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Best of San Antonio > Readers Pick

Vice and Virtue

Part 1

Justin Parr

 

Best Ladies’ Night
Cowboys Dance Hall, Thursday
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3030 NE Loop 410 @ I35
(210) 646-5370
cowboysdancehall.com

“Ladies’ Night” sounds like cheap drinks and no cover, and that’s exactly the schtick at Cowboys, supplemented by $1,000 balloon drop for the women. But the $7 cover for gents doesn’t deter the guys — rather, the outskirts of the dance floor are lined with men just waiting to scoop up a lonesome female. The huge, circular dance floor is outlined by the racetrack-style common area, dotted with bars and tons of tables for those taking a break from two-stepping. Cowboys is a prime spot to look flashy if you want to be seen, and it’s not uncommon for guys to approach a huge table of gals in search of a dance partner. If you don’t like two-stepping, you’ll quickly find yourself sitting all alone in the packed place as your friends get picked off one by one. So get out and prowl the racetrack in search of a promising dance partner, or at least make some willing guy buy you a beer.

2. Graham Central Station, Wednesdays
4902 Fredericksburg Rd.
(210) 979-9303

3. Tie: The Industry
8021 Pinebrook Dr., (210) 366-3229
Dixie's Country Bar
8503 Broadway, (210) 930-5552
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Tastiest Margarita
Chacho’s

Multiple locations
chachos.com

Chacho’s and Chacho’s and Chalucci’s also won Best Nachos.


Jeanna Goodrich

The Life is Good philosophy purveyed by multi-category winner Chacho’s/Chacho’s & Chalucci’s is conveyed perfectly and pithily in this excerpt from Mark Jones’ February 2007 review of the latter entry in the locally grown Tex-Mex chain:
“Though they mass produce Mexican food in a fashion inspired by the Ford assembly-line technique, it is alcohol that defines C&C’s and gives it its raison d’etre.
There are so many good things to write about this enormous place — the skyscraping children’s playground that suggests a wholly different daytime family atmosphere, the after-hours shopping-mall-picnic-court atmosphere, the mysterious Chalucci whose Italian influence never materialized (as in, what happened to the pizza bar we were promised?) and, of course, the legions of workers drifting from distant corner to distant corner in various states of activity.
The place has a generally benevolent crowd mentality. People intersect constantly, and in various states of inebriation, and often with plates filled up to five, six, and seven inches deep with nachos..
Going to Chacho’s & Chalucci’s to test the bartender’s adroitness at making an Apple Martini, or even something simple like a vodka & tonic, makes very little sense. You order a margarita, perhaps top shelf if you’re feeling fancy; anything else goes against good horse sense.
The bartender is not the guy or gal in whom you’re going to confide that your wife just left you for the electrician. Such a confession would be met with a detached, existential stare; the bartender has made so many margaritas that it’s become second nature. I can just sense the repeated actions creating their own neuro-muscular memory. To do something that breaks this pattern invites ridicule and scorn from the people in line behind you. Get your margarita as quickly as possible and return to your seat to enjoy the show, because clearly there is a show going on. Early 20-somethings are all over this place text messaging, exchanging stares and numbers.
Chacho’s & Chalucci’s isn’t a melting pot in any real sense, but this is one of the few places in the city I can think of where you can find large numbers of Anglos, blacks, and Latinos all together in the same place. I’m not saying C&C’s is making strides in improving race relations, but if you can put people together with a common purpose (getting hammered at an affordable price), then yes, why can’t we all get along?
Multiple locations
chachos.com

2. La Fogata
2427 Vance Jackson Rd
(210) 340-1337
lafogata.com

3. Cha-Cha’s
two locations
cha-chas.com
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Smoothest Cocktails
Swig Martini Bar

Two locations, swigmartini.com
River Walk
111 W. Crocket

Stone Oak
18322 Sonterra Pl
(210) 476-0005

Swig also won Swankiest Lounge.

Finesilver Gallery proprietor Chris Erck pioneered the retro cocktail lounge in San Antonio with Swig, and its original, intimate River Walk outpost remains one of downtown’s finest watering holes, with quality live music serving as the backdrop for schmoozing and flirting. Management has been known to run off paparazzi on behalf of a pro baseball player, i.e., and the crowds can be positively New York at times. Also still a favored elbow-rubbing venue for the city power set. Props, too, to Swig’s website, swigmartini.com, which is navigated via the swankiest interactive menu we’ve come across in some time.

