Where to drink now
Even if a long vacation isn't in the cards this summer, everyone deserves a day off to play. This month, press pause on all that adulting and feel like a kid again. These five San Antonio destinations score big when it comes to combining great drinks with fun activities. Get your game face on — it’s time you start meeting your party goals.
Bowl and Barrel
It's not just vodka sodas and lukewarm Lone Star at this bowling alley in The Rim. In addition to domestic faves, Bowl and Barrel offers a good selection of craft brews from Texas breweries like Deep Ellum and national brands like Bell’s. And cocktails like the gin-based Southside only use fresh juices instead of sickly sweet commercial mixers. Bowling abilities may not improve after downing a pitcher of Kingsman Sangria, but it does take out the sting of all those gutter balls.
As the name promises, bowling is the main gig at this alley with 48 lanes, pools tables, and an epic arcade. For a really entertaining time, order a Boozy Blue Long Island full of blue curaçao, vodka, gin, rum, and tequila (they do mean boozy) and try to navigate the ropes course. Just make sure there is adesignated driver.
It may cost a pretty penny to book a tee time at the Quarry Golf Course, but the splurge is rewarded with a menu of happy hour specials that run all, day every day. If you lost the bet, lick your wounds with a $5 margarita or a $4 draft beer. If you find your wallet a little heavier after the front nine, celebrate with Quarry Old Fashioned and a couple of orders of sesame wings. Either way, head to Cementvilleon Fridays, when patrons can enjoy great views and live music on the patio.
The Hangar Bar & Grill
This airport area sports bar is bustling when the Spurs play, but it is just as fun the rest of the year. From live trivia on Mondays to bawdy Cards Against Humanity nights on Wednesdays, there is always something to do at the Hangar. Relive college on the last Thursday of every month when the bar hosts a beer pong tournament for prizes (and bragging rights) .
If brunch makes humdrum weekends feel like a vacation, just think of what it can do for the rest of the week. Start that "skip day" off with Topgolf’s daily mimosa bar or its bacon-garnished Tito’s Bloody Mary, then head over to the golf speed and accuracy games. Don’t forget to fuel up beforehand with a chicken and waffle slider served with maple syrup and jalapeño cream gravy.