Name: The Bottling Department
The Bottling Department opened in summer of 2017 and houses five different eateries and a wine bar within its walls. The location started a happy hour not too long after it became a favorite of weekenders visiting the hall after the farmer’s market closed down.
All the deals during happy hour!
Visit any time between open and close on Monday and you can grab a glass of wine or a beer for half price with a food purchase. Beverages you can choose from range from $1.50 to $7 and most of the establishments have special menu items that run from $3 to $6. Happy hour is all day Monday, and Tuesday through Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m.
: As far as happy hour crowds go, the one at the Bottling Department is the most diverse. There are families that visit with the kiddos in tow to grab a doughnut while the parents sip on a half-priced Merlot. There are students that stop in to grab a beer and a bite to eat while studying. There are friends from work meeting for a quick drink and snack before battling traffic for the day. No matter who it is — they will find something at the Bottling Department.
I came into the food hall on Monday around lunch time for their all day happy hour and the place was packed. After debating between Tenko’s $5 katsu chicken sandwich, Fletcher’s $4 melted fries, or the Good Kind’s $6 paninis — I was drawn to the aroma of Bud’s rotisserie chicken and their $5 sliders. After ordering food and getting my buzzer I ran over to the wine bar where I purchased a $4 glass of red wine from the suggested wines to pair with the food vendor of my choice. Shortly after receiving a glass, the buzzer indicated that the food was ready for pick up. It was one of the fastest happy hour services I have ever experienced. Within 10 minutes of arriving I had a drink and my food in front of me. The wine was great and the sliders, even better. Served on a simple white bun Bud’s loads their pulled chicken and bread and butter pickles onto the bread. What you're left with is a delicious snack that is big enough to be subbed as a dinner. With so many different establishments offering a special it’s the perfect happy hour to keep coming back to.
312 Pearl Pkwy., (210)-564-9140.
Erin Winch writes about boozin' in the Alamo City on her blog Drinking In SA. Follow her on Instagram at @drinking.in.sa for more.