Essential San Antonio restaurants and bars with outdoor patios
With COVID surging again in San Antonio, it makes sense to play it safe and avoid crowded indoor spaces.
That's why we wrangled together a collection of bars and eateries with ample, gorgeous outdoor spaces perfect for enjoying some of the best food and hospitality our city has to offer. These spots are perfect for ordering up a frosty beverage and savory snack while soaking up the sun and remaining socially distant.
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The Moon’s Daughters
115 Lexington Ave, (210) 942-6031, themoonsdaughters.com
The newest hotel rooftop bar may not be fully open yet (the grand opening is set for March 26), but you’ll want to be proactive about making plans to visit this swanky spot. A Mediterranean-inspired menu and impressive bar offerings only add to the appeal of the 20-story rooftop space.
Photo courtesy of The Moon’s Daughters
Buckets Burgers and Beer
Masks Not Required for Staff or Customers
2014 S WW White Rd, (210) 251-2232, Facebook.com/Bucketsbeergarden
This family-friendly joint offers ample outdoor seating as well as space for the kiddos to let loose. An outdoor bar, live music and huge burgers — among other scrumptious food items — make this a spot you don’t want to miss when the weather is nice.
Photo via Facebook / Buckets Burgers and Beer Garden
Little Em’s Oyster Bar
1001 S Alamo St, (210) 257-0100, littleemsoysterbar.com
This bright and airy Southtown joint offers more than seafood, boasting crisp white walls and floors with pops of light pink and periwinkle blue that are just damn Instagram-worthy. Post up on the patio for oysters, ceviche, lobster rolls and a glass — or bottle — of sparkling wine.
Photo via Instagram / emtrevy
520 E Grayson St, (210) 338-5114, helloparadisesa.com
Located in the former Shuck Shack space, weekend plans could definitely get better by snagging a cozy picnic table at Hello Paradise. Enjoy your frosty cocktails and noodle, soup and curry dishes from the onsite Thai kitchen.
Photo via Instagram / helloparadisesa
Lucy Cooper’s Texas Ice House
16080 San Pedro Ave, (210) 462-1894, lucycoopers.com
There’s nothing better than lounging in an adirondack chair while the Texas sun beams down and a breeze passes though — except for maybe the addition of a cold libation in your hand. Fresh air aficionados can get all of that and more at Lucy’s.
Photo via Instagram / lucycoopersicehouse
815 Pleasanton Rd, (210) 253-9104, Facebook.com/BroostersBackyard
This kid- and pet-friendly Southside venue offers live music, play areas for both furry and human kiddos, DJs, chancla throwing contests and Lotería nights. Grab a drink from the full bar or mocktail menu, as well as snacks from a variety of food trucks — or a couple of snow cones for the kiddos.
Photo via Instagram / broostersbackyard
726 E Mistletoe Ave, (210) 437-4263, cullumsattagirl.com
This SA mainstay now serves up hot chicken and ice cold beverages on an extended patio, thanks to the city’s Eat on the Street program. Don’t sleep on the lunch specials — trust us on this one.
Photo via Instagram / cullumsattagirl
Masks Not Required for Staff or Customers
17619 La Cantera Parkway Unit 04, (210) 245-7500, therustic.com/san-antonio
Sitting right outside of the loop, The Rustic offers live music, a huge outdoor seating area and a diverse food menu. The venue isn’t currently requiring staff or guests to wear face coverings, but folks who would prefer a server with a mask can request to be seated in a section in a masked server’s section.
Photo via Instagram / therusticsa
606 W Cypress St, San Antonio, TX 78212, (210) 227-2683, thecove.us
The Cove has long been an outdoor haven for San Antonians, but a recent revamp to the patio area creates a more spacious layout to accommodate those looking to enjoy the weather. Be sure to check out the Texas bar, which offers nearly 50 Texas craft brews.
Photo via Instagram / thecovesa
Masks Not Required for Customers
422 Pereida St., (210) 222-1521, beethovenmaennerchor.com
Located in Southtown near Blue Star, the Beethoven Maennerchor halle is home to one of the oldest German singing societies in Texas. The property usually hosts some of the biggest outdoor Oktoberfest, Fiesta and First Friday bashes in town, complete with authentic German food and music, plus ah-mazing German bier.
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