Things to Do in San Antonio at Night

Forget all Your Cares and Drink and Dance the Night Away!

San Antonio loves nothing more than to party and enjoy good food and good drinks before a night of revelry and dancing with their besties, and so you will too! 

If you're looking for something chill, check out one of the newest bars to hit the SA night life, Three Star Bar! This loungy man-centric vibe is perfect for evening bites and stellar whiskey in a relaxed environment. Not only do they have a cool outdoor patio, but they have arcade games for your amusement and friendly battles.

For live music and fabulous authentic Mexican cuisine in an upscale environment, visit Cuishe Cocina Mexicana, located downtown as well as on the northside. The focus here is on sublime agave spirits, such as tequilas and mescals. Hit them up for Happy Hour during the week for 50 percent off agave spirits only.  

When it's time to hit the dance floor, Bonham Exchange always tops the list for best dance floor, awesome beats and drink specials in a phenomenal historic home. So get out there and have some fun! 


Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club
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Each week, LOL brings in A-list top comedians fresh from LA and NY comedy clubs, Vegas showrooms, the Tonight Show, the Letterman and Jay Leno shows, HBO and Comedy Central. You can find everything here from oddball comedy, such as the Tammy Tour to hubby humor from Steve Trevino. This classy, non-smoking nightclub is located in Park North Plaza just 15 minutes north of downtown. They have food and drinks and you're encouraged to have more drinks. The more drinks you have, the funnier the show, didn't you know? Make sure to bring a group of your favorite friends for the biggest hoot in town!

Recommended for Best Nightlife because: Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club should be on the top of your bucket list for the best comedy in town.

Kimberly's expert tip: Stay for the after hours show to enjoy some local comics.

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River Walk
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Travel + Leisure ranked the San Antonio River Walk as the #1 River Walk in America. Also known as Paseo del Rio, this major tourist attraction brings in over five million visitors a year. Delight yourself with a relaxing dinner at one of the numerous restaurants or cafes that line the river. Spice it up by visiting one of the numerous night spots or enjoying the sounds of mariachis and other live music. Adults and children enjoy floating on river boats piloted by San Antonio's humorous tour guides. The River Walk is the perfect place to hang out with family or sit quietly with your date while you enjoy the sounds of a bubbling waterfall.

Recommended for Best Nightlife because: The River Walk is a must for great food, excellent drinks and a lot of fun with old friends and new.

Kimberly's expert tip: With an abundance of restaurants, bars, clubs and more along the river walk, it's a great place to get lost on an adventure. It's also fun to people watch, so don't worry if you have a small budget.

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Azuca Nuevo Latino Restaurant & Bar
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Azuca Nuevo Latino is not just a restaurant and bar, but an experience. It's a local's favorite for their happy-hour mojitos and caipirinhas. Located just south of downtown in San Antonio's arts district, Azuca offers fantastic drinks you can't find anywhere else in town in a vivid and vibrant atmosphere. Their outdoor patio makes you feel like you're vacationing in some tropical location and not only minutes from downtown. As for the food, Azuca's dishes are an exotic synergy of delicious flavors from South and Central America with Chef Rene's innovative touch. On Friday and Saturday nights, they clear the tables and turn it into a dance club with some sexy Latin beats played by a local DJ.

Recommended for Best Nightlife because: If you're looking for some Latin vibes, Azuca is it!

Kimberly's expert tip: Azuca features the longest list of mojitos in town, from traditional to raspberry, strawberry, mango and more!

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The Tobin Center is a state-of-the-art, multi-purpose 1,759-seat (2,100-seat with flat-floor configuration) performance hall, a 250-seat studio theater, and an outdoor performance plaza connected to the river walk with a permanent 30 foot video wall and water taxi portal. The building itself is an architectural accomplishment. The Tobin is situated along the banks of the river walk and within walking distance of some of the city's finest hotels, such as the Havana Hotel and Tropicana, as well as San Antonio's enchilada-colored library and many fantastic restaurants. What was once a historic Municipal Auditorium, with its original facade preserved, has been transformed into an incredible venue that will be a huge draw for acts of all kinds, from opera to music and A-list comedians and speakers. A wide variety of stellar acts and performers can always be seen at the Tobin!

Recommended for Best Nightlife because: The Tobin is a world-class venue that showcases a variety of top entertainment.

Kimberly's expert tip: Check out their online calendar to buy tickets in advance.

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Get a sip of Paris at one of San Antonio's newest cocktail bars, located on the burgeoning east side close to downtown proper, Pastiche is setting the bar high for nightlife revelry that's both classy and cozy. The owner, a brilliant mixologist, has transformed this intimate cottage into a bar that makes you feel at home with comfy couches, elegant and eclectic decor, French music and even a resident kitty who happily greets and interacts with guests. He has also created a clever menu of cocktails that will shock and delight your palate, including one-of-a-kind libations and familiar drinks with handcrafted twists such as a Dirty Martini, Pompadour and Ethereal. They like to say the glassware is as unique as the drinks, and makes the experience all the more enjoyable. For non-drinkers, you can partake of a nice cup of tea while perusing the books in their library. It's the perfect place to go to lounge and dive into deep conversations with your friends.

