Guidebook for San Antonio

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Guidebook for San Antonio

Drinks & Nightlife

This modern 2 story bar is a popular hangout among the Pearl crowd. Their classic Old Fashioned can't be beat.
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Blue Box Bar
312 Pearl Parkway
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This modern 2 story bar is a popular hangout among the Pearl crowd. Their classic Old Fashioned can't be beat.
Some of the most creative cocktails the city has to offer, set in an atmospheric lounge. Outdoor balcony has beautiful views of the Rim. Great way to end a day of shopping at La Cantera
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George's Keep
17101 La Cantera Pkwy
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Some of the most creative cocktails the city has to offer, set in an atmospheric lounge. Outdoor balcony has beautiful views of the Rim. Great way to end a day of shopping at La Cantera
Inside the iconic Hotel Emma, this bar is imposing with its grandiose 25 ft ceilings, huge stone fireplace and upstairs library, yet cozy with groupings of leather couches. Converted fermentation tanks from the original Pearl Brewery serve as semi-private rooms for big groups
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Sternewirth
136 E Grayson St
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Inside the iconic Hotel Emma, this bar is imposing with its grandiose 25 ft ceilings, huge stone fireplace and upstairs library, yet cozy with groupings of leather couches. Converted fermentation tanks from the original Pearl Brewery serve as semi-private rooms for big groups
With craft cocktails and nearly 360 degree views of the downtown skyline, this is one of the most popular hot spots in San Antonio. Come early to watch the sunset and avoid long lines later.
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Paramour
102 9th St
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With craft cocktails and nearly 360 degree views of the downtown skyline, this is one of the most popular hot spots in San Antonio. Come early to watch the sunset and avoid long lines later.
Overlooking the riverwalk, the mid-century Cuban vibes and refreshing mojitos will wash all your cares away.
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Ocho
1015 Navarro Street
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Overlooking the riverwalk, the mid-century Cuban vibes and refreshing mojitos will wash all your cares away.
Just a few minutes down Broadway, this venue draws a variety of live music from local to big name artists. Check the calendar for free swing dancing lessons. The burgers are so juicy and flavorful, I'll eat here without even seeing a show.
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Sam's Burger Joint
330 East Grayson Street
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Just a few minutes down Broadway, this venue draws a variety of live music from local to big name artists. Check the calendar for free swing dancing lessons. The burgers are so juicy and flavorful, I'll eat here without even seeing a show.
Dark and swanky, with great cocktails
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The Brooklynite
516 Brooklyn Avenue
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Dark and swanky, with great cocktails
LGBT friendly dance club
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Bonham Exchange
411 Bonham
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LGBT friendly dance club

Sightseeing

The bustling River Walk is filled with restaurants, shopping, and bars for entertainment. Hop on a river taxi for the best views and historical information about the city.
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San Antonio River Walk
849 E Commerce St
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The bustling River Walk is filled with restaurants, shopping, and bars for entertainment. Hop on a river taxi for the best views and historical information about the city.

