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The 9th annual San Antonio Cocktail Conference’s 2020 cocktail, The Clean Sneak, is swoon worthy. The week-long conference, January 12-18, is nationally regarded for its’ educational seminars, tastings, paired meals, cocktail parties, and charitable giving. Read more and get the recipe in this month’s Be Entertained story on page 20.
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It’s that time of year again when we attempt to tighten our belts for the sake of a New Year’s resolution. Yes, January food stories typically feature the best salads in town or where to get delicious grilled fish and perfectly seasoned steamed veggies, but who are we kidding? You also
probably resolved to enjoy life more, right? So let’s just focus on your second resolution!
KILWINS It’s hard to imagine Alamo Plaza without Kilwins, as it has already deliciously woven itself into the fabric of downtown. Compared to the Alamo and the River Walk, they are still relatively new to the city. This successful national sweets shop was born in 1947 in Michigan as a maker of fine chocolates and opened a store in San Antonio in September 2018. Watch the fudge, truffles, caramel apples, dipped pretzels, waffle cones, and candies made before your eyes in-store.
Cookies, Snickerdoodles, Stuffed Cookie Butter, and giant buttery halfpound Chocolate Chip Cookies that are to-die-for.
Kilwins captures a sense of confectionary whimsey that is reminiscent of a bygone era. Perhaps it’s the smiles on the faces of the staff, the black and white checkered floor, or the alluring smell as you walk in the door, or all of the above. It most certainly stems from a dedication to craft using fair-trade heritage chocolate. The fudge is hand-crafted, paddled fudge, not just your grandma’s familiar pan fudge. By smashing the sugar crystals, they create a smoother texture that melts in your mouth. But wait, it gets better.
THE ORIGINAL MEXICAN RESTAURANT Located along the River Walk and open around the clock, The Original Mexican Restaurant has so much more to offer you than tacos and enchiladas. The locals know, if you’re looking to satisfy that sweet tooth, few things can match this family-owned restaurant’s world-famous Kangaroo Court Cheese Cake, a River Walk favorite since 1968.
During these chilly months, there’s nothing more satisfying than a cup of Kilwins hot chocolate topped with whipped cream, chocolate shavings, and a dash of nostalgia. They shred and utilize the same chocolate used in their dark chocolate truffles to make their deep, creamy hot cocoa. Kilwins is about tradition, so it’s a good time to start a new one.
Flavors change and vary, depending upon the owner’s daily inspirations. However, you can custom order for birthdays and other special events or pop in for a treat. You deserve it. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for unique offerings such as their once a month cereal bar when they make bowls of cereal like none other.
This oversized slice of dense, creamy cheesecake will have you on cloud nine after just one taste. It can be served plain or topped with a goldbrick chocolate sauce, caramel sauce, or strawberry. The desserts menu includes
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CEREAL KILLER SWEETS Cereal Killer Sweets just opened the doors to their new sweets shop and bakery on the northside in the Castle Hills area. The owner, pastry chef Megan Morales, is a wizard at creating gourmet cereal treats that will knock your socks off, such as Unicorn Swirl, S’mores, Peanut Butter Blast, Banana Pudding and Berry Me Alive. The baked goods include Mexican Wedding
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HOTEL EMMA Hotel Emma, one of the gems at the Pearl, located along the northern reach of the River Walk, is home features several decadent dessert options by the new pastry chef, Stephane Leopoldo, who hails from Paris and is overseeing the pastry and dessert program for the property, which includes Supper, an American eatery, and the hotel’s locally-sourced gourmet market, Larder. Chef Leopoldo has already been titillating guests with his seasonal concoctions, such as a Pumpkin Spice Biscuit made with mascarpone, and an apple tatin- a fruit-forward pastry where the sweetness of apples are coaxed out with butter and sugar before baking. If you needed an excuse to splurge at the Pearl, well, now you’ve got one!
MAYBELLE'S DONUTS While you’re at it, you really can’t visit the Pearl without swinging by Maybelle’s Donuts, located in the Bottling Department Food Hall. An offshoot of the extraordinarily popular Bakery Lorraine, also located at the Pearl, Maybelle’s creates aweinspiring fried dough treat, such as original glazed, fried cinnamon rolls, pretty pink donuts covered in sprinkles that would make Homer Simpson proud, as well as seasonal filled donuts. The husband and wife team behind Maybelle’s are visionary pastry chefs who have undeniably made their mark, particularly for their edible magnum opus – the perfect chocolate donut. Their chocolate-covered cake donut is engulfed in premium chocolate and sprinkled with sea salt. It’s the perfect mix of sweet and salty with a little bit of crunch to the donut designed to make your taste buds sing. You need not look far in San Antonio for delightful diet detours.
WRITER’S BIO: Kimberly A. Suta of Sutapants Productions is a local and national food writer, filmmaker, and publicist for the culinary industry. She’s also the Co-Creator of Homegrown Chef (homegrowncheftv.com), a culinary series and catering and events company featuring our city’s best chefs and delicious eats.
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San Antonio By Carole Miller
WHEN TRAVIS PARK FREEZES OVER The tip of the iceberg for winter fun in San Antonio begins at Travis Park because you don’t need a frozen lake to enjoy ice skating. Take a spin on the ice at the outdoor Rotary Ice Rink conveniently located in Travis Park right next to the giant, annual Christmas tree that’s lit daily throughout January. Join an anticipated 25,000 skaters and enjoy the rink and the beautiful winter surroundings with the entire family in a fantasy on ice designed by the local visionaries at Marmon Mok Architecture. Special events at the Rotary Ice Rink include: Military Appreciation Nights every Monday (except holidays) where all active-duty
military men and women receive free admission and $4 skate rental, and dependents (up to 3) can skate for $5 admission and $4 skate rental, Cheap Skate Night every Tuesday with $5 admission and $4 skate rental, Date Nights on select Wednesdays where mom and dad can enjoy a romantic evening skating under the stars, movie screenings on Tuesdays with free holiday and family films in Travis Park, Festival Fridays to mix and mingle to the latest popular music and Skating with the Stars on select Sundays featuring professional ice skating performances throughout the day.
