The 25 best bars in San Antonio, according to Yelp

With more than 50% of San Antonio's population now fully vaccinated, it's little surprise folks are looking to hit the town for a much-needed night out.

If you haven't done that in a while and just aren't sure what watering holes to hit first as you celebrate, we rounded up San Antonio's top — translation: highest-rated — places to grab a drink and get boozy, according to Yelp users.

Do what you will with this information, but by all means imbibe safely. 
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25. 502 Bar
502 Embassy Oaks, (210) 257-8125, 502bar.com
“If you're a fan of live music this is the bar for you! I came in for the first time to see a friend's band play and immediately dug the vibe of this place. It's just a really chill place for locals (you'll find NO tourists here).... almost hole in the wallish.” - Brandy G. 
Photo via Instagram / 502bar
25. 502 Bar
502 Embassy Oaks, (210) 257-8125, 502bar.com
“If you're a fan of live music this is the bar for you! I came in for the first time to see a friend's band play and immediately dug the vibe of this place. It's just a really chill place for locals (you'll find NO tourists here).... almost hole in the wallish.” - Brandy G.
Photo via Instagram / 502bar
24. Aquaduck Beer Garden
9214 Espada Rd., (210) 600-3280, theaquaduck.com
“This is an excellent place to come and enjoy your beer on a green landscape yard. The owners do an excellent job supplying large shop fans and cooling fans all around the yard keeping you cool during the hot summer nights.” - Brianna P.
Photo via Instagram /  
theaquaducksa
24. Aquaduck Beer Garden
9214 Espada Rd., (210) 600-3280, theaquaduck.com
“This is an excellent place to come and enjoy your beer on a green landscape yard. The owners do an excellent job supplying large shop fans and cooling fans all around the yard keeping you cool during the hot summer nights.” - Brianna P.
Photo via Instagram / theaquaducksa
23. Menger Bar
204 Alamo Pl, (210) 223-4361, mengerhotel.com
“We loved this bar! The history is absolutely amazing! The wooden details, pictures, and bullet holes in [the] walls just make it more of an adventure.  The drinks were the very best! I recommend the margaritas!  The food was great as well!” – Suzanne S.
Photo via Instagram / jillwaterston
23. Menger Bar
204 Alamo Pl, (210) 223-4361, mengerhotel.com
“We loved this bar! The history is absolutely amazing! The wooden details, pictures, and bullet holes in [the] walls just make it more of an adventure. The drinks were the very best! I recommend the margaritas! The food was great as well!” – Suzanne S.
Photo via Instagram / jillwaterston
22. Charlie Brown’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill
11888 Starcrest Dr Ste 101, (210) 496-7092, charlie-browns.com
“This is the best neighborhood bar in San Antonio, by far. The food is incredible, and the staff friendly. The crowd is mostly regulars, however, all guests are treated like they are family. Make sure you try the wings!” – Thomas K.
Photo via Yelp / Joey P.
22. Charlie Brown’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill
11888 Starcrest Dr Ste 101, (210) 496-7092, charlie-browns.com
“This is the best neighborhood bar in San Antonio, by far. The food is incredible, and the staff friendly. The crowd is mostly regulars, however, all guests are treated like they are family. Make sure you try the wings!” – Thomas K.
Photo via Yelp / Joey P.
21. Downstairs at the Esquire Tavern
155 E Commerce St, (210) 222-2521, esquiretavern-sa.com
“This is one of the coolest bar/restaurants I have ever seen. It's dark and romantic with amazing food and a delicious wine menu. The servers are very relaxed and never rush you to order. It’s wonderful for drinks and small bites after a long day at work.” – Theresa F.
Photo via Instagram / downstairsatesquire
21. Downstairs at the Esquire Tavern
155 E Commerce St, (210) 222-2521, esquiretavern-sa.com
“This is one of the coolest bar/restaurants I have ever seen. It's dark and romantic with amazing food and a delicious wine menu. The servers are very relaxed and never rush you to order. It’s wonderful for drinks and small bites after a long day at work.” – Theresa F.
Photo via Instagram / downstairsatesquire
20. Boxcar Bar
125 Lamar Suite 103, (210) 265-3860, facebook.com/boxcarbarsa