Arts & Culture

The stunning newly renovated Witte Museum is a short walk from the house, dedicated to exhibits that tell the story of Texas- from prehistory to present. Set on the banks of the river, this gorgeous setting is also popular for events such as weddings and benefits.
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Witte Museum
3801 Broadway Street
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The stunning newly renovated Witte Museum is a short walk from the house, dedicated to exhibits that tell the story of Texas- from prehistory to present. Set on the banks of the river, this gorgeous setting is also popular for events such as weddings and benefits.
The McNay Art Museum is a converted 1920's mansion specializing in modern art. With such gorgeous grounds its not uncommon to see a wedding photo shoot during your visit. Come on 2nd Thursdays for live music, food trucks and cocktails on the lawn!
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McNay Art Museum
6000 North New Braunfels Avenue
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The McNay Art Museum is a converted 1920's mansion specializing in modern art. With such gorgeous grounds its not uncommon to see a wedding photo shoot during your visit. Come on 2nd Thursdays for live music, food trucks and cocktails on the lawn!
In addition to housing a broad range of historical and cultural art, this museum is located in the museum reach extension of the river walk with stunning views. This is our preferred part of the river walk, with abundant gardens and art- away from the touristy crowds and bars downtown.
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San Antonio Museum of Art
200 West Jones Avenue
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In addition to housing a broad range of historical and cultural art, this museum is located in the museum reach extension of the river walk with stunning views. This is our preferred part of the river walk, with abundant gardens and art- away from the touristy crowds and bars downtown.
A brand new, highly interactive children's museum with a focus on science, technology and mathematics, where children are encouraged to learn through play.
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The DoSeum
2800 Broadway Street
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A brand new, highly interactive children's museum with a focus on science, technology and mathematics, where children are encouraged to learn through play.
Come see this iconic piece of San Antonio history, founded in the 18th century as a Spanish mission, then later used as a fortress during the Battle of the Alamo.
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Alamo
300 Alamo Plaza
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Come see this iconic piece of San Antonio history, founded in the 18th century as a Spanish mission, then later used as a fortress during the Battle of the Alamo.
Tour Trinity University's beautiful campus, for sights such as the Trinity tower, Library and Chapel.
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Trinity University
1 Trinity Place
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Tour Trinity University's beautiful campus, for sights such as the Trinity tower, Library and Chapel.
The University of Incarnate Word also has a lovely campus and is minutes from the house. Don't miss a tour of the Christmas lights during the holiday season!
University of the Incarnate Word
4301 Broadway Street
The University of Incarnate Word also has a lovely campus and is minutes from the house. Don't miss a tour of the Christmas lights during the holiday season!
Modern performance hall on the river, often hosts outdoor events on the plaza. Comes alive at night in a rainbow of twinkling lights
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Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
100 Auditorium Circle
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Modern performance hall on the river, often hosts outdoor events on the plaza. Comes alive at night in a rainbow of twinkling lights
A piece of San Antonio history, retaining its original decor and old world feel
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Majestic Theatre
224 East Houston Street
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A piece of San Antonio history, retaining its original decor and old world feel

