Best San Antonio, TX Nightlife

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    10. Gruene Hall

    Although Gruene Hall is located outside the city limits of San Antonio, it's worth the extra gas to get to what has now become an iconic venue. Built in 1878, Gruene Hall is considered the oldest running dance hall...

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    9. Howl at the Moon

    Shrinking violets beware: With two dueling piano players, a raucous atmosphere, and audience participation near 100%, Howl at the Moon is a great place to let loose. Musicians keep things boisterous with witty...

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    8. Durty Nelly's Pub

    Durty Nelly's doesn't offer traditional live music, but it just might be the most fun you've had in years! This genuine Irish pub, located right on the Riverwalk, is a tourist favorite. Even locals looking for a...

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    7. Blue Box Bar

    Blue Box Bar is one of the best and newest editions to San Antonio's nightlife scene and is located in the hottest and hippest spot in town, The Pearl Brewery, but if you don't keep your eyes peeled you might miss...

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    6. Bonham Exchange

    Perhaps San Antonio's most unique dance club, the Bonham is housed in a building that is over 120 years old. The club is known for inviting everyone to come in and be whoever you are without fear of criticism. ...

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    5. The Last Word

    If you like a low-lit, intimate atmosphere that feels like a modern day speakeasy, then The Last Word might just be the bar for you. This beautiful new venue serves up some of the city's finest handcrafted cocktails,...

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    4. TBA

    TBA is a concept that is certainly unique for the San Antonio scene. TBA stands for "To Be Announced," and in terms of this snazzy little snack bar and cocktail lounge, it means that there's no telling what exciting...

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    3. Dorcol Distilling Company

    Thanks to a new law, Dorcol Distilling Company, which makes an incredible Serbian apricot brandy, transforms into a cocktail lounge on the weekends and, using only their signature spirit creates the most amazing...

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    2. Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club

    Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club should be on the top of your bucket list, especially when headlined by Jade Esteban Estrada from Bravo TV and Comedy Central. Find out when this fabulous comedian is performing in a city...

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    1. Mezcaleria Mixtli

    The Mezcaleria, located at the Yard shopping center in the Olmos Park neighborhood in central San Antonio, focuses on Mexican-centric flavors and features Mexican spirits such as tequila and the largest variety of...

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About San Antonio, TX Nightlife

San Antonio's nightlife is as diverse as its history.  Local musicians play at restaurants and bars on the River Walk and around town. ‘Texas music’ is a rapidly growing sub-genre of American country music and has a style all its own.  Go shopping at the Alamo Quarry and then stop off at the The Quarry Hofbrau and Beergarden. This local favorite hosts Texas musicians with their own flavor.  Artists like Mark Monaco and Rodney Hayden take the stage regularly here and at other great establishments. For two consecutive years, Sam’s Burger Joint has been voted “Best Live Music Venue in San Antonio.”   Country music and dancing thrive at Cowboy’s Dancehall and history lives on at the oldest operating dancehall in Texas, Gruene Hall which lies just north of town in historic Gruene, Texas. 

Popular hangouts for partying and dancing include clubs like the Kremlin and the Bonham Exchange.   If you are looking to dress up and be seen, visit the Vbar or Swig Martini Bar. Your choices are unlimited as are the possibilities with a night out in San Antonio.  Many restaurants open up a stage or patio for live music to encourage diners to stay longer and enjoy more of a concert experience while they have dinner and drinks. Whether you are looking for rock, jazz, salsa, country, pop or your favorite Tejano band, you won’t be disappointed.


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Krissy is a native Texan who loves the warmth and sunshine that living in Texas brings almost year-round.  She enjoys listening to Texas music outdoors, and in the summer, she enjoys floating down the Guadalupe and Frio Rivers. When she’s not writing, she mentors entrepreneurs and helps account executives take their careers and income to the next...  Read more »

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