San Antonio & Hill Country drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Dance Hall in Gruene

Gruene Hall

Folks have been congregating here since 1878, making it one of Texas' oldest dance halls and the oldest in continual operation. Toss back a longneck, two-step to live music on the wellworn wooden dance floor, check …
Top Choice Bar in San Antonio

Friendly Spot Ice House

This place feels like a big neighborhood party where everyone is getting along. What could be more inviting than a pecan tree-shaded yard filled with colorful lawn chairs? Friends (and their dogs) gather to knock ba…
Top Choice Microbrewery in Dripping Springs

Jester King Brewery

Jester King may be the perfect country brewery. In a rural setting with picnic tables, cornhole games, shady oaks and a barn-style brewery, the backdrop is mighty picturesque, especially as the sun goes down. The lo…
Distillery in Dripping Springs

Treaty Oak Distilling

This destination distillery is the perfect host: fun, friendly and a master when it comes to cocktails. Sample their spirits in the tasting room then head to one of the bars for a fine mixed drink. You can supplemen…
Beer Hall in San Antonio

The Cove

Live music is just part of the reason to hang out at this chill beer hall, which has more than 50 Texas beers on tap. The Cove is a unique combo of food-stand/cafe/laundromat/car-wash – it even has a kiddie playgrou…
Winery in Dripping Springs

Hawk's Shadow Winery

This family-run winery is the full package: Texas hospitality, sweet views of the Hill Country from the patio and small-batch reds infused with Texas terroir – and that means easy drinking. Budding geologists can st…
Cocktail Bar in San Antonio

Brooklynite

It’s not exactly hard to find beer or wine in San Antonio, but head here for a creative, handcrafted cocktail. Vintage wallpaper and wingback chairs give the place a dark, Victorian-esque vibe. Sip away your cares w…
Brewery in San Antonio

Southerleigh

The setting for this Pearl District hotspot is vintage industrial chic: this was once the historical Pearl Brewery. Today, excellent and varied house brews are once again flowing through the 19th-century complex. Al…
Bar in Bandera

11th Street Cowboy Bar

This not-to-be-missed spot just north of Cypress St is the ‘Biggest Little Bar in Texas.' The quirky main room features dozens of liberated ladies' undergarments and is a great place to enjoy some local color. Out b…
Wine Bar in Gruene

Grapevine

Wine tastings are complimentary at this amiable place, where all the samples are from Texas wineries. Prefer a glass or a bottle? You'll find more Texas wines, plus a few selections from California, Germany and Ital…