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SIP & SAVOR Sittinâ€™ on Top of the World by Edmund Tijerina
CULTURE & COMMUNITY Portal San Fernando is at the Heart of the City By Dan R. Goddard
GREAT FINDS One-of-a-Kind Treasure Hunting By Dawn Robinette
FAMILY FUN Remember the Alamo (Plaza)! By Carole Miller
IN EVERY ISSUE FEATURES 10 14 18 22 26 30 34
Sip & Savor Family Fun Be Entertained Great Finds Culture & Community Recreation 24/48/72 Hours
GUIDES 38 Food & Drink 40 Arts & Entertainment 42 Shopping
MAPS 44 River Walk 45 Museum Reach & King William 48 Shops at Rivercenter 50 Downtown 56 Greater San Antonio
BE ENTERTAINED Authentic Western Dance Halls by Susan Yerkes
SPOTLIGHT 55 The County Line 60 Battle for Texas COUPONS 58 Coupons
ON THE COVER The 2nd annual Stars, Stripes & Lights event runs through July 4th. Two-thousand patriotic luminarias line the banks of the river downtown adding a star-spangled layer of beauty to the River Walk courtesy of Bud Light. Photo taken by husband and wife volunteer team Joe and Terri Chidgey. Thank you for all you do!
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Luckily, the River City is about relaxing, indulging and having a blast. Whether you’re from here or just passing through, RIO Magazine will help you find bliss. Are you one to dip your toes into the soothing waters of summer or dive headfirst down the steepest water slide? Relax with the glow of two thousand patriotic luminarias as you stroll along the River Walk in honor of the 4th (page 40). Sip a cold-one while soaking in a rooftop view (page 10). Indulge in the heart-racing thrill of antique hunting (page 22). Have a blast and refresh with Texas’ unofficial pastime, tubing (page 30). Sway to the music at one of the local dance halls (page 18). Whatever you do, have fun making summer memories and don’t forget to tag us @TheSanAntonioRiverWalkOfficial on Facebook or @TheSanAntonioRiverWalk on Instagram— we love to repost pics.
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Thereâ€™s something magical about the rooftop views of San Antonio. On a bright, sunny morning or a starlit night, take in the breadth of the South Texas skyline and imagine what it must have been like in the days when a small frontier town and a few missions stood among the landscape of the natural plains.
SITTINâ€™ ON TOP OF THE By Edmund Tijerina
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Take in the lights of a still-developing downtown. Like so many aspects of San Antonio, the rooftop view provides a range of apparent contradictions —feelings that are both intimate and expansive. Retaining its history while growing into a famous, influential city for a new century. Some of the city’s best rooftops allow guests to take it all in, from high above it all. Here are a few:
A CABANA AT THE ST. ANTHONY HOTEL Feel the glamour that goes back more than a hundred years from the rooftop of the St. Anthony Hotel. When it first opened in 1909, the hotel stood as a unique expression of luxury and hospitality. After several facelifts over the years —most recently, a two-year multimillion-dollar renovation completed at the end of 2015, it sparkles with its historic allure and contemporary style.
One component of that glamour is the rooftop pool, which stands as an oasis in the middle of downtown. It’s available to hotel guests only, making it a good reason
for locals to book a room for a staycation and for visitors to reserve their suites well in advance. For extra exclusivity, reserve one of their luxurious cabanas to enjoy the skyline of the city in style. COCKTAILS OR COFFEE WITH A VIEW AT PARAMOUR Whether you’re looking to start your day or get the night moving, there’s a view that’s just right for any occasion at Paramour. This swanky hangout sits atop of the equally stylish Phipps building and the Phipps Anderson Deacon law firm. This RIO Magazine
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structure, designed by building owner Martin J. Phipps and architect Robert Moritz, combines modern touches with a sense of historic San Antonio. Not only does Paramour’s location give guests a close view of the Museum Reach, the San Antonio River and the downtown stretch of the River Walk, it’s also an excellent way to catch a glimpse of the lights scattered throughout the rest of the city. With more than 8,000 square feet of bar and St. Anthony Hotel venue space, Paramour specializes in coffee by morning and craft cocktails by night. But if you’re in the mood for an eye opener in the morning, they’ll take care of you too. OVERLOOK THE PEARL FROM HOTEL EMMA If you stay at the Hotel Emma, you can witness a breathtaking view from the rooftop pool. The pool and its lounge area offer an immense outlook of the Pearl complex and an elevated vantage point to look towards downtown.
