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San Antonio dive bar and music venue ghosts out of St. Mary's strip

San Antonio dive bar and music venue ghosts out of St. Mary's strip

The Phantom Room San Antonio
The Phantom Room is about to disappear. The Phantom Room/ Facebook

One of San Antonio’s favorite places to party is leaving the scene. On August 4, dive bar and live music menu Phantom Room announced via Facebook that August 11 would be its last day on the St. Mary’s strip.

Opened in May 2015 by Joey Cano and Danny Delgado, the bar became popular for its DJ nights. Although this was the first project for Cano, Delgado is a well-known nightlife impresario behind popular drinkeries like Hi-Tones, Faust Tavern, and The Squeezebox.

A little over a year after the debut, the bar hit a snag. In November 2016, an electrical fire ravaged the building, forcing the owners to rebuild portions of the bar and make major renovations.

At the time, the loss of Phantom Room became emblematic in the fight against encroaching development. A Change.org petition, addressed to San Antonio's City Council, Economic Development Board, and Department of Cultural and Creative Development, gained modest support in its demands to halt all new purchases and rezoning until an economic impact study could be completed.

It turned out that the concerns of bar closing were unfounded. Although broader gentrification still raged on, the Phantom Room itself made a comeback, announcing its revival on Instagram almost a year to the date of the initial closing.

This time, however, the closure is permanent. Although the owners did not give a reason for the closure, saying only that the shutter was the result of “long conversations and strategic consideration,” there is some indication that the bar is changing concepts. 

On July 19, a legal notice of a Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission mixed beverage/late hours permit application was published in the San Antonio Express-News, listing Phantom Room’s address — 2114 N. St. Marys St. — as the location. The concept, listed as Lonesome Rose, is from a limited liability company called MamaTried SATX. Cano and Delgado are listed among the officers.

CultureMap has reached out to the owners for confirmation, and will update this story when we get a response.