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Want to know where to eat, drink and play while you are staying downtown for the Valero Alamo Bowl?

Our staff has put together the below “Do It Like A Local” recommendations for must-see attractions, fun nightlife and the best of San Antonio’s burgeoning culinary scene as well as our Downtown Partners who are ready to deliver an experience you’ll never forget.

Attractions

The Alamo

Located in the heart of downtown, the Alamo is the “must see” attraction while visiting San Antonio and perfect for a family holiday card photo. History buffs make plans to see the other Missions located south of the city.

Website| 300 Alamo Plaza| 210-225-1391

Go Rio Cruises

Experience the River Walk from the best seat in town. Guests can take a narrated or specialty river cruise, charted cruises or catch a ride on a river shuttle.

Website| 210-227-4746

La Villita Historic Arts Village

Take a walking tour to discover its rich history, then discover one-of-a-kind local art to remember your visit.

Website| 418 Villita Street| 210-207-8614

LEGOLAND Discovery Center

The ALL NEW LEGOLAND® Discovery Center San Antonio is the Ultimate Indoor LEGO® Playground! Visitors to LEGOLAND Discovery Center can enjoy 2 rides, a 4D cinema, MINILAND® San Antonio, 10 LEGO Play Zones and more! Located inside the Shops at Rivercenter in downtown San Antonio.

Website| 849 E Commerce St| (210) 610-1150

Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

The incredible world of Robert Ripley lives in San Antonio! From a dozen galleries to hands-on interactives, you won’t believe your eyes or ears!

Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks
Get up close and personal with your favorite celebrity!

Ripley’s 4D Moving Theater
Hold on tight and prepare for an out-of-this-world experience!

Website| 301 Alamo Plaza| 210-224-9299

San Antonio River Walk

For tourists and locals alike, the River Walk is a unique and friendly way to discover downtown San Antonio. Dubbed America’s largest hotel lobby, meet up with your friends and take advantage of the Museum and Mission Reach sections that bring the River Walk’s total length to 15 miles.

Website| 210-227-4262

San Fernando Cathedral

Visit one of the oldest catholic cathedrals in the United States. Make sure to see the amazing 24 minute video “San Antonio: The Saga” that plays on the cathedral every Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday night at 9, 9:30 and 10 p.m. A one-of-a-kind experience that’s free!

115 Main Plaza| 210-227-1297

SeaWorld San Antonio

SeaWorld’s 250-acre marine mammal theme park has something for everyone in the family. Animal encounters, thrilling rides, amazing shows, and 9 million twinkling lights during SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration will put everyone in the holiday spirit. Open through January 5.

Website| 10500 SeaWorld Drive|

Six Flags Fiesta Texas

ROLLER COASTERS!

Website| 17000 W IH 10| (210) 697-5050

Nightlife

Hard Rock Café

Some of the best food on the Riverwalk. The service is fantastic and speedy. Make sure to stop by for a ‘Rockin good time!

Website| 111 W Crockett Street Street| 210-224-7625

Howl at the Moon

Part concert. Part piano bar. Full fun. Howl at the Moon is a singing, clapping, stomping, dance on the piano, rock ‘n roll kind of dueling piano show with two baby grand pianos at the center of it all. Howl at the Moon’s high-energy, live music show is centered around dance hits and party anthems that will keep you dancing all night! Gather your group, get downtown, grab a drink and sing the night away at Howl at the Moon. Private and semi private bookings available for corporate events and life celebrations.

Website| 111 W. Crockett St. #201| 210-212-4770

Mad Dogs British Pub

Mad Dogs British Pub has been cranking out fun and entertainment for over 20 years with live entertainment 7 days a week, and all day drink specials every day of the week! Yards, kilts, fish ‘n’ chips, and fun! Watch your team on one of our 15 HD screens!

Website| 123 Losyoa Street| 210-222-0220

Maddy McMurphy’s Irish Sports Bar

Maddy McMurphy’s Irish Sports Bar has all your favorite sports on 25+ HD screens including NBA, NFL, NHL, Boxing, and UFC! With 15 beers on tap, $3 green beer, $3 green margaritas, $10 Pizza and a Pint and a great staff Maddy McMurphy’s is the new home for sports downtown!

Website| 420 E Houston St| (210) 222-9722

Merkaba

A craft cocktail lounge and nightclub in the heart of downtown San Antonio (just below Howl at the Moon), Merkaba pairs bold drink flavors rooted in the rich history of San Antonio culture with music to create an incredible experience for meetings and events groups. Live music offerings take the stage Sunday through Thursday while DJs take the stage every Thursday (immediately following the live act at 11pm) through Saturday; with happy hour deals rotating all days except Saturdays. Merkaba proudly hosts private and corporate events. Or, for more intimate gatherings, consider booking an exclusive lounge.

Website| 111 W. Crockett St. Suite 205| 210-212-4770

On The Bend Oyster Bar & Cigar Lounge

On The Bend Oyster Bar & Cigar Lounge has everything you need to make it through the day! Gourmet coffee products, high end seafood selections and specialty oysters, separate upper deck smoking lounge, and a giant 9-screen video wall to watch the big game on!

