San Antonio.- San Antonio’s downtown is on the up-and-up and it just got a little better.
A revamped watering-hole, The Local Bar, has sprung up in the heart of downtown. It is nestled off Houston and North Presa—the location is prime—it is a block and a half from the Majestic and sits right a top the River Walk. Owner, Luis Muñoz, admits, “Obviously we didn’t invent the name.”
The name is simple and describes the bar perfectly. You won’t walk in and find strobe lights galore or gaudy décor. This city, arguably, lacks a local feel. Downtown is constantly packed with tourist for one of the many conventions or a chance to visit the historic Alamo and bourgeois River Walk.
Muñoz’s goal is to have the ultimate spot for locals to come and get an idea of what San Antonio is truly about.
“We want to create something for tourists too, but we don’t want to have a tourist-feel,” he explained.
The Local Bar will feature music a few times a week, happy hour daily from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and a reverse happy hour from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. But above all, the dress code is one that is relaxed so you won’t need a pair of shiny shoes and a frumpy collar to get in.
“I like to go to clubs and bars that don’t have a dress code. I don’t like being told what to wear—I hate that,” said Muñoz. “So, I wanted to create a place where you can come in wearing a pair of flip-flops.”
Muñoz did express that he doesn’t want to see guys with cut-off shorts and tank tops but for the most part the atmosphere is going to be relaxed.
The vibe of the bar is already very chill and it feels like you are transported to a different place when you enter. It’s a place where you can be worry free, relax and get a drink without paying outrageous prices for a beer.
No stranger to the bar scene, Muñoz used to own a bar just blocks from his new one. It was largely different in that it was the exact bar he doesn’t like. His bar had the strictest dress code downtown and “taught half of the Southside how to dress,” Muñoz said jokingly.
But, I believe him. For three years he ran one of the most popular bars downtown that after a while was like babysitting 500 drunk people every night he said. The Local Bar, doesn’t even hold 500 people, but again this is a whole new type of bar Muñoz is trying to establish. It took two years before he and his partners found the perfect location, but now that they have, downtown will have a place we can call our own.
For more information call (210) 267-9885 or visit their Facebook page, www.facebook.com/thelocalbarsa.
Dennis M. Ayotte, Jr. is a reporter for La Prensa de San Antonio. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.