It's inevitable: Sometimes you don't want to pay for $9 craft beer and $14 specialty cocktails. Sometimes you tire of classy wine bars and dressing up. Sometimes you just want a beer, a burger and a completely unpretentious crowd of people.
That's where Web House comes in. This quintessential dive bar is located in a relatively small building right off Blanco Road. Don't worry about missing it as you drive by, though — its exterior walls are decorated with graffiti and a huge billboard that loudly announces its presence.
At first glance, the interior is nothing to write home about — a bar, tables and a patio — typical neighborhood bar decor and a jukebox in the corner that is clearly the newest piece of equipment there. However, it's obvious that the people who frequent Web House don't come for fancy cocktails or ritzy decor: It's the chill vibe, good drinks and people that draw customers in.
Walking inside, it was evident that Web House entertains a steady group of neighborhood regulars. On the Wednesday that I popped in, the bar was packed full of people chatting with the bartender and drinking Lone Stars. No one was wearing heels, and everyone looked relaxed and genuinely happy to be there.
I had wanted a spot at the full bar, but it was a beautiful crisp evening and the outdoor patio called my name. Plenty of picnic tables and the smell of cigarette smoke greeted me outside. Multicolored lights flashed and twinkled brighter than the sunset, and soon more patrons joined me outside on the patio.
I'd arrived during happy hour and the bartender informed me that their deals included $3 well drinks and $2 domestics. I went for a vodka tonic, expecting an undersized glass filled mostly with ice. For too many bars, happy hour can mean flat tonic water, little alcohol and tiny portion sizes. Not at Web House. Instead, I received a healthy pour of vodka in a large cup that would hold a soda at most restaurants. The staff at Web House definitely doesn't mess around — the prices might be cheap, but the pours were anything but stingy. And though my drink included well vodka, it didn't taste like well alcohol; it was refreshing and easy to drink. I didn't get to try the food, but a glance at the short and sweet menu that included fried mushrooms, onion rings and mozzarella sticks told me the prices are reasonable.
As soon as I returned to my seat outside, someone played a Pitbull song on the jukebox. Web House, which had been relatively quiet other than the clatter of glasses and the buzz of conversation, was alive with country and dance hits for the rest of the night.
After finishing my huge vodka tonic, it got a little too cold outside to stay on the patio, so I relocated inside to a table. The bar was still packed with regulars and the bartender was busy making drinks and conversation. It was a lively, eclectic crowd, all drinking beers or simple mixed drinks (if they were anything like my vodka tonic, I knew they had to be good). I wouldn't go to Web House for an over-the-top specialty cocktail, but order a classic mixed drink with the confidence that it will be satisfying.
Web House is the unfussy type of bar that you go to when you want to enjoy good conversation and a couple beers. Its slightly gritty atmosphere is refreshing and welcome after the slew of new, pricey, upscale bars that have popped up all around San Antonio. For those who love simple drinks, a tasty menu and a friendly dive bar crowd, it is definitely worth a visit.
The bar, which has found its groove in its new Blanco location. It embodies a chill neighborhood atmosphere with undeniable charm and unbeatable prices. Stop in for a Lone Star, chat with the bartender and maybe play a Pitbull song on the jukebox — you're sure to have a great night and make a friend or two. If you're in the Beacon Hill area looking for an unpretentious watering hole, look no further than Web House.