November 29, 2017

A Look at the Most Notable Bathrooms in San Antonio

Let’s talk about the loo. As San Antonio’s dining and drinking scene has delivered elegantly designed bars and restaurants, so have their restrooms taken on a whole new raison d’être, a change in purpose be it as a pause from a exhausting Tinder date, an excuse for a selfie with your pals, or brief self-care with luxurious products. Hell, even the City of San Antonio has upped its toilet game with two pricy, but necessary, Portland Loos available in public areas.
Consider this an extension to our frequent “Best Bathroom to Sneak into During Fiesta” category (2016’s winners included Mi Tierra, Sexology Institute & Boutique and The Friendly Spot) as our excuse to find noteworthy facilities for all. For our list, we’ve singled out some of the best, quirkiest, neatest and eye-catching sanctuaries found across San Antonio as of late.

So whether they’re touching up their highlighter, calling a Lyft, taking one too many photos, finding their new best friend, partaking in a little "pick-me-up," checking work emails, crafting a Trump-inspired tweet, flexin’ on Snapchat, or getting to “know” their date, or, you know, actually using the facilities for their true purposes, there’s a throne room for everyone on this list. Just keep the haikus and Sharpies at home.
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Paramour // Along with its posh atmosphere and majestic view, Paramour has more to uncover than quotes on pillows or signature cocktails being mixed behind the bar. Since 2015, Paramour’s men’s and women’s restrooms have been reason enough to visit this rooftop bar. For the ladies, a neon pink “peep show” reflects in the mirror making it perfect for as many bathroom selfies as you’d like. Cheeky high-gloss photos of Tom Selleck in a Speedo and Burt Reynold’s 1972 Cosmopolitan centerfold give the restroom a scandalous vibe. The guys can compare business cards (“Oh my God, it even has a watermark”) inside the men’s room where screenshots of Christian Bale as American Psycho’s Patrick Bateman and his victims are found. 102 9th St., (210) 340-9880, paramourbar.com.
Lauren De Hoyos
Paramour // Along with its posh atmosphere and majestic view, Paramour has more to uncover than quotes on pillows or signature cocktails being mixed behind the bar. Since 2015, Paramour’s men’s and women’s restrooms have been reason enough to visit this rooftop bar. For the ladies, a neon pink “peep show” reflects in the mirror making it perfect for as many bathroom selfies as you’d like. Cheeky high-gloss photos of Tom Selleck in a Speedo and Burt Reynold’s 1972 Cosmopolitan centerfold give the restroom a scandalous vibe. The guys can compare business cards (“Oh my God, it even has a watermark”) inside the men’s room where screenshots of Christian Bale as American Psycho’s Patrick Bateman and his victims are found. 102 9th St., (210) 340-9880, paramourbar.com.
Paramour
Lauren De Hoyos
Paramour
Paramour
Lauren De Hoyos
Paramour
Battalion // As the third restaurant in a line of beloved eateries by chef Stefan Bowers and restaurateur Andrew Goodman, Battalion’s aesthetic was clearly years in the making. And the thoughtful vibes found inside this rehabilitated firehouse echo in all of restrooms designed in part by Goodman and Bowers’ sons. The unisex (check out the decals before you go in) nooks employ expert lighting, flowers, utility carts, sleek sinks, candles and Art Deco-tinged mirrors to ensure a pleasant trip to the john. 604 S. Alamo St., (210) 816-0088, battalionsa.com.
Lauren De Hoyos
Battalion // As the third restaurant in a line of beloved eateries by chef Stefan Bowers and restaurateur Andrew Goodman, Battalion’s aesthetic was clearly years in the making. And the thoughtful vibes found inside this rehabilitated firehouse echo in all of restrooms designed in part by Goodman and Bowers’ sons. The unisex (check out the decals before you go in) nooks employ expert lighting, flowers, utility carts, sleek sinks, candles and Art Deco-tinged mirrors to ensure a pleasant trip to the john. 604 S. Alamo St., (210) 816-0088, battalionsa.com.
Battalion
Lauren De Hoyos
Battalion
Battalion
Lauren De Hoyos
Battalion
Battalion
Lauren De Hoyos
Battalion
Battalion
Lauren De Hoyos
Battalion
Battalion
Lauren De Hoyos
Battalion
Lowcountry // Although compact, each restroom at Lowcountry is clean and private enough from the on-goings that often include live music by local country artists. The women’s restroom, painted black like the rest of the interiors, features an antique mirror and delicate lighting, capped off with a large, hand-painted metal sign. “Thanks y’all, come back,” as painted by Lowcountry’s Drew Morros (she based it off a sign in the back of a Gracious Goodness cookbook) nails this bar’s Southern charm. 318 Martinez St., (210) 560-2224, lowcountrysa.com.
Lauren De Hoyos
Lowcountry // Although compact, each restroom at Lowcountry is clean and private enough from the on-goings that often include live music by local country artists. The women’s restroom, painted black like the rest of the interiors, features an antique mirror and delicate lighting, capped off with a large, hand-painted metal sign. “Thanks y’all, come back,” as painted by Lowcountry’s Drew Morros (she based it off a sign in the back of a Gracious Goodness cookbook) nails this bar’s Southern charm. 318 Martinez St., (210) 560-2224, lowcountrysa.com.