The Friendly Spot
Taps: 48 / Bottles: 200
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 27 | Reviews: 18 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Sludgeman:
District of Columbia
4.48/5 rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75 | $$$
Visited on a Thursday night starting at 6pm. It was a cool evening at the end of January. Bartender said it was unusually slow.
V – All about the outdoors. There is a small inside spot. Picnic tables. Mainly dirt, gravel, grass. Some small areas as well as the front and back bars are undercover. No stools at the bars. A good beer vibe. Kid friendly (there is a play area). Dog friendly as well. A cool neighborhood joint.
Ser – Everybody was very friendly. Briefly met an owner, who knew her beer. Back bartender (Trouper) was great – knowledgable, friendly, just enough talk.
Sel - Very good and broad range of beers on tap (about 40 in the back and 10 in the front), but not necessarily mind blowing. Another 50-100 choices in bottles. Had some Prairie Artisan.
Q – Glassware was generally correct, but variable. Every beer is served cold, so you need to let some warm up. Discussed the cooler system and CO2/Nitro system as well as tap cleaning (every line and tap at least once a month).
Food - Very good fish tacos, but that was it - 2 small fish (lots of meat) for $7. No side, no nothing, but very good. I ordered it twice.
Value – Beer can be a bit pricey. $$$
01-31-2014 13:36:23 | More by Sludgeman
More User Reviews:
4.7/5 rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | $$$
A unique place that wins on charm and selection but loses slightly on amenities. The place has two outside bars with two large picnic areas for seating. The seating is lawn chairs or picnic benches. It can be really hot during the day and many of the benches in the back are not covered, but there are trees and awnings in the front section. The selection for draft beers is huge and the quality is very good with many local microbrews represented among the major breweries and the imports. The staff was very knowledgable. The clientele was fun and diverse with mostly locals there. My Oud Bruin was served in a pint glass?! But other than that I really enjoyed it. Recommend it to anyone in San Antonio.
06-25-2014 15:31:14 | More by chickenflea
4.54/5 rDev +2.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$$
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.
06-12-2014 02:59:14 | More by bubseymour
The Friendly Spot in San Antonio, TX
96 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.