Tucked away on Martinez Street, a short one-way road off South Alamo Street, is Lowcountry, the latest entry in Southtown’s bar scene. Lowcountry instantly charms visitors with its setting and laid-back Southern feel.
Located in a renovated two-story house, the interior rooms are not extremely spacious, but the intimacy makes up for that. There are a few small tables and chairs, and the surroundings make you feel at home.
Step out back, and you’ll find a nice little patio and staircase that descends to the “backyard,” if you will. The backyard has a few larger tables and benches, as well as smaller tables and chairs. You can see/hear/smell the action from the Alamo Street Eats Bar next door.
At night, Lowcountry looks dark, particularly on the inside — but again, the intimate, homey atmosphere is alluring. On the outside, string lights above the backyard give the impression of a classic San Antonio icehouse. This is probably as close to a hole-in-the-wall as you can get in Southtown.
Lowcountry is the brainchild of Danny Delgado, Drew Morros, and Roberta Marque. Delgado is responsible for North St. Mary’s Street hangouts such as Faust Tavern, Hi-Tones, and The Squeezebox. Morros and Marque run Crossroads Kitchen at Faust Tavern. As such, Crossroads is providing Lowcountry with appropriate Southern-style bar food, such as pork cracklins, boiled peanuts, cheese straws, and pickled eggs.
And how about the drinks? Bar manager Denise De Glopper learned from one of the city’s best mixologists, Elizabeth Forsythe, while working at Barbaro restaurant. De Glopper’s menu for Lowcountry is an adventurous exploration of boozy drinks. There’s a hearty offering of house cocktails, such as Talk Strong, a blend of rye and Madeira, and Dumb Brown Hat, which features rye, honey, and grapefruit.
Lowcountry offers a good selection of beers, and you can’t beat $3 glasses of champagne all day, every day. Happy hour, from 4-7 pm, is pretty irresistible, with $2 Lone Star or Miller High Life, $5 house cocktails, $5 house wines, and a $4 shot and a wash — Old Grand-Dad bourbon and Miller High Life.
The bar plays an eclectic selection of music too. There’s an emphasis on old-school country, singer/songwriter tunes, and the like — usually easy listening for a place with such a chill vibe. Lowcountry also hosts Back Yonder, a monthly songwriters night, and sometimes has a DJ playing records.
Open 4 pm to 2 am Tuesday through Sunday, Lowcountry is quickly asserting itself as the relaxing place to be in Southtown for happy hour or a casual evening stopover.