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FUN ON ICE Break the ice while cheering on the San Antonio Rampage during an exciting hockey game at the AT&T Center. With so many promotions and fun events, you may want to get a family season pass online. On Sunday Funday presented by Raising Cane’s, with any ticket purchase, you can access the pregame skate or add a soda and your choice of a jumbo hot dog or nachos for just $3. There are also $1 beer and soda nights, winning weekdays where all attendees receive free tickets to the next game if the Rampage wins, and Pink in the Rink Night benefitting breast cancer awareness. thesanantonioriverwalk.com
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BABY, IT’S COLD OUTSIDE Get your cold feet out of those skates and walk in the door of Kilwins’. Prepare your senses for the warm sweet aroma of chocolate, fudge, caramel, and other fresh handcrafted confections. Watch the creamy fudge being paddled the traditional way on marble tables. Listen to the sound of a wooden paddle on a copper kettle as sweet caramel corns, and brittles are being hand-crafted, and Granny Smith apples are hand-dipped in their signature made-in-store caramel for the perfect and best tasting caramel apple. Or try a handdipped pretzel, marshmallow puff, or cookie (to name a few). The assortment of sweets includes “Extraordinary Everyday” truffles, seasalt caramels, and signature dark and milk chocolate turtles. Kilwins’, located between Alamo Plaza and the River Walk, also offers dozens of flavors of “Original Recipe” ice cream (Superman ice cream is a local favorite) served in freshly-made waffle cones and cups along with a full line of beverages, including coffee, espresso and fruit drinks for you to enjoy with your favorite confection. IN THE COLD LIGHT OF DAY After your visit to sugar nirvana, grab your bullwhip, fedora, satchel, leather jacket, sense of humor, knowledge of ancient civilizations, and fear of snakes and journey to Tomb Rider 3D Adventure and Arcade. Hop on board a laser-gun-equipped Tomb Rider Jeep and experience an interactive adventure ride through the ancient tomb of the Egyptian God, Anubis. Navigate the jungle, compete with your family, and shoot for the highest score as you forge a path through the winding, trail crawling with colorful targets including monsters, skeletons, and evil villains.
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Visit Ripley’s Haunted Adventure for an experience so chilling it would put the courage of the bravest hero to the test. Enter the only haunted house in the country that is open 365 days a year through the creaky elevator taking you to the depths of terror - if you dare. This multi-million-dollar haunted mansion is teeming with terrifying live actors and mind-blowing visual effects, including a vertigo-inspiring walk through a tube of moving light. Take your adventure to the next level with Mission: X. Get equipped with a laser tagger and prepare to battle your nightmares as the creatures become targets. A labyrinth of laser lights, mirrors, and eye-popping special effects await at the Amazing Mirror Maze, a fun family experience that features not one, not two, not three, but FOUR dimensions of fun. Find your way through the thousands of mirrors and endless hallways in this baffling, bewildering experience with infinite reflections of yourself in every direction, surprising corners, dead ends, and continuous circles along with a few, classic funhouse mirrors are thrown in for, well, fun! After all that action, take a stroll through the Guinness World Records Museum to gaze upon some of the most fantastic feats of humanity. With 10,000-square-feet of wild and wacky, world record artifacts, exhibits, videos, touch screen computers, games, and interactive trivia showcased in 16 themed galleries including sports, space, animals, food, and human achievement. Tomb Rider 3D Adventure and Arcade, Ripley’s Haunted Adventure, Amazing Mirror Maze, and Guinness World Records Museum are all located directly across the street from the Alamo in Alamo Plaza.
WRITER’S BIO: Let’s be honest, local freelance writer Carole Miller does not enjoy cold weather unless it involves both ice skating and chocolate. She raised her three grown children in San Antonio and has only been jacket shopping a handful of times. Bring on the spring, Mother Nature!
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Are you looking to shake things up in 2020? If so, there’s no better place to do it than San Antonio, where the winter ice is in your drinks, not on your windshield at the ninth annual San Antonio Cocktail Conference, January 12-18. Esteemed Fodor’s Travel Magazine named the conference one of the best in the nation. Each year top mixologists and cocktails aficionados gather for educational seminars, guided tastings, paired meals, and cocktail parties. The win-win is while you are sipping on cocktail confections, you can feel good that 100 percent of the profits benefit a variety of children’s charities such as the Children’s Shelter, ChildSafe, Clarity Child Guidance Center, TEAMability, and Transplants for Children. Whether you stir up tasty concoctions for a living, want to up your home bartending skills, or simply enjoy an evening out at a hot spot with a refreshing adult beverage, this conference, headquartered at downtown’s magnificent old St. Anthony Hotel is for you! Sumptuous dinner pairings offer up an abundance of romance and glamour at some of the town’s most famous restaurants like Biga on the Banks, Bohanan’s, Dorrego’s, Botika, Las Canarias,
Rebelle and more. Each paired dinner features a specific liquor like Glenmorangie, Hendrick’s Gin, Tiki Lover’s Rum, or Redemption Rye. Along with a double-strength pour of fascinating information and hands-on education, so are the impressive array of presenters with a shared goal of demystifying booze, and that it’s okay to like what you like, from smokey whiskey to sweet cocktailsit’s all good - if that’s what tickles your fancy. The extravagant and elegant selection of cocktails is as dazzling as the creative ingredients to make them. Each year a signature cocktail is selected. The 2020 signature drink, named The Clean Sneak, a phrase coined during Prohibition to mean an escape with no clues left behind. The warmth of the drink comes from whiskey. It’s balanced with apricot liqueur, maple syrup, lemon juice, and a fig garnish (see recipe). The cocktail lives up to its’ name! Even non-drinkers will find lots to celebrate, with live music, delicious munchies by top area
U A few of the “true”: To the true cocktail aficionado, a “true” or “craft” cocktail bar is a wondrous thing. These are the places where you’ll find top bartenders shaking and stirring up liquid delights, from the strictest traditional to the wildest flights of fancy – using superfresh ingredients and garnish, with appropriate glassware and ice. You’ll find many in San Antonio; below is a list of the very tops at the Cocktail Conference. Cocktail connoisseurs are encouraged to find your favorite.
