Though San Antonio temperatures have straddled the triple digits for the better part of six weeks, we still love a good patio and there are plenty to choose from. Here’s a rundown of where to sip and sweat this summer.
One of Southtown’s latest patios, the Maverick’s Le Palm, is an oasis with touches of Nantucket. You’re not in the Hamptons, but you can enjoy great wine and cocktails while there for happy hour and fresh-fried brown-butter doughnuts during brunch. Villa Rica, Johnny Hernandez’s latest restaurant, sits right on the Mission Reach portion of the Riverwalk and its patio provides an almost bucolic way to pass the time as you nosh on Veracruz-style seafood and fruit patio pounders for dinner or brunch.
The setting is finally complete for downtown visitors and San Antonians alike to enjoy a full day at Hemisfair, most notably at Yanaguana Garden. Start with coffee and croissants on the patio at CommonWealth Coffeehouse & Bakery as the kiddos frolic on the splash pad, grab a paleta from Paletería San Antonio to cool down. Or sip on agua fresca from Con/Safos during happy hour. Or order a Napolitano pie from the second San Antonio location of Dough Pizzeria Napoletana and dine al fresco on their shaded patio. Don’t forget the sunscreen.
Head east of 281 for casual hangs. Bexar Pub offers half-priced burgers on Mondays to pair with their solid happy hour offerings while Tucker’s Kozy Korner’s new management has retooled the menu and opened up the patio for your people-watching pleasure. Over at Burleson Yard Beer Garden, frozen margaritas keep everyone cool as does the expanded covered patio, playground and indoor area with board games. Explore Cherry Street with visits to Cherrity Bar, which donates proceeds to three local nonprofit organizations each month, and has an expansive patio complete with a game room and a GaGa ball pit. And don’t forget The Dakota East Side Ice House, a relative newcomer, with beer buckets and more.
I’m not calling it LoBro anytime soon, but the Broadway corridor area has a new hot spot pub crawl on Grayson Street. Still Golden Social House, the offshoot of Stay Golden, reopened this spring and anchors the street with inexpensive patio sipper cocktails. The Modernist by Olaf Harmel and Gerry Shirley finally opened its 1960s-themed patio complete with refurbished trailer, Astroturf and plastic flamingos. It’s missing a dad figure manning a grill to complete the aesthetic, but the fresh fruit juice cocktails make up for it. Grayze and Shuck Shack are still holding it down, but Alamo BBQ Co., another Jason Dady project that’s replaced The Bin Tapas Bar, is pairing barbecue with boozy concoctions perfect for the picnic table-filled yard.
Not content with one new project this summer, Jason Dady relocated Tre Trattoria to the Hops Building behind the San Antonio Museum of Art. Old favorites meet new standouts with a Museum Reach viewpoint of the Riverwalk. Rosella at the Garden opened early this spring and features a sneak of the San Antonio Botanical Garden in its outdoor patio suited for herbal gin and tonics and, yes, avocado toast. The Pearl is filled with Spanish influence this summer, but the best outcome will likely show up at the Bottling Department’s bar. Though they only carry beer and wine, the frozen drinks and mixed sangrias coming out of that tiny outpost are strong enough to help you forget it hasn’t rained in at least a week.