Waxy O'Connor's

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Bar, Eatery

234 River Walk St
San Antonio, Texas, 78205-2224
United States

(210) 229-9299 | map

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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

2.92/5  rDev -14.6%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3

I was expecting the worst from Waxy O'Connor's, and there were some issues, but in general by the time I'd walked out I'd opened up to it. Keep in mind I only had beer, the food gets horrid reviews on YELP.

First off, any place along the riverwalk immediately gives me pause because I prefer to go for more authentic, less commercial places. I thought I had to give it a shot though. I'd walked the riverwalk up to the Pearl Brewery but I hadn't visited any places right on the walk.

There were a few tables seated on the patio outside, which is nice, but when I entered and took seat at the bar there was no bartender. There were other customers, however, looking around as I was. Eventually a manager appeared and asked them if they'd like something else, but he didn't step up and solve the problem by getting it himself, and simply disappeared to go find the missing barkeep. None of that really bothered me, I'm easy going, but when the bartender did show up he left me for last. A couple and another individual showed up and took a seat, and although I'd been there all along he approached them first. Oh well. Eventually I did get a beer, but I was on a schedule and having lost 20 minutes I was forced to rush it.

I chose a Busted Sandal Slippery Rock IPA because there wasn't much else on tap: Dos Equis, Blue Moon, Shiner Bock, Samuel Adams seasonal, Harp, Smithwick's, Guinness, Kilkenny, and Bridgeport Conviction Pale Ale. After waiting I had to make a run to the men's room, and while I was back there I noticed they had more taps along another section of bar but I didn't bother to note the selection as I'd already waited for so long and would only be having one.

As I enjoyed my beer I looked around. The bar itself was nice, but the back bar was kind of cheesy with painted scenes of "local Irish life". Otherwise it was fairly pleasant and nice with faux stone beneath the bar, mirrors, a wood and stone floor, dark woods all around, and frosted glass dividers to break up the banquet seating along the walls in the back. Would I call it an "authentic Irish Pub" as others have? Certainly not. Don't know where they've been. Not to Ireland I'm guessing.

Feb 04, 2016
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RobbieAshmore from Arkansas

2.79/5  rDev -18.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.75 | selection: 2.5

While working in San Antonio, I asked around for the best beer selection on the Riverwalk and was referred to Waxy O'Connor's. First it is an Irish Pub owned by an Englishman, which I found strange. I tried to enquire about some good Irish and English brews (Samuel Smith's, Murphy's, Etc.) but I was told "I've never heard of them". The selection was poor, I asked the owner if there was anywhere nearby that had a better selection, and was told that this was the best in San Antonio. He told me that I was right in the middle of a huge 'American' tourist area and those 'specialty' beers wouldn't sell here. I guess he's never been to McNellies in Tulsa, they are packed every night. I may have been expecting too much, but I was pretty let down by this place. I had a Guiness and left....mostly because no-one ever came by to see if I wanted another, I had to chase someone down to pay for the beer that I got.

Nov 17, 2013
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gtermi from Texas

3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3

This is a bar right of the River Walk and it me and my wife ran by here for a quick pint. We go in and it was pretty crowded, so we grabbed a seat outside. The place had a live band, but was very loud. The waitress was okay, but kind of gave us attitude because we were drinking our beers too slow. The selection is not bad and have Kilkenny on draft, which is hard to find in Texas. The place is some what pricey, but average for the riverwalk. I would come here again the next time I go, but I usually prefer a bar with more craft brews.

Oct 26, 2011
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StoneBrewFanatic from Virginia

3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3

So I ended up at this place on a Saturday night with a few buddies when out and about on the riverwalk. It is everything you would expect from an "Irish Pub" and I admit I had a good time. The service was great, super kind and helpful, there were new castle girls there that gave us a free pint and some bottle openers and such. Didn't eat anything more than the chips and dip, which were pretty average. The beer selection was exactly what you would expect, nothing too exciting, but something that even the beer enthusiast can enjoy drinking with some buddies. So, when on the riverwalk, this is probably the best place to go for a good time with your pals and a few beers!

