Driving to San Antonio from Birmingham in a day is no small feat, especially when you’ve never been there before. Drinking on five hours of sleep likewise is not something we advise, but there are worse problems to have. San Antonio is a beautiful city which we’ll show you a bit more of in our next post, it’s Riverwalk entertainment district really makes walking or even boating through the city a pleasure.
Our first stop landed us at one of best bars the city has to offer -The Esquire Tavern- for an Imbibe happy hour. Savory shrimp toast, spicy chicken salad, and creamy deviled eggs floated past on silver trays while two cocktails made their way about the packed bar. The Come & Take it has some definite Tiki roots with a splash of pineapple and lime that gave the ginger and scotch a real boost. The Imbibe 75 was a great treat, herbal and dry with the cilantro and lemongrass marrying so well it was easy to have another. The Esquire tavern boasts the largest wooden bar in Texas, aside from that it’s even an antique. The whole bar seems almost out of Tombstone with smart waist coated barmen and vintage wallpapers about. We in particular got a kick out of the vintage cigarette machine that seemed to have jumped out of the 50’s and into the corner of this classic bar. Houston Eaves has a real winner on his hands and we recommend you stop in when your in town.
Then it was on to the Majestic Theatre only a few blocks away for a gathering of chefs and vendors that made out mouths water and heads spin. Campari, Hudson whiskey, Hendricks gin, Texas’s own Treaty Oak distillery and many more were on hand pouring cocktails and sharing food from amazing chefs across the city. Built in 1928 the theatre cost three million dollars at the time and boasts beautifully sculpted, backlit walls and carved balconies with lavish side rooms and a bar as well. A starry pained ceiling complete with winking lights hangs overhead making the theatre the star of it’s own show. Being a fan of the retro I particularly delighted in the antique elevator which reminded me of the one I’d seen in Vincent Price’s House of Wax.
We’d hoped to podcast but laptop problems are currently making that impossible, next time we hope to have something for you. A new day dawns with classes to attend and batteries thankfully charged after the long trip. We couldn’t have asked for a better place to cut our teeth on cocktail convention attendance. Thanks again to the staff and our local USBG Birmingham chapter for making this trip a reality. Until next time…
“You get Hammered America” – JFL