On a sunny afternoon, you can make do with a vodka soda or a pint of craft beer, but we all know that the best way to ease workday stress is with tequila. Luckily, some of San Antonio’s hottest bars also have excellent happy hours with budget drinks and snacks that will have you saying, "¡salud!"
Whether you like it in a margarita or straight up with a little lime and salt, try these seven spots for the best deals on agave spirits.
Chef Johnny Hernandez’s Southtown charmer is affordable regardless of when you visit, but it kicks into high gear on Monday through Friday from 4-7 pm. For only $5, enjoy house margaritas made with El Jimador tequila and fresh lime, pineapple, and orange juice. For an extra buck, dive into one of the house infused ‘ritas like the fiery Six Chiles made with sweet red and yellow peppers, jalapeños, and habaneros.
The revamped classic has one of the most eye-popping selections of mezcals in town, all 25 percent off during the weekday between 3-7 pm. Drinks featuring the smoky spirit are also $3 off, including the Distrito Federal — a punchy cocktail featuring añejo tequila, mezcal, Italian vermouth, and chocolatey Xocolatl mole bitters.
You can’t help but feel fancy when you visit the Hotel Havana’s resident restaurant, decked out with a greenhouse roof and oversized chandeliers. Fancy doesn’t have to mean expensive, however — especially when you take advantage of its Monday-Wednesday happy hour from 4-6 pm. The main draw is the Havana margarita — one of the best in town — but make sure you take advantage of the seasonal specials on antojitos.
This San Antonio institution takes tequila seriously, so much so that the menu offers a mini primer on all its various forms. But that doesn’t mean you can't have a little fun. On weekdays between 3-6 pm, get your fill of $3.50 frozen or rocks margaritas and $5 appetizers like small queso and guacamole, tacos al pastor, and nachos.
Sanchos Concina y Cantina
Bring your best friend to this bar and grill, one of the best Alamo City spots for dogs and humans alike. For post-work drinks, go between 4-7 pm, Monday though Friday and enjoy $2.75 frozen margaritas and $3.50 wells. If you are more of a night owl, Sanchos has you covered with a reverse happy hour running Sunday-Tuesday from 9-11 pm.
¡Salud! Ultimate Tequila Bar
What’s better than a bar that offers happy hour all week? A bar that offers something new to look forward to every day. Salud’s daily specials include a rotating selection of tequilas from top producers like Milagro, Republic, Dulce Vida, Herradura, and Cazadores for only $5. The happy hour is also one of the longest in town, lasting from 3-9 pm on Monday-Friday, and noon-9 pm during the weekends.
Tito’s Mexican Restaurant
This casual King William restaurant is most known for its mango chamoy margaritas, a perfect mix of sweet, salty, and sour. Enjoy $2 off every marg on the menu during the weekday happy hour from 3-6 pm. Deals on snacks include $7 mini tacos al carbon, $5 mini bean and cheese chalupas, and discounted nachos.