1. Brass Monkey
2702 N St. Mary’s, (210) 480-4722, facebook.com/brassmonkeytx
Before the Beastie Boys made it funky circa 1987, Brass Monkey was the moniker for a cocktail named after an alleged WWII spy. About as unpretentious as a dance club can get, SA’s own translation—a hip little melting pot with a solid sound system—playfully nods to all of the above with an alt-leaning retro soundtrack, wily DJs and budget booze arguably best thrown back on the low-key patio.
2. Bonham Exchange
411 Bonham, (210) 271-3811, bonhamexchange.com
1500 N Main, (210) 227-2600, heatsa.com
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