San Antonio’s Best Bar on the Riverwalk
The San Antonio Riverwalk is a true Texas treasure – and an international treasure. With the Riverwalk being awarded the 2017 Thiess International Riverprize Award (a Nobel Prize for rivers, according to the San Antonio River Authority), the popularity of the Riverwalk is consistently increasing. Within its 15 miles are plenty of restaurants, diners, and bars to choose for your enjoyment. Searching for a place on the Riverwalk that’s adult-friendly with an exclusive feel? The Esquire Tavern is one of the best bars on the Riverwalk, and we’re not the only ones who think so. We offer an assortment of hand-mixed cocktails, local beers, and wines you won’t find at any other bar on the Riverwalk. In addition to the drinks, our award-winning chefs have curated a menu filled with hearty meals to suit any food palette. There are many reasons to visit The Esquire Tavern whether you’re just visiting San Antonio or are a resident.
Rich History Provides a High-End Aesthetic
Except for a short hiatus from 2006 – 2011, The Esquire Tavern has been open since 1933, almost 85 years strong. The Esquire Tavern originally opened to celebrate the end of Prohibition in the United States. After a full restoration following its 2011 re-opening, The Esquire Tavern now resembles the speakeasies that were so popular during its start. The environment is an experience you won’t get anywhere. Just one more reason we’re one of the best bars on the Riverwalk.
Exclusive Downstairs Tavern Accessible from the Riverwalk
The Esquire Tavern is comprised of two sections: Our restaurant area and what we affectionately call Downstairs. As an intimate riverside lounge, Downstairs is directly accessible from the Riverwalk and provides an exclusive feel to the typically busy Riverwalk. Here, we serve our top-shelf cocktails and small-scale meals to add to the high-end environment. Hungry for more? Our bar and restaurant area is easily accessible upstairs.
Amazing and Award-Winning Staff
We love to brag about our staff, and they make it easy to brag about them. Head Chef Brooke Smith curated the entire Esquire Tavern menu herself and routinely travels around the world to train with international chefs. Brooke has previously led various high-end eateries across the nation and her food makes The Esquire a unique experience. Wonder where our mysterious and unique cocktails come from? Thank our Beverage Director, Houston Eaves. He works closely with mixologist Myles Worrell, who’s the quiet guy behind the bar shaking drinks at The Esquire. Together, they make us the best bar on the Riverwalk, and Myles’ past awards would agree. Myles is the winner of the 2015 86 Co. Secret mix Off and the 2016 Monkey Shoulder Ultimate Bartender Competition. You're guaranteed to have fantastic food and drink at The Esquire Tavern.
Expansive Food and Drink Menu
Speaking of fantastic food, our food and drink menu contains something for every taste. Food highlights include our delicious shrimp toast, signature Esquire Cheeseburger, and savory Thanksgiving Sandwich. Feeling thirsty? Experience one of our custom-made house cocktails, ranging from sweetly smooth to bitterly spicy. Or enjoy one of your favorite locally brewed beers including Ranger Creek Oatmeal Pale Ale, Freetail Original Amber, or Independence Convict Hill Stout. Just stopping in for our Happy Hour lunch specials? We have lunch specials served Monday – Friday to give you the best entrees with even better cocktails. The Esquire Tavern also boasts a great late-night menu, fit for any tourist or San Antonio resident.
Highly Rated on Yelp, Google, and TripAdvisor
We’re proud of our 4-star average on Yelp, 4.4 average on Google, and 4.5 average on TripAdvisor. Visitors love our Bison Burger, Fried Pickles, and signature Chalupitas. Reviewers raved about the vintage environment, with one Yelp reviewer going so far as to say “This is truly a step back in time; back to the Rat Pack, the film noir detectives with their fedoras; dames with pearls and suites.” It’s no wonder The Esquire Tavern is consistently rated as the best bar on the Riverwalk.
Reserve a Table or Just Walk Right In
We’d love for you to visit The Esquire Tavern to experience its greatness for yourself. Worried about a crowded table? Contact us to reserve a table in advance for parties up to 10 people. Whether you’re a tourist visiting San Antonio for the first time or a resident who has lived here for decades, you won’t find another bar on the Riverwalk like The Esquire Tavern.