Experience the Alamo City "al fresco"-style at these restaurants and bars featuring the best patios and tableside views in town.
Dating back to 1933 when it opened to celebrate the end of prohibition, the Esquire Tavern is the oldest bar on the River Walk, and home to the longest wooden bar top in Texas. The menu may have changed slightly, but the tradition has not: Folks come to sit on the patio and enjoy the scene, sip swanky cocktails or enjoy a scratch-made meal. Boudro’s Texas Bistro, also on the River Walk, boasts one of the best patios downtown. Located along the sidewalk of the San Antonio River, visitors can be found sitting beneath Boudros’ colorful umbrellas while indulging in Chef Robbie Nowlin’s gourmet Texas cuisine and a bottle of wine from its extensive cellar.
Mokara Hotel’s rooftop café is the ideal place to watch the sun set over downtown while taking in the café’s elegant, laidback vibe. Tequila is king here, and Ostra Restaurant—located on the Riverfront level—offers the largest selection of tequilas and Mezcals in downtown San Antonio, not to mention a luxury fine dining experience.
A coffee bar by day and a happening hot spot by night, Paramour describes itself as a “boozy oasis in the sky.” Translation: Not only will you find crafty cocktails, but also one of the best views in the city. For a “locals only”-type haunt, head to The Cove in Five Points— because where else can you go to find a laundromat, dog wash, playground, dog park, live music venue, farm-to-table restaurant and beer garden (with over 50 Texas beers) all in one?
In Southtown, kid-approved icehouse The Friendly Spot is where patrons come to enjoy good company, the big game or a movie on the patio from The Friendly Spot’s colorful, retro lawn chairs while mingling with happy dogs and even happier people. There are 250 bottled beers (and 76 on tap), with a $5, 16-ounce mimosa special on Sundays. At neighborhood hangout Feast in Southtown, it’s always a fiesta. Its welcoming, tree-lit front patio is perfect for kicking back and “feasting” on Chef Stefan Bowers’ upscale American comfort food.
Mexican street food and a casual cantina atmosphere at La Gloria make this Pearl Brewery patio a local favorite. Sip a freshly made cocktail alongside views of the river, or take your pick from the extensive tequila and mezcal menu.
Legendary margaritas and fire-roasted salsa have kept Mexican restaurant La Fogata’s doors open for nearly 40 years. Here, the patio’s tropical plants, flowing fountains and roving mariachi singers combine to create an environment that encompasses all that’s lively and authentic about the Alamo City.