2. Broadway 5050
5050 Broadway
(210) 826-0069
broadway5050.com

3. Tie:
Azuca
713 S Alamo
(210) 225-5550
azuca.net

Liberty Bar
328 E Josephine St
(210) 227-1187
liberty-bar.com
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Tangiest Michelada
Rosario’s Restaurant Y Cantina

910 S. Alamo
(210) 223-1806
rosariossa.com
Rosario’s also won Best Mole and Best Salsa.

Lisa Wong brought bright lights, big city to the cantina concept — aided by lots of concrete and a neon-lit faux palapa — and forged a Tex-Mex restaurant empire in Southtown that’s still frequented by the locals even as it becomes increasingly renowned among the travel and dining set. The cavernous interior pulsates with fun on busy nights, and the food ain’t bad, either, although it’s expectedly not as autentico as, say, Cascabel just down the road. Rosario’s award-winning mole is sweet and earthy, with barely a hint of spice, and the salsa is fresh, nicely roasted, and bottomless. Neither compares to the michelada, though, that margarita-bloody-mary- beer mongrel. After murmuring the ingredients back to us (tabasco, worcestershire, tomato-something, lime ... ) the bartender asks if we want salt (yes), inquires after our beer selection (Negro Modelo; unorthodox, but trust us), and shortly delivers a chilled schooner of the best summer chaser in town — mixed for you, so you can enjoy carbonated, spicy, tangy perfection all the way through.

2. Tie:
Broadway 5050
5050 Broadway
(210) 826-0069
broadway5050.com

Las Salsas
2018 San Pedro Ave.
(210) 732-5366

Mi Tierra
218 Produce Row
(210) 782-8496
mitierracafe.com
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Coldest Beer
La Tuna

100 Probandt
(210) 224-8862
La Tuna also won Best Ice House.


Jeanna Goodrich

Any given Friday afternoon, La Tuna embodies the best of ice-house culture: what you want and what you need in one friendly, easy-access package. The picnic tables are packed with blue and white collars and plenty of real tats, the line for the diverse — and, yes, well-chilled — beer selection moves quickly, and a scattering of kids crunch around on the bottle-cap covered ground. Food from the kitchen out back is a big step above your average cantina, with white-bean chile, succulent sliders, and fresh buffalo wings hinting at its Southtown address and easing your happy-hour chill into an evening of low-key revelry.

2. The Cove
606 W. Cypress
(210) 227-2683
thecove.us

3. Flying Saucer
11255 Huebner Rd.
(210) 695-5080
beerknurd.com
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Best Beer Selection
Flying Saucer

11255 Huebner
(210) 696-5080
beerknurd.com
It’s a no-brainer. Any city with a Flying Saucer has a shoo-in for best beer selection — but not without reason. More than 70 drafts are on tap, showcasing some of the best brews around the world, supplemented by over 150 bottled brews. Various plates on the walls immortalize patrons in the Ring of Honor, those who have joined the “UFO Club” by trying 200 different brews. For the less sure-footed, Saucer Flights are perfect — each contains five 5-oz. samples that demonstrate the attributes of different beer styles. Waitresses help customers make informed selections, a brewmaster’s board matches food with complementary beer, and Texas Pint Night on Sundays supports local breweries.

2. The Cove
606 W. Cypress
(210) 227-2683
thecove.us

3. Hills & Dales Icehouse
15403 White Fawn Dr.
(210) 695-2307
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Best Handcrafted Brews
Blue Star Brewing Company

1414 S. Alamo
(210) 212-5506
bluestarbrewing.com


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Blue Star Brewery offers anywhere from five to 12 different handcrafted brews on a given visit, largely depending on the season. Staples like the Amber Ale, Golden Lager, Pale Ale, and Stout are almost always on tap, while specialty brews like the Jingle Ale and Bourbon Baltic Porter are seasonal. A Russian-style winter ale, the Porter, is often the brewery’s holiday beer, disappearing as soon as spring breezes sweep in. A good choice for warmer months is always the Pale Ale, well-balanced and highly hopped. The craft beer is big-flavored with a sharp, clean finish. Ask about current brewhouse specials — favorites include the Wheathead White, made with coriander and orange peel, and the Peach Wit, infused with peaches.

