Visiting San Antonio and Austin - Suggestions?

Discussion in 'Southwest' started by TheGent, Apr 13, 2018.

  1. TheGent

    TheGent Poo-Bah (1,863) Jun 29, 2010 New Jersey
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    Folks of Texas. I have searched the forum and come up with the below list of places that sound interesting to me while I am in San Antonio from Monday to Wednesday.

    Hoping you can share any other suggestions for bars, restaurants, or breweries while in town, and specifically, bottle shops withselections of local offerings.

    I arrive in Austin on Sunday and will be spending the night there. The only definitive Austin stop at this point is Jester King. Driving down to San Antonio on Monday morning and there through Wednesday.

    Thanks so much!

    Weathered Souls
    The Granary
    The luxury
    The Flying Saucer
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  2. jeebeel

    jeebeel Initiate (172) Jun 17, 2003 Texas

  3. Avelasquez80

    Avelasquez80 Initiate (90) Jul 9, 2015 Texas

    Check out Northwest Food Mart, they always have good stuff there.
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  4. jamescain

    jamescain Champion (858) Jul 14, 2009 Texas

    Make sure if you're getting food at the granary to go at lunch. They don't do BBQ by the pound for dinner. Also go to cured for happy hour if you can. $0.50 quail legs and half priced drinks.
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  5. TheGent

    TheGent Poo-Bah (1,863) Jun 29, 2010 New Jersey
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    Thanks for the suggestions guys
  6. jamescain

    jamescain Champion (858) Jul 14, 2009 Texas

    One more thing @TheGent I recommend liberty bar over the luxury. They got caught a few years ago storing their food in one of their restrooms over night and it makes me question what they don't get caught doing. Sit upstairs at liberty bar and you'll enjoy the food much more (I highly recommend the goat cheese appetizer).
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  7. TheGent

    TheGent Poo-Bah (1,863) Jun 29, 2010 New Jersey
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    I went to make a lunch reservation at Granary and it says they have no tables open. Is this the type of place where you need a reservation for lunch or is it easy enough to just walk in? Thanks.
  8. TheGent

    TheGent Poo-Bah (1,863) Jun 29, 2010 New Jersey
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    Haha ok thanks. It’s going to be hard for me to forget that!
  9. jeebeel

    jeebeel Initiate (172) Jun 17, 2003 Texas

    Hope you enjoy your visit, let us know how it goes. Cheers.
  10. pjeagles

    pjeagles Initiate (148) May 29, 2005 New Mexico

    Wherever you visit in Austin, allow for an extra 30 minutes for waiting in line. It seems to be a part of Austin culture. Or it could be the tourists who wait. Hard to gauge as I was only there for the first time a few weeks back. But there sure were a lot of people waiting in a lot of lines.
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  11. jamescain

    jamescain Champion (858) Jul 14, 2009 Texas

    I don't think they do reservations at lunch
  12. treznor

    treznor Zealot (539) Dec 20, 2006 North Carolina

    Make sure to hit Jester King on Sunday, they aren't open on Monday. Plus on Sunday they'll have both the front and back bars open (we were there last Friday and the back bar wasn't open). Lots of options to drink and they have a number of Spons to go right now.

    Places that people in our group went and enjoyed included:
    Franklin's (probably not an option for you)
    Pinthouse Pizza

    We had a fairly large group though so needed to go to places that could handle a large group fairly easily but still be beer-centric.
  13. Dandrewjohn

    Dandrewjohn Disciple (377) Apr 13, 2013 Texas

    Celis in Austin, Freetail in San Antonio.
  14. Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas

    Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas Disciple (365) Aug 24, 2015 Texas

    Pinthouse Pizza in Austin is a must.

    The Lamar location is the one you wanna go to; not their other location.

    IMO - Electric Jellyfish is the best IPA in Texas and the food there is off the charts.
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  15. erushing

    erushing Initiate (0) Dec 4, 2014 Texas

    I've never understood this sentiment even the slightest bit. The Burnet location (the original) has a lot of great stuff on tap every week. EJ is definitely not measurably better than a bunch of other IPAs they do. It's also available around town at a lot of places.
    Unless you think they are nailing all these other non-IPA styles, which Lamar has more of, then it's pretty much a wash on any given week.
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  16. denver10

    denver10 Poo-Bah (2,498) Nov 17, 2010 New Mexico

    I was just there this past weekend and I experienced no lines. Not even at Jester King. FWIW.
  17. aschwab

    aschwab Zealot (500) Mar 3, 2009 Texas

    Releases at JK don't get the lines they used to.
  18. Jbuitron

    Jbuitron Initiate (57) Sep 11, 2015 Missouri

    Halfway between Austin and San Antonio stop at Guadalupe Brewing Company in New Braunfels. A hidden gem in my opinion.
  19. Crisb184

    Crisb184 Initiate (128) Dec 25, 2014 Pennsylvania

    Hitting up San Antonio this week, any places to hit other than weathered souls? Also any good places with good crowler tap lists?
  20. Roadkizzle

    Roadkizzle Aspirant (204) Nov 6, 2007 Texas

    It definitely depends on what you like. I'd say that Live Oak should be towards the top on anyone's list for visiting in Austin. They are right across the street from the airport if you're flying in.