Recommended for Best Nightlife because: Pastiche is a new Paris-inspired cocktail bar on the growing east side and unlike anything else in San Antonio.

Kimberly's expert tip: Grab a cocktail and sit outside on their lovely outdoor patio. It feels just like you're visiting one of your artist friend's homes.

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Carmens de la Calle Cafe
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Carmens de la Calle Cafe is a colorful European-inspired cafe with live entertainment every weekend. Some might call this place cramped but with their sexy ambiance and warm decor, you don't really care. Carmens is also known for their authentic and delicious tapas bar of globally-inspired dishes. Favorites might include paella or their exceptional empanadas, such as beef picadillo and poblano roasted chicken. Carmens provides the perfect intimate atmosphere for a chill evening with friends or that special someone. Friday nights they offer live Flamenco music and dancing, which is a rare find in the city. Saturday nights vary. You might hear some live world music or a showcase of singer/songwriters, for example. The point is for a one-of-a-kind low key venue for live music, Carmens should be at the top of your list, but just make sure to get there early so get a good table.

Recommended for Best Nightlife because: This cozy and eclectic tapas and wine bar features a global menu and live entertainment you won't find anywhere else.

Kimberly's expert tip: With the sexy, intimate surroundings and housemade sangria, this is a hot spot for a special date night!

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Bonham Exchange
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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. Founded back in 1981, the original owner had a dream to launch a nightclub that was welcoming to San Antonio's GLBT community. He succeeded and today The Bonham welcomes EVERYONE. The Bonham Exchange has been in business for over 30 years. This is quite a feat for any night club. Come prepared for large crowds on the weekend with a variety of popular music. There are three levels in the club and each day of the week promotes a different 'special.'

Recommended for Best Nightlife because: Simply one of the best places to go dancing and have a good time in a long-running club situated in an historic building.

Kimberly's expert tip: Although the Bonham tends to be an LGBT club, you can find just about anyone and everyone there on Saturday nights.

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Jazz, TX
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There's something quite magical about Jazz, TX with its stellar live music, cool speakeasy vibe, out-of-this-world cocktails and incredible food. It simply hits on every note! Located in the basement of the once bottling plant, now a food hall, at the Pearl Brewery, stepping into this jazz joint is like stepping back and forward in time all at once. There's nothing else like it in San Antonio, perhaps, in the entire state of Texas. Doc Watkins is the star of this show - a jazz artist, pianist, and singer. When he takes the stage, he lights up the room and sings an array of classic tunes across genres. You can also find some traveling acts here, but there's a primary focus on local, very talented, musicians. Jazz, TX is the purest definition of "dinner and a show!"

Recommended for Best Nightlife because: Visitors from near or far love Jazz, TX. It's a truly unique experience in San Antonio, perhaps all of Texas.

Kimberly's expert tip: Make sure to get your Christmas jazz tickets early!

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Cuishe Cocina Mexicana
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Cuishe Cocina Mexicana, located downtown, is an exploration of authentic Mexican cuisine, quite unlike the ubiquitous Tex-Mex fare you'll find around San Antonio. This upscale restaurant and bar not only features exceptional cuisine, from holiday classics like Chile en Nogada, a roasted poblano pepper stuffed with ground beef and topped with a Nogada sauce of walnuts, goat cheese, sherry, white wine and cream, to everyday favorites, such as Enchiladas Verdes and Flautas. They even go all out with options like a wood-fire grilled Wagyu Tomahawk steak. Start the night off by enjoying their agave-focused spirits and cocktails before a leisurely dinner. During happy hour, which runs from 2-7 pm on weekdays, they even offer 50% off of agave spirits. On the weekends, they also feature live music and sometimes even mariachis for a festive night out you won't soon forget!

Recommended for Best Nightlife because: Cuishe has it all from great Mexican food to unique and top chef tequilas and mezcals, as well as live music on the weekends!

Kimberly's expert tip: Cuishe has a second location on the northside along 1604.

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Three Star Bar
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Three Star Bar, located near the Historic Pearl in the Government Hill neighborhood, may have been designed to be a man's world, but ladies love it too! It's one of the newest creations from owner, Jeret Pena, known for his mixology mastery. With good food and affordable drinks, what's not to like here?! The deli-style menu features comfort food favorites and lots of whiskey. They also have arcade-style games peppered throughout the bar and a cozy back patio for enjoying those South Texas evenings. Try the Fried Mortadella Sandwich, Butter, Sourdough Patty Melt or Salt Pretzel Sticks for a light snacks. Some of the more popular non-whiskey drinks include the Gin and Tonic with pickle juice and the Gin and Juice, made with everyone's childhood favorite, grape soda. It's quickly becoming the new local's hang for both a chill weeknight stop or weekend hot spot with stirring beats pumping out the speakers.

Recommended for Best Nightlife because: This new casual concept is a fun place to relax with friends and family, grab a few drinks, eat some good food and just have fun!

Kimberly's expert tip: If you're on a self-designed bar run, hop across the street to another local's favorite, Hello Paradise.

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Kimberly A. Suta is a professional freelance writer, filmmaker and entrepreneur with a background in marketing, advertising and social media. Her first business, Midnight Sun Innovations,...  More About Kimberly