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The hotel building, constructed in 1894, was initially Pearl’s brewhouse, and the hotel salutes that history through its design. Pearl Brewery was the only San Antonio brewery to survive Prohibition, with the vision and ingenuity of Emma Koehler, widow of brewery President Otto Koehler, until her death in 1943. The brewery was ready with beer as soon as Prohibition ended, and its fortunes rose and fell with the times. In 2001, the brewery closed for good. The following year, Silver Ventures and its owner, Pace salsa billionaire Kit Goldsbury, purchased the property and kicked off the Pearl
development. Since then, the project has transformed the Midtown area into a trendy and stylish destination—including Hotel Emma’s fantastic rooftop experience. NEW DESTINATION AT THE FAIRMOUNT The Fairmount Hotel, which became a national news story more than 30 years ago, is poised to vault into prominence again as downtown’s newest attraction. On the rooftop of the hotel will be a new oyster bar from the Silo restaurant group, that is scheduled to open this month. It will be a special place for customers of Silo Prime and Nonna Osteria, which sits on the ground floor of the hotel. The new oyster bar will be the latest feature at the hotel, built in 1906 but gained fame nearly 80 years later. It initially sat at the intersection of Commerce and Bowie, now the home of the Marriott Rivercenter hotel, but was moved across downtown to its current location at South Alamo and Nueva. The move made national news at the time. THE ROOFTOP POOL AT HILTON GARDEN INN Guests of the downtown Hilton Garden Inn score a sweet perk with a rooftop pool that’s heated all year, and an exercise room that offers a downtown view. The 126 room hotel opened in late 2017 and is one of the newest properties in a downtown that seems to be under construction constantly. JAZZ AND ART If you love jazz or art, or simply want to enjoy a great evening out, consider the rooftop jazz series from radio station KRTU and Artpace, the contemporary art institution. Periodically, the two organizations join together for concerts that are open to their respective members. If you’re not a member, you can usually join in on the festivities at the door.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR Edmund Tijerina is an award-winning food writer, author of “San Antonio’s Best Restaurants,” and food tour operator. Check out his site at SanAntoniosBestRestaurants.com. thesanantonioriverwalk.com
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The ALAMO PLAZA!
by Carole Mill
Let your wildest imagination come to life and become an adventurer, fortune hunter, explorer or even a secret agent by simply crossing the street into an entertaining and fantastical world of fun.
may survive this perilous quest and defeat the mummy’s curse. After the ride, celebrate your triumph and travel back in time to an exciting arcade full of all your favorite, vintage arcade games.
ARCHAEOLOGICAL ADVENTURE Grab your bullwhip, fedora, satchel, leather jacket, sense of humor, knowledge of ancient
HAUNTED ADVENTURE Feeling brave? Visit Ripley’s Haunted Adventure for an experience so chilling it would test the courage of even the bravest of heroes. Packed with psychos, special effects and a plethora of undead, disembodied spirits, prepare for some 4-star scares around every corner.
Unleash your inner action hero in the Alamo City. Let the brave defenders of the Alamo inspire you and your family to become heroes and heroines right across the street from the famous mission known for its military feats of bravery. If exciting, epic adventures are what you yearn for, if you are looking for some thrilling fun for the whole family, then look no further than Alamo Plaza.
