OUR PICK: Zinc Bistro & Bar
, 207 N. Presa St., (210) 224-2900, zincwine.com
A stylish haunt just off the River Walk, Zinc Bistro & Bar maintains a colorful existence as it caters to devoted regulars, service industry folks, night owls in the know, discerning winos and tourists who stumble upon it by chance. In addition to serving up the award-winning guacamole from its nearby sibling Boudro’s along with pizzas, burgers, salads, pasta and steak frites until late (kitchen closes at midnight, bar closes at 2 a.m.), Zinc boasts signature cocktails and a wine list that encompasses both affordable and break-the-bank options. When the long bar gets crowded, head out the back door and claim a table in Charles Court, a charming urban getaway that might just make you forget where you are.