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The Friendly Spot

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The Friendly SpotThe Friendly Spot
BA SCORE
97
world-class

33 Ratings
Ratings: 33
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 5.62%
Taps: 48
Bottles: 200
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

943 S Alamo St
San Antonio, Texas, 78205-3438
United States
phone: (210) 244-2337

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(Place added by: LacquerHead on 08-28-2010)
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Photo of chickenflea
4.7/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

A unique place that wins on charm and selection but loses slightly on amenities. The place has two outside bars with two large picnic areas for seating. The seating is lawn chairs or picnic benches. It can be really hot during the day and many of the benches in the back are not covered, but there are trees and awnings in the front section. The selection for draft beers is huge and the quality is very good with many local microbrews represented among the major breweries and the imports. The staff was very knowledgable. The clientele was fun and diverse with mostly locals there. My Oud Bruin was served in a pint glass?! But other than that I really enjoyed it. Recommend it to anyone in San Antonio.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

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Photo of bubseymour
4.54/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

This has to be one of the coolest craft beer establishments ever. Bartenders were super friendly and knowledgeable. Gave numerous free samples about most any beer I asked about. The grounds and set up are incredible. So chilled and relaxed in the outdoor seating whether under the trees out front or in the middle section where you feel like you are in some shifty south of the boarder town but with awesome craft beer and friendly waitstaff. Any craft beer buff would love this oasis. I went back a second night for a beer after the great experience the night before. Pints are a bit pricey and it would be nice if they offered 1/2 serving sizes so you could sample more without getting wasted in the Texas heat (since they have so many taps). Other than that the place is a must stop when in San Antonio. Only about 3/4 mile from river walk.

Photo of 3sheets2wind
4.08/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

In the craft beer desert, Friendly Spot is a shining beacon. They overcharge for a lot of their out of state beers but there are not any places in San Antonio that have such a variety. Plus they fill growlers now. Not too shabby. Don't go to the F Spot expecting a good deal, but do go for the casual scene and wide selection of beer.

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.48/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

Visited on a Thursday night starting at 6pm. It was a cool evening at the end of January. Bartender said it was unusually slow.

V – All about the outdoors. There is a small inside spot. Picnic tables. Mainly dirt, gravel, grass. Some small areas as well as the front and back bars are undercover. No stools at the bars. A good beer vibe. Kid friendly (there is a play area). Dog friendly as well. A cool neighborhood joint.

Ser – Everybody was very friendly. Briefly met an owner, who knew her beer. Back bartender (Trouper) was great – knowledgable, friendly, just enough talk.

Sel - Very good and broad range of beers on tap (about 40 in the back and 10 in the front), but not necessarily mind blowing. Another 50-100 choices in bottles. Had some Prairie Artisan.

Q – Glassware was generally correct, but variable. Every beer is served cold, so you need to let some warm up. Discussed the cooler system and CO2/Nitro system as well as tap cleaning (every line and tap at least once a month).

Food - Very good fish tacos, but that was it - 2 small fish (lots of meat) for $7. No side, no nothing, but very good. I ordered it twice.

Value – Beer can be a bit pricey. $$$

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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of CDRSchafer
4.29/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

This is a great place to go if you're downtown in San Antonio and have small children as there is a playset in the back. My girls played there for a couple of hours as we had lunch and drank beer. This was in December and the weather was perfect for sitting outside.

Great selection.

Photo of TheBeerDog
4.75/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Best craft beer bar in San Antonio, with the Cove as a close second. They recently installed a second bar area in the back which added to their already massive and diverse selection of excellent craft beers. It's located in the King William district, a cool neighborhood with many good restaurants and drinking establishments. The bar is almost exclusively all outdoors, which is cool, but a little rough during the summer months. I believe there is an indoor area, but I've never spent any time in there. I wish I lived closer to the Friendly Spot, I'd be there all the time!

Photo of ChanceK
4.85/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

My favorite spot in SA to grab a pint. It's all outside under oak trees with people's kids playing on the jungle gym and it's pet friendly. It has a very Austin vibe to it. The people behind the counter are always very helpful and the selection is great, draft or bottles. Have never tried the food, but I've heard it good.

Photo of Pvh16
4.88/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Excellent place. Great beer selection with very friendly and knowledgeable bartenders. A must vist. Very relaxing atmosphere during the day and week nights. Weekends are a bit crowded but fun crowd. Didn't try the food but it looked good. Flat screen TVs in back.

Photo of elNopalero
4.56/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3

Since I was last in town (summer, 2012) San Antonio’s The Friendly Spot has done some serious expansion. Gone is the old back bar and in its place is a 48-tap row along the side of the property—with monitors showing the name, ABV and style, but not the price. I could use the price, guys.

The customer service here is par excellence, definitely living up to its name. Certainly was fun on a slow night talking beer with the guys working, as they know their stuff and had some excellent recommendations. Plus it’s always exciting to see Texas’ selection grow by leaps and bounds.

I hate to end on a critical note but two things sour my otherwise friendly opinion of the Friendly Spot. First, my bar food expectations are generally low but the veggie/black bean burger I had was sub-par even for those reduced standards. And second, their prices are on-par with what I’d expect for a big city or a nicer beer bar, but given that this is an outdoor ice house I wasn’t expecting to pay so much. Dial it back by a dollar or two or throw in a happy hour discount and I’d say good deal.

Photo of MystikCelt
4.35/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Heard about this place on BA and couldn't wait to swing by when I was in town on business, and it lived up to the hype. Great big yard with tables scattered among some old shade trees, just off the road behind a white picket fence in a quiet part of town, off the tourist path. Even has a little fenced off playground for the kids which must be nice for the locals with younguns who still want something resembling a social life. As a New Yorker, this is exactly the kind of place I wish we had the weather to keep open year round in the northeast, but alas. Great relaxing atmosphere where you can pull up a stool at the bar and chat up the friendly staff, or kick back and relax under the shade trees while sipping from their large selection of craft ales, many of which I can't find back home. Personally, I soaked in the atmosphere while kicking back and writing over a few bottles in the shade, then chatting the guys up and trying a few more at their suggestion barside before wandering off. And, if you're in town on foot, as I was, there's a conveniently located rent-a-bike rack just up and across the street which you can ride up and drop off near the Alamo, which is pretty much the center of all things SA.

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The Friendly Spot in San Antonio, TX
97 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.