Where to drink
Where to drink in San Antonio right now: 5 hot new happy hours for summer
Based on the results of a highly unscientific poll, many San Antonians are suffering from burnout. Whether dealing with the workweek grind or the same old social schedule, many locals need to shake things up — and soon.
If Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants taught us anything, summer should be a time for exploration. Since a romantic getaway to Greece isn’t in the cards this month, we’ll just have to make do with the latest and greatest Alamo City happy hours.
This Government Hill newcomer gave its happy hour menu a major upgrade in late June. The food menu is full of heavy hitters like $6 crispy fried oysters, $4 bacon and pimento hushpuppies with escabeche, $5 Parmesan truffle fries, and an $8 Kozy burger oozing with American cheese. Drink specials include discounted boilermakers and wines by-the-glass, and a curated selection of $5 cocktails. Enjoy it weekdays from 3-7 pm.
Hawx Sports Lounge
Even those whose sports knowledge is limited will find much to like at the Hawx’s new Sonterra location. The burger bar offers its happy hour from 2-7 pm on weekdays, then flips it back and reverses it from 9-11 pm. The deals are bananas. Appetizers like a grilled cheeses, fried mushrooms, and queso are priced between $3-$4. Craft beers are $4, and domestic drafts are $2. And margaritas are just $1 during the happy hour within a happy hour from 4-5 pm and 10-11 pm.
The Patio Southtown
After a four-month hiatus, this comfy watering hole reappeared in May with custom picnic tables, a Rockbot music system, and — most importantly — air conditioning. Get your Mr. Freeze on between 4-6 pm during the Tuesday through Friday happy hour. Instead of offering a wide array of deals, the place keeps the formula simple. Take 20 percent off anything that has booze and appetizers like fried cheese bites; onion chips; tots; and queso loaded with sour cream, guac, pico, and either brisket or chicken.
Ruth’s Chris Steak House
Yes, this is a chain and the name is a headache for grammarians, but it deserves credit where credit is due. The new Sizzle, Swizzle, Swirl happy hour is a boon for budget-minded diners, with an array of cocktails and deluxe dishes all priced at $9. The food menu has the best bets, offering crab beignets, a prime burger, spicy fried shrimp, and seared ahi tuna. Drinks include Cosmos, Manhattans, and a pomegranate martini.
Tuesday is like the Big Bang Theory of the calendar. Sure, sometimes it's mildly amusing, but few will ever admit to loving it. That may soon change as more San Antonians discover the new Tuesday social at the Culinary Institute of America’s student-run restaurant. From 5:30-8 pm, penny pinchers can enjoy $5 cocktails, like the award-winning Savor margarita and take a buck off appetizers like crispy pomme frites, orange chili wings, and beefy brisket meatballs. Use all the money saved to pony up for one of the luscious desserts.