20 Essential San Antonio Dive Bars, And Why You Should Drink In All Of Them 

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As much as we love the recent surge of fancy cocktail bars, sometimes we just want a beer. Or maybe Malibu and pineapple. But most of all, we want to waste time at the diviest dives in San Antonio.
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Broadway 5050
5050 Broadway, (210) 832-0050, facebook.com/5050alamoheights
Expect excellent bar food after downing a few wells at the perpetually buzzin' Broadway 5050. There are even eleven TV's for watching your favorite sports team.

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Oak Hill Tavern
7920 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 614-8855, facebook.com/oakhillstavern
This spot in the Medical Center has undergone many changes throughout last two decades. It's opened, closed and reopened as a coffeehouse, jazz bar and — most recently — just a cozy, laid back dive with a solid craft beer selection.

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Betty's Battalion
1524 E. Grayson St., (210) 227-9255, bettysbn.com
This low-key bar and lounge has welcomed members of the military, plus their friends and family since 1985.

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Reggae Bar
2016 Austin Hwy., (210) 772-9891, facebook.com/thereggaebar
This bar stays true to its namesake with Jamaican inspired food, booze and music.

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Boozehounds
8531 Perrin Beitel Road, (210) 590-3223, facebook.com/boozehounds
Distinguished by a smattering of electronic dartboards and a stage for live music, the massive bar serves as a safe haven for blue-collar workers with a mind for drinking booze on a tight budget.

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Bottom Bracket Social Club
1609 N. Colorado St., (210) 267-9160, facebook.com/bottombracketsocialclub
It's a fact that Bottom Bracket Social Club keeps it real. Bump and grind with a boisterous crowd of characters at this shady dive.

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Bar America
723 S. Alamo St., (210) 223-1285, facebook.com/bar.america.satx
Bar America is back! This no-frills hangout draws in diverse characters with a retro jukebox, pool and old-school appeal.

Photo via Facebook (Bar America)
Cootey's Tavern
8318 Jones Maltsberger Road, (210) 342-4998, facebook.com/cooteystavern
Don't kiss and tell at Cootey's Tavern, an unpretentious watering hole featuring pool, darts and shuffleboard.

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Rod Dog's Saloon
2617 Wagon Wheel St., (210) 828-2582, facebook.com/roddogsaloon
No one can deny the pleasure of throwing back a Lone Star on a street named Wagon Wheel.

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Faust Tavern
517 E. Woodlawn Ave., (210) 257-0628, fausttavern.com
This cozy, little hellhole serves up stupid-cheap beer and liquor. The tavern also houses an excellent kitchen featuring casual Southern fare for soaking up all that booze come 2 a.m.

Photo via Facebook (Faust Tavern)
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The Crazy Ape
9930 San Pedro Ave., (210) 375-5813, facebook.com/thecrazyape
Crazy Ape is broken down into several wood panel-lined rooms filled with mix and matched furniture. Service is excellent, the beers are cold and pickle backs are a must.

Photo via Instagram (guru00101)
Oasis Lounge
502 Embassy Oaks, (210) 402-6934, facebook.com/oasisloungesa
The courteous staff sticks to the basics and plays by the rules at Oasis Lounge, a nightspot for good times, cheap drinks and rotating specials.

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Boneheadz
9503 Console Drive, (210) 593-9878, facebook.com/boneheadzsportspub
Boneheadz is the place to be after the sun goes down. Throw down a pint of domestic beer and chat up some of the — arguably — best looking bartenders in San Antonio.

Photo via Facebook (Boneheadz)
Joey's
2417 N. Saint Mary's St., (210) 733-9573, facebook.com/joeyssanantonio
Stop into Joey's for a clean and well-lit place and one of the city's largest pool halls if you can suffer the strange mural parodying Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel.

Photo via Instagram (sarahecooperr)
Texas T Pub
121 Broadway, (210) 271-1058, facebook.com/texastpub
This downtown dive never fails its loyal patrons with its friendly faces and affordable drinks.

Photo via Facebook (Sandra Felan)
Sister's Bar
1228 Cesar Chavez Blvd, (210) 396-7302, facebook.com/sistersbarsa
If you're lucky, you're going to get to know longtime bar-goers as they stream in with their lady troubles, grab a cold one and soak up all of the puro charm this dive has to give.

Photo via San Antonio Current (Jaime Monzon)
Rookie's Bar
6402 Callaghan, (210) 377-0909, myspace.com/rookiesbarsatx
Covered in wood paneling and boasting an impressive selection of board games as well as shuffleboard and darts, this dim hole-in-the wall is a laid-back place to sidle up to and knock back a few beers with your friends.

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Coco Beach
12159 Valliant St., (210) 341-5330, cocobeach.clarksbars.com
All you really need to know about Coco Beach is that its regulars largely consist of Jimmy Buffett lovers.

Photo via San Antonio Current (Sara Ellis)
Cross-Eyed Seagull
19141 Stone Oak Pkwy., (210) 545-3440, facebook.com/crosseyedseagullsa
Park your rear at the Tiki hut in the middle of the beach-themed bar and order a round of $1 Tecates on Wednesday.

Photo via Facebook (Cross Eyed Seagull)
The Thursty Turtle
1626 NE Loop 410, (210) 820-3600, facebook.com/thethurstyturtle
Only a stone’s throw away from the perpetually bustlin’ Magic Time Machine, the Turtle presents itself as the perfect respite from the office, complete with billiards to the right, couches for kicking back to the left and friendly regulars donning perhaps too tight skinny jeans all-around.

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Broadway 5050
5050 Broadway, (210) 832-0050, facebook.com/5050alamoheights
Expect excellent bar food after downing a few wells at the perpetually buzzin' Broadway 5050. There are even eleven TV's for watching your favorite sports team.

Photo via Instagram (san_antonio_foodjunkie)