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THE CLEAN SNEAK 1 ½ Rossville Union Master Crafted Straight Rye Whiskey – Barrel Proof ½ oz. Lemon juice ½ oz. The Bitter Truth Apricot Liqueur ½ oz. Maple syrup Dried fig for garnish Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour into a coupe and serve!
Drinking Phrases chefs, and sparkling company at each event. There will even be free tastings sponsored by spirit brands. And if you think it couldn’t get better, remember that all the cocktail conference proceeds go straight to children’s charities! Best pairing ever! Here’s a sneak peek at some Headliner Events: JAN. 15 – Start early and eat hearty, at Paired Dinners. Top chefs and mixologists whip up splendid pairings at these multi-course meals at restaurants all around town. JAN. 16 – Majestic Mixology: Opening Night at the magnificent historic Majestic Theater. All-day seminars range from Cognac eduction to Mezcal & Amaro. JAN. 17- Waldorf On the Prarie: A stylish, glittering annual SACC evening bash at the elegant St. Anthony. A full-day of seminars on rum, agave, liqueurs, whiskey, and more. JAN. 18 – Cocktails Under the Big Top! Conference presenters pour it on for a three-ring evening with fantastic sets and scenery at La Villita Assembly Hall. The perennially popular Tasting Suites, open from noon to 4 p.m., offer sensational samplings of bar favorites and new brands, while seminars and classes continue through the day. Check out the SACC website for the full, fun schedule. Get an all-event VIP Pass or buy tickets to any individual event. Cheers!
“Hair of the dog (that bit me)”
In medieval times it was believed that the burnt hair of a rabid dog would cure its bite. This homeopathic approach is based on “like cures like.” Sadly, no medical evidence exists to support this for alcohol or rabies.
“Mud in your eye”
While the meaning of the toasting phrase is unclear; it’s credited to horse-racing; when all the jockeys, except the winner, would end up with mud in their eyes.
“Three sheets to the wind”
This maritime expression refers to the ropes, called “sheets” that attach to sails. If the “sheets” were loose, the ship would wildly move around, much like a boozy sailor.
“On the wagon”
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During the 19C temperance movement during dry, hot days, water carts went through the streets, dampening the roads to reduce dust. Those who swore off alcohol said they would prefer to drink from the water wagon than touch alcohol.
“Paint the town red”
In 1837 the Mad Marquis of Waterford and his drinking companions painted doors and signs red in the English town of Leicestershire.
“Wet your whistle”
Two medieval stories exist for this phrase. The first is that tankards had a whistle in the handle to alert the in-keep when you wanted more ale. The second is to take a drink to lubricate your throat before speaking.
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Had Boudro’s been serving on the River Walk back then, Jim Bowie could have carved his Center Cut Top Sirloin with a butter knife. Prime steaks, Gulf Coast seafood and the best Margaritas around have made Boudro’s one of the Alamo City’s most loved restaurants. Frommers says “Everybody loves this old standby on the River Walk.” Join us riverside, inside or (with reservations) on a barge dinner cruise.
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There’s no reason to miss the sparkle and twinkle of the holidays when you can start 2020 with the dazzle of new jewelry. With everything from custom leather creations to gold and silver pieces, San Antonio and Mexican artisans create a dazzling array of options to fulfill your jewelry desires. And really, don’t we all need jewelry sparkle in the depths of winter – or any day of the year?
The River Walk glistens year-round at nearby La Villita Historic Arts Village, a long-time shopping treasure worthy of exploration, conveniently located on street level above the Arneson River Theatre. By the late 1870s, La Villita was a thriving neighborhood of artisans such as watchmakers, cabinet makers, and stonecutters who both lived and worked in the little houses. The 18th-century tree-lined cobblestoned walkways of La Villita (little village) is home to talented metalsmiths - artists who bend and shape metal into fantastic designs. Equinox, housing the studio of owner and artist Alejandro Sifuentes, features his work alongside studio jewelers from across the country, and San Antonio. As you gaze at the shimmering pieces, it’s hard to believe that object of your desire was once a hard lump of unpolished metal. From the pristine polish of silver so shiny you can see your reflection in it to the iridescent, peacock luster of black Tahitian pearls, each piece is more beautiful than the next. What makes Equinox’s collection shine is not just silver and gold, but the options to complement those metals—such as mother of pearl, abalone, or an array of gems and minerals—the artistry will provide lasting enjoyment. When it comes to jewelry, a favorite is B&C Leather Designs and Unique Finds, featuring a mix of jewelry and leather goods, most of which are handcrafted by Bobby and Claudia Brown. The talented couple create gorgeous pieces onsite in a small studio just off the showroom. Handpainted leather bracelets will catch your eye, but you’ll also be dazzled by the different colors and textures of leather they use to create everything from earrings to belts and more. They also feature goods from other artists they know, carefully curating a collection of jewelry from other craftspeople befitting of the business name, “Unique Finds.” B&C also offers customized pieces crafted in-house, working with you to create a piece just for you. RIO Magazine
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Another La Villita spot sure to draw you in with its polish and shine is Plaza Taxco, featuring stunning jewelry and more from Taxco, Guerrero in Mexico. All of the hand-crafted pieces are made from silver mines in Taxco by “Pueblos Magicos,” known for its sublime silver work. The pieces reflect a vintage style with a modern flair. Collectors know that articles from Taxco appreciate in both value and beauty. The assortment at Plaza Taxco makes choosing only one piece a challenge. The craftsmanship, paired with the quality of the metal, combine to create statement pieces you will be proud to own and lasting shopping memories. Continue strolling through La Villita, a timeless treasure of San Antonio history where revolutionary activity took place in the fight for independence from Mexico, and make your way to Angelita. The cozy shop nestled in one of the historic buildings draws you in with fashions featuring natural fabrics, linen, wools, lush leathers, and natural dyes, but Angelita’s jewelry selection is always a stand-out. While the offerings change frequently, the head-turning style is constant. You’ll find an array of hand-hewn leathers and hand-crafted jewelry that are all free-trade and
carefully selected for each season. The store’s statement jewelry pieces include the Dian Malouf collection, with stunning works featuring the Virgen de Guadalupe, crosses, and Western art. Each piece is more fabulous than the next and sure to become a go-to piece to make complement your wardrobe. Away from the River Walk but worth the exploration is Atlantis Discovered, a part of the San Antonio community for 16 years. The store is a favorite for bridal jewelry and pieces for quinceañeras, sweet sixteens, and proms. Be dazzled by the tiaras fit for a queen, hairpieces that glitter and shine, and bracelets and cuffs to “arm” you with style. Their selection of elegant costume jewelry will elevate any occasion to a formal affair, including fabulous earrings and necklaces. You’ll also find beautiful stone pieces and an array of Steampunk selections, alongside masks and everything you need for any costume occasion. No matter why you’re dressing up, Atlantis Discovered adds an element of flair. Shouldn’t every winter day glow with new jewelry finds?