2. Flying Saucer
11255 Huebner Rd., #212
(210) 696-5080
beerknurd.com

3. Dodging Duck Brewhaus
402 River Rd., Boerne
(830) 248-3825
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Best Place To Nurse a Hangover
Home

A large number of people voted in this category, proving something we already suspected — our readers know how to have a good time. You’re not a newbie at this hangover business, are ya? The responses ranged from Mexican cafés to breakfast joints (Jim’s serves up a mean breakfast taco for under $2), but variations on home rocked the vote. Responses included “my bed,” “couch,” and even “somewhere close to pills and pot,” but the biggest laughs were generated by a lone vote for “toilet.” We have to agree.

2. Jim’s
Multiple locations, jimsrestaurants.com

3. Chacho’s
Multiple locations, chachos.com
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Most Skilled Bartenders
Broadway 50/50 (tie)
5050 Broadway
(210) 826-0069
five0five0.com

The Mix
(tie)
2423 N. St. Mary’s, (210) 735-1313
myspace.com/themixnightclub
The Mix also won Fastest Meat Market.

The Mix
Justin Parr

A beloved anchor on the St. Mary’s strip, The Mix celebrated its 10th Anniversary this year in addition to topping two categories in the Current’s 2008 Best of SA vote. Most Skilled Bartenders makes sense, though the title Best Meat Market may raise a few eyebrows. With live music spanning the rock catalog every night and never a cover, the joint is hoppin’ seven nights a week. Weekends are packed to the hilt — tables are coveted and the bar is constantly slammed. The Mix crowd is a drinking crowd, and bartenders earn their merit between the hours of midnight and 2 a.m. The small, L-shaped bar isn’t particulary spacious, but the tenders are hustlers and they know their regulars, pumping out bullblasters and Jack ’n’ Coke to a line that’s five deep. During happy hour its not uncommon for them to sit and chat with regulars, but once the music starts they’re on their game. T-shirts, jeans, and Chucks are the norm for patrons, interspersed with the black-clad heavy-metal crowd hailing from the White Rabbit across the street. Friends and extended family are key words here, which leads the Current to question the aforementioned meat-market vibe. We suppose it just depends on the type of meat you’re looking for.

2. Swig Martini Bar
two locations
swigmartini.com
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Happiest Hour
Azuca

713 S. Alamo
(210) 225-5550
azuca.net

“I haven’t yet found anyplace else that offers the same amenities for such a cheap price,” wrote Current culture critic Mark Jones in last year’s Critics’ Picks. Our readers agree (repeatedly), focusing as Jones does, we assume, on the refreshing (“fresh mint, ground into each glass by hand”) and refreshingly cheap $2.50 mojitos, with $2.50 appetizers to match: guacamole, tostones con mojo, multiple ceviches, and more. The Latin-disco vibe in the heart of Southtown only makes the twilight hour more intoxicating.

2. Kona Grill
15900 La Cantera Pkwy.
(210) 877-5355
konagrill.com

3. Broadway 5050
5050 Broadway
(210) 826-0069
broadway5050.com
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Friendliest Card Tables
Firehouse Pub & Grill

5380 Walzem Rd
(210) 946-9600
firehousepub.com
The cards are dealt every night of the week at this Northside restaurant and bar that lives up to the latter-day pub aesthetic. The tables are big, well-lit, and, we hear, friendly. The buffalo wings are damn good, too, but don’t get the sauce on your hand. Tables start at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. and Firehouse hosts tourneys, too.

2. Tie:
London’s Sub & Pub
8425 Bandera Rd
(210) 682-1070

Twenty Grand
5943 Bandera Rd
(210) 523-5544
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Fastest Pool Tables
Fast Eddie's

Multiple locations, fasteddiesbilliards.com
This staffer was once shark-in-training, facilitated by my dad’s trusty bachelor-pad table that survived his graduation to early nights and kiddos, but was soon relegated to our garage. There’s something about lounging around your own pool table on a Saturday with no quarters stacked and glaring or a time limit burning a hole in your pocket. Sadly, the pool table was sent out the door one day, taking my childhood skills with it. But if yours need no honing, any of the five Fast Eddie’s locations are prime environs. The place is slick, the tables are fast, and the sharks mean business. It’s a destination for serious eight-ball, so give the newbie a little how-to before starting — its not the place to learn, especially when the hourly table clock is ticking.

2. Joey's
2417 N. St. Mary's
(210) 733-9573

3. Click's Billiards
Multiple locations
clicks.com
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Finest Cigar Shop
Club Humidor

Multiple Locations
clubhumidor.com

Cigar aficionados crave choice and Club Humidor provides it with 15 cigar brands, including Avo, Butera, and La Flor Dominicana as well as seven kinds of pipes, three kinds of humidors, and accessories such as ashtrays, cutters, and lighters. For those whose cigar appreciation is a lifestyle, Club Humidor offers smoking, private lockers and $25 annual VIP memberships.

