September 03, 2021

A local’s guide to the 19 best hotel bars in San Antonio

San Antonio’s recent uptick in luxury hotels offers more than a new crop of fancy AF accommodations. By that we mean, these places offer booze too — and lots of it.

The nice thing is you don’t have to pony up dough for a room to enjoy impeccable service in these swanky hotel bars, any of which could be a luxe way to pass time on a long holiday weekend.

To that end, we rounded up SA's best hotel-based drinkeries for staycation-worthy sipping. No reservations required.
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Ocho at Hotel Havana
1015 Navarro St, (210) 222-2008, havanasanantonio.com
With Pan-Latin fare, mojitos and a chic aesthetic at the forefront, Ocho is a favorite for a reason. Tourists may flock to the beautiful Hotel Havana, but locals will feel more than welcome to enjoy the scenery brought to you by this mostly-glass riverside drinking spot. With the cocktail menu highlighting San Antonio’s Mexican roots (we’re talking about tequila) and the prevalence of rum in Havana’s culture, you’ll be drinking well here.
Photo courtesy of Nick Simonite for Hotel Havana
Ocho at Hotel Havana
1015 Navarro St, (210) 222-2008, havanasanantonio.com
With Pan-Latin fare, mojitos and a chic aesthetic at the forefront, Ocho is a favorite for a reason. Tourists may flock to the beautiful Hotel Havana, but locals will feel more than welcome to enjoy the scenery brought to you by this mostly-glass riverside drinking spot. With the cocktail menu highlighting San Antonio’s Mexican roots (we’re talking about tequila) and the prevalence of rum in Havana’s culture, you’ll be drinking well here.
Photo courtesy of Nick Simonite for Hotel Havana
Cibolo Moon at JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa 
23808 Resort Pkwy, (210) 276-2500, marriott.com
Situated on the outskirts of SA, this luxury hotel doesn’t stop at the swanky rooms. Accommodations include this drinkery that doles out elevated eats as well as unique cocktails. 
Photo via Instagram / jwsanantonio
Cibolo Moon at JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa
23808 Resort Pkwy, (210) 276-2500, marriott.com
Situated on the outskirts of SA, this luxury hotel doesn’t stop at the swanky rooms. Accommodations include this drinkery that doles out elevated eats as well as unique cocktails.
Photo via Instagram / jwsanantonio
Ambler at Hotel Contessa
306 W Market St, (210) 298-8040, thehotelcontessa.com
This newly renovated spot marries rustic Texas charm with elevated cocktails and eats. The signature cocktails boast interesting ingredients — tea-infused vodka, anyone? — making this hotel bar one that’s not just pretty to look at. 
Photo via Instagram / chrisguerreromusic
Ambler at Hotel Contessa
306 W Market St, (210) 298-8040, thehotelcontessa.com
This newly renovated spot marries rustic Texas charm with elevated cocktails and eats. The signature cocktails boast interesting ingredients — tea-infused vodka, anyone? — making this hotel bar one that’s not just pretty to look at.
Photo via Instagram / chrisguerreromusic
Q Bar at the Hyatt Regency
123 Losoya St, hyatt.com
While you can grab a bite to eat at the Q Kitchen Bar, the sole Q Bar is all about getting boozy. Situated on a 55-foot granite bar, the open-concept lets you relax and unwind. The hotel is settled on the River Walk, so the next time you’re strolling down, swing by Q Bar to unwind for a few minutes and breathe a bit.
Photo via Instagram / hyattregencysa
Q Bar at the Hyatt Regency
123 Losoya St, hyatt.com
While you can grab a bite to eat at the Q Kitchen Bar, the sole Q Bar is all about getting boozy. Situated on a 55-foot granite bar, the open-concept lets you relax and unwind. The hotel is settled on the River Walk, so the next time you’re strolling down, swing by Q Bar to unwind for a few minutes and breathe a bit.
Photo via Instagram / hyattregencysa
The Moon’s Daughters at Thompson San Antonio
115 Lexington Ave, (210) 942-6032, themoonsdaughters.com
This Insta-worthy rooftop bar overlooks the SA skyline from a twenty-story perch. Indulge in its sophisticated cocktails while you snap a new selfie. 
Photo via Instagram / themoonsdaughters
The Moon’s Daughters at Thompson San Antonio
115 Lexington Ave, (210) 942-6032, themoonsdaughters.com
