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Flavor 2014: Pubs, Cocktails and Wine Guide


Here's a map of all 13 pubs and bars featured in Flavor 2014.


Big Hops Gastropub Craft beer by the glass or growler and killer bites are always on hand at Big Hops. Order smoked mac and cheese, pork sliders or a charcuterie board with your brew and take some home for later. Did we mention the beer floats? 22250 Bulverde, (210) 267-8762, The Broadway 5050 San Antonio’s original, swanky good times bar has been an Alamo Heights favorite since opening its doors in 1927. With live music, a full bar and late night food service on the weekends, this rockin’ joint has everything you need for a great night.  Best of all, no cover! 5050 Broadway, (210) 826-0069, Freetail Brewing Serious brews ahead. Beers on tap change regularly and food comes by way of fantastic brick oven pizzas. Check their website for new beer release dates and what’s on tap. Lunch is made easy with weekday specials for $6. 4035 N Loop 1604 W, Ste 105, (210) 395-4974, The Lion & Rose Four locations around San Antonio in Alamo Heights, the Forum, Park North and Stone Oak serve up British pub fare and draught beer. Enjoy fish and chips, shepherd’s pie and bangers, mash and beans. Visit for weekly karaoke, open mic and trivia night. Multiple locations, Stay Golden Social House Puro meets Pearl-adjacent at this laidback joint that packs a punch with seriously delicious cocktails. The menu is simple—beers on the right, boozy drinks on the left. Happy hour lasts from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday for $4 Moscow Mules, daiquiris, micheladas and $2 Lone Star and Pearls, but don’t expect things to get much pricier than that. More details here401 Pearl Pkwy, Wurzbach Icehouse This Texas icehouse houses an expansive beer list and cheap drinks. Fare includes wings, Frito pie and corn dogs. 10141 Wurzbach, (210) 877-2100,
Broadway 5050: Here's what they think of a cover charge.
(Photo by David Rangel)

Cocktails and Wine

Blue Box Bar Located in The Pearl right across from The Sandbar is Blue Box, offering a blackboard full of tasty cocktails. Bartenders are friendly and accommodating to even the pickiest drinker or cocktail newbie. Check out Wednesday Cocktail Seminars held upstairs. 312 Pearl Pkwy, (210) 227-2583

The Brooklynite Acclaimed “tavern keeper” Jeret Peña hits the mark with The Brooklynite. The bar itself is a great recipe combining antique décor, good music, tasty food truck fare and on point cocktails for a spectacular cocktail bar. Cocktails change seasonally and tiki Tuesdays feature special cocktails with ingredients like pineapple, lime and guava nectar. 516 Brooklyn, (210) 444-0707

Copa Wine Bar Voted best wine bar in 2014’s Current Best Of readers poll, Copa is worth a trip to the city’s North Side. Drink a glass of wine with your meal or take a bottle home for later. Tapas include paella fritters, warm spinach dip and pommes frites. Enjoy a caprese “pizzette” with a thin or gluten-free crust. 19141 Stone Oak Pkwy, (210) 495-2672,

The Esquire Tavern A San Antonio original, Esquire Tavern is anything but old. Crafted cocktails, wine and craft beers complement modern spins on classic munchies like chalupitas, a confit tuna melt and a short rib empanada. 155 E Commerce, (210) 222-2521,

George’s Keep The latest project by bar boss Stephen Mahoney, George’s Keep is likely his best effort. A collection of bar experts curated from around town creates the menu of concoctions ranging from light and refreshing to bold and boozy, and the digs fit seamlessly with Eilan’s luxury apartments and offices. 17101 La Cantera Pkwy, (210) 310-3733

SoHo SoHo is the beautiful brainchild of owners Ronnie El Herrera and Lu Flores. Located in the former San Antonio Loan and Trust building, this New York City bar recreation is famous for its bank vault wine cellar. Architecture aside, the craft martinis are what really set this historic bar apart. 214 W Crockett, (210) 861-6419,

TBA This North St. Mary’s secret serves up handcrafted drinks and tasty bites. A serious happy hour packs inexpensive house cocktails, beers, grilled cheese and charcuterie. 2801 N St Mary’s, (210) 320-1753,



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