Dismiss Notice
We're celebrating 10 years of BeerAdvocate magazine with $10 print subscriptions for US residents.

Subscribe now!

San Antonio on a Sunday Evening

Discussion in 'Southwest' started by COBeerBuff, Dec 8, 2012.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. COBeerBuff

    COBeerBuff Jan 4, 2009 Kansas
    Beer Trader

    Hey folks-

    I'll be flying in tomorrow evening to SAT, and will have a rental car. What are my options as far as beer stores/brewpubs tomorrow evening? Does TX have the wacky liquor laws that KS does which means I'm pretty much SOL until Monday? Does Freetail do off-premise sales of bottles growlers? Would this even be an option?

    Let me know what's up!

    Cheers,
     
  2. jl28r1

    jl28r1 Jan 10, 2011 Texas

    Freetail has both bottles for sale as well as growlers. Probably your best bet for a Sunday night.
     
  3. COBeerBuff

    COBeerBuff Jan 4, 2009 Kansas
    Beer Trader

    Do you know how late they're open? Also, do they have food?
     
    wreckem8010 likes this.
  4. kmello69

    kmello69 Nov 27, 2011 Texas
    Beer Trader

    If you're downtown, another option is the Friendly Spot. They have a good selection (it's a bar, not a bottle shop) and are open until midnight
     
  5. Ford

    Ford Sep 8, 2012 Texas
    Beer Trader

  6. COBeerBuff

    COBeerBuff Jan 4, 2009 Kansas
    Beer Trader

    I'm at the Marriott Riverwalk. Would this be walk-able? Would I want to to walk it at night on a Sunday?
     
  7. pwsoldier

    pwsoldier Apr 26, 2007 Texas

    Freetail for sure. Great beer, good food, and most NFL games on Sundays. Do it! The Friendly Spot is cool too.
     
  8. pwsoldier

    pwsoldier Apr 26, 2007 Texas

    Yes and yes. If I had to guess, it's about a 1/2-3/4 mile walk from the Marriot. Pretty reasonable.
     
  9. kmello69

    kmello69 Nov 27, 2011 Texas
    Beer Trader

    I walked there from the Riverwalk last weekend. 10 minutes. Was fine at 8:00 - cant speak for midnight. Freetail is a better choice, and you need to go there while in SA or you'll really miss out, but this is a good option if you just want to walk somewhere on Sunday night
     
  10. johnsaulrubio

    johnsaulrubio Dec 2, 2006 Texas
    Beer Trader

    Not going to Freetail would be a mistake.
     
    Ford likes this.
  11. Chuk_Hell

    Chuk_Hell Apr 12, 2012 Texas
    Beer Trader

    Yes. A dire mistake.
     
    blatherbeard likes this.
  12. COBeerBuff

    COBeerBuff Jan 4, 2009 Kansas
    Beer Trader

    The Friendly Spot ended up being a good choice, although someone (ahem) forgot to mention that it was completely outdoors, which was very enjoyable, up until the skies opened up. However, since it seems most San Antonians are deathly afraid of wet stuff falling from above, the streets were completely deserted when I walked home at 10:30 PM.
     
  13. COBeerBuff

    COBeerBuff Jan 4, 2009 Kansas
    Beer Trader

    It sounds like traffic north out of downtown is a bear. Would I be better off waiting until after 6pm to head up?
     
  14. kmello69

    kmello69 Nov 27, 2011 Texas
    Beer Trader

    Oops. My bad. But in my defense, I thought (1) you would look at the web site, and (2) it never rains here. Sorry about that! o_Oo_O

    As for the Freetail question, I would either wait for the evening rush hour traffic to be over, or go earlier (they open at 11). Food is really good, so you could do lunch there and get back downtown before the traffic rush. Either way would work.
     
  15. jamescain

    jamescain Jul 14, 2009 Texas
    Beer Trader

    The traffic is not too bad. You'll hit some traffic on I10 around and before the 1604 exit. The worst traffic is on 1604 but luckily Freetail is only two exits from the I10 1604 junction.
     
  16. jamescain

    jamescain Jul 14, 2009 Texas
    Beer Trader

    Or you can some what avoid traffic by taking Military Hwy. There are stop lights but the traffic is pretty light and it basically takes you straight to Freetail
     
    blatherbeard and jl28r1 like this.
  17. jl28r1

    jl28r1 Jan 10, 2011 Texas

    Good advice! Exit at Wurzbach from IH 10. Take a right on Wurzbach and go about 3 miles and then left on NW Military. Follow all the way to FM 1604. Freetail is in the first plaza on the right after you pass under 1604.
    Traffic should be no big deal this route.
     
    bbadger likes this.
  18. MStein21530

    MStein21530 Sep 15, 2012 Texas

    May be a little late to the thread but have you thought about World of Beer on 281?
     
  19. COBeerBuff

    COBeerBuff Jan 4, 2009 Kansas
    Beer Trader

    Thanks for all the advice. This was a great trip, beer-wise!
     
  20. Ford

    Ford Sep 8, 2012 Texas
    Beer Trader

    So how was Freetail?
     
  21. COBeerBuff

    COBeerBuff Jan 4, 2009 Kansas
    Beer Trader

    I don't know. It ended up not being in the cards, time-wise. I got in a quick Specs run, but that was about it on the north side of the city.
     
  22. Lutter

    Lutter Jun 30, 2010 Texas

    It rained? It hasn't rained in Austin since October, lol.
     
  23. jamescain

    jamescain Jul 14, 2009 Texas
    Beer Trader

    That's too bad. Freetail is IMO one of the best breweries in the state and southwest region. Maybe next time
     
  24. miikezombie

    miikezombie Aug 13, 2010 Texas

    Fixed.
     
    jl28r1 and jamescain like this.
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • 10 Years of BeerAdvocate Magazine

    We're celebrating 10 years of BA mag with $10 print subscriptions for US residents!

    Subscribe