    If you are spending time in Austin I'd also recommend Oddwood. It's probably my favorite brewery in Austin other than Live Oak. They have great sour beers and IPAs and lagers or lagerlike beers.

    Austin is very hype driven. I go to Austin a lot and find long lines all over the place. It's the locals that are queuing up just as much as tourists.
  21. Txex06

    Txex06 Initiate (174) Dec 28, 2016 Texas

    Künstler Brewing, Busted Sandal, Islla Street Brewing, Roadmap, and Southerleigh.

    Big Hops (different locations around town) and Growler Exchange for crowler.
  22. Bryan12345

    Bryan12345 Zealot (519) Mar 17, 2016 Texas

    Do your best to skip San Antonio, IMO. Maybe find a taproom that brings in other Texas beers. In Austin it’s Live Oak first and everyone else a distant second.

    FWIW :slight_smile:
  23. Txex06

    Txex06 Initiate (174) Dec 28, 2016 Texas

    Ignorant statement. Künstler brought home a medal at last year's GABF. Freetail won a gold medal two years ago in the barrel aged stout category at GABF. Weathered Souls pumps out great NEIPAs if you're a hazebro. Weathered Souls has plenty of visitors from Austin who make the drive down I35 for great hazy IPAs.
  24. Bryan12345

    Bryan12345 Zealot (519) Mar 17, 2016 Texas

    Ignorant? I disagree. I mean, two golds in two years for one of the nations biggest cities is nothing to sneeze at...but I’m basing my opinion on my own consumption of 50+ different San Antonio beers. If you want amazing enchiladas, SA is the place. Craft beer? Not so much. You are free to agree or disagree with my opinion, but it is far from ignorant.

    Cheers dude!

    FWIW :slight_smile:
  25. TxUltraRunner

    TxUltraRunner Aspirant (269) Aug 16, 2012 Texas

    Weathered Souls for beer and 2M for BBQ are the only reasons I go to/travel through SA. GABF awards don’t mean anything to me. Freetail is a shadow of its former self.
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  26. mig100

    mig100 Meyvn (1,302) Aug 3, 2014 Texas
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    This. Weathered Souls is making the best stouts in Texas, easily.
  27. luisfrancisco

    luisfrancisco Initiate (167) Dec 1, 2009 Mexico

    What happened to Freetail? I know Scott left, but never got wind of why that happened or if he's up to other beer stuff. Was there any public explanation as to why he left?

    As a sporadic traveler to San Antonio, Freetail was a nice place to have a pint and a pie.

    Also, 2M is awesome.
  28. MCBanjoMike

    MCBanjoMike Initiate (104) Aug 7, 2014 Quebec (Canada)

    I'm going to San Antonio for work next week and I'm looking for a few recommendations. I'll be staying in the Riverwalk area and I won't have a car, so it'll be tough to get to the outlying areas. Any suggestions for good bars, bottle shops or breweries in that part of town?
  29. Sabzi

    Sabzi Initiate (26) Mar 15, 2018 Texas

    islla st, weathered soul and kunstler are my top 3 SA breweries, probably in that order, kunstler probably the closes to downtown. Southerleigh in beautiful hotel is great restaurant, pretty good beer. bottle shops are not too sexy in SA but plenty of beer bars closer to riverwalk but still uber ride (flying saucer, growler exchange, big hops).
  30. donspublic

    donspublic Poo-Bah (1,706) Aug 4, 2014 Texas
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    If the weather is nice get on the river walk and walk to Southerleigh, good beer and food, but personally would eat at Cure. Have fun
  31. socon67

    socon67 Poo-Bah (1,779) Jun 18, 2010 New York

    Just came back from Austin yesterday. Jester King is a must visit (I made the El Cedro release Thursday).
  32. Longhorn08

    Longhorn08 Aspirant (226) Feb 4, 2014 Texas

    Friendly Spot has a large selection, but can be pricey. I haven’t been there in a while, but I’ve always enjoyed myself.

    If you go just be sure and ask the price before they pour or pop a bottle.
  33. Sabzi

    Sabzi Initiate (26) Mar 15, 2018 Texas

    Used to enjoy friendly spot a lot more. Prices have gone up and unfortunately the beer selection quality has not matched the price increase. Good atmosphere however if weather is nice and Spurs game is on