Liberty Bar is one of my absolute favorite places to dine in San Antonio (The Cove, a combination natural foods cafe/laundromat/biergarten/car wash/children's play area, is another). Liberty Bar combines healthy, local-ish food with a slightly exotic flair, with a relaxed, informal atmosphere (well dressed folks welcome too), and some of the best-tasting and most-imaginative foods one will find in this price range anywhere in San Antonio.
But, alas for me, Liberty Bar gave up its establishment in the Leaning Bar of San Antonio and headed south of downtown to an old convent in Southtown, at 1111 South Alamo St. The phone is still the same, (210) 227-1187. I have not been to the new location yet, but I am assured that it's the same great food, only in a different funky locale. Mad Hatter's Tea left the Brackenridge Park/Mahnke Park area for Southtown several years ago, and they have done well.
I just want people to know that the Liberty Bar has moved. I wouldn't want anyone to miss their fantastic food!
Favorite Dish: Favorite dish?? Gosh, I hate it when I'm put on the spot!!!
I had the steak tartare, and loved it. It's freshly ground (so as to avoid salmonella contamination) meat served with capers, onions, hard boiled egg, and various other accoutrements that can be mixed in with it, or not. It's pricey, but wonderful!
There's a quail dish that is quite good. One great thing about the Liberty Bar, though, is that while they do have a basic menu, their menu changes daily, so a given dish may not always be available. I have not disliked a single thing I have eaten here.
About the expense: the question asks if it's cheaper or more expensive than other restaurants in San Antonio. Well, you can't walk a mile down the street without passing 3 Mexican restaurants, so it's very easy to find very affordable Mexican food. But I would say that for restaurants *of its class* (variety and kind of food, preparation, etc), Liberty Bar is far cheaper than anything you'll find on the Riverwalk or close to it.
Liberty Bar is a vertically challenged San Antonio mainstay for great food. The building began in 1890's as a brothel and got its distinct character from a 1920's flood.
The food is American but there are Tex-Mex favorites as well. Homemade breads and pies. More of a restaurant than a bar but they have a good beer and wine list and a bar area in the back.
Seating is limited so I would make a reservation.
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