This Insta-worthy rooftop bar overlooks the SA skyline from a twenty-story perch. Indulge in its sophisticated cocktails while you snap a new selfie.
Photo via Instagram / themoonsdaughters
Bar 414 in Sheraton Gunter
205 E Houston St, (210) 585-9999, bar414.com
Jam-packed with history, this Sheraton Gunter hotel bar pays tribute to the recording studio that used to be in the hotel – specifically room 414. And unlike some hotel bars, there’s happy hour so you can play tourist without hurting your wallet.
Photo via Instagram / sip_sa
Bar 414 in Sheraton Gunter
205 E Houston St, (210) 585-9999, bar414.com
Jam-packed with history, this Sheraton Gunter hotel bar pays tribute to the recording studio that used to be in the hotel – specifically room 414. And unlike some hotel bars, there’s happy hour so you can play tourist without hurting your wallet.
Photo via Instagram / sip_sa
Nonna Osteria at The Fairmount Hotel
401 S Alamo St, (210) 224-8800, nonnasa.com
So it turns out Italian eateries more often than not also house really beautiful bars. Nonna Osteria specializes in rustic Northern Italian cuisine as well as wine. The breezy eatery is still fairy new, the modern decor here will definitely entice you in and keep your eyes satisfied while you down a cocktail or glass of wine (there’s plenty to choose from).
Photo via Instagram / nonnaosteria
Nonna Osteria at The Fairmount Hotel
401 S Alamo St, (210) 224-8800, nonnasa.com
So it turns out Italian eateries more often than not also house really beautiful bars. Nonna Osteria specializes in rustic Northern Italian cuisine as well as wine. The breezy eatery is still fairy new, the modern decor here will definitely entice you in and keep your eyes satisfied while you down a cocktail or glass of wine (there’s plenty to choose from).
Photo via Instagram / nonnaosteria
Haunt at The St. Anthony
300 E Travis St, (210) 352-3171, facebook.com/HauntSA
Arguably one of the most post hotel bars in San Antonio, Haunt is sleek and sexy for a reason. This bar may look contemporary, but it actually pays homage to the spooky spirits that cal The St. Anthony home. So go ahead, sip on some drinks and meet the ghosts here, all while enjoying the view.
Photo via Instagram / lres_marketing
Haunt at The St. Anthony
300 E Travis St, (210) 352-3171, facebook.com/HauntSA
Arguably one of the most post hotel bars in San Antonio, Haunt is sleek and sexy for a reason. This bar may look contemporary, but it actually pays homage to the spooky spirits that cal The St. Anthony home. So go ahead, sip on some drinks and meet the ghosts here, all while enjoying the view.
Photo via Instagram / lres_marketing
Naranja Bar at Hotel Valencia
150 E Houston St, (210) 227-9700, hotelvalencia-riverwalk.com
With marble countertops and muted orange bar chairs, this Downtown wine bar has plenty of reasons for you to stop by and be in awe of its beauty. And let’s be honest, the specially-slected Spanish wines do wonders here. There’s also live entertainment from a flamenco guitarist on select days to round out your drinking experience.
Photo via Instagram / hotelvalenciarw
Naranja Bar at Hotel Valencia
150 E Houston St, (210) 227-9700, hotelvalencia-riverwalk.com
With marble countertops and muted orange bar chairs, this Downtown wine bar has plenty of reasons for you to stop by and be in awe of its beauty. And let’s be honest, the specially-slected Spanish wines do wonders here. There’s also live entertainment from a flamenco guitarist on select days to round out your drinking experience.
Photo via Instagram / hotelvalenciarw
Sire Bar at La Cantera Resort & Spa
16641 La Cantera Pkwy, (210) 558-6500, destinationhotels.com/la-cantera-resort-and-spa
While the resort has come to have its own reputation, Sire Bar is offers hand-crafted cocktails made from a wide range of spirits. Consider this the spot to start the night at before heading to other nearby watering holes like The Rustic and George’s Keep.
Photo via Instagram / lacanteraresort
Sire Bar at La Cantera Resort & Spa
16641 La Cantera Pkwy, (210) 558-6500, destinationhotels.com/la-cantera-resort-and-spa
While the resort has come to have its own reputation, Sire Bar is offers hand-crafted cocktails made from a wide range of spirits. Consider this the spot to start the night at before heading to other nearby watering holes like The Rustic and George’s Keep.
Photo via Instagram / lacanteraresort