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.
Located in the Menger Hotel, the Menger Bar is full of history - and ghosts, some would have you believe. This is the place where Teddy Roosevelt recruited his Rough Riders, and you'll find photos of him here, as well as plenty of historic memorabilia. Enjoy Texas beer, whiskey, and other drinks in this bar that was built in 1887 and some say is haunted. The decor is true to the era in which it was built, except for the flat-screen TV on the wall.
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.
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.
Sushi Zushi is a neighborhood favorite for sushis. The Japanese and fusion cuisine that is much appreciated here, offers you dishes like the soft-shell crab, San Antonio roll, river walk roll, gyoza, tuna tar, sushi rolls and more. The ambiance is classy with an attentive and warm service. Accompany your meals with a cocktail of your choice from the extensive bar. For more information and reservations, call ahead.
Las Canarias is located inside one of San Antonio's most historic hotels, Omni La Mansion del Rio. It offers formal, courtyard and patio dining in addition to providing room service for hotel guests. Renowned chef Scott Cohen, who was formally trained in France, strives to provide food and service that goes beyond guests' expectations. Chef's specialty, grilled swordfish is a must. The restaurant also offers burgers and fries for the kids. A full bar and an extensive wine selection are also on hand. Locals flock to the restaurant to enjoy Sunday brunch. Reservations are highly recommended for this meal.
This is by far one of the happening restaurants on the River Walk, so diners can expect loud music, great food, cold beer and steely attitudes from the staff. Do not take your in-laws or your children; unless, of course, they can swig a long neck and crack crab legs with the best of 'em. The food here is good and has a definite Cajun flavor. All entrees either arrive in a bucket (craw fish and crab legs) or on top of butcher paper (hamburgers, ribs, chicken). It's messy, but fun. The crowd tends to get a little crazier the later it gets, as the restaurant gradually morphs into a full-fledged bar with live music every night.
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.