WRITER’S BIO An award-winning writer, communications expert, and military spouse who enjoys finding new discoveries and revisiting favorites in her adopted hometown, Dawn Robinette loves to tell stories. You can read more of her work at Alamo City Moms, San Antonio Woman, and Texas Lifestyle Magazine. 26 RIO Magazine
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One small reach for man, one giant REACH for San Antonio By Dan R. Goddard
San Antonio Museum of Art
Museum Reach Construction
Architect Robert H.H. Hugman’s vision of the San Antonio River Walk took almost 30 years to come true - from the groundbreaking in 1939 until 1968 when the World’s Fair established the city as a tourist destination. So city and county officials were guardedly optimistic about the $72 million proposed Museum Reach, to extend River Walk amenities from downtown’s El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel to the then-emerging food-centric development at the historic Pearl Brewery. 28 RIO Magazine
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Museum Reach Construction
Currently celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Museum Reach, which runs beside the San Antonio Museum of Art, has exceeded all expectations, generating nearly $2 billion in new construction from Lexington to Hildebrand avenues, bustling with new apartments, offices, restaurants, bars, retail shops, and more downtown residents. The San Antonio River won the 2017 Theiss International Riverprize, in large part for the economic success of the Museum Reach and the restoration of the urban ecosystem. While the design and development of the Museum Reach did not begin until the 1990s, visionaries like the late city leader Lila Cockrell began studying the feasibility of expanding the River Walk northward in the early 1970s. SAMA opened in 1981 on the banks of the San Antonio River in a re-purposed Lone Star Brewery after a $7.2 million adaptive renovation. But the hoped-for neighborhood revitalization was slow to materialize. And the museum, like the rest of the city, turned its back on the river, essentially an overgrown, neglected drainage ditch. Mickey Amacker of the Monte Vista Historical Association led hikes in the late 1990s along the river from Lexington to Grayson streets. His group of intrepid urban explorers was mainly thesanantonioriverwalk.com
equipped with an ice chest full of beer. â€œBut the only thing we really needed was a machete because there so much undergrowth and no trails,â€? Amacker recalls. Once practically inaccessible except to the homeless who took shelter in the thick underbrush, the Museum Reach opened in 2009, cleared and landscaped to create a linear parklike environment with 3.4 miles of walkways, benches, lighting, pedestrian bridges, stairways, ramps, sheltered overlooks and public art, including a fairy-tale grotto not far from SAMA. The City of San Antonio provided $52.3 million in funding for sidewalks, landscaping, lighting, and
recreation. Bexar County supplied $13.1 million for flood control and river restoration. The San Antonio Water System spent $200,000 for utility line relocation, while the San Antonio River Foundation raised $6.5 million through private donations for public art and other amenities. The San Antonio River Authority has pledged about $1.5 million annually for maintenance of the Museum Reach. The San Antonio architecture firm of Ford, Powell & Carson Inc. oversaw the design of the Museum Reach along with HDR Engineering Inc. The Zachry Construction Corporation served as contractor. Boone Powell, lead designer and principal in charge of Ford, Powell & Carson, RIO Magazine
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sought to expand on the original design by Hugman, but also to add new things. A lock and dam complex designed to lift and lower the riverboats nine feet so they can travel upstream, yet so gently guests won’t spill wine as they dine. The complex is one of the wonders of the Museum Reach. Dozens of people watching the dual locks operate can usually be found clustered along the dam and bridge beside Brooklyn Street. Zachry cleared the river channel of brush, removing all non-native, invasive species. Large cobblestones, up to 6-inch diameter rocks, were used to line the river bottom, providing a more natural environment for native aquatic life including Guadalupe bass, bluegill, channel catfish, sunfish, shad, and crawfish. In his master plan, Powell divided the Museum Reach into three segments. Limestone and concrete walls reflect Hugman’s original River Walk design from Lexington Avenue upstream to Ninth Street. Bricks accent the walkways and retaining walls along the portion adjacent to brick-clad SAMA from Ninth Street to I-35. Northward to Josephine Street, sandblasted concrete was used to match the industrial aesthetic of the Pearl Brewery. The landscape design by Cullen Coltrane of CFZ Group also reflects the three themes of the Museum Reach. Tropical plants were used in the Hugman segment, gradually shifting to mostly native grasses, shrubs, and trees for more of a Texas Hill Country look closer to the Pearl. 30 RIO Magazine
In the center of the concrete floor of a partly covered, circular pavilion overlooking the lock and dam, Powell placed a “compass rose” mosaic created by Cavallini Stained Glass Studios. The design is 1500s Italian, and the points of the compass are oriented to true north. Dramatic lighting enhances the dreamy quality of San Antonio artist Carlos Cortes’ $3 million sculpted concrete grotto, with dripping stalactites and a splashing waterfall as well as the gaping jaws of a jaguar and the craggy face of “Father Nature” carved into the cave-like walls. The River Foundation commissioned public art projects by eight national and regional artists spread over a series of eight bridges and six underpasses, including Philadelphia artist Donald Lipski’s giant, glowing longear sunfish suspended beneath I-35 and a sound installation of natural river noises such as bird calls and frog croaks by San Francisco artist Bill Fontana under the Jones Street Bridge beside SAMA.
