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The Friendly Spot

Not Rated.
The Friendly SpotThe Friendly Spot

21 Reviews
Reviews: 21
Visits: 43
Avg: 4.37
pDev: n/a
Taps: 48
Bottles: 200
Cask: 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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Reviews: 21 | Visits: 43
Reviews by Sludgeman:
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4.48/5  rDev +2.5%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of SergeLowpz
4.09/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of Texasfan549
4.31/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Hohnbaum
4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of billab914
4.57/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.41/5  rDev -22%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Not sure how the rating is so high for this. Plastic cups, man! Plastic cups for all their beers. Apparently it's a San Antonio thing since The Filling Station does the same thing but they charge a lot less, do growler fills and the service is cooler and more knowledgeable.

I got a pour of Divine Reserve and got a half pour (in a plastic cup) for $9. Whaaat? In San Antonio? In a plastic cup? Nah chill.

There's a play area and lots of kids were there so that was nice being on vacation with the daughter but the huge dropoff on the play structure seems to be begging for an accident.

And the tables and chairs up in the place were on some trailer park status. Rusted out as hell and cheap plastic everywhere.

Overall I get the impression the place is cheap and dirty but doesn't mind raping customers seeking a good beer.

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Photo of mchengcit
4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Devil_Doc
3.64/5  rDev -16.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Photo of senglish7
4.9/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

This is a mighty cool spot in a cool area of San Antonio I was not aware of- Southtown-King Williams. The stretch of South Alamo Street where The Friendly Spot is has a ton of restaurants and bars and an atmosphere that reminds me of New Orleans.

We got there on a sunny winter day, it got up to 75 degrees during our drive from Alpine. I can tell this would be an awesome spot to enjoy when the weather is mild, but even in a colder day with a coat on the idea of an “ice house” is cool (pun unintended). They had a DJ and a massive screen with the Spurs game playing.

10 taps at the front bar and 48 (the most interesting) on the bar back. Patios galore, chairs and tables scattered around and a barn for shelter in case the winter really hits San Antonio (but what about the poor bartenders outside??).

Prairie Bomb, Free Will La Muerta, Clown Shoes Extremely were some of the big beers on tap during my visit… plus a lot of Texas brews. The menus are on a screen behind the bar and have all the info you need (except for price, sadly). I paid between five and seven dollars for most of the beers the wife and I had, except Prairie Bomb, which was a rip-off at eleven bucks.

Service is friendly and knowledgeable, the bartenders will guide you through the menu and give you some tasters. The food menu looks good but we didn’t try anything because we were going for dinner at Hot Joy across the street (great modern Asian, check it out). The goat-cheese dip and the edamame-veggie burger are on my list for my next time at The Friendly. Love it here.

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Photo of elgatoborracho
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 2.5

Laid back place with a small playground for the kiddos out front. Excellent selection, knowledgeable staff. No frills. Not for the pretentious our self-absorbed. Just a great place to kick back and share some brews with friends.

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Photo of chickenflea
4.7/5  rDev +7.6%
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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The Friendly Spot in San Antonio, TX
95 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.