San Antonio for Friends
Collected by John Sandstone
Emerging as a destination for cultural explorers, San Antonio is a big city with an artsy appeal. If you’re into taking in a show, immersing yourself in history, exploring the outdoors, or surprising your palate San Antonio has you covered—and then some.
1221 Broadway St #116, San Antonio, TX 78215, USA
GS1221 (GS stands for Growler Station) has a 30 craft beers on tap at any given time. The location is great-in the museum reach area of the San Antonio River. The beers vary; you can find local Texas beers and seasonal offerings and you are able...
422 Pereida St, San Antonio, TX 78210, USA
526 River Walk, San Antonio, TX 78205, USA
You didn't come to Texas to eat small salads in petite dining rooms, did you? The Republic of Texas restaurant preserves the state's larger-than-life reputation by offering exactly what visitors expect: half-pound burgers, huge fajita plates, and...
318 E Houston St, San Antonio, TX 78205, USA
In the stagecoach days of Texas, one enterprising saloon owner decided to accept antlers, horns, rattlesnake rattles, and other animal artifacts as currency. The Buckhorn Hall of Horns soon grew into the largest collection of such specimens in the...
146 E Houston St, San Antonio, TX 78205, USA
From the moment you walk into Acenar, the cavernous, modern space tells you this isn't your average South Texan-Mexican restaurant. Here, dishes are a little spicier, drinks are a little more alluring, and the atmosphere is definitely more...
849 E Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78205, USA
While many cities have rivers, few take advantage of their waterways quite like San Antonio does. One of the city’s most popular tourist attractions, the River Walk runs along the San Antonio River and features both quiet stretches for...
205 N Presa St B201, San Antonio, TX 78205, USA
A river tour with Rio San Antonio Cruises is a great, affordable, and quick (35 minutes) tour of downtown San Antonio. The boat guides are well-versed in the history of the River Walk and the city and are up to speed on current events, including...
123 Losoya St, San Antonio, TX 78205, USA
While exploring the streets of San Antonio, you'll discover numerous pieces of public art that illustrate the city's rich culture and support for the arts. We stopped at The Worm Tequila Bar to take some group photos in front of its mural, which...
555 S Alamo St, San Antonio, TX 78205, USA
The San Antonio B-cycle program is one of the first large-scale municipal bike sharing systems in the U.S. There are 35 bike stations downtown, making two wheels a great way to explore a lot of the key historic sites and the many quality...
1414 S Alamo St #105, San Antonio, TX 78210, USA
Two of my favorite things are beer and bikes, so it was no surprise that I fell in love with the Blue Star Brewing Company in San Antonio. The beer is top-notch and all organic. It also has a stellar food menu and offers great ambiance, both...
Avenida Guadalupe, San Antonio, TX, USA
La Chiquita is one of the many family-owned panaderías (Mexican bakeries) found on the west side of San Antonio, but this is one of the oldest and has been in the neighborhood for more than 40 years. You'll find fresh pastries, bread, empanadas,...
214 W Crockett St, San Antonio, TX 78205, USA
San Antonio's River Walk is lined with bars, but for some of the best martinis in the city, head to SoHo on Crockett Street. The stylish lounge is housed in space that used to be a bank and specializes in wines and artfully crafted martinis, some...
514 W Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78207, USA
Walking into El Mercado Market Square is like entering another world, with its rows of color climbing the walls and hugging the aisles. It's the largest Mexican market outside of Mexico. A San Antonio trolley will drop you off here for free. The...
100 E Grayson St, San Antonio, TX 78215, USA
You don't have to cross the border to sample some of the best street foods that Mexico has to offer. Just head over to chef Johnny Hernandez's La Gloria Ice House. La Gloria, one of several San Antonio restaurants from the former Top Chef judge,...
Mission San Jose, San Antonio, TX, USA
San José—the largest and most impressive of the San Antonio Missions—has evolved not only into a historic monument, but also a well-preserved part of modern local life. Part visitor center, part parish, part museum, and part...
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