San Antonio After Dark: Best Nightlife, Bars and Lounges

San Antonio After Dark: Best Nightlife, Bars and Lounges

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There are endless bars and restaurants along the riverwalk and throughout the city where you can wile away the hours with some margaritas or cheap beers, but knowing where to go for the perfect craft cocktail or craft brew, well, that's another story.

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    If you like a low-lit, intimate atmosphere that feels like a modern day speakeasy, then The Last Word might just be the bar for you. This beautiful new venue serves up some of the city's finest handcrafted cocktails, beer and wine in the growing popular downtown area. 
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    Blue Box Bar is one of the best and newest editions to San Antonio's nightlife scene and is located in the hottest and hippest spot in town, The Pearl Brewery, but if you don't keep your eyes peeled you might miss it! It's tucked back between the Boiler House and the Sandbar on the backside of the Pearl, both great places to grab a meal before or after drinks. T
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    We'll tell you what to expect, and it's a bunch of awesomeness in the form of craft cocktails and small batches of infusions such as Serrano and cilantro infused tequila and cardamom infused bourbon that will tempt even non-bourbon lovers to drink it neat. They're open on fantasy Sundays for football, offer a boutique wine list, beer by the bottle and even have a patio where you can enjoy those fabulous drinks outside on a warm Texas evening. Somebody serve us up a Mint Julep, stat!
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    Follow the long bar that meanders through Swig and you'll likely find your way to a Hemingway Classic from the extensive cigar list, or perhaps a Flirtini with pineapple juice and champagne. At one of the only martini bars on the River Walk, cosmopolitan locals hobnob with the tourist set, yielding a chic yet welcoming atmosphere. Live jazz supplies the perfect backdrop for savoring smokes and drinks. 
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    This is a place for anyone and everyone. You can even bring the kids during the daytime. So grab a beer and a brat and relax inside or outside on the patio. The menu also has a wide variety of soups, salads and sandwiches, such as the Reuben-esque, which comes with pastrami, jalapeno kraut, Swiss cheese and 1,000 Island dressing on rye bread. Locals like to take on the challenge to see if they can try all of the brews on tap. Think you're up for it? 
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    This outdoor bar is the best place to hang out when the weather's perfect. While it's not a traditional sports bar as they only have one giant inflatable screen, there's nowhere better to watch the NFL games on Sunday or the always popular Spurs games. The Friendly Spot is an excellent place to relax under a shade tree and enjoy any of their phenomenal beers, of which they have almost 200 selections from Texas brewers. 
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    Azuca offers fantastic drinks you can't find anywhere else in town in a vivid and vibrant atmosphere. Their outdoor patio makes you feel like you're vacationing in some tropical location and not only minutes from downtown. As for the food, Azuca's dishes are an exotic synergy of delicious flavors from South and Central America with Chef Rene's innovative touch.
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