2. Cigar Club
18730 Stone Oak Pkwy
(210) 490-9340
sacigars.com

3. Finck Cigar Co.
414 Vera Cruz
(210) 226-4191
finckcigar.com
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Finest Wine Bar
Copa Wine Bar

19141 Stone Oak Pkwy
(210) 495-2672
thecopawinebar.com
Copa also won Best Wine List.

Angie and Jeff Bridges will be the first to tell you that theirs is neither the biggest nor broadest wine list in town. There are lots of bubblies, but few sauvignon blancs, for example. But this is nit-picking, for reds reign, and Copa’s selection is appealing across several categories. Inzinerator zinfandel, perhaps? There’s a huge selection of Red Blends, including the too-honest Fruit Bomb from Washington. And cabernets and cab blends (France gets short shrift) nearly run the gamut. Spanish varietals find favor as well — a natural choice with the menu’s many tapas.

2. Tie:
20Nine Restaurant and Wine Bar
The Quarry Market
255 E. Basse Rd.
(210) 798-9463
20ninewine.com

Zinc Champagne & Wine Bar
207 N Presa St
(210) 224-2900
zincwine.com
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Most Fun Paintball
Paintball Knights

13289 La Vernia
St. Hedwig, Texas
(210) 649-3147
paintballknights.net

Local paintballers of San Anto unite and join the Paintball Knights’ “only nighttime paintball experience.” So they claim. The top knights of the roundtable bolted the competition, Predator Paintball Park of Texas, by one vote. Now, they must fight till the death, or until someone gets hit in the head by a paintball ... then game over. Paintball Knights is a family-owned facility that hosts an array of events including tournaments (earlier this month they held their No Fooling April Fool’s tourney). Plus, it’s a great locale for private parties and office parties. What a great way to get back at that boss.

2. Predator Paintball Park of Texas
20590 Bandera Rd.
(210) 695-4030
predatorpaintballpark.com
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Classiest Smoking Bar
Club Cohiba at the Havana Riverwalk Inn

1015 Navarro
(210) 222-2008
havanariverwalkinn.com/cohiba.html

Tucked into the basement in a restored Mediterranean Revival boutique hotel, Club Cohiba feels secret and glamorous, like the sort of place you’d expect to find the silver-screen stars of the ’30s sipping cocktails and canoodling in the candlelit nooks. The worn leather and fabric seats go best with a cigar, but you’ll find plenty of nicotine nails alight in the gloam, too, and a few low-key high-powered regulars anchoring the martini crowd. A classy hideout of the first degree.

2. Cigar Club
18730 Stone Oak Pkwy
(210) 490-9340
sacigars.com

3. Chango’s Havana Club
23535 West I-10
(210) 698-8922
changosclub.com
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Swankiest Lounge
Swig Martini Bar

Two locations, swigmartini.com
River Walk
111 W. Crocket

Stone Oak
18322 Sonterra Pl.
(210) 476-0005

Swig also won Smoothest Cocktails.


Justin Parr

Finesilver Gallery proprietor Chris Erck pioneered the retro cocktail lounge in San Antonio with Swig, and its original, intimate River Walk outpost remains one of downtown’s finest watering holes, with quality live music serving as the backdrop for schmoozing and flirting. Management has been known to run off paparazzi on behalf of a pro baseball player, i.e., and the crowds can be positively New York at times. Also still a favored elbow-rubbing venue for the city power set. Props, too, to Swig’s website, swigmartini.com, which is navigated via the swankiest interactive menu we’ve come across in some time.

2. Vbar at the Hotel Valencia
150 E. Houston
210 227 9700
hotelvalencia.com

3. Luna
6740 San Pedro Ave
(210) 804-2433
lunalive.com
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Hottest Nightclub
The Bonham Exchange

411 Bonham
(210) 271-3811
bonhamexchange.net
The Bonham also won Hottest Dance Floor.


Justin Parr

Located on the corner of Houston and Bonham streets downtown, the Bonham Exchange is the prime spot for a no-holds-barred, out till 3 a.m., tacos-on-the-way-home extravaganza. The line to get in snakes down the street on weekends, guaranteeing a 30-minute-minimum wait if you arrive after 11 p.m. Experienced regulars will drop by for a wristband early in the evening to avoid the queue. Once inside, the place is guaranteed to be packed. You can (and will) lose the 10 friends you came with, but sometimes getting lost is part of the fun. Drinks are cheap and specials abound, but the bars are usually slammed five deep, so order two at a time. The huge, multi-level building has plenty of character, sporting wooden floors, themed rooms, and ornate staircases, while three dance floors blare various types of dance music for sweaty, wall-to-wall crowds. One of many highlights is the huge electronica room with a balcony level overlooking the raver crowd below. Another dance room offers a wall of TV screens, alternating between lots of small versions or one giant image of the selected music video. A night at the Bonham is a night to plan for, paying tribute to a special event or someone’s birthday. It’s no place to be a wallflower — it’s the place to let it all hang out.

