- Bitter Rival
On the Northside off of loop 1604, there is a bar that is sporting one of the largest tap walls in San Antonio. The Hoppy Monk, which started in El Paso, opened a second location in SA town about three years ago. The spot features over 50 beers on tap (and a few in bottles), as well as a great culinary and cocktail program that utilizes fresh ingredients and local products, some grown by Hoppy Monk staff members themselves.
While most visits to the Stone Oak establishment can send you back anywhere from $6 to $12 for beer, their “Hoppy Hour” creates more approachable prices for drinks, meaning there is more to spend on snacking on some of the great entrees. The menu includes drafts, cocktails, spirits and wine, all priced between $4 and $6 dollars.
On my most recent visit to the Hoppy Monk, though I was intrigued by the massive beer wall and the Leopold Bros. Fernet that they had on the happy hour menu, I opted to try their rotating cocktail of the moment, which is priced at $5 during the discounted hours. The cocktail, Bitter Rivals, was a delicious concoction made with Diplomatico Reserve Rum, Caffe De Fuego, house-made vermouth and bitters. It was bitter, and yet sweet at the same time and was perfect for sipping and enjoy conversations either on the patio or at the bar top. If you’re feeling peckish, you can get some brussel sprouts or the mac of the moment for about $8. Both are washed down nicely with any of the happy hour specials and are effective in staving off hunger.
Hoppy Hour at the Hoppy Monk runs Tuesday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Sunday through Thursday 10:30 p.m. to close, and all day Monday.
The Hoppy Monk, 1010 N Loop 1604 E
Erin Winch writes about boozin' in the Alamo City on her blog Drinking In SA. Follow her on instgram at @drinking.in.sa for more.