San Antonio, Texas Cocktail and Food Guide

DRINK

Esquire | This industry-friendly Cuban-inspired spot is the oldest bar on the Riverwalk.
155 E Commerce Street (Downtown, Riverwalk), (210) 222-2521
esquiretavern-sa.com

The Last Word | This somewhat hidden underground speakeasy-style bar serves up killer cocktails–both classic and more unique–in a library-like setting.
229 E Houston Street #10 (Downtown), (210) 314-1285
thelastwordsa.com

Barbaro | This craft cocktail spot mixes up some unique and imaginative libations. Bonus: they claim to have the “best damn happy hour in town”, and it’s offered every day of the week, 3-6pm!
2720 McCullough Avenue, (210) 320-2261
barbarosanantonio.com

Southerleigh | This cavernous, renovated space offers well thought-out cocktails and some clever bites alongside beers from the on-premise brewery.
303 Pearl Parkway (The Pearl District), (210) 455-5701
atpearl.com

EAT

Ocho at the Hotel Havana (Cuban) | This is THE place to get a Cuban sandwich and a mojito in San Antonio.  This hotel bar offers breakfast with options like broiled grapefruit along with lunch and dinner.
1015 Navarro Street (Downtown, Riverwalk), (210) 222-2008
havanasanantonio.com

Bohanon’s Prime Steaks & Seafood (Steakhouse) | Bohanan’s is all about old school service and traditional steakhouse options.  The bar can make you a fantastic classic cocktail and also offers a great wine list.
219 E Houston Street (Downtown), (210) 472-2600
bohanans.com

Mi Tierra | This 24-hour restaurant serves traditional Tex-Mex and plenty of frozen margaritas with an authentic San Antonio atmosphere. If you don’t have time to sit and enjoy a meal while being serenaded by a mariachi band, grab some traditional Mexican sweets from their grab-and-go case. Portions are large … you will leave stuffed.
218 Produce Row, (210) 239-9215
mitierracafe.com

La Panaderia | DO NOT MISS THE CHANCE TO GO HERE. This bakery serves some of the most decadent traditional pastries alongside rich coffees and other fresh food items such as salads and sandwiches.
8305 Broadway Street, 210-375-6746

Oro at The Emily Morgan Hotel (American) | Inside a super chic hotel, this laid-back restaurant has one of the best grilled cheese sandwiches like … ever.
705 E Houston Street (Downtown), (210) 244-0146
emilymorganhotel.com/oro-restaurant

Buckhorn Café (Downtown) | This house of kitsch is pretty much a tourist spot.  They call it a “museum” … because there’s that much random shit in there.
318 E. Houston Street, 210-247-4012
buckhornmuseum.com

STAY

Hotel Havana (Downtown, Riverwalk) | This boutique hotel was originally opened in 1914 and reopened as a hotel in 2010, and until recently, was just about as close to Cuba as us Texans were going to get.  It’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places but, thanks to the brightly colored accents and kitschy touches, keeps a youthful feel.  BONUS: some suites even have SMEG fridges!
1015 Navarro Street, (210) 222-2008
havanasanantonio.com

The St. Anthony (Downtown) |  This historic hotel was built in 1909 and is said to be where Southwest Airlines was born on a napkin at the St. Anthony Club!  The opulent lobby overlooks Travis Park and it absolutely stunning, and since the hotel was recently renovated, you can expect modern amenities alongside the old world decor.  FULL REVIEW
300 East Travis Street, (210) 227-4392
thestanthonyhotel.com

The Emily Morgan Hotel (Downtown) | This historic hotel was recently renovated and is quite stunning.  The location is just about as good as it can get for history buffs–directly across the street from the Alamo.  It’s even rumored that they’ve had a haunting or two.
705 E Houston Street (Downtown), (210) 244-0146
emilymorganhotel.com

Hilton Riverwalk (Downtown, Riverwalk)

Sheraton Gunter Hotel (Downtown)

Omni La Maisón del Rio (Downtown, Riverwalk)

La Cantera (Northeast San Antonio)

Drink well. Travel often.