Feb 5, 2024 - News

San Antonio's cocktail chronicles: Tiki bar, social lounge and more

A small bar room with chairs and blue and pink mood lighting.

First look at Holy Diver Tiki Lounge. Photo: Madalyn Mendoza/Axios

San Antonio's bar scene has so many new spots opening, it's hard to keep up.

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Holy Diver Tiki Lounge: A bar that opened right above Hi-Tones (you read that right) on Thursday. Who knew there was space up there?

  • The bright decor is a pleasant surprise and a bright departure from Hi-Tones' dark aesthetic. Even the mocktails were served in picture-worthy Tiki glasses.
Cocktails in seahorse shaped glasses.
They were begging to be photographed. Photo: Madalyn Mendoza/Axios

Last Caress: Steps away from Hi-Tones, in an old barbershop, is a gothic bar with drinks like The Sparrow, made with whiskey and Big Red.

  • It's so under-the-radar, that it feels weird spilling the beans on it. Though it's aesthetically dark and maybe a bit macabre, the bartender was memorably welcoming and kindly shook up a mocktail.
A photo of the Last Caress menu in pink mood lighting.
The menu looks a bit like a spellbook. Photo: Madalyn Mendoza/Axios

Amelia Social Lounge: A sophisticated spot in The Creamery, a burgeoning nightlife area near Pearl.

  • The bar offers an extensive cocktail list in a posh setting, making it a good place to show off that new outfit you've been itching to wear.
A low-lit bar accented by a chandelier
Amelia. Photo: Madalyn Mendoza/Axios
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