San Antonio Bars and Clubs - River Walk Bars

San Antonioís River Walk bars are the best places in the city for those who like being in the middle of the action. The River Walk is second only to the Alamo of San Antonioís most visited attractions. Lined with shops, restaurants and plenty of bars, itís easy to see why this attraction is so popular. The beautiful setting one block below street level is great for enjoying drinks on the patio when the weather is nice. During colder months, friends enjoy drinking and dining inside the River Walkís many bars and restaurants. Durty Nellyís Irish Pub is located directly on the River Walk and is known for having one of the best beer selections in San Antonio. Howl at the Moon, Esquire Tavern, Mad Dogs San Antonio and the Naked Iguana are all popular River Walk bars among visitors and locals alike. River Walk bars tend to get crowded, so itís usually a good idea to arrive early and take advantage of the barsí happy hours.
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Atomar Bar & Lounge

146 E. Houston St., San Antonio TX 78205; Tel. 210.222.2362
Bright and metallic greens, blues and yellows modernize the décor and make Atomar one of the more colorful places to eat and drink at on the San Antonio River Walk. A long curving bar in stainless steel, lounge chairs and post-modern art draw a down-to-earth yet trendy crowd that lives off overly colorful cocktails. Up the stairs Acenar restaurant serves up gourmet Tex-Mex—like the Bistec Avenar, a steak topped with sweetbread salsa ranchero with rice and beans—to demolish any hunger. After dinner, stick around the Atomar lounge to digest and ingest a few more drinks.

Club Cohiba

1015 Navarro St., San Antonio TX 78205; Tel. 210.222.2008
Club Cohiba is a San Antonio club reminiscent of a better time in Cuba located under the historic Havana Riverwalk Inn. The basement bar and club allows a classy crowd to have an audible conversation over finely made drinks and cigars on the leather couches. Club Cohiba has a humidor with a great selection of cigars for the twenty-something to forty-something crowd to have their selection from. Since the hotel bar and lounge is Cuban themed, it's only appropriate they serve an array of tapas and make an exceptional mojito, both of which this San Antonio hotel bar does beautifully. The best time to hit Club Cohiba is during the weekday happy hour between 4pm and 7pm when food and drink prices become a tad more reasonable.

Club Rive

245 E. Commerce St., San Antonio TX 78205; Tel. 210.222.4700
Four different night life hot spots in one downtown San Antonio club is what makes Club Rive one of the most exciting places on the River Walk. Three rooms host DJs while the Bubble Room has a stage for live entertainment nightly. In a room called TABU a live DJ spins top 40 and international variety as Rive's dancers gyrate on the bar. Over in the Sky Dome another DJ has more top 40 but also gets out the hip-hop and mixes in music videos for the partying crowds. The Hush Lounge is for the San Antonio folks who want a more relaxed environment with a hookah lounge and a third DJ playing techno, house and trance. Bars in every club room at Club Rive and private VIP rooms make sure that everybody has their desires covered at this hot San Antonio Riverwalk dance club.

Dick's Last Resort

406 Navarro St., San Antonio TX 78205; Tel. 210.224.0026
Usually tourists are looking for restaurants and bars with friendly service and a taste of the local culture. Others apparently want to be annoyed and insulted by the wait staff while on vacation. Dick's Last Resort has several locations nationwide—usually in tourist heavy areas like San Antonio—where entrees come with insults. Locals don't seem as easily entertained when they're able to go to the bar regularly, but the restaurant is still packed almost every night thanks to its River Walk location. Later at night, live music gets going and so do the staff of bullies at the San Antonio bar. Beware of taking thin-skinned people to Dick's, but for those with a good sense of humor it can be a blast.

Durty Nelly's Irish Pub

200 S. Alamo, San Antonio TX 78205; Tel. 210.222.1400
Right on the San Antonio River Walk, Durty Nelly's Irish Pub is one of those classic old-fashioned pubs with peanut shells covering the floor and piano music for the drunkards to sing along. Known for having one of the best beer selections in San Antonio, the bar fills up fast regardless of the season as locals take the place of tourists in the off months. Durty Nelly's also offers outside seating, the perfect way to people-watch on the Riverwalk. Many folks come all the way to San Antonio just to drink and do sing-alongs at Nelly's Irish Pub.