Food Scene

Another personal favorite, minutes from the house. Kids will love the backyard area with the chicken coop.
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CommonWealth Coffeehouse & Bakery
118 Davis Court
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Another personal favorite, minutes from the house. Kids will love the backyard area with the chicken coop.
If you're looking for something as unique as it is delicious, look no further than Botika in the Pearl. Featuring Peruvian/Japanese fusion cuisine and gorgeous vibrant decor.
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Botika
303 Pearl Pkwy
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If you're looking for something as unique as it is delicious, look no further than Botika in the Pearl. Featuring Peruvian/Japanese fusion cuisine and gorgeous vibrant decor.
Popular Mexican fare with the best view in the Pearl and Live music on weekends. Pro tip: put your name on the list first, explore a bit then come back to check on your place.
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La Gloria
100 East Grayson Street
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Popular Mexican fare with the best view in the Pearl and Live music on weekends. Pro tip: put your name on the list first, explore a bit then come back to check on your place.
Pastries are delicate, savory dishes flavorful yet light, its a perfect lunch or brunch spot while exploring the Pearl complex.
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Bakery Lorraine
306 Pearl Parkway
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Pastries are delicate, savory dishes flavorful yet light, its a perfect lunch or brunch spot while exploring the Pearl complex.
Rustic-chic and beautifully decorated, this cafe/yoga studio/hangout features healthy gluten-free breakfast, juices, and protein bowls that will leave you energized for a day of sightseeing.
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5 Points Local
1017 N Flores St
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Rustic-chic and beautifully decorated, this cafe/yoga studio/hangout features healthy gluten-free breakfast, juices, and protein bowls that will leave you energized for a day of sightseeing.
Just a short walk from the house is a rising star of the Texas BBQ scene. The Smoke Shack was called "outrageously good" by the editor of Texas Monthly Barbecue and we have to agree.
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Smoke Shack BBQ + Southern Kitchen
3714 Broadway Street
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Just a short walk from the house is a rising star of the Texas BBQ scene. The Smoke Shack was called "outrageously good" by the editor of Texas Monthly Barbecue and we have to agree.
An Alamo Heights favorite with a lovely Hacienda atmosphere and excellent queso fundido. Try the '09 Mojito - a nod to the local zip code.
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Paloma Blanca Mexican Cuisine
5800 Broadway Street
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An Alamo Heights favorite with a lovely Hacienda atmosphere and excellent queso fundido. Try the '09 Mojito - a nod to the local zip code.
Farm to table style wood-fired pizza and small plates, located in the trendy Blue Star Arts complex over looking the verdant southern extension of the riverwalk.
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Stella Public House
1414 South Alamo Street
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Farm to table style wood-fired pizza and small plates, located in the trendy Blue Star Arts complex over looking the verdant southern extension of the riverwalk.
With a great location, food, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, games, and a great patio overlooking the river, its perfect for any time of day with any number of people.
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Halcyon Southtown
1414 South Alamo Street
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With a great location, food, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, games, and a great patio overlooking the river, its perfect for any time of day with any number of people.
A must do on a pretty day. The Luxury features gourmet, yet non-fussy food truck fare by acclaimed local chef Andrew Weissman, craft beer and wine, and an inviting layout featuring covered picnic tables, swings overlooking the riverwalk, and bocce ball. Great for groups, families, and furry friends.
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The Luxury
103 East Jones Avenue
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A must do on a pretty day. The Luxury features gourmet, yet non-fussy food truck fare by acclaimed local chef Andrew Weissman, craft beer and wine, and an inviting layout featuring covered picnic tables, swings overlooking the riverwalk, and bocce ball. Great for groups, families, and furry friends.
Best brewery in town and outdoor patio has great views.
Freetail Brewing Co.
4035 North Loop 1604 West
Best brewery in town and outdoor patio has great views.
This Silo location focuses on fresh seafood. Beautiful decor and great views. Google the other Silo locations if seafood isn't your thing, because the food is incredible at all.
SILO Terrace Oyster Bar
22111 Ih 10 W Access Rd
This Silo location focuses on fresh seafood. Beautiful decor and great views. Google the other Silo locations if seafood isn't your thing, because the food is incredible at all.
The unofficial official BBQ joint of San Antonio. Great for after 6 flags!
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Leon Springs BBQ - The Original Rudy's"
24152 Interstate 10
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The unofficial official BBQ joint of San Antonio. Great for after 6 flags!
This is the best Vietnamese I've ever had, I drive out of my way to come here for their vermicelli with grilled pork. If you're in the La Cantera area this is a great hidden gem.
Pho Hung Cuong Restaurant
12730 Frontage Rd
This is the best Vietnamese I've ever had, I drive out of my way to come here for their vermicelli with grilled pork. If you're in the La Cantera area this is a great hidden gem.
Some of the freshest and most artistic sushi in town. Stop by George's Keep afterwards for a cocktail!
Uni'Ko Japanese House
17803 La Cantera Terrace
Some of the freshest and most artistic sushi in town. Stop by George's Keep afterwards for a cocktail!
Rustic pizza with creative toppings and excellent cocktails
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Barbaro
2720 McCullough Avenue
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Rustic pizza with creative toppings and excellent cocktails
Flavorful, filling burgers and a fun atmosphere. Their margaritas are a must!
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Tycoon Flats
2926 North Saint Mary's Street
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Flavorful, filling burgers and a fun atmosphere. Their margaritas are a must!
They make the best acai bowls with a lot of different options
Rise Up Acai Bowls, LLC.
6401 Broadway St
They make the best acai bowls with a lot of different options
This place is great for brunch or for a tapas style dinner with friends. Brass and leather furnishings and high ceilings give this place a cozy old world feel. Try its namesake, the whiskey cake, for dessert!
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Whiskey Cake Kitchen & Bar
15900 La Cantera Pkwy
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This place is great for brunch or for a tapas style dinner with friends. Brass and leather furnishings and high ceilings give this place a cozy old world feel. Try its namesake, the whiskey cake, for dessert!

