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Best Bets for Budget Booze and Grub Near Campus



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Liberty Bar
1111 S. Alamo St., (210) 227-1187, liberty-bar.com

A Southtown favorite that attracts a little bit of everything, Liberty Bar is a tried-and-tested restaurant and bar housed in a restored convent. The food menu is eclectic, encompassing both classic American fare, Mexican-inspired favorites, house-made pasta and deserts, and brunch on the weekends. While specialty cocktails and certain menu items fall outside the traditional student budget, daily happy hour 5-7 p.m.) means $4 wells and house wines, $2 off drafts, and half-priced appetizers. Come 10 p.m., reverse happy hour kicks into effect with ever-popular half-priced pizzas and the same boozy discounts as happy hour. Open until midnight, Liberty makes a great starting point for nights out in Southtown.

On the Rocks Pub
270 Losoya St., (210) 228-0000, ontherocks.pub

The same management team that now owns Hills and Dales in the UTSA Main Campus area started out with this location in the heart of downtown. Don’t let its fairly hidden location fool you, everyone knows about On the Rocks, and everyone will be there — especially on the weekends. Like your average sports bar, pool tables and dart boards line the space. The long bar accommodates plenty of seating and screens are tuned into sporting events. On the Rocks has monthly and daily specials, as well as themed events like karaoke on Wednesday nights. Live music is performed on the weekends as well as a late night DJ. Lots of room to dance the night away on those late night that get away from you. 

The Friendly Spot
943 S. Alamo St., (210) 224-2337, thefriendlyspot.com

As the name suggests, The Friendly Spot is a friendly neighborhood icehouse catering to the entire community. With a selection of over 300 beers, 76 taps, and wine cocktails to choose from, there is something for every palate. Open noon to midnight every day of the week, the bar offers specials on different craft brews daily. Absent of hard liquor, the outdoor ice house allows children and pets to enjoy the open-air establishment (there’s even a kids’ playscape on the grounds). Filled with old-school picnic tables, The Friendly Spot is an excellent place to hang out with a large group of friends, play a few rounds of cornhole or sip a cold one in the super-relaxed environs.

Bar America
723 S. Alamo St., (210) 223-1285, baramericasatx.com

The local college crowd loves divey and eclectic Bar America. The drink specials are affordable, the grub is satisfying and there’s always a great tune on. Not to mention, it’s far from fancy so you enjoy a casual night out without the hassle of dressing up. Serving up craft San Antonio and Texas beers along with margaritas and other mainstays, the Southtown institution offers a 24-tap system for cold brew pours, plus happy hour Tuesday through Saturday (4-7 p.m.) and reverse happy hour on Thursdays (11 p.m.-2 a.m.). Regardless of how busy it often gets, service here is always reasonably quick.

Alamo Street Eat Bar
609 S. Alamo St., (210) 227-2469, alamostreeteatbar.com

Alamo Street Eat Bar is a great place to get a bite before a night out downtown with the crew, or better yet, after a night out with the crew. The open-air food truck park maintains a fairly diverse selection of mobile food vendors that provide fairly priced, quality eats and a small selection of draft beers. Draped with lights, dotted with outdoor tables and open until 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, the self-billed “urban gourmet food truck park” pulls in varied crowds with varied cravings — everyone loves a midnight

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