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San Antonio in early May

Discussion in 'US - Southwest' started by kexp, Feb 27, 2012.

  1. kexp

    kexp Savant (265) North Carolina May 10, 2007

    Hello Southwestern Forum people. Greetings from North Carolina.
    I will be in San Antonio for a conference in early May for several days. I am staying at the Hilton on the Riverwalk across from the convention center, and will not have a rental car. Are there and places nearby with a decent craft selection? Craft plus good food would be a bonus.
    Thanks in advance.
    -KEXP
  2. ChanceK

    ChanceK Initiate (0) Texas Feb 13, 2012

    There is Blue Star brewery / restaurant, with ok beer. There is also The Friendly Spot which is always a good time.
  3. pwsoldier

    pwsoldier Advocate (540) Texas Apr 26, 2007

    The Friendly Spot is your best bet, provided the weather is good (main bar area is outdoors). Good tex-mex food and a decent selection of TX craft beers, as well as other good craft beers. Luke also has a pretty good craft selection. Blue Star is okay, but not exactly a must-stop.
  4. kexp

    kexp Savant (265) North Carolina May 10, 2007

    Thank you, gents. I've got maps for The Friendly Spot and Luke's in my conference folder now. Best!
  5. ChanceK

    ChanceK Initiate (0) Texas Feb 13, 2012

    Luke does has a decent selection but I didn't care much for the food. I would go to La Frite over Luke any day, and La Frite is just a block or two away from The Friendly Spot. I did that combo last night and it was da bomb.
  6. jwall

    jwall Aficionado (130) Texas Oct 21, 2008

    Check out The Monterrey. Great food and great beer selection. In the King William District on St. Mary. Walkable, or trolley/cab.
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  7. kexp

    kexp Savant (265) North Carolina May 10, 2007

    Is it safe to walk from the convention center to The Friendly Spot and/or The Monterrey (which looks incredible, BTW)?
  8. nate8767

    nate8767 Aficionado (185) Alabama Nov 1, 2011

    Yes, you're not walking through the greatest area, but not the worst either. If you walk down commerce to alamo into Southtown, you'll be in heavy foot/car traffic the entire way and i wouldnt anticipate any problem as you'll be in plain sight. there are shorter ways to get there, but less visible. If you plan to make this walk during work hours though, you'll be completely fine regardless of the way you choose.
  9. nate8767

    nate8767 Aficionado (185) Alabama Nov 1, 2011

    Also, please go to Esquire Tavern. Best craft scene in the city (except for maybe Freetail), and for god's sake, try Live Oak Hefewiezen. The Esquire is the only place in SA that always has it on tap, and it's the #1 rated Hefe on BA for a reason. Not to mention they have incredible bison burgers too...
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  10. nate8767

    nate8767 Aficionado (185) Alabama Nov 1, 2011

    Forgot to quote you on the above posts so that you'll get the alerts.
  11. pwsoldier

    pwsoldier Advocate (540) Texas Apr 26, 2007

    Yes, but I'd also look into public transit. I've lived here for five years and only recently bought a car. I used to swear by the VIA bus service. You can get anywhere in the city from downtown. There's even a bus (97 to the Rim) that goes all the way out to Freetail. The website to get maps and schedules is viainfo.net if you're interested.
  12. jamescain

    jamescain Advocate (640) Texas Jul 14, 2009

    Why don't you have it on tap at your place year round? ;)
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  13. soultrain19

    soultrain19 Savant (270) Texas Feb 28, 2008

    That is a fine idea, sir.
  14. mhenson42

    mhenson42 Advocate (550) Texas Nov 20, 2011

    Do they do growler fills?

    Plus looks like (512) Pecan Porter is on draft. Thats one the OP should'nt miss IMO
  15. nate8767

    nate8767 Aficionado (185) Alabama Nov 1, 2011

    No, because they have a liquor license too. Do you think the TBAC can even keep their own laws straight? Freetail has LOH on draft right now, $20 for growler fills (already gotten two - need about 20 more).
  16. mhenson42

    mhenson42 Advocate (550) Texas Nov 20, 2011

    Cool. I need to get over there.
  17. kexp

    kexp Savant (265) North Carolina May 10, 2007

    The Esquire Tavern is now in the confernce folder!
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  18. smithjl10

    smithjl10 Aficionado (100) Texas Jun 25, 2010

    The Monterrey is a must try if you want to get into some of the stuff that's bottled and not on tap in SA. Their bottle list is longer than their menu! Esquire and Friendly Spot are also GREAT suggestions...don't miss em. Also if you're into food trucks there's a new food truck park on S. Alamo called Alamo Street Eat Bar that has about 8-10 beers on draft (BMC regulars and a few TX locals) that would be worth trying if you have extra nights to fill.
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