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The Esquire Tavern

The Esquire Tavern

Cocktail Bar and Gastropub$$$$
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    JR T.
    "great and the Tacos Con Papas are off the chain!"(5 Tips)
    Zech A.
    "Bison burger is amazing!!"(5 Tips)
    Jenn S.
    "great w/ a bacon cheeseburger & Pecan Porter."(3 Tips)
    Abner A.
    "The old fashion with Rye Whiskey is amazing."(4 Tips)
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  • Joshua V.heart icon on user image
    Joshua Van DykOctober 16, 2016
    This is The best bar in San Antonio. Hands-down! The night we were there they have a live jazz quartet it was awesome. It didn't even feel like I was in Texas. I highly recommend it!
  • Ryan J.heart icon on user image
    Ryan JoyAugust 8, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Burgers are definitely great, but don't miss the short rib empanada or mole chicken. Both are uniquely prepared and delicious. All of the cocktails are expertly made, but you might have to wait.
    Upvoted Jun 16
  • Jason
    JasonJanuary 25, 2014
    I'm seeing complaints on timing. Reserved a table via Opentable and had great, timely service. Remember, Mixologists take their time with crafty drinks so be patient, it's worth it!
  • Tiffany M.heart icon on user image
    Tiffany MeinkeJuly 21, 2022
    Interesting cocktails and nice selection of local beers. The bar was full, so we took a patio table and it was even better for people watching. Our server Victor was the best!
  • Alexiaheart icon on user image
    AlexiaSeptember 25, 2015
    Nice resto bar away from the craziness of the rest of the Riverwalk. They have a live jazz/blues band too. Bison burger + saltine & chili flake breaded shrimp sandwich were good!
  • Charles S.
    Charles StallcupAugust 31, 2019
    The Longest bar in Texas! Serving downtown since 1933, their classic "Old Fashion" with your choice of rye whiskey, añejo tequila, or esquire single barrel rum blend no. 1 and served on the rocks!
  • Nichelle B.heart icon on user image
    Nichelle BairdMay 13, 2013
    Definitely ask the bartender what he recommends! I had the French 75 and could not have been happier. The shrimp cocktail appetizer is amazing as well as the Texas French Onion Dip!! WILL Return!!!
  • Eater
    EaterMay 28, 2014
    “This place is magic,” says Feast Portland’s Mike Thelin of this 1933-established bar on the San Antonio River Walk that feels like walking into an old saloon. Read more
  • Dan G.heart icon on user image
    Dan GarciaOctober 14, 2016
    Great selection of food and drinks. Craft beer selection is good. The food is very delicious. Don't skip the burgers, or the calupitas appetizer.
  • Monica H.
    Monica HirstJuly 4, 2013
    Food is amazing. Cocktails are as good as my favorite bar in NYC. Everything is a fraction of what I would pay in NYC. Cannot recommend enough. Try the stormy high!
  • Tobias R.heart icon on user image
    Tobias ReiperApril 6, 2016
    The mac'n cheese, buffalo burger, and fried apple pie are all delicious, well made, and worth a try!!
  • Todd R.heart icon on user image
    Todd RedmanDecember 30, 2015
    You must try the boozy cocktails. I can't remember the name of the drink, but it's a play on a Manhattan. The Cubano sandwich is pretty good too.
  • Gerry R.
    Gerry ReidelJanuary 27, 2013
    On the Riverwalk, but out of the way so there isn't a constant stream of people passing by. Relaxing balcony. Classic tavern with old elegance. Good beers and cocktails.
  • Jim U.
    Jim UlleApril 22, 2013
    At Esquire Tavern, cocktails are a craft. The oranges in a screwdriver are fresh squeezed directly into the glass. Old fashioned was made with love too. Well worth a visit!
  • Amanda V.heart icon on user image
    Amanda ViolatoMay 19, 2017
    Got the "last of us" cocktail and it was as Smokey as they said: loved it ! Nice spot overall. Great service.
  • René L.heart icon on user image
    René LePaulNovember 2, 2018
    Well thought out cocktail menu. Yummy food. They are short on veggie and vegan options. Definitely not for those with dietary needs.
  • Antonio B.heart icon on user image
    Antonio BurrowesAugust 5, 2017
    Great find tried the house salad with chicken the basil vinegrette was amazing
  • Roberto B.
    Roberto Bruder AguiarNovember 4, 2013
    Nice view of the River, awesome selection of single malts, great food! Definitely worth trying to get a break from Mexican Food.
  • Andrew M.
    Andrew MengesSeptember 8, 2013
    Capone's Revolver is a delicious rye whiskey cocktail with a tiny bit of spicy bitter. So good.
  • Spike
    SpikeFebruary 7, 2013
    A bar for San Antonio visitors who want a taste of the local life. They say everything's big in Texas, but this is the largest bar in the Lone Star State.
  • Jennifer R.
