Bar America in its heyday. (Mike Barajas)
Voted Best Dive Bar, Best Jukebox and No. 3 Best Old Man Bar in our previous Best Of lists, Bar America (723 S Alamo) is reopening its doors April 11 at 7 p.m. Now owned by Brian Correa, grandson and nephew of original owners Joe, Martin and Angie Ramirez, Bar America has been a downtown staple for the past oh, 70 years or so.
Correa made small changes to update the bar including upgrading the sound system and the restrooms, and giving the space an over all "good cleaning and a paint job," he said.
Another change is the Bar America will now serve liquor as opposed to its previous beer-only mantra. Correa will start with 50 beers available in draft, bottles and cans. Bonus: Bar America will now accept debit and credit cards.
"Change is a good thing or a bad thing depending on who you ask, but we're hoping to cater to all and stick around for another 30 years at least, to make it an even 100," Correa said. The last bit of change coming its way is the addition of a new internet jukebox, but Correa said many of the old albums are being downloaded into the new system so old patrons can still request the same songs of yesteryear.
For its grand opening the bar will open at 7 p.m. to let patrons enjoy the Spurs game. A DJ takes over after the game to close down the bar.