The Esquire Tavern opened at the end of Prohibition in 1933 and remained in business until 2006. After a five year hiatus, it reopened to San Antonio's delight in 2011. This downtown bar is one of those places everyone seems to enjoy. Enter from the street and the two-story, white limestone building looks historic and inviting. Behold the well-worn, 100-ft. long wooden bar—the longest bar in the Lone Star State, or so it's claimed. Sip one of the Esquire's snazzy craft cocktails and nibble on their classic-but-fresh tavern food. Most everything, from burger buns to mustard and pickles, is made from scratch. Start with fried beets and a Ramos Gin Fizz, then move on to the shrimp toast and deviled eggs. This is a great spot for a late-night bite after club hopping along the River Walk or after the theater at The Majestic. It's also just a nice place to sip a cocktail during happy hour. With a River Walk entrance and doors at street level, all roads lead to the Esquire. Little known fact? The Esquire, which stays open 'til 2am on weekends, is a favorite hangout for local chefs after they get off late at night.
San Antonio› Nightlife
155 E. Commerce St.
Our Rating Neighborhood Downtown/Central/River Walk Hours Sun–Thurs 11:30am–midnight, Fri–Sat 11:30–2am Phone 210/222-2521 Prices No cover, menu items $5–$15, cocktails $8–$12 Cuisine Type AMERICAN, PUB FARE Web site Esquire Tavern