Monthly Archives: July 2011

Feeling Friendly?

Hey, friends. Forgive me for being a little Southtown-centric lately, but there is just so much down here you need to know about! Today, we learn about the friendliest place in the 210: The Friendly Spot Ice House on South Alamo.

One of my favorite places to grab a beer, The Friendly Spot is absolutely every bit as friendly as its name suggets. This outdoor ice house offers over 180 beers (24 on tap), cider, wine, sangria, micheladas, AND things to nosh, including burgers, tamales, nachos, guac and chips and quesadillas. Think we hit all the food groups? No? Well, ok.  The Friendly Spot, open daily til midnight, is great for a group or a pair and has specials every night, notably Tecate Bucket Tuesdays, $2 Shiner Thursdays (a.k.a. tonight!), and Friendly Sunday Funday featuring $2 mimosas. On Wednesdays you can catch an outdoor movie, and weekend nights always draw a healthy crowd. Check out The Friendly Spot’s Facebook or Twitter (which are both updated frequently, kudos to you, T.F.S. staff!) for the daily specials and other exciting happenings.

Here’s something else pretty rad: The Friendly Spot short film competition. You can read about it on their website, but the gist of it is this: 8 minutes or less; focusing on friends, family, or community; and starring me (joking. But I do have a great narrator voice. I can even do some accents.).

Lastly, there’s no need to find a kid or dog sitter when you head to this Southtown hotspot. They’ll be fine on their own. JUST KIDDING – please don’t leave your children at home alone. Did we learn nothing from Macaulay Culkin? Anyway, bring those dependents along! That’s right, The Friendly Spot is ridiculously pet and kid friendly, with a playground for the little wigglies and bartenders who are happy to give you a cup of water for your furry friends.

You know what, I’m going to give you an assignment this week. I said that this place is dog friendly, but I’ve never seen anyone bring a cat (or any other animal, for that matter) to The Friendly Spot. Your goal: snap a photo of yourself or a friend (or a stranger, I don’t care) with their favorite non-canine / non-human companion at The Friendly Spot and tweet it to me (@Miriam210) or post it as a link in a comment. Godspeed.

(Again, all photos by yours truly with a little help from my BFF, Instagram.)

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Prosit, San Antonio!

Guten Tag and happy Friday, friends! It may be three months and thirty degrees away from Oktoberfest, but if you think that’s going to stop me from enjoying some bratwurst, butter noodles, and Spaten Premium Lager  on a Friday night, you are sadly mistaken. So, can one find such things in this city of breakfast tacos and micheladas?  I will answer your question with good news and bad news. First, the good news: yes, one CAN find the delicious, aforementioned German treats in San Antonio! Readers, please turn your attention to The Beethoven Männerchor Halle Und Garten, a full fledged Bier Garten in the King William District / Southtown that’s “over-flowing with German entertainment, good food, wine, and beer, and fun.” Well, that sounds great, doesn’t it? The other good news is that while you polish off more sauerkraut and spätzle than is sane to consume, you will likely find yourself enjoying the fine musical entertainment of a Gartenkonzert (translation: garden concert. Who knew!), which includes Maennerchor, Damenchor, Kinderchor, and Beethoven Concert Band performances. All the chors a human could ask for. The bad news is: nah, there’s no bad news. G-g-g-gotcha!

I paid $5 to enter and then shelled out a few bucks more for various food items (the bratwurst and butter noodles receive the highly esteemed rating of muy guten) and a pitcher (don’t worry, I shared with friends). And bring cash!! While there is an ATM at the Beethoven Männerchor Halle Und Garten, I say that fees are for CHUMPS.

You’ll need to check the calendar online before visiting to make sure that The Beethoven is open to the public on the night you plan to visit (every First Friday and most third Fridays seem to be open, with other public nights sprinkled throughout the month).  And if you’re still not convinced, you can check out their Facebook page to see pictures of happy, beautiful, people laughing and enjoying themselves.

In conclusion, if you’re looking for a halle of a guten time, my recommendation is to get thee to the Beethoven. As they say in the motherland: prosit! Salud! Cheers! SEE YOU THERE.

(Check out this picture that Instagram and I took inside of The Beethoven. I did that for YOU. You’re welcome.)

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The Hidden Gem of San Pedro

If you have ever said to yourself, “I desire a sit-down music nightclub offering unpretentious, laid-back comfort,” please stand up while I applaud you for your eloquence and refined taste. For those of you who now, come to think of it, do desire a sit-down music nightclub offering unpretentious, laid back comfort, look no further!

Self described as “a sit-down music nightclub offering unpretentious, laid-back comfort” (surprise!) and “designed with musicians and listeners in mind,” Luna lives up to its website’s claims. This hidden gem is located in a rather humble looking strip on San Pedro, south of 410. Inside, you’ll find romantically dim lighting, a full bar (complete with bartenders and nightly specials), beaucoup classic album art adorning the walls, free snacks (yes, FREE! Had some legit meatballs there, once.), red velvet chairs, and really excellent musicians.

You can check out Luna’s frequently updated online calendar to plan a visit around a specific group or artist, but honestly, in my experience, the musicians are all pretty great. This joint is open Wednesday through Saturday starting at 9pm, and is free and open to 18+ on Wednesday and Thursday. (There’s a $7 to $10 cover on the weekends that varies depending on who is playing.) My personal favorite night to visit Luna is on Wednesdays, when a group called Border Palace typically lays down some wicked Latin acoustic beats from 9:30pm to midnight. HEY LOOK, TODAY IS WEDNESDAY!

In conclusion, I deem Luna to be appropriate – nay, IDEAL – for:

  • a pleasant night out with people who appreciate quality music and a relaxed but classy ambiance (and great news: Luna will even let you bring a cake in and celebrate your birthday),
  • impressing friends (or coworkers? Parents? Frenemies?) with your hip, insider knowledge of the San Antonio music scene, or
  • going on a sophisticated yet safe date (because if the free meatballs begin to seem more interesting than your date, you can at least count on the music being worth your time).

So, suerte, mazel tov, and enjoy!

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