Jul 17, 2010
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glid02 from Georgia

3.35/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5

Stopped in here for a nightcap as it was right around the corner from my hotel.

Atmosphere is nice. It's got a nice amount of outdoor seating right by the river and inside there's a lot of wood and mirrors. Tables dot the left side of the place and the bar runs down the right side. There's more space through the back, making this a thin and deep bar. There's a bandstand in the front room to the left as well which had an Irishman playing some jigs.

Quality is OK. I only saw pint glasses around but they weren't frozen. I ordered only a bottle so I can't speak to the tap lines or the amount of head.

Service was good. I didn't have to wait long to get a drink nor did I wait long for the check.

Selection is not so great. Shiner and Lone Star were the only beers outside of the big 3 that I saw on the list.

Value is OK. Beers were mildly overpriced but nothing absurd.

Overall this is a nice place on the river but there's absolutely no reason to come here from a beer perspective.

Apr 30, 2010
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champ103 from Texas

2.79/5  rDev -18.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2

A typical pseudo-Irish Pub. The only redeeming thing about the atmosphere is that there is a large patio outside right on the Riverwalk. Inside is a long bar with the tap handles. Dark and kind of dirty.

Service can be hit and miss. It took us a while to get our beer order in, but they kept our water coming fast. No real knowledge of beer, other than what they have. Which is not bad, by any means. Just average.

Typical BMC and the nitro Irish staples that you would expect. They did have Sam Adams Noble Pils, which is what we went with. I saw Sierra Nevada on tap as well.

I did not try the food, but looked like the typical Fish and Chips place. Not a beer bar, but a popular spot. I guess that makes it a destination to see, and maybe one of your only chances to get something other than BMC while visiting the Riverwalk.

Mar 21, 2010
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

2.79/5  rDev -18.4%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 1

Located on the River Walk, my expectations began to wane as soon as I saw "Traditional Irish Pub" on the door. 10 taps, all the usual suspects. 13 bottles and cans total. Again, nothing unexpected or out of the ordinary. As a BFG, I may have made my share of gaffes, but the inclusion of a totally unworthy place was not among them. This was an utter waste of my time and effort and should not have been included in the first place. Bah! What ever happened to the "BA Worthy" code?

Dec 22, 2009
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AltBock from Ohio

3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5

Waxy is located right on the Riverwalk, but away from most of the Riverwalk's tourist traps like the Hard Rock Cafe. I couldn't help but notice that it's neighbor is an upper class restaurant that shoots mist at the people walking pass it. There's no parts to this place. When you first walk in, This place is just a small bar with a few tables, a barrel by the door, and vintage beer signs on the wall. Walk pass this samll part and you'll come into the main part of the bar. It's one big aisle with a wooden bar on one side and wooden booths on the other. The booth side has a whole wall with pictures of the old country, while the bar side has a big wall with high priced liquor, a few small flat screen TVs, and about 8 to 10 taps.

These 8 to 10 taps were nothing special. It was just the regular stuff you can find at most places. When I was there, it was Boston Lager, Bass, Smithwicks, Guinness, New Castle, Stella, and a few big macors. They did have bottles and a few of those nitro cans, but those weren't all that special either. Shiner was the only American "craft" beer available here. I didn't see any Fat Tire when I was there. That's usually the only good staple there on the Riverwalk.

Beer bar? Not really, unless you like seeing main line European beers like Stella and Guinness. I wouldn't come here for the beer, I would instead come here for the nice Irish pub atmosphere they had going on. It's one of the better places to visit on the Riverwalk.