    Jennifer Ray WoodOctober 13, 2013
    Was nice and quiet and relaxing. However, they are a little full of themselves! Waiter recommended a drink for me, I have it a chance and had about 4 sips and knew it wasn't for me!
  • Adam L.heart icon on user image
    Adam LaiacanoOctober 14, 2014
    Great list of new and classic cocktails, and a beautiful porch over the canal. Perfect for a mid-afternoon drink or 3.
  • Pablo V.heart icon on user image
    Pablo VazquezAugust 27, 2022
    Definitely Bison or Esquire burger. Awesome beer and beautiful place!!
  • Jenn S.
    Jenn SMarch 6, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    The Tomcat Miller String Trio plays American roots music (rockabilly/blues/jazz) every Tuesday from 8-11! Sounds great w/ a bacon cheeseburger & Pecan Porter.
  • Brett C.
    Brett CopelandDecember 23, 2013
    Good beer selection and awesome specialty cocktails. Atmosphere makes me feel like I am out of San Antonio, which is always a plus.
  • 𝙶𝚘𝚗𝚣𝚊𝚕𝚘 .heart icon on user image
    Cool joint on the river walk. Drinks are strong though. Too strong. 😖
  • Jake A.
    Jake AycockApril 14, 2014
    Great, huge bar with an awesome beer selection. Yum yum
  • Margaret S.heart icon on user image
    Margaret SrinivasanApril 9, 2015
    One of the top 15 up and coming cocktail lounges in the US. Great drinks. I have not been disappointed
  • Katherine R.
    Katherine ReyesNovember 15, 2013
    Try the chile sale and pulled pork sandwich - pretty awesome, even for someone who doesn't like pork!
  • M W.heart icon on user image
    M WhiteMarch 25, 2016
    Great beer selection and cocktails. Cubano was one of the best I've ever had
  • JR T.
    JR TaylorApril 14, 2012
    Outstanding Manhattans & Old Fashioneds...pulled pork is great and the Tacos Con Papas are off the chain! (and spicy)
  • Mary Kate L.heart icon on user image
    Mary Kate LoveDecember 2, 2014
    Very cool spot and cool atmosphere. Alamo beer is good! Enchiladas are spicy, food was overall okay.
  • Michaelheart icon on user image
    MichaelDecember 1, 2016
    Second time here, and now I'm in love... The bar, the menu, the dim lighting.
  • David B.
    David BullenApril 18, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Can't say enough good things about this bar. Perfectly balanced drinks, stellar food and atmosphere that can't be faked.
  • Josh R.heart icon on user image
    Josh RangerOctober 14, 2013
    The jalapeno bean burger was awesome! If I lived here, Esquire would be a staple in my bar / restaurant rotation.
  • Michael B.heart icon on user image
    Michael BrownNovember 21, 2016
    Great food. Tremendous drinks. Everything's locally sourced and fresh.
  • Abner A.heart icon on user image
    Abner AcevesApril 15, 2015
    The old fashion with Rye Whiskey is amazing.
  •  ℋumorous
     ℋumorousMay 3, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Excellent selection of Irish Whiskey and Scotch Whisky. Longrow is very rare and new to America. Midleton Irish Whiskey is magnificent! 
  • Jessica A.heart icon on user image
    Jessica AlvarezNovember 13, 2014
    Great craft cocktails and awesome decor
  • Lisa S.heart icon on user image
    Lisa SullivanAugust 9, 2014
    Huge ice blocks with scotch in the rocks. Great short rib stuffed empanadas!
  • Dustin A.
    Dustin ArnetteMarch 27, 2012
    Really good food! And great beer selection (and the cocktails sound great too). Charming and beautiful inside. Highly recommended.
  • Stephanie M.heart icon on user image
    Stephanie MOctober 15, 2016
    Friendly staff, great drinks. Three words: Fried. Apple. Pie. Do it.
  • Sandra R.heart icon on user image
    Sandra RielaSeptember 22, 2014
    Favorite bar in San Antonio! Great beer and cocktail selection
  • Priya T.heart icon on user image
    Priya TungrusMarch 27, 2016
    Small outdoor seating area. Nice and tranquil on the river walk.
  • David L.heart icon on user image
    David LotzAugust 11, 2017
    Best "hidden gem" cocktail bar on the River Walk!
  • Doug M.heart icon on user image
    Doug MApril 6, 2013
    Great location from the Drury Hotel. Also the exit for the water taxi
  • Jimmy K.heart icon on user image
    Jimmy KastnerAugust 7, 2017
    A very Texas bar. Wish I could have enjoyed it more.
  • Emily H.
    Emily HurstNovember 7, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The food is great. Don't pass on dessert. I had great banana nut ice cream. Pimms cocktail was delicious.
  • Julie A.heart icon on user image
    Julie AlvarezOctober 7, 2018
    Their Rib Eye is the best I’ve ever had!!!
  • Vanessa R.
    Vanessa RuedaOctober 7, 2014
    beautiful place, get the tuna melt sandwich which is completely amazing
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