Bits of San Antonio’s past have been preserved, as well. The Roy Smith Street Bridge, once used to roll beer kegs between the towers of the Lone Star Brewery that now houses SAMA, has been placed across the river behind the museum. The Hugman dam just above Lexington Avenue marks where the original River Walk began, though a third of the dam has been removed to accommodate boat traffic. During the construction of the Museum Reach, the Alamo Mills dam built in the 1870s was discovered near the VFW Post 76 and now can be seen partially submerged. WRITER’S BIO Dan R. Goddard is a longtime San Antonio arts writer.
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It’s a new year, but aren’t you tired of making the same old resolutions and abandoning them before January ends? Going to a standard gym alone can get boring and repetitive, so let’s check out some fun ways to mix it up and compliment time at the gym. Trust us; there are no “squats” on
this fitness journey! How does cycling on the river sound while taking in the sights of downtown? Then, let’s hit the parks for some outdoor action. How does a workout for your body and mind sound? So slip into your comfy workout clothes, and let’s start the year off right!
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JOYRIDE TEXAS JoyRide is a cycling studio with one goal in mind: pure joy. JoyRide offers calorietorching, endorphin-surged, high-energy group cycling classes set to music, which often follows a fun theme. Unlike other cycling classes, JoyRide is focused on having fun and being your best self, rather than competing with the group and trying to look good in front of the instructor. JoyRide is open to all levels and is there to guide you on your journey. JoyRide offers two ways to ride. One is by taking a class at one of their indoor studios. But the second way is the game changer – a cycling river cruise! Your spin class is held on a Go Rio cruise boat. A fitness cruise can hold up to 10 riders and combines fitness and downtown sightseeing. Grab a group of your friends and hop on board. You will not only be motivated by a collection of your favorite songs, but also by the sounds of bustling downtown and the current of the river. Cruises must be booked 30 days in advance, and you can reserve your space and get pricing details by emailing email@example.com. They have two locations: one at The Pearl, a five-minute drive north of downtown, and one at Alon, a 20-minute drive north of downtown. These classes pump up the jams and get your blood pumping too! This month, they will be continuing their JoyFit Challenge. This 5th annual weight loss challenge runs January 12th through February 9th and gives you not only the motivation to meet your new year’s goals but the tools to maintain them throughout the year. Sign-up and benefit from a community dedicated to spreading joy, meal plans, classes that burn up to 700 calories, and the opportunity to win the grand prize - becoming a better you! Single classes start at $22 and packages are available. The best part is your first class is free! Now, let’s put the right pedal forward and get ready to enjoy the ride!
FITNESS IN THE PARK Many of us suffer from gym intimidation, so why not start at the park? The San Antonio Parks & Recreation Department hosts Fitness in the Park, a city-wide, awardwinning program that offers a variety of free exercise and fitness classes throughout the city. Meet up with your friends at the nearest park or community center, and get ready to get fit! Programs include aerobics, boot camps, and circuit training, cycling, endurance and resistance classes, sports conditioning, tennis, walks and runs, yoga, and dance classes. Parks locations with programs include downtown Travis Park, Woodlawn Lake Park, Commander’s House, Dignowity Park, and San Pedro Springs Park. Most courses do not require registration, so feel free to jump in and join the fun. This month, the Parks and Recreation department is particularly excited for their Boot Camp at Travis Park, which takes place on Tuesdays at 5:30 PM, and Beginner Tennis at the McFarlin Tennis Center in San Pedro Springs Park, which take place on Thursdays at 6:00 PM. These are popular classes that fill up for their fast-paced fun and great workouts! Check out sanantonio.gov for a full list of courses and the schedule for the month.
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BLUE CAT We typically focus on the body when it comes to health and fitness, but what about the mind? Blue Cat Yoga & Healing Arts is dedicated to not only fitness but also inspiring mindfulness in a supporting atmosphere that embraces local art and artisans. Located in Hemisfair under the Tower of the Americas, Blue Cat offers classes in yoga, meditation, consciousness movement, crystal bowl sound healing, as well as specialized workshops. Yoga Alliance Certified instructors teach Vinyasa Flow, Kids Yoga, Body Luv Yoga, Gentle Yoga, Restorative Yoga, and Strong Flow, meaning there is something for all levels and skillsets. When you walk into the studio, you will feel at ease as you are greeted by large windows that flood the space with light and offer treetop views of Yanaguana Garden. Feel inspired as you peruse artwork and crafts from local artisans, essential oil blends, and sage bundles. Once the class has started, you will be guided on a flow to form your mind-body connection and rejuvenate yourself. Classes start at just $15 for a drop-in, and monthly packages are available. In addition to yoga flows, make sure to check out a crystal bowl sound healing class for an experience like no other. Zen out in this evening class and let the reverberating sounds and vibrations of crystal bowls wash over you in one of the most ancient, effective, and accessible tools we have for healing. You will feel relaxed after a long day and are guaranteed to have a good night’s sleep. Namaste, yogis! WRITER’S BIO Drew Henry is the founder of the Design Dudes blog. During the week, he’s blogging about the coolest style, and on the weekends he is getting active! Instagram: @design_dudes, Facebook: @ designdudeslife, Twitter: @designdudeslife, Web: designdudeslife.com
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on Day one. . .
