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Esquire Tavern

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155 E Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78205-2226 (St. Mary)
+1 210-222-2521
11:30 - 00:00
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 11:30 - 00:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 02:00
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8 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Visiting on a vacation/business trip. The Esquire has great appeal as one of the oldest bars near the Riverwalk. The decor is a throw back to prohibition days and the live jazz music was a bonus. It is very dark, making it difficult to read the menus, technology assistance was needed. The unusual drink menu was a hit with two... More 

Thank francesann01
Doylestown, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Esquire Tavern has it all. A great story, fabulous happy hour prices, creative comfort food, and a friendly staff. We had the fried mac n cheese, sweet potato, and fried bologna sandwich with chili fries. All were delicious. The cumin aioli and homemade ketchup were amazing. We also enjoyed our Moscow Mules and French 75 cocktails. Our first cocktail was... More 

Thank Jayne H
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We were there February 18, 2017 We went in at lunch for an outside table there were none. We left and came back latter that day. The hostess was not friendly at all seems she hates her job. We got a table inside took 10 mi. For a waiter then he brought my drink and 10 min latter brought my... More 

Thank Susan A
Larue, Texas
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113 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped in for a cocktail and we're amazed at this place. It was the middle of the week so the crowd wasn't bad and their happy hour deals were impressive. My husband snagged a cool little nook on the upstairs patio and we sat and people watched while enjoying their Moscow Mules. We will definitely be back to have... More 

Thank StaceyNDevo
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice place for a business lunch. Quiet but service is good and very friendly. I had the cheeseburger and my friend had bison. Great burgers just too much bread. Meat was great and cooked well. Nice atmosphere and great choice of drinks. Apparently a local place where real locals hang out so that made me happy.

Thank triotrois
Manalapan, New Jersey
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22 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had read that the burgers were great. All 4 of us were very disappointed. The burgers were not cooked the way we asked- one medium and one well done. The rolls were cold so the burgers were not hot. The burgers were thin and the bun was so big it felt like you were eating a bread sandwich. Burger... More 

Thank Natalie O
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Hard to get a table for 5 around dinner time, but we'll worth the hour wait. Disappointed the Hanger Steak salad was already gone, but the Wygu Ribeye made up for it. Amazing and cooked just right.

Thank Greg H
Kansas City, Missouri
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

So glad we stopped here on a recent trip. We had lunch as well as stopped by one night for cocktails. The food is great and the atmosphere was very relaxed. Very quirky - cool decorations and a lot of history that you could almost feel while you were there. Forget the typical chains and stop by this place to... More 

Thank jhawkchick75
San Antonio, Texas
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I am a native of San Antonio and just recently been going back to enjoy the nightlife downtown and the San Antonio Riverwalk. I had not been to the Esquire Tavern in 2 decades. I believe it was closed down for a while, anyway....I went to a concert at the Aztec Theatre (which has also been remodeled by the way)... More 

Thank lisaenriquez80
Coppell, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place was recommended to us. The bar was full on Friday night (no surprise) - the host invited us to their sister bar downstairs. OMG - go there first. Dark, quite, cool, great staff and creative drinks.

Thank WandaTX

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 10 - USD 20
American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
View, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine
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
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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