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The Friendly Spot

The Friendly SpotThe Friendly Spot

Taps: 48 / Bottles: 200
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
96
world-class

18 Ratings
Ratings: 18
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 4.95%
$$ - reasonable


[ 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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vickersspitfire

Texas

4.3/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

07-29-2012 06:04:23 | More by vickersspitfire
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3sheets2wind

Texas

4.08/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

02-27-2014 06:09:07 | More by 3sheets2wind
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Guzano

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

02-11-2014 02:28:27 | More by Guzano
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Sludgeman

District of Columbia

4.48/5  rDev +0.9%
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
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vmdominguez

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

01-21-2014 03:22:02 | More by vmdominguez
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CDRSchafer

Texas

4.29/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

08-09-2013 19:14:32 | More by CDRSchafer
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TheBeerDog

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +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!

05-26-2013 21:31:40 | More by TheBeerDog
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ChanceK

Texas

4.85/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

05-26-2013 13:55:56 | More by ChanceK
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Pvh16

Indiana

4.88/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

04-07-2013 03:20:43 | More by Pvh16
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elNopalero

Texas

4.56/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

03-31-2013 07:18:23 | More by elNopalero
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The Friendly Spot in San Antonio, TX
96 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.