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Come for The Esquire Tavern’s historically long wooden bar, stay for the creative adult beverages that earned the local landmark a 2019 Readers’ Choice award for best craft cocktails.

The Esquire Tavern team is proud to announce that we have been nominated for a James Beard Award for Outstanding Bar Program. Along with bars lauded as best in the nation (and even, depending who you ask, the world), we will vie for the prestigious award, announced on March 15.

When asked by Ed Tijerina of the SA Express News, our fearless leader Chris Hill said simply, “The nomination in itself is an honor. We’re simply thrilled to be nominated. To be nominated twice is sweeter.” You read that right… TWICE. Our first nomination was back in 2012, and we’re thrilled to be amongst bars like Anvil Bar & Refuge in Houston, and the Dead Rabbit, in the Big Apple.

We’re not the only San Antonio-based operators to be nominated; Chef Steve McHugh of Cured at the Pearl was also nominated in the category of Best Chef-Southwest… This is his second nomination as well.

So tonight, we raise our glasses to our outstanding staff… Congratulations to all nominees!

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