Where Introverts Can Grab a Drink in San Antonio Without Feeling Overwhelmed 

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In a city that loves celebrations, festivals and having a good time, finding a quiet place can have its difficulties — especially when you're looking for a place where you can also grab a drink. Here are our favorite spots that bring a cozy, quiet atmosphere to the table, and are perfect for any introvert living in San Antonio.

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Ocho
1015 Navarro St., (210) 222-2008, havanasanantonio.com
How else are you to channel Hemingway than with a daiquiri while overlooking the Riverwalk to gain inspiration for your next novel. Or head downstairs to the bar’s darker, more secluded companion. There, you can grab a plus couch in a dimly lit corner while enjoying a dark and stormy.
Photo via Instagram, gggthree
Bar 414
Sheraton Gunter Hotel, 205 E. Houston St., (210) 585-9999, bar414.com
Soak in the ambiance of this elegant speakeasy, which was created in honor of Delta Blue’s King Robert Johnson, and drink your cocktails with a side of history. For a peaceful drink or alone or for a date with a fellow blues enthusiast, Bar 414 will not disappoint.
Photo via Facebook, Bar 414
Sternewirth
136 E. Grayson St., (210) 223-7375, thehotelemma.com
Hotel Emma as a whole is made for introverts looking for a quiet place to just be. Nearly every nook and cranny is filled with plush leather couches and tiny tables perfect for holding cocktails. That vibe extends, of course, into Sternewirth. Grab a cold one and settle in.
Photo via Instagram, thehotelemma
Grayze
521 E. Grayston, (210) 481-8776, grayzeongrayson.com
The tight and L-shaped bar at Grayze makes it so conversation is limited. Pull up a chair and enjoy that happy hour with inexpensive prosecco, barbacoa sliders and mac.
Photo via Instagram, mintsociety
Liberty Bar
1111 S. Alamo St., (210) 227-1187, liberty-bar.com
With a cozy atmosphere and and a long list of cocktails, beer and wine, Liberty Bar is a great spot for pulling up a seat at the bar and staying put for the night. Here you'll find an ideal place for a good book or the perfect setting for a conversation with a like-minded neighbor.
Photo via Instagram, libertybarsa
The Last Word
229 E. Houston St., Suite 10, (210) 314-1285, tlwastoria.com
Created to appease the readers, Last Word is lined with two-seater bar tables. Set your backpack on the chair facing you and voila — a cozy nook for one.
Photo via Instagram, lumapixl
Rosella Coffee Company
203 E. Jones Ave. #101, (210) 277-8574, rosellacoffee.com
When you hear the name Rosella, coffee is probably the first thing that comes to mind, but here you'll find beers from local breweries, a red and white wine list and an atmosphere perfect for any introvert. Because it's a coffee shop, you'll be the company of college students who are cramming for exams and folks hidden behind their laptops, which means Rosella's you'll always find a chill vibe.
Photo via Instagram, summerwantstoknow
The Luxury
103 E. Jones Ave., facebook.com/The-Luxury
Picture this: You, a good book, a solid pint of craft beer or hard-to-source red wine and a perfectly quaint swing. Sure, it’s probably meant for two, and we’re not saying you can’t share with a fellow introvert as you chill and watch river creatures play. Bucolic AF.
Photo via Instagram, jerzys87
Viva Tacoland
103 W. Grayston St., (210) 368-2443, vivatacoland.com
Ok, Tacoland might resonate with you as a place for gatherings, but hear me out: great drinks, delicious food and a seat at the bar with a view of the river make for a solid spot when you're looking for some alone time.
Photo via Facebook, Viva Tacoland
Faust
517 E. Woodlawn Ave., (210) 257-0628
Sometimes you just want to read a book and enjoy a margarita while thinking about all the spooky things in the world. You can and should do that at Faust where creepy doll heads, Ouija boards and posters bearing el diablo happily hang from the dark walls. The setting is intimate enough that if you’re lucky enough to snag a two-seater, most people should leave you alone.
Photo via Instagram, angelicaexplainsitall
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Mezcalería Mixtli
5313 McCullough Ave., restaurantmixtli.com
The Mezcalería keeps a cozy atmosphere that is both light and playful, with small tables or a seat at the bar for an intimate night. Enjoy sophisticated mezcal cocktails with yourself or small group and indulge in some botanas like empanadas, tostadas and more.
Photo via Instagram, claytonbigsby210
Candlelight Coffee House
3011 N. St. Mary's St., (210) 738-0099, candlelightsa.com
If you find yourself near the St. Mary's Strip but loud music and dancing aren't for you, head to Candlelight for a large wine selection and a setting that feels far from any over-crowded bar.
Photo via Instagram, kevinzhaohui
Olmos Perk
5223 McCullough Ave., (210) 858-2956, olmosperk.com
Hang out in the presence of other introverted quiet-thinkers and choose from Olmos Perk's selection of beer and wine. And according to the coffeeshop, "Depending on your mood, Olmos Perk is a place to socialize, study, or just chill."
Photo via Instagram, lalorek
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Ocho
1015 Navarro St., (210) 222-2008, havanasanantonio.com
How else are you to channel Hemingway than with a daiquiri while overlooking the Riverwalk to gain inspiration for your next novel. Or head downstairs to the bar’s darker, more secluded companion. There, you can grab a plus couch in a dimly lit corner while enjoying a dark and stormy.
Photo via Instagram, gggthree