San Antonio

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When the sun goes down, an entirely different side of the city is revealed. ShermansTravel experts sort through the dives and overpriced cocktails to show you the best bars and nightspots that really give a taste of the local vibe, while also pointing out the jazz clubs, theater performances, and dancehalls that travelers might not find on their own.

San Antonio Nightlife

Bonham Exchange

School is definitely out at this former German school turned enormous multi-level playground for the gay and lesbian community. Classrooms now feature drinks specials, comedy shows, and dancing.

411 Bonham St., TX, 210-271-3811,
Tags: nightlife | dancing | gay


Off duty professionals and students throng the pool tables, TV-saturated main bar and rooftop deck, while sampling an extensive selection of 17 beers on tap and bottled options.

Downtown, 2417 N. St. Mary’s St., TX, 210-733-9573
Tags: nightlife | lounge | bar | notable beer list

Menger Bar

The bar where Roosevelt’s Rough Riders’ were recruited moved to this new roost in 1956. The Menger Hotel’s dark, wooded drinking den lures the city’s socialites.

Downtown, 204 Alamo Plaza, TX, 210-223-4361,
Tags: nightlife | expensive | editor pick | smart splurge | hotel bar

White Rabbit

Dimly lit and full of enthusiastic 20-somethings, alternative rock, punk and metal fans, this is one of the larger live music venues on compact St. Mary’s strip.

Downtown, 2410 N. St. Mary’s St., TX, 210-737-2221,
Tags: nightlife | trendy | local favorite


A wonderful array of wines, including fabulous Napa and Sonoma varietals, an enticing champagne selection, premium liquors, vintage ports and an imported cigar menu draw imbibers to Zinc’s cozy indoors and pleasant patio.

Downtown, 207 N. Presa St., TX, 210-224-2900,
Tags: nightlife | expensive | smart splurge | lounge | notable wine list

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