The best part about visiting, living, and/or working in the city center is the unending options of good food and drinks. The only thing better than good food and drinks is, of course, cheap food and drinks.
We’ve put together some of our favorite happy hour spots starting a little bit north of downtown at The Pearl and moving our way down to the Southtown neighborhood. These deals are so good you might be tempted to order more than one round.
// Botika’s unique Peruvian-Asian twist on cuisine always has something delicious to offer and their happy hour is no different. Arrive sometime between 3 and 6 p.m. to enjoy their special happy hour menu that includes bites like tuna tartar and house empanadas. As far as drinks go you can get a $1 off all beers, half-off select wines by the glass, and their famous sake sangria for $7. If you’re feeling adventurous, try the Bartender’s Select. Given all of the other expertly crafted drinks on their menu, I think it’s safe to say you’re in good hands. 303 Pearl Pkwy., Suite 111, (210) 670-7684.
Down on Grayson
// With a premiere spot right at the entrance to The Pearl, Down on Grayson offers a great weekly happy hour that runs Tuesday through Friday from 4 to 6, giving just enough time to grab a post-workday cocktail with a co-worker or giving you a chance to meet your friend to kick off the weekend.
For only $5 you can get a Down on Grayson cocktail or glass of wine by the glass. It’s $2-$3 off select appetizers and bonus: 20 percent off select wine bottles if you want to continue the party at home. 303 E. Grayson St., (210) 248-9244.
// Cured wins the award for most creative happy hour ranging from .50 cent deep-fried quail legs drizzled in honey to plain ol’ hard boiled eggs that are so mysteriously delicious you can’t stop eating them. Enjoy happy hour inside or out on the patio to take in the bustling activity at The Pearl.
The happy hour menu changes with their regular menu, so if you want the details for that days deals you’ll have to give them a call, but you can always plan on half-off all cocktails and some options off of their lunch menu as early as 3 and ending at 6 starting on Monday and extending into the weekend on Saturday. 306 Pearl Pkwy., Suite 101, (210) 314-3929.
// Blue Box strikes an excellent balance between a classy up-scale spot to have a few drinks, (they do have a lot of Hotel Emma guests wander in, after all) and a divey neighborhood bar where you have to yell to be heard over the loud music and can strike up a casual conversation with the bartender.
Frequently cited as one of the best happy hours in the area, Blue Box generously offers their happy hour until 8 p.m. Get there at 4 on weekdays to enjoy a few different cocktails running at $6 and a $1 off wells and drafts. 312 Pearl Pkwy., Suite 2107, (210) 227-2583.
// You’ll be transported to another time as soon as you walk into this Prohibition Era inspired bar located in The Sheraton hotel in the heart of downtown San Antonio. Their happy hour starts at 4 and ends at 7, Monday through Saturday. Choose from five delicious appetizers including brisket sliders and crab cakes.
There are a variety of drink options that includes cocktails like a $5 Old Fashioned and few $5 beer selections. Because the bar is inside The Sheraton, Bar 414 is a bit tucked away. Luckily you can hop right onto the Riverwalk once you’ve had your fill to enjoy the downtown nightlife scene. 205 E. Houston St., (210) 585-9999.
// It’s no secret The Brooklynite is a must-visit for expertly crafted cocktails. It’s hard to go wrong when selecting one of their concoctions. This spot sits away from the bustle of Downtown and happy hour starts and 4 and ends at 7, giving you a few precious hours of cocktail bliss.
With four different cocktail selections on their happy hour menu at $5 and a couple of beer and wine options each ranging from $3 to $5, this dark and cozy bar is a must-try! 516 Brooklyn Ave., (210) 444-0707.
// Right on the Riverwalk, Esquire Tavern is a great pick for food and drinks downtown. With taxidermy decor and a lively atmosphere, you can sit down in the large space to enjoy the happy hour menu, plant yourself at the full bar, or sit on the fully shaded patio if you can brave the heat.
The happy hour runs from 3 to 7 p.m. on weekdays and they have a varied menu of apps like green eggs and ham nachos and deviled eggs with pickled peppercorn. You can also enjoy $3 off all menu cocktails and wine by the glass as well as a $1 off Texas draft beers.
The discounted cocktails is a hell of a deal when you consider that Esquire Tavern was nominated for a James Beard Award for their bar program earlier this year. 1155 E. Commerce St., (210) 222-252.
Stella Public House
// Known for their fresh ingredients and farm-to-table concept, Stella Public House is more than just socially conscious, the rustic Italian shop inside Blue Star Arts Complex also has a rockin’ happy hour too from 4 to 6:30 p.m, everyday.
Discounts include $5 red, white, and rose wines, $3.50 select cans and bottles, well drinks, and $5 rotating small plates. 1414 S. Alamo St., (210) 277-7047.
// The always-classy Feast gives their happy hour a different name, but it doesn’t make it any less delicious (or cheap!) During their social hour you can order cocktails and wine by the glass for $3 off and $2 off Texas beers Tuesday through Friday.There’s also some great discounted food pairings for $7 which includes their Lamb Kebabs with Zatar spices and a serrano feta dip, Sweet Corn Fritters with red beet tzatziki and honeydew melon, and the Bibb Salad - all excellent compliments to their delicious cocktails, wine, or beer selections. 1024 S. Alamo St., (210) 354-1024.
// Show up at Liberty Bar any day of the week to enjoy their regular happy hour from 5 to 7 or their reverse happy hour from 10 to midnight. That’s a lot of potential for happy hour goodness!
Take half off any of their nine appetizers which is quite a steal when you’re looking at a menu that includes a smoked fish plate, steak tartare, and chile relleno en nogada and drink specials during happy hour. You can also order a glass of wine or a well drink for $4 and only spend $2 on draft beers. 1111 S. Alamo St., (210) 227-1187.