Parks & Nature

The newly renovated Botanical Gardens is a short walk from the house and is a gorgeous 33 acre park perfect for stunning photo ops, family fun, gardening education, brunch at the garden bistro, or just some fresh air and exercise. Check out their calendar for year round events such as food and wine fests, outdoor movies, gardening classes, and so much more!
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Botanical Gardens
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The newly renovated Botanical Gardens is a short walk from the house and is a gorgeous 33 acre park perfect for stunning photo ops, family fun, gardening education, brunch at the garden bistro, or just some fresh air and exercise. Check out their calendar for year round events such as food and wine fests, outdoor movies, gardening classes, and so much more!
Brackenridge Park is a short walk from the house and is home to many San Antonio parks and attractions including the Witte Museum, the San Antonio Zoo, Japanese Tea gardens, Sunken Garden Theater, golfing, and several spots along the river for picnicking and enjoying the day outdoors
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Brackenridge Park
3700 North Saint Mary's Street
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Brackenridge Park is a short walk from the house and is home to many San Antonio parks and attractions including the Witte Museum, the San Antonio Zoo, Japanese Tea gardens, Sunken Garden Theater, golfing, and several spots along the river for picnicking and enjoying the day outdoors
South of downtown are the famous San Antonio Missions built by early Spanish settlers. For a fun and active day, rent bikes from the Blue Star complex and bike along the river among wildflowers and wildlife until you reach the Missions.
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San Antonio Missions National Historical Park
6701 San Jose Dr
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South of downtown are the famous San Antonio Missions built by early Spanish settlers. For a fun and active day, rent bikes from the Blue Star complex and bike along the river among wildflowers and wildlife until you reach the Missions.
Park on the hilly north side of SA. Climb to the observation deck at the top for a stunning view of the hill country, fiesta texas, and downtown. Reward yourself after with a beer from Freetail brewery down the road
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Eisenhower Park
19399 NW Military Hwy
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Park on the hilly north side of SA. Climb to the observation deck at the top for a stunning view of the hill country, fiesta texas, and downtown. Reward yourself after with a beer from Freetail brewery down the road
You can walk or jog to this park from our house, and its a perfect little running loop where you can enjoy some greenery while checking out some of the historic homes in the neighborhood.
Mahncke Park
You can walk or jog to this park from our house, and its a perfect little running loop where you can enjoy some greenery while checking out some of the historic homes in the neighborhood.

Entertainment & Activities

San Antonio Zoo Train Roundhouse
The AT&T center hosts Spurs games, the Rodeo, and Musical Performances
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AT&T Center
1 AT&T Center Parkway
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The AT&T center hosts Spurs games, the Rodeo, and Musical Performances
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SeaWorld San Antonio
10500 Sea World Drive
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Santikos Entertainment Palladium
17703 Frontage Road
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Bowlero San Antonio
13307 San Pedro Avenue
Regal Alamo Quarry
255 East Basse Road
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Topgolf
5539 North Loop 1604 West
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Six Flags is a great place for family fun, and has a water park to help you stay cool in the summer. At night, the fireworks show lights up the sky.
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Six Flags Fiesta Texas
17000 IH-10 West
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Six Flags is a great place for family fun, and has a water park to help you stay cool in the summer. At night, the fireworks show lights up the sky.

Shopping

La Cantera is a beautiful outdoor mall, bordering 6 flags fiesta Texas and home to Neiman Marcus, Nordstroms, Dillards, among over 170 other stores. In addition, there are shopping areas and (my favorite!) movie theater at the Rim across I-10. And across la Cantera Parkway there is the Eilan complex with our favorite sushi place in the city.
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The Shops at La Cantera
15900 La Cantera Pkwy
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La Cantera is a beautiful outdoor mall, bordering 6 flags fiesta Texas and home to Neiman Marcus, Nordstroms, Dillards, among over 170 other stores. In addition, there are shopping areas and (my favorite!) movie theater at the Rim across I-10. And across la Cantera Parkway there is the Eilan complex with our favorite sushi place in the city.
Just a 5 minute drive north, the Quarry is an outdoor shopping center with both high end and budget friendly shops, restaurants and bars. Try Snooze for brunch and Lily rain or Bevello for cute boutique shopping! The Quarry movie theater is an impressive, two story masterpiece with descriptive historical art telling the story of the original rock quarry.
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The Quarry
444 E Basse Rd
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Just a 5 minute drive north, the Quarry is an outdoor shopping center with both high end and budget friendly shops, restaurants and bars. Try Snooze for brunch and Lily rain or Bevello for cute boutique shopping! The Quarry movie theater is an impressive, two story masterpiece with descriptive historical art telling the story of the original rock quarry.
This indoor mall is a great alternative for rainy days and has a plethora of shops including Forever 21 and Saks Fifth Avenue department stores Take a picture with the famous giant boots!
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North Star Mall
7400 San Pedro Avenue
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This indoor mall is a great alternative for rainy days and has a plethora of shops including Forever 21 and Saks Fifth Avenue department stores Take a picture with the famous giant boots!