Food & Drink » Flavor

The Friendly Spot Is the Best Restaurant in Texas to Have a Beer, According to Report


A good percentage of local beer enthusiasts already know that having a few rounds at the Friendly Spot makes for a good time.

Good enough, apparently, for the Southtown ice house to be named the best restaurant in Texas to have a beer by RateBeer, a website all about suds. The site's comprehensive report also named the best brewpub, brewer tap room, bottle shop, grocery and bar for each of the 50 states.

The Friendly Spot was the only San Antonio location to make the cut on RateBeer's list. In case it isn't obvious already, the ice house's open patio, large playground and wide selection of brews (more than 250 pours) made it a standout.

The recognition comes as the Friendly Spot prepares to expand to the South Side this year. Owners Steve and Jody Newman are planning for a second location near Brooks City Base.
So many restaurants, so little time. Find out the latest San Antonio dining news with our Flavor Friday Newsletter.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the San Antonio Current Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the San Antonio Press Club for as little as $5 a month.