2. Limelight
2718 N. St. Mary’s
(210) 735-7775

3. Tie:
Club Rive
245 E Commerce
(210) 222-4700
clubrive.com

HEAT
1500 N. Main
(210) 227-2600
heatsa.com
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Fastest Meat Market
The Mix

2423 N. St. Mary’s, (210) 735-1313
myspace.com/themixnightclub
The Mix also won Most Skilled Bartenders.

A beloved anchor on the St. Mary’s strip, The Mix celebrated its 10th Anniversary this year in addition to topping two categories in the Current’s 2008 Best of SA vote. Most Skilled Bartenders makes sense, though the title Best Meat Market may raise a few eyebrows. With live music spanning the rock catalog every night and never a cover, the joint is hoppin’ seven nights a week. Weekends are packed to the hilt — tables are coveted and the bar is constantly slammed. The Mix crowd is a drinking crowd, and bartenders earn their merit between the hours of midnight and 2 a.m. The small, L-shaped bar isn’t particulary spacious, but the tenders are hustlers and they know their regulars, pumping out bullblasters and Jack ’n’ Coke to a line that’s five deep. During happy hour its not uncommon for them to sit and chat with regulars, but once the music starts they’re on their game. T-shirts, jeans, and Chucks are the norm for patrons, interspersed with the black-clad heavy-metal crowd hailing from the White Rabbit across the street. Friends and extended family are key words here, which leads the Current to question the aforementioned meat-market vibe. We suppose it just depends on the type of meat you’re looking for.

2. Revolution Room
8123 Broadway St.
(210) 320-4567
myspace.com/revroom

3. Tie:
Silo, 1133 Austin Hwy
(210) 824-8686
siloelevatedcuisine.com

Stonewerks
two locations
stonewerks.com
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Fastest Meat Market (of the, uh, edible kind)
Culebra Meat Market
Multiple locations
culebrameatmkts.com

When we listed the category for “Meat Market” under the Vice & Virtue section of the Best Of SA ballot, we thought it pretty self-explanatory. Instead, we got a mixed bag of responses that pointed to two clear winners: Culebra Meat Markets for meat and The Mix for skin (see page TK for the latter). And we can’t disagree with you. San Antonians love their barbecue, steak, brisket, fajitas, and ribs so much we just might skip the drive to find a bar sporting numerous prime examples of the opposite sex. Either way, Culebra Meat Markets have you covered with meat deals ranging from $19.99 to $169.99, perfect for special occasions and sure to impress the barfly you took home Saturday night when you both decide to stretch it into a barbecue Sunday.

2. Central Market
4821 Broadway
(210) 368-8600
centralmarket.com

3. Tie: Bolner's
2900 S. Flores
(210) 533-5112
bolnersmeats.com

H.E.B. (PLUS)
Multiple locations
heb.com
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Best Old-man Bar
Raffles Restaurant and Bar

8633 Crownhill
(210) 826-7118

The (one-man?) band was just rolling in the gear as I skipped out past the dress-code sign posted outside Raffles’ door (no baseball caps, for one), humming “And the sailors say, Brandy, you’re a fine girl ... ”
Time: 6:55 p.m.
Mean time to first bad pick-up line: one-half of a hastily slammed bottle beer.
“You know where you can get $2 Dos Equis?” asked the late-40-ish gent who’d peeled off from the V formation at the end of the bar for this sortie, that alcohol scrim already lowered over his eyes.
I split, despite the $3.75 tab for my dressed longneck, despite the $10 the strangely pubescent bartender almost shorted me, despite my interlocutor’s assurance that this other joint would have a good dance band. And despite the free happy-hour buffet being frequented in the corner of this haunt, behind a deep-green wall adorned with a small set of mirrors, just beyond the bar where a statue of Jack Daniels heralds a colorful faux bouquet. It suggests a feminine hand, and aspirations to a sort of classiness that a generation weaned on ’70s TV would have aspired to. “Wrinkles” it’s been baptized by more than one young buck who won’t see his middle age coming for him until it’s squeezed out his collagen like toothpaste. But it’s comforting in a way to know that the Love Boat ethos (and décor) lives in the shadow of the Magic Time Machine and the Barn Door, where lonely sailors pass the time away and talk about their homes.

