Lost in San Antonio: Where You’ll Find the Lost Girls at 2 A.M.

City Travel, Featured, Featured Getaway, Food & Wine, Texas — By on May 10, 2010 at 1:29 pm

By Meghann Foye
Special to Lost Girls World


After-hours fun is as integral to a Lost Girls vacation as wireless internet, so it was only right that we check out all the partying possibilities while down in San Antonio. And during Fiesta, there were certainly no shortage of options. Good thing, too, that there were also a few yummy hangover cures only native San Antonians knew about…until now. 

Check out our run-down of the best places to sip a margarita, or three…

Best spots to watch the River Parade: We were lucky enough to score invites to the party being thrown by our friends at the San Antonio CVB, where we took in prime views of the River Boat Parade while sipping margaritas and noshing on tasty gorditas (small, handmade corn tortillas filled with refried beans, cheese and other fixings). But we also noticed that there were still plenty of empty seats down on the Riverwalk, just below E. Commerce Street, at around 7PM while the floats were gearing up. As the sun set, it seemed as though more people were vying for spots along the waterway, so your best bet is to get there a little early, grab a seat and bring a cooler of your own beverages of choice (we were told open-container laws are generally overlooked during the 11-day-long Fiesta festival).

Best River Walk Bar: Pesca (212 West Crockett Street), the restaurant within the Watermark Hotel, had great indoor and outdoor seating right along the Riverwalk, a nice selection of wines, as well as a tequila tasting menu of more than 50 varieties, even including an oyster shooter! While a bit on the more extravagent end, we found that it was the perfect place to enjoy a glass of sauvignon blanc along with a pre-dinner treat of jumbo shrimp cocktail and some satisfying people watching. 

Best Martini Bar: Sadly, we didn’t get a chance to try it out for ourselves, but we heard from those in the know that Swig Martini Bar (111 W Crockett St ) has a great selection of martinis and cocktails to choose from, relaxed ambiance and live music. Next time, for sure!

Best After-Hours Pub: We love a good Irish pub, and it was only time before we found one to continue the party after the River Parade. Waxy O’ Connor’s (234 Riverwalk) was the perfect place to try a pint (or two) of beer made in the area, especially since it stayed open until 2 a.m. and had a late-night food menu! PSST: We thought the San Antonio was just known for tequila drinks, but we were surprised to find out that there are also quite a few breweries thanks to the area’s rich German heritage and good quality of water, including historic Pearl Brewery. The famous brewery no longer makes beer in San Antonio (it was bought out by Pabst a few years back), but its landmark building and surrounding area right in the heart of the city has been redesigned and converted into a branch of the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) and food-focused shopping complex complete with a weekend farmer’s market, Il Sogno Osteria restaurant, and a great kitchen-goods store. 

Best Hangover Cure: See our first post on “5 Ways to Gain 5 Pounds” for the tastiest taco joints in town. Filled with eggs, meat, salsa and just about anything else you could want, the salty-greasy-cheesy combo should help sop up any leftover liquids still sloshing around in your system after a long night out.  

Best Hangover Cure, Part II: If you’re like some of us, and you feel your hangover hanging on well into lunch, then it’s time for the big guns: Caldo del Mercado, the famous chicken tortilla soup from Mi Tierra. The salty soup packed with stewed, perfectly soft shreds of white-meat chicken, cheese, avocado and crispy tortilla chips took care of any lingering pangs by mid-afternoon. We felt so great, we were able to hit NIOSA (Night Out in Old San Antonio) with renewed vigor!

NIOSA: Thought we were done, didn’t you? Well, even though we were slightly hurting after the third night, we pulled on our party hats (literally, it’s all about pin-bedecked party hats down in S.A.!) and shuffled over to NIOSA (A Night in Old San Antonio) for more eating and drinking festivities. We have to admit, when we first got there, we were a little overwhelmed. Throngs of people come out to hit up each of the food booths, organized by all the many nationalities that make up San Antonio’s unique cultural mix of people. We saw frog’s legs in the Latin Quarter, Hand-made corn tacos in the Mexican Quarter, plenty of beer in the German Quarter and our favorite, street meat, i.e., chicken on a stick, in the Asian Quarter. By the end of the night, bursting from corn on the cob and frozen margaritas, we were happy to hand off our left-over drink coupons, full and very happy. 

Thirsty yet? Check out more ways keep the party going at VisitSanAntonio.com

And log on to LostGirlsWorld.com all this week for more exclusive San Antonio coverage, including a video interview with acclaimed international photographer, Greg Davis, and “The Best Photo Travel Photo Ever Taken” (Hint! this also involves Greg Davis, who we had the privilage to meet at the San Antonio’s Fiesta Arts Fair) 



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