“Came in here last Sunday and the service drinks and vibe were all great. Our bartenders were so wonderful! Left super safe pandemic-wise! Cheers!” - Shannon V.
Photo via Instagram / boxcarbarsa
20. Boxcar Bar
125 Lamar Suite 103, (210) 265-3860, facebook.com/boxcarbarsa
“Came in here last Sunday and the service drinks and vibe were all great. Our bartenders were so wonderful! Left super safe pandemic-wise! Cheers!” - Shannon V.
Photo via Instagram / boxcarbarsa
19. McFinnegan's Pub
7210 Blanco Rd, (210) 314-4194, facebook.com/McFinnigans
“Mcfinnigan’s has been my fav bar since I've moved to San Antonio!!! Red & Lena have always taken care of me. & Victor has been the best bar back since I've been here, I can't wait until he's bartending. Best music taste here.” - Monique I. 
Photo via Facebook / McFinnigan's Pub
19. McFinnegan's Pub
7210 Blanco Rd, (210) 314-4194, facebook.com/McFinnigans
“Mcfinnigan’s has been my fav bar since I've moved to San Antonio!!! Red & Lena have always taken care of me. & Victor has been the best bar back since I've been here, I can't wait until he's bartending. Best music taste here.” - Monique I.
Photo via Facebook / McFinnigan's Pub
18. El Luchador
622 Roosevelt Ave., (210) 272-0016, facebook.com/luchadorbarsa.
This Southside gem blends craft beers, funky cocktails with a kitschy Mexican wrestler theme that gels with neighbors young and old. From Luchador masks hanging over the bar, to luchador paintings, posters and artwork on the walls, you’ll want to admire every single detail on your way to the restroom. With magenta-colored walls and spacious stalls, the women’s restroom is one you won’t have a problem using. There’s a long mirror to make sure your outfit is on point and mirrors at each sink that are bordered with tiles of different cartoon-wrestlers. What makes this restroom even better, is a basket full of feminine products available gratis for those pesky emergencies. The men’s restroom is smaller but has the same wrestler-lined tile and a clean stall with a “El Demonio Azul” wrestler poster watching your six. 
Photo via Instagram / luchadorbarsa
18. El Luchador 622 Roosevelt Ave., (210) 272-0016, facebook.com/luchadorbarsa.
This Southside gem blends craft beers, funky cocktails with a kitschy Mexican wrestler theme that gels with neighbors young and old. From Luchador masks hanging over the bar, to luchador paintings, posters and artwork on the walls, you’ll want to admire every single detail on your way to the restroom. With magenta-colored walls and spacious stalls, the women’s restroom is one you won’t have a problem using. There’s a long mirror to make sure your outfit is on point and mirrors at each sink that are bordered with tiles of different cartoon-wrestlers. What makes this restroom even better, is a basket full of feminine products available gratis for those pesky emergencies. The men’s restroom is smaller but has the same wrestler-lined tile and a clean stall with a “El Demonio Azul” wrestler poster watching your six.
Photo via Instagram / luchadorbarsa
17. Thirsty Aztec
200 River Walk St, (210) 580-4844, thirstyaztec.com
“Loved the drinks there and love music!  Great location and ambience! You want to make this your place to go any night of the week. The bartenders are friendly and will help you with drink selection.” – Dunn W.
Photo via Instagram / thirsty_aztec
17. Thirsty Aztec
200 River Walk St, (210) 580-4844, thirstyaztec.com
“Loved the drinks there and love music! Great location and ambience! You want to make this your place to go any night of the week. The bartenders are friendly and will help you with drink selection.” – Dunn W.
Photo via Instagram / thirsty_aztec
16. Zombies
4202 Thousand Oaks Dr,(210) 281-8306, www.zombiesliveinsa.com
“One of my fav bars in San Antonio. The staff are gems, the atmosphere is just the right amount of weird, and the karaoke sucks but in the best way. Get an antidote jello syringe shot while you're there.” - Tia H. 
Photo via Instagram / zombiesbar
16. Zombies
4202 Thousand Oaks Dr,(210) 281-8306, www.zombiesliveinsa.com
“One of my fav bars in San Antonio. The staff are gems, the atmosphere is just the right amount of weird, and the karaoke sucks but in the best way. Get an antidote jello syringe shot while you're there.” - Tia H.
Photo via Instagram / zombiesbar