2. Bar America
723 S. Alamo
(210) 223-1285

3. Dad’s Karaoke Bar
2615 Mossrock
(210) 340-3887
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Most Hardcore Sports Bar
Fatso's Sports Garden

1704 Bandera
(210) 432-0121

15630 Henderson Pass
(210) 404-0121
fatsossportsgarden.com

Both perennial choices in regards to San Antonio sports bars, Fatso’s and Champp’s Americana always accrue high points with readers. But Fatso’s has upped the ante this year by adding a second location. While the original Bandera Road outpost still pays homage to Rattler Athletics at nearby St. Mary’s University, the new restaurant on Henderson Pass and Thousand Oaks transplants everything from the charm and extensive menu to the packed events calendar and volleyball pits to the North Side — incidentally, within walking distance of a staffer’s apartment. Check out the new digs for a change of pace.

2. Champps Americana
11075 W. IH-10,
(210) 561-2833
champps.com

3. Buffalo Wild Wings
Multiple locations
buffalowildwings.com
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Loudest Metal Club
White Rabbit

2410 N. St. Mary’s
(210) 737-2221
myspace.com/officialwhiterabbitsa

A staple of the local music scene, the White Rabbit avows San Antonio as a definite tour stop. Beloved by scenesters and recognized by touring bands around the world, the live-music venue plays host to all genres of rock, but metal is definitely a stronghold. The Rabbit has been raising the decibel level on the St. Mary’s strip for over a decade since its relocation from Austin. There’s comfort in its familiarity — headbanging kids throw devil horns to touring bands onstage, growing up to play there with their own bands years later. The venue is 18+, unlike many others around town, and the line of black T-shirts snakes down North St. Mary’s for big shows. Successful locals pack the place, and anticipated nationals make for steamy, sold-out affairs.

2. Bond's 007
450 Soledad
(210) 225-0007
bonds007rockbar.com

3. Rock Bottom Tattoo Bar
1033 Ave. B
(210) 320-2387
myspace.com/rockbottomtattoobar
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Sweetest Make-out Spot

San Antonio River Walk (tie)
Downtown San Antonio
thesanantonioriverwalk.com
The River Walk also won Best SA Tourist Destination.

You’ve got to give the city props despite the many times they drained the aquifer feeding these springs or moved to pave over this river, because, taking the long view: They didn’t. No matter how many floods rushed this international city, ripping impoverished jacal-dwellers into the muck, there were champions enough through the decades that wouldn’t let go of the vision of utilizing all that Spanish acequia wisdom for something, well, European. To this day, San Antonio is known for the expanding stretch of restored “river,” lined with parks and shops.
On the flip side, we weren’t sure if two nominations for the “place where people act like slaves” should go to the River Walk or not. Barring Dick’s Last Resort, this service-sector slide of sculpted walkways and bustling restaurants (a short walk from the Alamo — doublescore!) knows how to take care of the sightseeing set. When the khaki shorts dwindle is the best time for we natives to exploit their remains and loiter along this lush passageway.

Japanese Tea Gardens/Sunken Garden (tie)
3800 N. Saint Mary’s
sanantonio.gov/sapar/japanhis.asp

You no longer have to negotiate your way around construction fencing, but you will still pass the expectant glares of love-starved feral felines as you lose yourself (together) in the maze of elevated walkways that is the Japanese Tea Garden. We suggest a soft bite on the ear or a lingering tug on that front denim belt loop before making with the mouth action. Our readers can tell you where to take your target du jour, but we can’t do anything about that sedentary roommate. You have to take it from there.

2. Trinity University grounds
1 Trinity Place
trinity.edu

See Also

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Special Places in Readers Pick 4/23/2008

You've Been Served in Readers Pick 4/23/2008

Shop Till You Drop in Readers Pick 4/23/2008

Working-class Heroes in Readers Pick 4/23/2008

You Turn Me On in Readers Pick 4/23/2008

Mini Me in Readers Pick 4/23/2008

Our Bodies, Our Selves in Readers Pick 4/23/2008

Vice and Virtue : Part 2 4/23/2008

Vice and Virtue : Part 1 4/23/2008

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