Maddy McMurphy's Irish Sports Bar
TRAVELING SOLO In San Antonio, everyone is family, so don’t hesitate to stop by some of the best gettogethers in the city this month while flying solo. TITANS OF TAILGATE San Antonio loves a good battle, and it’s not just the battle of the Alamo we remember. We also remember the Titans. The Titans of Tailgate is an annual battle royale between visiting and local chefs. Local Chef Jason Dady and Culinaria lead the charge at the Sunken Garden Theater with tasty bites, craft brews, premium wines, and of course, tailgating games and festivities, all to raise money for the culinary education programs in our city’s high schools. This year’s event will be from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, January 26. Tickets are $75 in advance for general admission, $25 for kids, and six and under are free. If you’re looking to treat yourself, grab a VIP ticket in advance to score an exclusive tasting at a private event with chef meet-andgreets and plenty of swag.
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PUB CRAWL BRAWL Do you want to toss back a few cold ones? Create a private pub crawl by visiting two of the best Irish watering holes in town and see who reigns supreme. Start your crawl street level just a block from the Alamo on Houston Street at Maddy McMurphy’s Irish Sports Bar. With 15 beers on tap, front-row seats to a wall of live
sports on TV, and all-day happy hour, there’s not a wrong time to stop by. Try a $3 green beer and an order of parmesan garlic wings or shoot some pool. Next, stroll down to the River Walk and prepare to sing along with your newfound pals at Durty Nelly’s Irish Pub, where talented piano players lead the singing in an intimate recreation of a famous pub in Ireland. This riverside stop has a few rules posted, “only two to a stool, no talk of religion or politics, and those drinking rum may stand by themselves, preferably near the window.” It’s the perfect place to escape during an election year. thesanantonioriverwalk.com
Whether you’re in town with the fam, looking for fresh date night ideas, or working on your solo game, San Antonio is coming in hot with new ways to enjoy the new year for everyone, two, three, or more..
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Quiet morning in Southtown at Halcyon
TRAVELING FOR TWO If you’re in the market for fun with a plus one, we’ve got a “couple” of great suggestions.
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SUNRISE TO SUNSET Breathe in a quiet morning in Southtown at Halcyon. If you’re lucky enough to stop by on a Saturday or Sunday morning, you’ll be treated to some mouthwatering brunch options like the Old Texas benedict with chopped brisket, black beans, and avocado. Sip a carrot juice Bloody Mary, and soak in the morning. If you’re not an early riser, opt for a weekday happy hour instead. From 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., you can get down on $5 nacho tots and a $5 sangria while you hang in one of the best people-watching spots in town. After happy hour head over to Jokesters 22 Pub and Grub for a mega-dose of oxytocin and a peek at some of the funniest stand-up comics in Southtown. DINE AND DANCE If your sides are sore from laughing, cozy up with your S.O. for an evening of dinner and dancing. Toast to yourselves and a new year on the patio at Little Rhein Steak House. This River Walk staple glows with romantic vibes and riverside views. Surf the menu of steaks and seafood, but don’t walk away without trying the bacon-wrapped quail legs. After dinner, dip over to the Bonham Exchange for an authentic San Antonio nightlife experience. This downtown dancery is more than 120 years old and has been home to celebrities and afterparties that still haunt the rumor mills in town. It’s 25,000 square feet of space that welcome all who enter and a place that fills the city with PRIDE.
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on day three. . . DAY 3 TRAVELING WITH A FAMILY For parties of three or more, check out some of the more family-friendly fun the city has to offer. LOONEY TUNES Theme parks are the ultimate family destination. But who needs a mouse when we have a wabbit? San Antonio has the best cartoonthemed action at Six Flags Fiesta Texas. This weekend fun spot is home to Bugs Bunny, his Looney pals, and some of the best roller coasters you’ll ever ride. Pro tip: A milkshake from Johnny Rockets helps settle the flip flop effects of Wonder Woman’s golden lasso coaster. LUNCH AND LEGOS If your family includes the elementary school-age set, then downtown is your place; take a jungle trek to the Rainforest Cafe on the River Walk for lunch. The Amazon Feast sits satisfyingly on the belly. But they also have a robust salad menu with poke and ancient grain bowls.
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After lunch, build up your expectations brick by brick at the LEGOLAND Discovery Center. With rides, building challenges, and a mini replica of the San Antonio, families can get lost in this ultimate indoor playground. Another location everyone in the group is sure to enjoy is Topgolf San Antonio. From the 100+ climate-controlled hitting bays to the full-service restaurant and bars to the rooftop terrace with a fire pit and the game hall arcade. Sign-up for golf lessons, revel in $15 unlimited gameplay on weekdays from open until noon. All-day, every Tuesday is half-price gameplay.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Crystal Henry is a loyal Texan, and an award-winning author, writer, and columnist. She is fluent in both sarcasm and English, and evidence of those bilingual writing talents can be found at crystalhenrywrites.com. Or follow her on FB + IG @crystalhenrywrites and Twitter @chenrywrites.