Esquire Tavern

155 E. Commerce St., San Antonio TX 78205; Tel. 210.222.2521
The longest wooden bar in Texas at 79 feet long is right in the most popular spot in San Antonio, the River Walk. The Esquire Tavern can fill with tourist in season and mariachis roam around trying to get money for songs. When it gets later in the night, the San Antonio crowd has known to be more rough around the edges and packed in tight at the Esquire Tavern which can always cause some friction. Esquire Tavern my be reminiscent of a time in the Old West when cowboys tipped their hats low and glared at any new meat but the bar is an amazing sight and the drinks are cheap at this San Antonio Riverwalk bar, just keep an eye out.

Howl at the Moon

111 W. Crockett St., San Antonio TX 78205; Tel. 210.212.4770
There are plenty of places to drink on the San Antonio River Walk, but Howl at the Moon also offers a venue to sing along with the dueling pianos in a large room of people. The bar and live music club takes comedy, music and drinking to the next level to keep the crowd entertained. Various drink specials are offered nightly at San Antonio's Howl at the Moon with especially low prices for college students on Thursday nights and cheap drinks plus a free buffet Friday evening. They even offer specialty jello "shots" in plastic syringes and "tube shots" in plastic test tubes. Howl at the Moon is definitely a fun bar to hit up while on San Antonio's River Walk.

Jim Cullum's Landing

123 Losoya St., San Antonio TX 78205; Tel. 210.223.7266
Inside the Hyatt Regency on the San Antonio River Walk, Jim Cullen's Landing has a glass enclosed landing specially constructed so that the live jazz performances wouldn't need amplifiers. Outside, when the weather is nice, jazz duos perform on the outside patio right on the River Walk. The Landing has a full bar and menu featuring true gourmet Texas style cuisine to go along with the live jazz. The patio and the dining room at the Landing are other fine locations to enjoy San Antonio's River Walk, live jazz, fine cuisine and a cold drink.

Mad Dogs British Pub

123 Losoya St.#19, San Antonio TX 78205; Tel. 210.222.0220
Specialty cocktails, live music, live DJs and plenty of drink specials make Mad Dogs a British style pub on the River Walk that's worth the walk. A menu of pub grub makes Mad Dogs San Antonio a great place to start bar hopping from because a bite to eat can be ordered with the first round of drinks. Behind the bar, attractive ladies sling drinks to the crowds of twenty and thirty somethings in attendance for dancing or whatever band has taken over the stage for the evening. Being an English pub, Mad Dogs offers all the essentials with a few other authentic English spirits to sport the British Isle flavor on the San Antonio River Walk.

Naked Iguana

421 E. Commerce St., San Antonio TX 78205; Tel. 210.224.4449
Right on the San Antonio River Walk, Naked Iguana is the bar and lounge for the Rio Rio Cantina, a Mexican themed restaurant. The Naked Iguana specializes in margaritas and south of the border drinks including cervezas—that's beer for non-Spanish speakers—and tequila shots. On Friday and Saturday nights the Naked Iguana can become quite the party spot on the River Walk with tourists and San Antonio locals swarming the bar for shots and fruity frozen drinks. On especially nice days, the patio seating is a great place to enjoy the lounge's 3pm-6pm happy hour.

Polly Esther's Culture Club

212 College St., San Antonio TX 78205; Tel. 210.220.1972
Featuring three levels of dancing and drinking, Polly Esther's Culture Club in San Antonio has nightly events and drink specials that will save even the biggest player a couple cents. Thursday nights are ladies' nights where only one level, Club Expo, is open but ladies get in free before 11pm and for a minimal cover charge after. Every night this San Antonio dance club plays the best of the '70s, '80s, '90s and today's best dance hits to a packed bar with different levels open depending on the night. When the "Purple Rain Dance Floor" is open, the drink menu for the '70s themed bar and dance floor includes The Brady Punch to get all those reliving the era in the mood to dance. Some of the prettiest faces in San Antonio head to the Culture Club, across from the River Walk to experience the past eras of fantastic dance music.

