19 Essential Cocktail Bars in San Antonio, Right Now 

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San Antonio’s craft cocktail game has grown exponentially in the last few years. With the San Antonio Cocktail Conference (now in its eighth year) and more bartenders than ever shaking things up, you’re always close to your next shot of Cinzano. Cheers!
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The Esquire Tavern
155 E. Commerce St., (210) 222-2521, esquiretavern-sa.com
If you’re hoping to soak in more San Antonio history, a visit to The Esquire Tavern is a must (and don’t miss out on Downstairs). Overlook the San Antonio River Walk while sipping on classic cocktails inside this historic bar that’s been nominated as a James Beard Foundation Award semifinalist twice.
Photo via Instagram / esquiretavernsa
Haunt
300 E. Travis St., (210) 352-3172, facebook.com/hauntsa
The St. Anthony holds Haunt where cocktail themes veer into spooky specter territory inside a chic bar. Stop in for an aperitif before or digestif after dinner at Rebelle.
Photo via Instagram / chriscracklepop
Bohanan’s Bar
219 E. Houston St., (210) 472-2600, bohanans.com
Whet your whistle the high-brow way at Bohanan’s, where you’ll get a first-class view of The Majestic from your barstool and some of the best service in town.
Photo via Instagram / cocktailphotographer
Ocho
1015 Navarro St., (210) 222-2008, havanasanantonio.com
If you need less vests and more laid-back atmosphere head to Hotel Havana’s bar for a Martinique Punch and dazzling patio.
Photo via Instagram / weymouth_id
Francis Bogside
803 S. St. Mary’s St., (210) 369-9192, francisbogside.com
Back after a fire and better than ever, this Southtown bar has been making dwellers happy with their pub menu by Chris Cook and quality cocktails by the staff.
Photo via Instagram / drinking.in.sa
Paramour
102 9th St., Suite 400, (210) 340-9880, paramourbar.com
Spend your Sunday Funday at Paramour which packs in serious cocktails with lots of fun be it through their burlesque, boylesque, drag shows or tea takeovers. Oh, and there’s a Möet Champagne dispenser for the ‘gram.
Photo via Instagram / paramourbar
TBA
2801 N. St. Mary’s St., 210-320-1753, tbasatx.com
This industry-favorite bar finally scored signage. Expect chill, inexpensive and potent drinks here.
Photo via Instagram / alyssaleeeee
Jazz, TX
312 Pearl Pkwy., Building 6, (210) 332-9386, jazztx.com
Want cocktails and next-level jazz, salsa and country music? Find it at this downstairs bar owned by Brent “Doc” Watkins.
Photo via Instagram / leslie_brignac
Sternewirth
136 E. Grayson St., (210) 223-7375, thehotelemma.com
Visit The Pearl’s boutique Hotel Emma, and sit inside former brew tanks that have been converted into posh seating. The menu changes seasonally.
Photo via Instagram / historicpearl
Rumble
2410 N. St. Mary’s St., (210) 365-3246, rumblesatx.com
Catch all the action on the St. Mary’s Strip from this bar’s patio while enjoying themed cocktails and more.
Photo via Instagram / rumble_sa
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Still Golden Social House
1900 Broadway, facebook.com/StillGoldenSH
The original Stay Golden may have been bulldozed this past summer, but no worries: The Boulevardier Group is reopened their patio concept with added sport bar vibes.
Photo via Instagram / mhairgoddess
La Roca
416 8th St., facebook.com/larocacantina
The owners of Green Lantern bring you La Roca, a classy and laid-back bar with plenty of tequila to go around in a spacious bar setting.
Photo via Facebook / La Roca Cantina
Blue Box
312 Pearl Pkwy., (210) 227-2583, blueboxbar.com
While at Pearl, visit Blue Box for a serious happy hour. Or head there ahead of big games for free fare and drink specials.
Photo via Instagram / blueboxbar
George’s Keep
17101 La Cantera Pkwy., (210) 310-3733, georgeskeep.com
Fancy a view? You’ll get one of the sprawling San Antonio landscape here, along with patio sippers.
Photo via Yelp / Toniya F.
SoHo Wine & Martini Bar
214 W. Crockett St., (210) 444-1000, facebook.com/sohowineandmartinibar
Rub elbows with tipsy tourists while sipping on fruity concoctions inside one of the city’s first cocktail joints.
Photo via Instagram / buenaestrella
Lowcountry
318 Martinez St., (210) 560-2224, lowcountrysa.com
Patio pounders don’t come any better than at Lowcountry, a porch oasis for the downtown set that has a killer happy hour and occasional pop-ups by Swine House.
Photo via Instagram / do210
The Green Lantern
20626 Stone Oak Pkwy., Suite 101, thegreenlanternsa.com
Find this hidden bar under a bright green light bulb and use it for an intimate rendezvous.
Photo via Facebook / The Green Lantern
The Squeezebox
2806 N. St. Mary’s St., facebook.com/thesqueezebox
Who knew cumbias and cocktails would blend so seamlessly? Try them both here.
Photo via Instagram / thesqueezebox_sa
The Brooklynite
516 Brooklyn Ave., (210) 444-0707, thebrooklynitesa.com
Aside from downtown proper, there are plenty of area establishments that bring the cocktail quota up. Jeret Peña’s first solo bar, still packs in crowds for Tiki Tuesday and come weekends.
Photo via Instagram / brooklynite_sa
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The Esquire Tavern
155 E. Commerce St., (210) 222-2521, esquiretavern-sa.com
If you’re hoping to soak in more San Antonio history, a visit to The Esquire Tavern is a must (and don’t miss out on Downstairs). Overlook the San Antonio River Walk while sipping on classic cocktails inside this historic bar that’s been nominated as a James Beard Foundation Award semifinalist twice.
Photo via Instagram / esquiretavernsa