Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Local Bar -- San Antonio, TX

Have you finally found a bar in downtown San Antonio that's not pointless?  Maybe.  Service folks seem to come here after work, so that's a point in its favor.

On the other hand, some idiot just played an hour's-worth of anthem rock on the touchtunes jukebox.  No matter how well you're paid, you can only justify so many "priority plays" of Black Keys and Rolling Stones before you realize that the tidal wave of crap music will just keep coming.  (Note to self: play Rick Astley on their jukebox once you're safely back at the hotel.)

The bartenders are cool though, and you have professional hearing protection, so what's the big deal?  Plug your ears and write some reviews.

Cowabunga -- San Antonio, TX

This bar belongs in Portland.  There are no taps, just palettes of cheap canned beer.  Tweakers swing by after being eighty-sixed elsewhere, while trannies sip umbrella drinks.  The bartender likes being a bartender -- but really doesn't give a crap.

The Texan II -- San Antonio, TX

This bar belongs in Portland.  Bike hooks in back.  Full of perky hip youngsters.  The bartender likes being a bartender -- but would rather it wasn't about people demanding beers, as opposed to pouring them when the inspiration hits.

Last Word -- San Antonio, TX

Basement craft-cocktail bar
  won't last,
 if hipsters can't get cell service.

Home2 -- San Antonio, TX

Best bet, even if it makes your commute thirty minutes.  There's stuff walking distance.  Park at Houston Street Garage.  For a run down the River Walk, avoid the crowds by going St Mary's, Villita, Jack White Way, west bank.