Next time you're craving a delicious cocktail, go underground. Bar 1919 is located below ground level and features an elegant interior comprised of plush seats, leather banquettes, and polished walls. Their extensive menu of wonderfully crafted cocktails is served in a speakeasy-style atmosphere. Some must-try items on the menu include Without A Trace and Blue Grass Fizz.
The Friendly Spot lives up to its name, providing an inviting place for patrons - and their kids and pets - to hang out. This family-friendly ice house even has a play area where parents can watch their kids play while enjoying a drink from their menu of 250 bottled beers. Dogs are welcome too, so bring the whole family and enjoy the sunshine. From time to time, you'll be treated to a movie on their huge projection screen. Their menu features tasty bar snacks like sandwiches, hot dogs, and nachos. Factor in the friendly service, and this place really is a perfect place to enjoy a Lone Star on a beautiful day.
The Bonham Exchange, simply known as "The Bonham," is a large and popular nightclub a couple of blocks away from River Center Mall. Although the Bonham still primarily sees itself as a lesbian/gay club, times have changed and the club now boasts a more diverse clientele. Dance on one of the club's three dance floors and when you are hot and tired, enjoy a drink on the patio. If you are hungry, you can usually find someone selling tacos or hamburgers. There is a small room between the first and second floors of the main dance floor with newspapers, flyers and other information about the lesbian/gay community.
It all started in 1881 when trappers, hunters and cowboys traded deer antlers for beer or whiskey at Albert Friedrich's saloon. Now, the saloon/museum's Hall of Horns, Hall of Feathers and Hall of Fins house not only the largest, but also some of the most impressive collections of native and exotic wildlife around. If you're squeamish about mounted deer heads, fish and fowl, then don't go. If you're awed by how large deer antlers can grow to be, by just how large of a mouth that a large-mouth bass can have, or at the wingspan of native turkeys, then you'll love this place. You can even bring in a set of antlers or a stuffed fish to trade at the bar for a whiskey or sarsaparilla.
This ultra-casual bar called La Tuna Grill provides the perfect backdrop for drinking a few brews, getting a little sun and seeing a lot of local color. A few tables are inside, but most of the action takes place on the patio, under a canopy of huge pecan trees. For a list of beers, ask the bartender or just look at the bottle caps blanketing the patio. Delicious food on the menu is a big draw, too. This is also a family friendly establishment, offering a kids menu.
Enjoy Mediterranean tapas and a great wine selection at Copa Wine Bar. The atmosphere is intimate, decorated with candlelit wooden tables - perfect for a romantic night out. The menu features savory items that you can share, like fire-roasted chevre, cheese and meat plates, pizzas with a thin crust, and desserts. Stop by during happy hour on a weekday for specials on wine and appetizers.
For some fun, food, and a relaxed time, Esquire Tavern has got you covered. The ambiance is cool and casual - great for hanging out with friends and loved ones. Some of the items on the menu include the shrimp sandwich, hanger steak salad, bacon cheeseburger, and fried apple pie. Uniquely mixed cocktails, such as the Warpaint and Lord Loves a Working Man are sure to impress even the pickiest of cocktail aficionados.
Pamper your taste buds by digging into delectable modern Mexican fare at Acenar. The popular Mexican restaurant offers patrons fine dining in an expansive space. Tortilla Soup, Stewed Pork Tips and Buttermilk Fried Oysters are just some of the delicacies on offer. Enjoy the exquisitely prepared food in the main dining area, lay back with Latin American drinks in the bar or simply relax in the lounge. However, the highlight of the restaurant is the lovely outdoor patio and the stunning river views that it offers. If you decide to try out this place, know that the best to visit is during happy hours when you can enjoy Platitos and cocktails for USD 5 every evening.
Barriba Cantina is a buzzing spot with live music and delicious Mexican cuisine by the serene Riverwalk. The location, decor and authentic Mexican delicacies together work like a charm for the diners. The decor is another feature that stands out about this two-tiered restaurant. Graffiti and traditional Mexican masks and lantern decorate the wall along with other picture frames and posters. The place completely changes its atmosphere as you step into the open-air section. Dine with the beautiful view of the Riverwalk surrounded by lush green trees and a boost of fresh air.
Combine two full-service bars with two talented dueling pianists and you have a recipe for wild, raucous fun. Howl at the Moon is a high-energy sing-along bar that gets louder and more fun as the night goes on. Musicians take requests, so you can hear your favorite tunes sung by a huge crowd of people. Enjoy jello shots and cocktails - which are sometimes served in huge buckets - in a lively atmosphere. Right on the River Walk, it's conveniently located.
Right from its name, everything about 'The Local Bar' is very basic. Located near the picturesque River Walk and the celebrated Alamo, the bar describes itself as 'the friendliest neighborhood bar where locals hangout!' It is a simple bar with largely plain seating and interiors. However, because of the convenient location, long happy hours and a generally cool vibe, it attracts a lot of crowd during weekends. It is also good for post work drinks thanks to the reverse happy hours. You can enjoy your cocktails or draft beers in the adjoining patio area fenced in near the roadside. The Local Bar is a good, low-key bar to have a casual night out.