December 07, 2018

San Antonio's Best Bars That Aren't in Downtown

What can we say? We love getting boozy! But when a lot of the nightlife scene is Downtown, where traffic is annoying and parking is non-existent, getting boozy can kind of be a pain. Well, we rounded some kickass bars that are miles away from the heart of Downtown as well as popular, packed areas like the Pearl and St. Mary's Strip. Here are 24 bars where the only thing you'll have to worry about is drinking.
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George’s Keep
17803 La Cantera Terrace Suite #1200, (210) 310-3733, georgeskeep.com
Who said all the sophisticated bars are in downtown? Not us! It goes without saying that George’s Keep matches that sophistication with craft cocktails, but this La Cantera bar also offers plenty of draft and bottled beers.
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George’s Keep
17803 La Cantera Terrace Suite #1200, (210) 310-3733, georgeskeep.com
Who said all the sophisticated bars are in downtown? Not us! It goes without saying that George’s Keep matches that sophistication with craft cocktails, but this La Cantera bar also offers plenty of draft and bottled beers.
Photo via Instagram / georgeskeep
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
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
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
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
Slackers
126 W Rector // 12234 Nacogdoches Road, (210) 845-2603, slackersbars.com
With three locations in San Antonio, Slackers lets you hit up the locations near North Star Mall and on Nacogdoches when you don’t feel like dealing with the St. Mary’s Strip. At Slackers, sports bar booziness meets arcade fun, meaning you and your crew will be entertained (and getting plastered) for hours.
Photo courtesy of Slackers
Slackers
126 W Rector // 12234 Nacogdoches Road, (210) 845-2603, slackersbars.com
With three locations in San Antonio, Slackers lets you hit up the locations near North Star Mall and on Nacogdoches when you don’t feel like dealing with the St. Mary’s Strip. At Slackers, sports bar booziness meets arcade fun, meaning you and your crew will be entertained (and getting plastered) for hours.
Photo courtesy of Slackers
Luna
6740 San Pedro Ave, lunalive.com
If you’re looking for a solid choice for date night but don’t want to go to the fancy hotel bars in the heart of downtown, Luna should definitely be one of your first choices. This dimly-lit bar is plenty cozy and inviting for cocktails and live music. You’ll be able to catch eclectic acts across a variety of genres, so there’s no need to put up with the downtown crowd for a night out on the town.
Photo via Instagram / mrschadenfreude
Luna
6740 San Pedro Ave, lunalive.com
If you’re looking for a solid choice for date night but don’t want to go to the fancy hotel bars in the heart of downtown, Luna should definitely be one of your first choices. This dimly-lit bar is plenty cozy and inviting for cocktails and live music. You’ll be able to catch eclectic acts across a variety of genres, so there’s no need to put up with the downtown crowd for a night out on the town.
Photo via Instagram / mrschadenfreude
Hills & Dales Ice House
15403 White Fawn Dr, (210) 695-2307, hillsanddalesicehouse.net
If you just like beer and want it super cold, then Hills & Dales will definitely come through for you. You’ll have fun getting boozy and enjoying live music, and even more so if you take advantage of the pool tables, ping pong, cornhole or shuffleboard. If that’s your scene, there’s no need to go near downtown.
Photo via Instagram / hillsanddalesicehouse
Hills & Dales Ice House
15403 White Fawn Dr, (210) 695-2307, hillsanddalesicehouse.net
If you just like beer and want it super cold, then Hills & Dales will definitely come through for you. You’ll have fun getting boozy and enjoying live music, and even more so if you take advantage of the pool tables, ping pong, cornhole or shuffleboard. If that’s your scene, there’s no need to go near downtown.
Photo via Instagram / hillsanddalesicehouse
The General Public
17619 La Cantera Pkwy Suite 102, (210) 920-1101, thegenpublic.com
With another location in Houston, this modern gastropub brings together all the cocktails, wine and beer you could ever want. No matter what your poison is, this spot gives you plenty of options for getting boozy.
Photo via Instagram / design_dudes
The General Public
17619 La Cantera Pkwy Suite 102, (210) 920-1101, thegenpublic.com
With another location in Houston, this modern gastropub brings together all the cocktails, wine and beer you could ever want. No matter what your poison is, this spot gives you plenty of options for getting boozy.
Photo via Instagram / design_dudes
Bar du Mon Ami
4901 Broadway St, (210) 740-9229, bardumonami.com
If you want to be semi-close to the action, you can head down Broadway to the Pearl and the bars down Grayson or head to the nearby St. Mary’s Strip. But if you want to be a bit more out of the bustling nightlife scene, Bar du Mon Ami will come through with cocktails made with care.
Photo via Instagram / bardumonami
Bar du Mon Ami
4901 Broadway St, (210) 740-9229, bardumonami.com
If you want to be semi-close to the action, you can head down Broadway to the Pearl and the bars down Grayson or head to the nearby St. Mary’s Strip. But if you want to be a bit more out of the bustling nightlife scene, Bar du Mon Ami will come through with cocktails made with care.
Photo via Instagram / bardumonami