Sep 07, 2008
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jushoppy2beer from Tennessee

4.13/5  rDev +20.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This is a lively spot right on the Riverwalk, with a pleasant ambience whether you're eating inside or out. I recommend out, since it is the Riverwalk, after all. It's a rather typical American version of an Irish pub, with traditional Irish pub fare along with the regular line-up of Smithwick's, Harp, Guinness, and a few others on tap. I've visited a couple of times, and received prompt and friendly service from both the bar and the kitchen. So, if you're in ol' San Anton', and you don't want to kill yourself with overpriced tacos, guacamole, and Lone Star beer, this is a pretty nice place to head.

Jul 31, 2008
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Redrover from Wisconsin

3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3

I was in San Antonio for three days and of course had to do the River Walk while in town.

Waxy's has a nice terrace upfront that overlooks the river and serves as an entry to the bar. The terrace seats about 40 and is very popular and a great place to people watch. As you enter the tavern, there is a long bar on your right and tables on the left. There are some nice large tables for groups. The bathrooms are in back, watch out for the dart players when you come out as it a little cramped in that part of the bar. Entertainment most nights is a plus.

They have about a dozen tap beers with the "highlights" being Shiner Bock, Guinness, Smithwicks, Blue Moon & Boddingtons. The rest are US & Mexican Macro Lagers and their light cousins.

They offer about 20 bottles with the only highlight being Shiner Black (good hot weather Dunkel) & Fat Tire.

The food is standard US interpretations of Irish cuisine. I think the best bet may be the fish & chips.

Service is friendly, but not really fast. I guess you could say they serve at Texas speed and I guess that's not a bad thing.

You will not find a real "beer bar" on the walk, so you might as well try this place out!

May 08, 2008
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ZimZamZoom from West Virginia

3.79/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3

This place has a nice atmosphere, cool woodwork and a friendly bartender. Selection is really one-scale up from BMC in my opinion. The best options were Sierra Nevada or Fat Tire in bottles. The draft list was not terribly impressive. Smithwick's, Bass, Harp, Guinness, etc. and some local Texas stuff that is well worth staying away from.

We did not eat here so I can't comment on the food. It's worth it for the atmosphere and the slim selection is at least a step up from the other places on the Riverwalk that only had Bud Light and Shiner Bock on tap.

Apr 27, 2007
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capo56 from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +17%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

The long and narrow Irish bar, it is actually three different bars but sadly with the same Taps and bottles at each one. Waxys is actually a prominent chain of pubs in England popular with the Football (soccer) fans. The atmosphere is just like a real English pub not so much an Irish one. In my case even the bartender was from Liverpool. I was told this is as close to the real deal as you can get in these parts, they include some strolling bagpiper’s playing on the weekends (who enjoy a pint between breaks) the menu is Irish, it includes corned beef and cabbage and shepherd's pie. The hand-crafted bar, built in Dublin, is the centerpiece and this is where you can get your hand around a glass of Guinness, Harp or Smithwicks. They will also serve you English and Belgian ales, as well as a lot of other imports and of course some of the local Texas brews. Dark tables and stools line the walls and as you go towards the back there is a small stage where they play live Irish music most nights of the week. The staff is attentive and top notch.

Mar 07, 2007
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TPoling from Texas

3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Waxy O'Connor's on the famed San Antonio River Walk is the second location. The other U.S. location is in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

The atmosphere was inviting as most establishments are on the River Walk. The deep space contained three full bars along its length. While there were only 10 unique taps at each bar, they were mostly respected imports. Mega American brews were bottled in a cooler. With so many bars, there is an opportunity to have fewer duplicate taps and get a little more daring with their Belgian selections and few more from the UK.

The food prices were regional, but $5.50 a pint was a bit much, although in keeping with standard prices along the touristy River Walk.

This is certainly not the best beer bar in San Antonio, but many users of BeerFly find themselves on the River Walk with no idea where to find so much as a Guinness or Hoegaarden. This is a step in the right direction to filling a gap.

Mar 16, 2006
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