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After the SMART Airports agenda has wrapped up for the day, why not make the most of your trip by going to explore the city and hit the town? San Antonio has a lively nightlife scene full of trendy late-night spots, honkytonk, theatre, and everything in between. Read on to check out some of our favorite spots.
Something For Everyone
On the day you go to check out River Walk, we recommend staying after dinner for a fun night out! It comes as no surprise that this state-of-the-art entertainment district has endless options for good time. Say hallo to your German heritage at the Bier Garten for a “year round Oktoberfest experience” or cha-cha your way over to Cafe Ole for a 60 oz margarita big enough to share for the whole group. If you prefer a casual vibe with a cold beer, check out one of three floors of patios at Hard Rock Cafe, party pub Maddog’s British Pub, or Durty Nelly’s Irish Pub that was modeled after one of the oldest taverns in Ireland. Prefer breweries? Head on over to Freetail Brewing Company. If you want some live music, go get your groove on to crowd favorite tunes at Howl at the Moon, the #1 River Walk nightlife spot that calls itself “part bar and part concert.”
If you’d like to experience Texas in all its glory while visiting, be sure to make time for the quintessential honky tonk experience at John T. Floore’s Country Store. Unlike the name suggests, John T Floore’s was never a store, but was opened 75 years ago as a dance hall and cafe and is infamous for being the birthplace of Willie Nelson’s musical career. The famous Honky Tonk has seen many other legends grace its stage including Elvis Presley, Hank Williams, B.B. King, Little Richard, Patsy Cline, and many more. Get your cowboy boots on and experience this piece of American history today by catching one of their live musical acts on the weekends. While you’re there, don’t forget to try one of their world famous tamales!
If you prefer a nightlife experience that’s a little more refined, try catching a play, musical, or live music show at one of San Antonio’s historic theatres. Majestic Theatre and Charline McCombs Empire Theatre are two ornate and beautifully constructed fine arts centers that were constructed in 1929 and 1913, respectively. Majestic Theatre became a Texas Historic Landmark as well as a National Historic Landmark, and for good reason. Come see these architectural marvels for yourself the weekend before SMART Airports and catch the hit Broadway musical, Disney’s Aladdin at Majestic Theatre, or check back on their website for more shows to come. Or check out Azetc Theatre, another premier theatre in the city that hosts a multitude of performing arts and shows with an emphasis on music. They don’t have shows for April listed yet either, so check back on their website closer to your trip!
Cold Beer Here
One of the best breweries in the city is Alamo Beer Company, originally formed in the 1990s by Eugene Simor after he realized the need for a beer in San Antonio named after The Alamo. The brewery features classic and seasonal craft brews, as well as a spacious patio with occasional live music. For another brewery located right outside of downtown (as well as second location further north), visit Freetail Brewing. With great happy hour and daily deals Sunday through Thursday, a delicious brewpub menu that’s “almost as good as their beer,” and suggestions on what food to get to compliment your beer, it’s a guaranteed good time. If you’re up in the Pearl District, make sure to check out Southerleigh Fine Food & Brewery. It’s a restaurant dishing up southern food and seafood in a beautiful, historic space with a highly esteemed microbrewery on its top floor. Their beer is so good, in fact, that they will be opening a brand new Southerleigh Brewing Company south of the city at Brooks. So no matter where you are in Alamo City, you’ll have a chance to try them out!
For more ideas on what to see and what to do, head over to Visit San Antonio. If you come to visit, make sure to let us know! Post your photos on social media using #SMARTAirportsSanAntonio and share your experience at the conference.
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