away at The Luxury (103 E. Jones St.)