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SPECIAL EVENTS & FESTIVALS 1/17-19 Pax South This exciting series of gaming festivals is held in the heart of San Antonio! Henry B Gonzalez Convention Center 1/18 Farmer’s and Artisan Markets Mission Marquee Plaza 1/20-2/1 Winter Restaurant Weeks Celebrate food with pre-fix menus and prices at top restaurants throughout the area. Culinaria, various locations 1/26 @ 1 p.m. Titans of Tailgate Sunken Gardens Theater
1/17 @ 8 p.m. Bumping Mics with Jeff Ross and Dave Attell Majestic Theatre 1/30-2/1 Jo Koy Just Kidding World Tour Majestic Theatre
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1/25-2/8 Parade of Lanterns Ten 26-ft. long boats carrying enormous illuminated lanterns will float throughout the downtown section of the River Walk. Enjoy the spectacular lantern show for free each night from 6 - 9pm. River Walk
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1/18 @ 8 p.m. Houston Contemporary Dance Company Carver Community Cultural Center
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1/21 @ 7 p.m. San Antonio Rampage vs. WilkesBarre/Scranton Penguins AT&T Center
1/24-26 The SpongeBob Musical A legendary roster of Grammy Award winners. A visionary director and a Tony Award-winning design team. One of the world’s most beloved characters. Turn them loose on stage and what do you get? The SpongeBob Musical. Majestic Theatre
1/24 @ 7:30 p.m. San Antonio Spurs vs. Phoenix Suns AT&T Center
Through 1/5 Aliento a Tequila UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures
1/26 @ 3 p.m. San Antonio Spurs vs. Toronto Raptors AT&T Center
Through 1/12 Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids Witte Museum
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Through 2/2 The Filipino Texans UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures 1/30 @ 7:30 p.m. Celine Dion Courage World Tour AT&T Center
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1/24 @ 8 p.m. The Meeting Fascinating and dramatically compelling, this eloquent play imagines a secret meeting between two of the most important men of modern times: Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Carver Community Cultural Center
Through 2/23 Elegant Pursuits: The Arts of China’s Educated Elite, 1400-1900. San Antonio Museum of Art Through 4/5 Re/Devaluing Colorism: Intersections of Skin Color and Currency Southwest School of Art
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81 Turquoise River Trading Company
27 Tex’s River Walk Sports Bar
88 Spanish Governor’s Palace
28 Little Rhein Steak House
90 Villa Tesoros
36 Bier Garten
98 Legoland Discovery Center and Sealife San Antonio
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94 Dave & Busters
91 Guadalajara Grill
80 Durty Nelly’s Irish Pub
77 Ruth’s Chris Steak House
75 Fig Tree Restaurant
67 Biga on the Banksn
63 Barriba Cantina
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41 Embassy Suites 42 Sheraton Gunter Hotel 43 The St. Anthony Hotel 44 Marriott Townplace 45 Hotel Valencia 46 Holiday Inn 47 Marriott Courtyard 48 Drury Inn NA VAPlaza 49 Drury RRO Hotel ST. 50 Omni La Mansion
56 Pizzarita’s 58 Range
55 The Republic of Texas 57 Dorrego’s
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78 Freedom Torch 79 Cowboy’s Alamo Harley Davidson 84 Tobin Center
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57 Briscoe Western Art Museum
12 Rita’s on the Riverta’s
34 CitySightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Double Deckers
11 Mad Dogs British Pub
38 Plaza Taxco
9 Howl At The Moon 10 Landry’s Seafood
36 The Improv at Rivercenter 38 La Villita Historic Arts Village
8 Hard Rock Cafe
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22 Battle For Texas, The Experience at The Shops at River Center
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55 Westin Riverwalk 58 Hilton Palacio Del Rio 60 Wyndham River Walk 64 Menger Hotel 82 Grand Hyatt 86 Hotel Contessa
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42 Spanish Governor’s Palace
13 San Antonio Museum of Art
48 Alta Vista Skate Shop
3 Mi Tierra Cafe Y Panaderia
14 Institute of Texan Culture
4 La Margarita Mexican
18 Yasmin’s Boutique
56 Maverick Carter House
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19 Out West
21 Tienda La Garza
18 Francesco’s Gelato
22 The Amazing Mirror Maze
20 Pat O’Brien’s
23 San Antonio General Store
36 Augies Alamo City BBQ Steakhouse 44 Bourbon Street Seafood Kitchen River Walk Downtown
51 Biga on the Banks
29 Aztec Theatre
30 Ripley’s Haunted Adventure/ Tomb Rider 3D
31 Guiness World Records Museum
54 Jazz Texas 55 IHOP
32 Ripley’s Believe it or Not/
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Louis Tussaud’s Wax Works
33 The Alamo
HOTELS 12 Wyndham Garden River Walk 15 Crockett Hotel 16 Sheraton Gunter Hotel 17 Menger Hotel 24 El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel 43 Marriott Plaza San Antonio MISCELLANEOUS 34 CitySightseeing Double Decker Tour
37 Tom’s Wheelchair & Scooter
6 Paris Hatters
35 Tobin Center
7 Buckhorn Saloon & Museum
8 The Pearl
39 Plaza Taxco
9 Shops at RiverCenter
40 VFW Post 76
10 Tower of the Americas/
69 San Antonio Public Library
41 Market Square
Chart House Restaurant
68 Scooter Power Tours
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ARCHITECT ATLEE B. AYRES By Dan R. Goddard
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No architect has had more impact on San Antonio’s skyline and style of living than Atlee B. Ayres. The 35-story Tower-Life Building located downtown is the only octagonal neo-Gothic skyscraper in the world; it remains one of the city’s most impressive business buildings. He popularized the Spanish Colonial Revival style for residences, including the Atkinson House, now best known as the McNay Art Museum. Fiesta, San Antonio’s biggest annual celebration, can trace its origins back to 1891, but Ayres helped to found the Fiesta San Antonio Commission in 1959 and went on to serve as its first president. As president of the West Texas Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, he kick-started the program to restore the Spanish missions in San Antonio, now the San Antonio Missions National Park. In the summer of 2015, the five missions were designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
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In 1923, he helped design the modified Spanish Colonial-style exterior of the Municipal Auditorium in San Antonio, though only the façade survives as the entrance to the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. He formed a partnership in 1924 with his son, Robert M. Ayres, who attended the School of Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania. The firm of Ayres & Ayres designed several homes in the Spanish Colonial Revival style for wealthy San Antonians in the new upscale suburbs of Terrell Hills and Alamo Heights. With distinctive red barrel tile roofs, white stucco walls, arched passageways, and enclosed courtyards, Atlee Ayres’ Spanish Colonial casa grande designs usually feature a prominent room, typically a dining room, set at an angle to the central part of the mansion. Ayres worked with his son, Robert, on the design of the Smith-Young Tower, Born July 12, 1873, in Hillsboro, Ohio, Ayres moved to San Antonio with his family
now owned by the Tower Life Insurance Company. Built in 1929, the Tower
in 1888. His father, Nathan Ayres, managed the Alamo Flats, a luxury apartment
Life building remained the tallest structure in San Antonio until the Tower of
hotel. In 1890, Atlee Ayres went to New York to study at the Metropolitan School
the Americas was erected for HemisFair in 1968. Gawking at the gargoyles
of Architecture. At night, he took drawing lessons at the Art Students League
decorating the building’s exterior is a highlight of a San Antonio River cruise.
and on Sundays studied painting under Frank Vincent Dumont.