Website| 123 Losoya St.| (210) 354-3002

San Antonio River Walk

For tourists and locals alike, the River Walk is a unique and friendly way to discover downtown San Antonio. Dubbed America’s largest hotel lobby, meet up with your friends and take advantage of the Museum and Mission Reach sections that bring the River Walk’s total length to 15 miles.

Website| 210-227-4262

The Republic of Texas Restaurant

This spot on the River Walk can’t be beat!

Website| 526 River Walk| (210) 226-6256

Yard House

Come in for a great experience at one of the best bars in town which offers over 100 beers on draft, and stay for the delicious American-style cuisine prepared by the chefs in our scratch kitchen.

Website| 849 E. Commerce Street| 210-354-3844

Restaurants

B.O.S.S. Bagel & Coffee

B.O.S.S. (Bagels On Southern Soil) has returned to old-world basics. Most of Boss’s bagels are hand-rolled before they’re boiled and baked in a wood-fire oven, resulting in a sweet, dense bagel unrivaled by others. And this entire process is on full display in-store. The chef-inspired menu also includes uncommon schmears, vegan, gluten free, keto friendly and lever-pressed espresso. Come in and experience first-hand!

Website| 6458 N. New Braunfels Avenue| 210-504-4888

Acenar: HotMex/CoolBar

Breathtaking River Walk views, chef-inspired dishes and mouth-watering margaritas makes for the perfect evening at this innovative contemporary Mexican restaurant.

Website| 146 E. Houston Street| 210-222-2362

Bella on Houston

Best downtown restaurant, local and independent, featuring Modern European cuisine— 2-blocks off the River Walk and a short walk from all downtown hotels.  Join us for great food, wines, and service!  Make reservations now for Monday 30 Dec and New Years Eve!

Lunch Fridays / Dinner Mon-Sat 5-10 pm

Website| 204 E. Houston Street| 210-404-2355

Hard Rock Café

Some of the best food on the Riverwalk. The service is fantastic and speedy. Make sure to stop by for a ‘Rockin good time!

Website| 111 W Crockett Street Street| 210-224-7625

Mad Dogs British Pub

Mad Dogs British Pub has been cranking out fun and entertainment for over 20 years with live entertainment 7 days a week, and all day drink specials every day of the week! Yards, kilts, fish ‘n’ chips, and fun! Watch your team on one of our 15 HD screens!

Website| 123 Losyoa Street| 210-222-0220

Maddy McMurphy’s Irish Sports Bar

Maddy McMurphy’s Irish Sports Bar has all your favorite sports on 25+ HD screens including NBA, NFL, NHL, Boxing, and UFC! With 15 beers on tap, $3 green beer, $3 green margaritas, $10 Pizza and a Pint and a great staff Maddy McMurphy’s is the new home for sports downtown!

Website| 420 E Houston St| (210) 222-9722

On The Bend Oyster Bar & Cigar Lounge

On The Bend Oyster Bar & Cigar Lounge has everything you need to make it through the day! Gourmet coffee products, high end seafood selections and specialty oysters, separate upper deck smoking lounge, and a giant 9-screen video wall to watch the big game on!

Website| 123 Losoya St.| (210) 354-3002

Paesanos

Paesanos RiverWalk is locally famous and famously local. Renowned for its signature dish, Shrimp Paesano, and Mediterranean specialties. Enjoy riverside dining or dine on a River cruise. Reservations recommended.

Website| 111 West Crockett Street| 210-227-2782

Rosario’s Mexican Restaurant

The menu combines traditional south-of-the-border dishes with authentic house specialties, all prepared with a contemporary twist. Some favorites include shrimp nachos, fish tacos, ceviche, tacos callejeros, parrillas and specialty margaritas. Show your ticket and receive a “chef’s surprise” appetizer.

Website| 910 S Alamo| 210-223-1806

San Antonio River Walk

For tourists and locals alike, the River Walk is a unique and friendly way to discover downtown San Antonio. Dubbed America’s largest hotel lobby, meet up with your friends and take advantage of the Museum and Mission Reach sections that bring the River Walk’s total length to 15 miles.

Website| 210-227-4262

The Original Rudy’s Bar-B-Q

Stop in a San Antonio location and try our mouth watering smoked meats, creamy sweet corn and all the fixin’s for a bar-b-q spread you’ll find nowhere else but The Original Rudy’s!

Multiple Locations:
Leon Springs: I-10 & Boerne Stage Rd.
Nakoma: 327 E. Nakoma
Westover Hills: Hwy 151 & SeaWorld
Selma: I-35 across from Retama Park

Website| 210-653-7839

The Republic of Texas Restaurant

This spot on the River Walk can’t be beat!

Website| 526 River Walk| (210) 226-6256

Tiff’s Treats

Tiff’s Treats is famous for bringing hot, fresh-from-the-oven cookies and brownies to hungry treat lovers everywhere!

Whataburger

You haven’t experienced Texas until you’ve had Whataburger. It’s a Texas tradition.

Website| 412 E. Commerce| 210-228-0710

Yard House

Come in for a great experience at one of the best bars in town which offers over 100 beers on draft, and stay for the delicious American-style cuisine prepared by the chefs in our scratch kitchen.

Website| 849 E. Commerce Street| 210-354-3844

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