Thanks to its rich history and culture, the city of San Antonio is a small yet vibrant asset to Texas. Each year, therefore, thousands of tourists visit this pulsating city, to experience its vibe. While in town, it is it’s only natural to enjoy the nightlife the city has to offer. So, from the bustling Riverwalk to the quiet surrounding areas, here are the top drinking spots to frequent during a jaunt through San Antonio.
Opened in 2013, Bowlero offers a revolutionary spin on social entertainment. This isn’t your usual kind of bowling alley; rather it offers an exciting alternative to couples and groups who’re bored with bars and nightclubs. The place features a thrilling gravity ropes course, forty-eight lanes of black light bowling, multiple themed lounge areas, amusement games, and a full-service kitchen serving scrumptious recipes. No staler hot dogs and warm beer! In addition to their blacklight bowling lanes and the super fun gravity ropes course in the rafters, Bowlero also offers an oversized redemption arcade featuring a mix of interactive video games and retro-fun favorites, from giant Pac-Man and basketball to billiards and shuffleboard.
If you’re looking for the best local dive in town for some cheap beer and entertaining patrons, Bar America is your destination. Located in San Antonio’s arts district, Southtown, Bar America is frequented by artists, musicians, and other interesting folks and within walking distance of some equally interesting bars. You can expect to find primarily domestic beer but at prices, you haven’t seen in a decade, which is why this a favorite stop for late-night partying on a budget. The jukebox and pool tables add to the cool grunge atmosphere, making this an excellent place to go after a long day of walking around the city.
Azuca Nuevo Latino Restaurant & Bar
Azuca Nuevo Latino is not just a restaurant and bar, but an experience. It’s a local’s favorite for their happy-hour mojitos and caipirinhas. Located just south of downtown in San Antonio’s arts district, Azuca offers fantastic drinks you can’t find anywhere else in town in a vivid and vibrant atmosphere. Their outdoor patio makes you feel like you’re vacationing in some tropical location and not only minutes from downtown. As for the food, Azuca’s dishes are an exotic synergy of delicious flavors from South and Central America with Chef Rene’s innovative touch. The bar area is separate from the restaurant, and on Friday and Saturday nights, you can enjoy their electrifying live music of Salsa and Merengue until your feet get tired.
Alamo Beer Brewery
The East side of San Antonio just got cooler with this giant indoor/outdoor space filled with picnic tables that features craft draft beer and live music. Located next to the iconic Hays Street walking bridge, this bar is really one of the most interesting places to enjoy drinks with friends in the city. Alamo Beer also has a rich history. Years ago there was a beer called Alamo that was brewed by the Lone Star Brewing Company. The Alamo was a local’s favorite made from the best barley malt, saazer hops, and Texas rice. However, prohibition put an end to Alamo until the arrival of local entrepreneur, Eugene Simor. It took Simor a while but by 2003, he acquired a licensing agreement and Alamo Golden Ale was flowing on tap in the city. San Antonio supporters have followed his story and come out to support the brewery whenever they can. It helps that it’s a good beer, good people, and a fantastic location.
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