Republic of Texas Restaurant

526 River Walk St., San Antonio TX 78205; Tel. 210.226.6256
By day the Republic of Texas Restaurant serves up "Tex-Mex-Southwestern" right on the San Antonio River Walk. By night the restaurant shifts to a nightclub with a wood dance floor and DJ playing all types of music that makes people want to dance. A full service bar has friendly bartenders and offers drink specials throughout the week. On Thursday and Sunday nights, the Republic of Texas Restaurant has some of the liveliest karaoke on the River Walk. The 30 and over crowd converges from all over San Antonio and know how to party hardy at the bar.

Swig Martini Bar

111 W. Crockett #205, San Antonio TX 78205; Tel. 210.476.0005
Located right on the beautiful San Antonio River Walk, Swig Martini Bar is a contemporary martini and cigar bar that provides customers a pleasant place to people watch or enjoy a drink. In addition to their martini menu, Swig also has a large selection of bottled beer, wine, champagne and premium liquors for drinking fanatics. Live jazz plays nightly at the South Bank establishment and can pack the San Antonio bar any night of the week. With the largest humidor on the River Walk, Swig allows the classiest of San Antonio to sit on the patio with a cigar and martini in hand and watch the people pass by.

Tex's Riverwalk Sports Bar

200 S. Alamo, San Antonio TX 78205; Tel. 210.222.1400
The Hilton Palacio del Rio Hotel houses the best Texas-style sports bar on the River Walk. Several TVs are spread throughout the bar so customers never miss a second of the game while enjoying a cold beer and one of the classic Texas appetizers. Memorabilia from the San Antonio Spurs decorates the bar that also offers a full menu and an outside patio right on the River Walk. On Friday and Saturday nights local San Antonio bands play at Tex's Riverwalk Sports Bar for the 30 and over crowd. The sports bar is a great place to catch a game for locals and tourists alike.

V Bar

150 E. Houston St., San Antonio TX 78205; Tel. 210.227.9700
The juxtaposition of silvery curtains and silk pillows against rock walls make V Bar stand out among San Antonio bars as a low-key getaway for after work drinks or a night on the town. Young San Antonio businesspeople brush elbows with the seasoned businesspeople that fill the bar on the second floor of Hotel Valencia. The main bar has a large singles scene that overflows into the couples that take in a view of the River Walk from the V Bar balcony. Romance permeates the air at V Bar with wandering singles and cooing couples.

Waxy O'Connor's Irish Pub & Eatery

234 Riverwalk St., San Antonio TX 78205; Tel. 210.229.9299
Patio seating, wandering bagpipe players and even European football—that's soccer to Americans—bring a little bit of Ireland to the San Antonio River Walk for the yanks to enjoy. Live Irish music during the week accompanies pints of Guinness and Irish entrees like shepherd's pie and corned beef and cabbage. The bar at Waxy O'Connor's Irish Pub and Eatery was handcrafted in Dublin and is the focal point of the San Antonio pub. The River Walk crowd packs the pub on weekends and all throughout the summer, but locals often find the time to stop in for the friendly service and an imported pint of beer.

Zinc Champagne & Wine Bar

207 N. Presa St., San Antonio TX 78205; Tel. 210.224.2900
Classy folks who find the excitement on the San Antonio River Walk a little too intense only have to walk on over to Zinc Champagne & Wine Bar for a low-key, relaxing and equally fun time. The champagne, spirits and wine bar also has a fine selection of cigars in their downtown San Antonio location. Wine and brew friendly appetizers like pate, olives or cheese are on the menu to enhance the flavor of beverages. Plush sofas and intimate seating make the bar a great place to take a date or just to spend a relaxing evening.
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