the republic of texas is located in the heart of the river walk entertainment area. you can drink on the river walk or at the bar inside the restaurant. a nice place to have a margarita and people watch.
Dress Code: casual
like most cities in the world san antonio has a hard rock cafe. one good thing about hard rock the food and decor is consistant. of course a must stop for collectors of hard rock t-shirts. the hard rock has two entrances, one on crockett street and on the river walk.
Dress Code: casual
durty neily's is a replica irish pub located at the hilton on the river walk. they offer live entertainment at night in the form of a piano player. the dueling piano show is fun. a great place to down a pint or two.
Dress Code: casual
the menger bar is located in the historic menger hotel on alamo plaza. it's quiet and refined atmoshere is a great place to unwind after work or entertain business associates. a nice change of pace compared to the crowded bars of river walk.
Dress Code: business casual
pat o'brien's san antonio is a replica of the originial pat o'brien's in new orleans. early they serve new orleans style food. they offer live music and the crowd gets younger and louder late. a fun place to eat and drink in san antonio. they have two entrances, one on alamo plaza and one on losoya.
Dress Code: casual
Jim Cullum's Landing is one of the oldest jazz clubs around. Musician/owner Jim Cullum and his jazz band performs here six nights a week, with local groups performing on Sunday evenings.
The club is pretty snazzy with dim lighting, intimate seating and excellent acoustics. When we joined the jazz scene this December, one had to slip in before 9pm to get a good table. Dining is offered indoors or out, depending on the weather. The doors open at 3pm and close at 1 am. There was a moderate cover charge.
We heard quite a nice selection of music that evening. Collum sells his CD's on the spot, so if you hear anything you like you can take it home with you. We picked up a CD for my father that was loaded with Louis Armstrong tunes done by Jim and his band. My father, a jazz enthusiast, pronounced the CD 'excellent'.
The club was conveniently located a step away from the River Walk entrance to the Hyatt Hotel.
If you want to be at the trendiest bar in town, this is the place to be. Because there's a good mix of locals there as well, it's not as uptight as you think it would be. The music is good, the bartenders are professional, and the location can't be beat. If you want something more laid back, head next door or across the street as there are spots all over this rejuvinated area of town.
Dress Code: You're probably here to pick up someone so dress appropriately.
If you like dixieland jazz, this is the place for you. The feature attraction is the Jim Cullum Jazz Band, and they are well known across the country for their playing. At one time the food was pretty good, but now it is no longer a great place to eat. Go there for the music and order a few drinks. There is a cover charge, but if you want to see a great show, it's worth it. The regular patrons of the place tend to be a bit older, but there is a mix as well.
I enjoyed my time there, but I have to admit that after about an hour, I was ready to go.
Dress Code: Dressy Casual
Visit Howl at the Moon. I've been to many piano bars around the country and this is one of the best. If you want an evening full of entertainment and laughs, this place can't be beat. It's a sing-a-long bar with talented musicians on stage. You'll be amazed.
It's along the Riverwalk, so don't miss it when you're downtown.
Dress Code: Very Casual
This place is HOT on Friday nights. Their live band Tropicante is SOOO good!!! Now this place is incredibly small so get there early. This is one of my favorite places in the city. Lots of professional dance instructors go here. So there are plenty of great dancers.
This place also has a great restaurant with a very popular chef with wine dinner events.
Dress Code: Ive seen a little bit of everything here because it is in a tourist spot downtown. So its hard to measure. Just ensure you are in good taste. No ghetto fab or punk rock at all allowed. It has a good mix of old and young in the crowd with lots of locals and lots of tourist.
This is more of a bar and is very small for dancing. The one night I went, I called before I got there and the man that answered told me they were having a Salsa orquesta that night. When I got there, they told me there was no live Salsa band that night. I was pretty disappointed. However, they made up for it quickly with the free buffet for happy hour. The establishment is VERY nice actually. I will definitely be back to check out their Salsa Tues.
Dress Code: I would look nice at this one. Simply because of the area of town where it is located is a more ritzy area with money.
This sis the place to be on a Saturday night, after walking hours from bar to bar with my friends from class we came across this place. Now I been to the one in New Orleans but this one was way better, they had a couple diffrent rooms, my favorite part was the LIve band they had called Bliss! Check them out! they rock!
5 buck cover, come at 9pm to avoid line, get this...$2 drinks! In an old Masonic like building. multiple rooms with various technoand hiphop sounds. fun. edgy, sexy. had a blast. a stones throw from Watermark where we were staying. cab there for $5 and walked back in 20 minutes. Predomiately a gay club, but we were all welcome and Friday is a more mixed sexuality crowd typically.
Dress Code: we dressed as we do in nice casual club clothes, but most were in jeans and tshirts. makes no difference.
On our third day in San Antonio, I finally found a place where I could sit for more than two drinks... not only did I stay for four beers, but I decided this intersection of Lasoya and Alamo Streets was probably the best corner in the city with Tequila's and Pat O'Briens both within 20 yards.
Lone Star Cafe is the street-level portion of the building also containing Cafe Ole and Michelino's Italian joint. What made Lone Star great was itsoutdoor tables overlooking the Riverwalk, Lasoya Street, and the busy intersection of Lasoya, Commerce, and Alamo. We sat here for probably 2 1/2 to 3 hrs enjoying the cold Tecate, excellent service and outstanding view.
In late August 2006 I returned to San Antonio, hoping to have a seat at my favorite table at Lone Star, but it was all tore up and under construction. Hopefully whatever they end up with will be as good as the previous restaurant. I guess in a city like SA, everything has to be modern and up to date to attract customers. Nothing can be even a few years old...
Rita's is one of several spots along the river that we stopped just to get off our tired feet and grab a drink. After about a day in the city, we hadn't yet tried a local margarita, so I had my eyes peeled for the right spot. What more could a man ask for during a margarita drought than a place called Rita's? We stopped in for just 45 minutes or so...enough time to try a top-shelf house margarita, see the nightly live entertainment, and smell the overpoweringly disgusting bathroom odor that permeates the underpass between the inner courtyard and the Riverwalk.
In total: Good margaritas, horrible smell.