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Esquire Tavern

155 E Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78205-2226
+1 210-222-2521
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good33%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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155 E Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78205-2226
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I had a great local beer and a really good burger - the Cumin aioli for the fries was both novel and delicious. Great service too.

Thank IanMcLeodStevenson
Reviewed 1 week ago

Due to sightseeing, we were always eating late. Most places to eat on the Riverwalk close at 10 or 11 PM - even on weekends. It was hard finding a late night place that also had good food and a nice ambiance. We were very...More

Thank amraac
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The history of this place alone makes it a must stop. The cocktails are well made and the atmosphere enjoyable! We visited twice during our stay!

Thank Bryana A
Reviewed 1 week ago

My first visit to the Esquire Tavern was an excellent experience and prompted a half a dozen more trips there in last few years. Its dark and mysterious and well located on the riverwalk, accessible from the street above or the water below. I can...More

1  Thank witherspoonq
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

To get to the inside of the tavern you do have to walk up a stairwell. When we got there the wait was going to be 45 minutes so we opted to just have a drink at the bar. They have lots of unique drink...More

Thank Lisamg01
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Oldest bar in San Antonio. Cold beer and the best burger I ever had. Jazz band played. Good service. Must go.

Thank Lmanski
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We've always liked the Equire bar for its 'authentic ambiance' good drinks and bar food. The last time we visited, the bar was completely filled and they suggested the visit the new downstairs bar, WOW! It now ranks among the best bars I have ever...More

Thank gofo
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The bartenders need to clean and wash the measure accessories. You don't want your Gin with solid lemon parts because they use the same accessories for other cocktails with lemon juice. Quality Control Nice Place Bad Experience

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My second date with my now husband was in this place and let me tell you that the soft light, the drinks, the view of the Riverwalk and everything worked perfect in his favor. We try to go back often just because we love the...More

Thank CMoDel
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Favorite happy hour spot when I'm in town. Has great happy hour apps that are not your everyday apps that are delicious. They also serve local beer and make awesome old fashions

Thank Paden S
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25 June 2017|
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Response from 401hollyw | Reviewed this property |
I saw children there during the day. I would guess it is more of a bar crowd in the evening
Megan C
14 February 2017|
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Paige U
1 June 2016|
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Response from Nina K | Property representative |
Hi there, Paige! Our Happy Hour specials are offered Monday through Friday, from 3pm-7pm. Hope to see you for Happy Hour soon! Cheers! Nina K Assistant General Manager
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$20
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, View, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 155 E Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78205-2226
    (St. Mary)
  • Public Transportation: Conveniently located in downtown on the San Antonio River, The Esquire Tavern is within walking distance from most major hotels. In addition, The Esquire is serviced by the Yellow Line Downtown Trolley conveniently located at the corner of Commerce and St. Mary’s fifty feet from our front door.
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  San Antonio
  • Phone Number: +1 210-222-2521
  • E-mail
One of the Top 25 Bars in America, The Esquire Tavern opened in 1933 to celebrate the end of Prohibition - a beloved San Antonio watering hole ever since. When it comes to choosing the best Riverwalk bars to spend your time, atmosphere certainly matters. Our legendary establishment is the quintessential downtown bar: dark, cool, redolent with history, and serving cold beer, swanky cocktails, and excellent food. Don't believe us? Step right up and sink your teeth into some handmade SA comfort food including Organic Sirloin Burgers, Crispy Chile Salted Fries, Big Red Empanadas, and Fried Apple Pie with Bourbon Carmel Sauce made from scratch! Now that you trust us a bit more....feel free to stay a while and enjoy hand crafted cocktails using the best of spirits and freshest of juices from the Margarita to the Moscow Mule. Beer lovers, indulge with over 10 Texas/regional brews on tap and enjoy the ice cold bottled beers you love.
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