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The 18 Most Beautiful Bars In San Antonio 

Not all bars in San Antonio are created equal, some have great drinks, some have great food and some are just flat out easy on the eyes. Here are the 18 best looking bars in the San Antonio area.
The Esquire Tavern
155 E. Commerce St., 210-222-2521, esquiretavern-sa.com.com

Though not the first cocktail bar in San Antonio, The Esquire earns points for several great traits. From its storied history as the longest bar in Texas, to its thoughtful decor, to its amazing food menu, to its extensive mezcal list, and yes, classic and inventive cocktails, there's a bit of everything to find here.

Photo via Facebook, EsquireTavernSA

Whiskey Cake
Sure, it's in the middle of a shopping center, but this Dallas transplant restaurant anchors its dining room with a wall's-worth of whiskey.
15900 La Cantera Pkwy., Suite 21200, (210) 236-8095
Photo via Facebook
Sternewirth
Get there early and enjoy this Roman & Williams designed bar housed inside the former Pearl Brewery. As part of Hotel Emma, Sternewirth capitalizes on the building's rich history.
136 E. Grayson St., (210) 448-8300
Photo via Facebook
20Nine
It's not quite Napa, but you're basically there. Trade in sprawling vineyards for intimate and cozy lighting and a great wine list.
255 E. Basse Road, (210) 798-9463
Photo via Facebook
Bar 1919
Sure, there are house rules, but the cozy nooks, intimate lighting and expert bartenders mean we don't mind abiding.
1420 S. Alamo St., (210) 227-1420
Photo via Facebook
Bar Du Mon Ami
Because bespoke cocktails call for a classy setting. Dammit.
4901 Broadway, (210) 740-9229
Photo via Facebook
Barbaro
This neighborhood pizza parlor features a glamorous backdrop befitting of its cocktail program.
2720 McCullough Ave., (210) 320-2261
Photo via Facebook
The Brooklynite
Industrial chic and a great venue for large parties to partake in Downtown revelry, Brooklynite's your bar whether for a Painkiller or Manhattan.
516 Brooklyn Ave., (210) 444-0707
Photo via Facebook
Cork Bar at Hotel Contessa
While away an evening with pals along the River Walk beauty and uncork a bottle of this bar's finest.
306 W. Market St., (210) 229-9222
Photo via Facebook
Cured
Chic, airy and riddle with history, Cured's bar shines any time of day — but don't miss happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday.
306 Pearl Pkwy., Suite 101, (210) 314-3929
Photo via Scott Martin
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George's Keep
Could this be Steve Mahoney's smartest bar? Tucked away in this nook at Eilan, George's Keep is all supple leather, sleek bar stools and attractive copper bar tops. And it makes for excellent people watching.
17101 La Cantera Pkwy., (210) 310-3733
Photo via Facebook
Ocho
River Walk adjacent without the kitschy vibe, Ocho's as close as you can get to Havana without leaving San Antonio.
1015 Navarro St., (210) 222-2008
Photo via Facebook

Paramour

102 9th, (210) 340-9880

Silo Terrace Oyster Bar
Though its interiors almost border on stark, the view of The Dominion, the laid-back patio and the sleek bar help make this bar standout.
22211 I-10, (210) 698-2002
Photo via Facebook
The General Public
If you're going to imbibe in the Northside, General Public makes it easy to escape your suburban environment with rich royal blue walls, knick-knacks and a well-designed bar.
17619 La Cantera Pkwy., (210) 920-1101
Photo via Facebook
The Green Lantern
The first of its kind for this side of town, Green Lantern's allure isn't just its exclusivity, but in its intimate setting as a basement bar.
20626 Stone Oak Pkwy., (210) 497-3722
Photo via Facebook
The Last Word
Famous poets and writers line the walls at this Downtown basement bar that turned a salacious Metro nightclub into a posh cocktail bar. Reading is optional.
229 E. Houston St., (210) 314-1285
Photo via Facebook
Zinc
This Downtown wine nook gets bonus points for great food and its hidden patio. Go here to escape the madness.
207 N. Presa St., (210) 224-2900
Photo via Instagram
The Edison Experience
Name change be damned — The Edison Experience adds cocktails to the Northside with a swanky feel and massive layout.
1846 N. Loop 410, (210) 479-9600
Photo via Facebook
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The Esquire Tavern
155 E. Commerce St., 210-222-2521, esquiretavern-sa.com.com

Though not the first cocktail bar in San Antonio, The Esquire earns points for several great traits. From its storied history as the longest bar in Texas, to its thoughtful decor, to its amazing food menu, to its extensive mezcal list, and yes, classic and inventive cocktails, there's a bit of everything to find here.

Photo via Facebook, EsquireTavernSA

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