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.
Enjoy the breathtaking view from the revolving dining room, 550 feet above ground.
You can see the tower from most anywhere downtown
Tower of the Americas is in HemisFair Park in downtown San Antonio, adjacent to the Convention Center.
Rosario's in one of San Antonio's most popular Mexican restaurants (although not everybody agrees on the qualigy of the food there), but on Friday night, the live music kicks in and it becomes a great place for salsa dancers (or in my case, for people who like watching talented people dance salsa while sipping a cold maragarita!).
Dress Code: No real dress code but salsa dancers can look pretty sharp!
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
Built in 1929, closed in 1974, and reopened in 1989 after a $4.5 million restoration. It is the venue for many touring companies of Broadway shows, concerts, and The San Antonio Symphony.
Check to see what might be playing when you're in town to enjoy the show and, best of all, the intricate Art Deco architecture.
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
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
Jim Cullum's Landing is located on the beautiful San Antonio Riverwalk, literally just across the alley from the Alamo in the Hyatt Regency in downtown San Antonio. The Jim Cullum Jazz Band, America's premier 7-piece Classic Jazz ensemble, plays Monday through Saturday beginning at 7:30 PM. On Sunday nights, the popular San Antonio jazz group Small World takes over on the outside patio. Live jazz duos are featured on the outdoor riverside patio (weather permitting) from 3:00 PM non-stop until 12:30 AM. The menu of the Jim Cullum's Landing cafe, features fine cuisine, fine liquors, domestic & imported beers and wines, gourmet coffees, pies and cheesecake, and above all the hottest of hot jazz. All ages are welcome. Dress is casual.
Been there for an hour, and just for a cup of coffee. Though I'm not too much of a jazz music fan, I did like their performance. Quiet and nice.
The Empire Theatre is host to productions, banquets, cabaret, chamber orchestras and touring plays. The historical theater is the sister property to San Antonio's Majestic Theatre. The Empire was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1999.
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...
Like the original in New Orleans, San Antonio's Pat O'Brien's has hurricanes, a flaming fountain, an entrance lined with muskets, a noisy piano bar, Cajun cuisine and a quiet patio dining area. This replica has all the features of the St Peter's Street location minus the the flooding. I've been to the original, and once inside this San Antonio version, you can barely tell the difference.
We enjoyed a few hours and a few hurricanes (rum, hurricane mix, crushed ice, orange & cherry) then decided to see more of the city.
Besides the original in New Orleans and this San Antonio location, Pat O'Brien's has locations in Orlando, Memphis and Cancun.
Places like the Esquire are usually my favorite joints anywhere I go: full of locals, cheap beer, historic building, nice view, not a chain, etc...
But...this place eerily seemed like the bar called the "Titty Twister" from the movie "From Dusk til Dawn"... the dark lighting, staring locals, run-down building, cheap beer, ... everything but the vampires.
Not a bad spot to sit outside on the quiet edge of the Riverwalk, but a creepy place inside.
It does have the longest wooden bar in Texas at 79 feet. Cheapest beer on the Riverwalk.
One of the few local dive bars near the Riverwalk, this is a nice friendly place to cool off away from the tourists. We stopped in for just a few Shiner Bocks ($3 each?) and watched some sports on the huge flat-screen TV behind the bar. The bartender from Detroit was very friendly and happy to just sit and chat with her customers. The bar also has a pool table. Perhaps the most unique feature here is the old stone walls made with huge blocks of sand stone.
This dance club has three levels of dance floors, Polly Esther's has a disco on the second level, a Culture Club on the third floor and Techno or top 40 or industrial retro on the fifth level. The first level consists of a restaurant. I heard during the week from classmates only the second level is open for business and expect a pay a fee for entry.
Dress Code: Causual attire here!
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