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The Friendly Spot

Not Rated.
The Friendly SpotThe Friendly Spot

23 Reviews
Reviews: 23
Visits: 45
Avg: 4.33
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 | map

Place added by: LacquerHead on 08-28-2010

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Reviews: 23 | Visits: 45
Reviews by vickersspitfire:
Photo of vickersspitfire
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 2.5

This is an awesome place to sit back and relax, I love watching the parents drop off their kids and then dissappear ... shame on you all! Any ways I guess i'll be doing that in about five years!Their beer selection is really good, as a matter of fact it's probably the best selection you'll find on the south side of San Antonio. Their food is just OK, but when you bring price into the equation, their foods just straight sucks ass. The batenders are nice, sometimes fun and knowledgable. Back to their prices, these guys are just a bit away from reasonable.Obviously the people who state this place as being reasonable make way more money than I do, or it could be that they drink far less than I do. In any case, go to this place, its fun, relaxing and overall very enjoyable.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3

Whomever started the Friendly Spot had a great idea! It's basically just food and beer stands on a big open patch of land. Of course bad weather hurts you, but there's a lot less to have to deal with - no washing dishes, etc.

As for the experience, I thought it was cool but it just doesn't match that of a bar or restaurant. I mean it's not like my friends and I don't get together for pool parties, porch parties, and outdoor hangs all the time with good beers and food. The one difference is we don't have hideous bathrooms! Ha! And, of course, it costs us much less.

As to the beer, great selection yes, but I personally have a hard time enjoying an unusual beer outside, and out of a plastic cup. And if I'm going to pay for it I might as well have it at home. So for me that part is kind of lost. I had something fairly basic and just chilled with my wife soaking up the atmosphere, and that's what I'd do again if I went back again... no special beers, just a trusted go-to.

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Photo of szpourtastic
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Its a pretty cool place, but the prices are kind of high.

Huge selection
Playground for kids
Huge space for large groups
Huge screen to show movies and football/basketball games

Bathrooms are not great
All outdoors

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Photo of SergeLowpz
4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of Texasfan549
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Hohnbaum
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of billab914
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.41/5  rDev -21.2%
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 +2.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Devil_Doc
3.64/5  rDev -15.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Photo of senglish7
4.9/5  rDev +13.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
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 +6.2%
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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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.8/5  rDev +10.9%

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5/5  rDev +15.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of chickenflea
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
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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Photo of bpfrush
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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The Friendly Spot in San Antonio, TX
94 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.