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San Antonio's 5 best bars for craft cocktails

San Antonio's 5 best bars for craft cocktails

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Esquire Tavern, the oldest bar on the River Walk, is also one of the city's best spots for a cocktail.  Esquire Tavern/Facebook

Along with a booming food scene comes a vibrant nightlife culture where cocktails are to be sipped in bars draped in wood and leather with dimmed lighting hanging overhead. It's not Brooklyn, but Alamo City's bar scene is booming with hipster mixologists and creative libations.

Here's a list of the five best bars with craft cocktails:

Bar 1919
Bar 1919 is for the liquor snob and cocktail connoisseur. With 300 spirits in house, including one vodka (ask the bartender why it's Sobieski), the bartenders are mixing up fancy drinks to complement the cool atmosphere. The bartenders mix up some of the best classics in addition to a list of craft cocktails. Favorites include the true azul with pepper-infused tequila, fresh lime juice, and smoked sea salt and the sazerac, with orange zest instead of lemon. 

Blue Box
This bar is chill enough to kick back in one of the leather booths, and fine enough to order an Old Fashioned. Whether it's a classic or one of the signature elixirs, Blue Box doesn't disappoint. Sit at the bar and you'll see the bartenders use smoke, foam, a spritz of juice, and drop of bitters to create something extraordinary. Top picks are the Diamond Dog with smoky Mezcal and citrus and the Bramble with gin, citrus, blackberry, and Cassis. 

The Brooklynite
​Owned by esteemed mixologist Jeret Peña, The Brooklynite mixes up creative cocktails to quench your thirst and excite your palate. Interesting options include the Persephone's Kiss with aquavit, dill yogurt, cucumber, and lemon; Boots & Heels with corn whiskey Punt e Mes, Averna, and lavender; and Bad Apple with gin, Suze, Cocchi Americano, creme de violette, and apple bitters. 

The Esquire Tavern
This historic watering hole offers more than a cool speakeasy-style ambiance. With the help of Bar Director Houston Eaves and Bar Manager Myles Worrell, Esquire Tavern's menu celebrates the end of Prohibition with big, bold flavors. Favorite libations include Go Down Swinging, Pleasure Seeker, Kill the Pain and Little River. 

Paramour 
One of San Antonio's newest bars offers a spectacular view of the city, lounge areas, and fancy cocktails. Paramour prides itself on its Champagne varieties, but the cocktails should not be forgotten with a spirit list so vast. Favorites include the Trophy Wife, The Godfather, and all of the classics. Paramour knows how to mix it up.