Blue Box Bar Located in The Pearl right across from The Sandbar is Blue Box, offering a blackboard full of tasty cocktails. Bartenders are friendly and accommodating to even the pickiest drinker or cocktail newbie. Check out Wednesday Cocktail Seminars held upstairs. 312 Pearl Pkwy, (210) 227-2583
The Brooklynite Acclaimed “tavern keeper” Jeret Peña hits the mark with The Brooklynite. The bar itself is a great recipe combining antique décor, good music, tasty food truck fare and on point cocktails for a spectacular cocktail bar. Cocktails change seasonally and tiki Tuesdays feature special cocktails with ingredients like pineapple, lime and guava nectar. 516 Brooklyn, (210) 444-0707
Copa Wine Bar Voted best wine bar in 2014’s Current Best Of readers poll, Copa is worth a trip to the city’s North Side. Drink a glass of wine with your meal or take a bottle home for later. Tapas include paella fritters, warm spinach dip and pommes frites. Enjoy a caprese “pizzette” with a thin or gluten-free crust. 19141 Stone Oak Pkwy, (210) 495-2672, thecopawinebar.com
The Esquire Tavern A San Antonio original, Esquire Tavern is anything but old. Crafted cocktails, wine and craft beers complement modern spins on classic munchies like chalupitas, a confit tuna melt and a short rib empanada. 155 E Commerce, (210) 222-2521, esquiretavern-sa.com
George’s Keep The latest project by bar boss Stephen Mahoney, George’s Keep is likely his best effort. A collection of bar experts curated from around town creates the menu of concoctions ranging from light and refreshing to bold and boozy, and the digs fit seamlessly with Eilan’s luxury apartments and offices. 17101 La Cantera Pkwy, (210) 310-3733
SoHo SoHo is the beautiful brainchild of owners Ronnie El Herrera and Lu Flores. Located in the former San Antonio Loan and Trust building, this New York City bar recreation is famous for its bank vault wine cellar. Architecture aside, the craft martinis are what really set this historic bar apart. 214 W Crockett, (210) 861-6419, sohomartinibar.com
TBA This North St. Mary’s secret serves up handcrafted drinks and tasty bites. A serious happy hour packs inexpensive house cocktails, beers, grilled cheese and charcuterie. 2801 N St Mary’s, (210) 320-1753, tbasatx.com
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