The Tower-Life Building made the National Register of Historic Places in 1991.
Following graduation in 1894, he returned to San Antonio to work for various
The “Taj Mahal,” the Administration Building at Randolph Air Force Base and
architects and then moved to Mexico, where he became fascinated by the
one of the best-known military buildings in the world, is considered to be his
beauty of Spanish Colonial churches. Returning to San Antonio in 1900, he
masterpiece. The signature soaring white tower conceals a 500,000 water tank.
formed a partnership with Charles A. Coughlin, who died in 1905.
Other projects by Ayres & Ayres include Freeman Coliseum, the Federal Reserve
Ayres became the state architect of Texas in 1915 and designed several important public buildings in Austin, including the Blind Institute, now the Texas School for the Blind, and the Texas State Office Building. On the University of Texas at Austin campus, he designed Carothers Dormitory and the original
Bank Building, the Plaza Hotel (now the Granada Homes), and remodeling of the Menger Hotel and the St. Anthony Hotel. Several of the commercial buildings by Ayres & Ayres are preserved in the city’s new Downtown and River Walk Historic District.
Pharmacy Building. He also designed courthouses in the Texas Renaissance
Atlee B. Ayres, dean of San Antonio architects, was the oldest practicing
style for Cameron County, Refugio County, Jim Wells County and Kleberg County.
architect in the country when he died at the age of 96 on Nov. 6, 1969.
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2 Six Flags Fiesta Texas
26 Augies Barbed Wire
3 The Shops at La Cantera
28 Joe’s Crab Shack -
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4 SeaWorld of San Antonio 5 North Star Mall
6 The Forum Shops
17 K1 Speed
7 Vineyard Shopping Center
18 McNay Art Museum
21 The Alamo
8 Alamo Quarry Market
19 Morgan’s Wonderland
22 Mission Conception
20 The DoSeum
23 Mission San José
10 Alamo Helicopter Tours
27 Flipz Trampoline Park
24 Mission San Juan
11 San Antonio Zoo
28 Extreme Escape
25 Mission Espada
12 San Antonio Botanical Garden
29 San Antonio Aquarium
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INDEX OF ADVERTISERS Acenar www.acenar.com 210-222-2362
The Original Mexican Restaurant & Bar www.theoriginalmexican.com 210-224-9951
Cascade Caverns www.cascadecaverns.com 830-755-8080
BierGarten www.biergartenriverwalk.com 210-212-7299
On the Bend Oyster Bar & Lounge www.onthebendsa.com 210-354-3002
City Sightseeing Double Decker Tour San Antonio www.citysightseeingsanantonio.com 210-224-8687
Boudro’s A Texas Bistro on the River Walk www.boudros.com 210-224-8484
Paesanos RiverWalk www.paesanosriverwalk.com 210-227-2782
Dave & Buster’s www.daveandbusters.com 210-951-3600
Rainforest Café www.rainforestcafe.com 210-277-6300
GO RIO River Cruises www.goriocruises.com 210-227-4746
Restaurante Pico de Gallo www.picodegallo.com 210-225-6060
LEGOLAND Discovery Center/San Antonio www.SanAntonioLEGOLANDDiscoveryCenter.com
Bubba Gump Shrimp Company www.bubbagump.com 210-224-4867 Chart House www.TowerOfTheAmericas.com 210-223-3101 The County Line www.countyline.com 210-229-1941 Dave & Buster’s www.daveandbusters.com 210-951-3600
Rio Rio Cantina www.riorioriverwalk.com 210-226-8462 Rita’s on the River www.ritasontheriver.com 210-227-RITA
Denny’s Riverwalk www.dennys.com 210-223-4321
Angelita’s www.angelitasa.com 210-224-8362
Dick’s Last Resort www.dickslastresort.com 210-224-0026
FLOW CBD Lounge www.flowsupplements.com
Fogo de Chao www.fogodechao.com 210-227-1700
Market Square www.marketsquaresa.com 210-207-8600
Guadalajara Grill www.guadalajaragrill.us 210-222-1992
Cowboys Alamo City Harley Davidson on the RiverWalk www.cowboysalamocityharley.com 210-212-4461
Iron Cactus www.ironcactus.com 210-224-9835
La Villita Historic Village www.lavillitasanantonio.com 210-207-8614
Landry’s Saltgrass Steakhouse www.saltgrass.com 210-222-9092
Plaza Taxco www.plazataxco.com 210-212-6733
Landry’s Seafood www.landrysseafood.com 210-229-1010
Mirror Maze 210-224-2288 Natural Bridge Caverns www.naturalbridgecavernscom 210-651-6101 Phillips Entertainment/Guiness Book of World Records Museum www.alamoplazaattractions.com 210-226-2828 Ripley’s/Waxworks www.ripleys.com 210-224-9299 Sealife San Antonio www.SEALIFE.com/San-Antonio
Coyote Ugly Saloon www.coyoteuglysaloon.com 210-465-UGLY Hilton Palacio Del Rio/Durty Nelly’s/ Tex’s Riverwalk Sports Bar www.PalacioDelRio.Hilton.com 210-224-3368 Naked Iguana www.nakediguanariverwalkbar.com 210-226-8462
Shops at Rivercenter www.shoprivercenter.com 210-225-0000
Wyndham Resorts www.wyndham.com
Thirsty Aztec www.thirstyaztec.com 210-580-4844
Lonestar Restaurants www.riverrestaurants.com 210-223-9374
Briscoe Western Art Museum www.briscoemuseum.org 210-299-4499
MadDogs British Pub www.maddogs.net 210-222-0220
Buckhorn Saloon & Museum www.buckhornmuseum.com 210-247-4000
Mi Tierra Café www.mitierracafe.com 210-225-1262
The DoSeum www.thedoseum.org 210-212-4453
La Margarita Mexican Restaurant www.lamargarita.com 210-227-7140
San Antonio Conservation Society www.saconservation.org/homestead 210-225-5924
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The Official Magazine of the River Walk