Taps: 10 / Bottles: 8
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 14 | Reviews: 12 | Display Reviews Only:
2.79/5 rDev -18.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.75 | selection: 2.5 | $$$
While working in San Antonio, I asked around for the best beer selection on the Riverwalk and was referred to Waxy O'Connor's. First it is an Irish Pub owned by an Englishman, which I found strange. I tried to enquire about some good Irish and English brews (Samuel Smith's, Murphy's, Etc.) but I was told "I've never heard of them". The selection was poor, I asked the owner if there was anywhere nearby that had a better selection, and was told that this was the best in San Antonio. He told me that I was right in the middle of a huge 'American' tourist area and those 'specialty' beers wouldn't sell here. I guess he's never been to McNellies in Tulsa, they are packed every night. I may have been expecting too much, but I was pretty let down by this place. I had a Guiness and left....mostly because no-one ever came by to see if I wanted another, I had to chase someone down to pay for the beer that I got.
11-17-2013 02:05:06 | More by RobbieAshmore
3.23/5 rDev -5.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $$
This is a bar right of the River Walk and it me and my wife ran by here for a quick pint. We go in and it was pretty crowded, so we grabbed a seat outside. The place had a live band, but was very loud. The waitress was okay, but kind of gave us attitude because we were drinking our beers too slow. The selection is not bad and have Kilkenny on draft, which is hard to find in Texas. The place is some what pricey, but average for the riverwalk. I would come here again the next time I go, but I usually prefer a bar with more craft brews.
10-26-2011 06:44:53 | More by gtermi
3.45/5 rDev +0.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$$
So I ended up at this place on a Saturday night with a few buddies when out and about on the riverwalk. It is everything you would expect from an "Irish Pub" and I admit I had a good time. The service was great, super kind and helpful, there were new castle girls there that gave us a free pint and some bottle openers and such. Didn't eat anything more than the chips and dip, which were pretty average. The beer selection was exactly what you would expect, nothing too exciting, but something that even the beer enthusiast can enjoy drinking with some buddies. So, when on the riverwalk, this is probably the best place to go for a good time with your pals and a few beers!
07-17-2010 19:34:49 | More by StoneBrewFanatic
3.35/5 rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5 | $$
Stopped in here for a nightcap as it was right around the corner from my hotel.
Atmosphere is nice. It's got a nice amount of outdoor seating right by the river and inside there's a lot of wood and mirrors. Tables dot the left side of the place and the bar runs down the right side. There's more space through the back, making this a thin and deep bar. There's a bandstand in the front room to the left as well which had an Irishman playing some jigs.
Quality is OK. I only saw pint glasses around but they weren't frozen. I ordered only a bottle so I can't speak to the tap lines or the amount of head.
Service was good. I didn't have to wait long to get a drink nor did I wait long for the check.
Selection is not so great. Shiner and Lone Star were the only beers outside of the big 3 that I saw on the list.
Value is OK. Beers were mildly overpriced but nothing absurd.
Overall this is a nice place on the river but there's absolutely no reason to come here from a beer perspective.
04-30-2010 02:05:45 | More by glid02
2.79/5 rDev -18.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | $$
A typical pseudo-Irish Pub. The only redeeming thing about the atmosphere is that there is a large patio outside right on the Riverwalk. Inside is a long bar with the tap handles. Dark and kind of dirty.
Service can be hit and miss. It took us a while to get our beer order in, but they kept our water coming fast. No real knowledge of beer, other than what they have. Which is not bad, by any means. Just average.
Typical BMC and the nitro Irish staples that you would expect. They did have Sam Adams Noble Pils, which is what we went with. I saw Sierra Nevada on tap as well.
I did not try the food, but looked like the typical Fish and Chips place. Not a beer bar, but a popular spot. I guess that makes it a destination to see, and maybe one of your only chances to get something other than BMC while visiting the Riverwalk.
03-21-2010 19:50:57 | More by champ103
2.79/5 rDev -18.7%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 1 | $$
Located on the River Walk, my expectations began to wane as soon as I saw "Traditional Irish Pub" on the door. 10 taps, all the usual suspects. 13 bottles and cans total. Again, nothing unexpected or out of the ordinary. As a BFG, I may have made my share of gaffes, but the inclusion of a totally unworthy place was not among them. This was an utter waste of my time and effort and should not have been included in the first place. Bah! What ever happened to the "BA Worthy" code?
12-22-2009 10:04:13 | More by woodychandler
3.15/5 rDev -8.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | $$$
Waxy is located right on the Riverwalk, but away from most of the Riverwalk's tourist traps like the Hard Rock Cafe. I couldn't help but notice that it's neighbor is an upper class restaurant that shoots mist at the people walking pass it. There's no parts to this place. When you first walk in, This place is just a small bar with a few tables, a barrel by the door, and vintage beer signs on the wall. Walk pass this samll part and you'll come into the main part of the bar. It's one big aisle with a wooden bar on one side and wooden booths on the other. The booth side has a whole wall with pictures of the old country, while the bar side has a big wall with high priced liquor, a few small flat screen TVs, and about 8 to 10 taps.
These 8 to 10 taps were nothing special. It was just the regular stuff you can find at most places. When I was there, it was Boston Lager, Bass, Smithwicks, Guinness, New Castle, Stella, and a few big macors. They did have bottles and a few of those nitro cans, but those weren't all that special either. Shiner was the only American "craft" beer available here. I didn't see any Fat Tire when I was there. That's usually the only good staple there on the Riverwalk.
Beer bar? Not really, unless you like seeing main line European beers like Stella and Guinness. I wouldn't come here for the beer, I would instead come here for the nice Irish pub atmosphere they had going on. It's one of the better places to visit on the Riverwalk.
09-07-2008 16:46:35 | More by AltBock
4.13/5 rDev +20.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
This is a lively spot right on the Riverwalk, with a pleasant ambience whether you're eating inside or out. I recommend out, since it is the Riverwalk, after all. It's a rather typical American version of an Irish pub, with traditional Irish pub fare along with the regular line-up of Smithwick's, Harp, Guinness, and a few others on tap. I've visited a couple of times, and received prompt and friendly service from both the bar and the kitchen. So, if you're in ol' San Anton', and you don't want to kill yourself with overpriced tacos, guacamole, and Lone Star beer, this is a pretty nice place to head.
07-31-2008 20:22:55 | More by jushoppy2beer
Waxy O'Connor's in San Antonio, TX
83 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.