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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 journey through the ancient tomb of the Egyptian God, Anubis. As you 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. Armed with a sharp mind and determination, you
Enter the only haunted house in the country that is open 365 days a year. The creaky elevator takes 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-inspired walk through a tube of moving lights. Only the brave will survive. This venture is recommended for ages 9 and up. A-MAZE-ING ADVENTURE A labyrinth of laser lights, mirrors, and eyepopping 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 for children, teenagers and adults alike. Find your way through the thousands of mirrors and endless hallways in this baffling, bewildering experience with infinite reflections, surprising corners, dead ends and continuous circles along with a few, classic funhouse mirrors thrown in the mix for, well, fun! MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE ADVENTURE Located inside the mirror maze is The Vault where your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to beat the clock and disable the
security system by maneuvering through a web of lasers. Channel your inner Tom Cruise and maneuver over and under the lasers as quickly as possible without sounding the alarm. Those who trip the alarm have to start over. When you make it through, press the red button to escape and compare your time to your family to see who would make the best secret agent. A visit to the River Sweets Candy Shop, featuring everyone’s favorite sweet treats, is a post-maze must. RECORD-BREAKING ADVENTURE After all that action, take a leisurely stroll through the Guinness World Records Museum to gaze upon some of the most fantastic feats of humanity. With 10,000-square-feet of awesome, amazing, wild and wacky, world record artifacts, exhibits, videos, games and interactive trivia spread out through 16 themed galleries including
sports, space, animals, food and human achievement; there is something for everyone’s amazement. Try your luck at making, or breaking, a world record! The Guinness World Records Museum is the first museum in the world where you can set your very own Guinness World Record title. And, in the spirit of, “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em,” try your hand at various established Guinness World Record titles such as the “Most Coffee Beans Moved with a Pair of Chopsticks in 30 Seconds” and “World’s Loudest Scream” in the Attempt Arena. YEAR-ROUND ADVENTURE Be as adventurous as you dare. Single and multiple-attraction passes are available online (along with some great coupons) or get a combo
pass and visit every attraction multiple times. Tomb Rider 3D Adventure and Arcade, Ripley’s Haunted Adventure, The Amazing Mirror Maze, The Vault and The Guinness World Records Museum (and much more) are all located in the famous Alamo Plaza, and they are open sevendays-a-week, 365-days-a-year. They are open Sunday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 a.m. through Labor Day. Your adventure awaits! ABOUT THE AUTHOR Carole Miller is a freelance journalist and awardwinning mother (as noted on her Mother’s Day cards) based in San Antonio. She is always up for an adventure, especially those involving her three children, Sydney, Nick, and Faith.
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The days of sighting real working cowboys outfitted in western wear have nearly faded from the city streets of San Antonio (insert sad sigh). But that doesn’t mean you can’t find authentic western dance halls playing country music where two-step and line dancing are alive and well.
All the dance halls featured in this story offer free dance lessons at least one night a week, and all are open five nights a week for authentic western fun on the dance floor. Cowboys DanceHall brings the smalltown cowboy culture to life in the big city. It’s a sprawling, split-level space that seems as big as Texas, with a huge bar area – featuring – count ‘em – nine bars – including a tequila bar! It’s hard to stay thirsty here. There’s a rodeo ring, with real rodeo action during Professional Bull Riding season and other events the rest of the year. Try your hand on a mechanical bull for a wild ride complete with bragging rights. Special
concerts nights are regularly featured. This month Tyler Farr will play July 7, and Mike Ryan will rock the big country house July 20. Dancing is what dance halls are all about, so swing onto the dance floor and groove to the music. Enjoy either the live house band, Marty Heddin & the Country Blues, or DJ-driven tunes that run the gamut from pure country to rock and roll and Tejano nights when you can cumbia your heart out to the Latin beat. At Cowboys, dance lessons are offered two nights – Wednesday and Friday, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Every Sunday in July is Teen Night when 13 to 19-year-olds can get in on the fun from 6 to 11 p.m.
Midnight Rodeo is an iconic destination for serious boot-scooters for more than 35 years now. With its patented “race track” dance floor configured for easy movement, this 25,000-square foot space is a hot destination for the cool cowboy crowd. Check the website for special concerts, live music on “Classic Country” Wednesdays, and a super-popular house DJ spinning the country hits. And yes, there are dance lessons Wednesdays and Fridays from 7 to 8 PM. Are you looking for something wild? Wild West is the newest dance hall on the block. It’s a modern kind of honky-tonk, catering to a lively crowd.
The two-steppin’ and long-neckin’ are non-stop, with multiple bars and the same “race track” dance floor you’ll find at Midnight Rodeo. Chill out in the center courtyard bar in the middle of the raised oak dance track and watch the fun, or step up and step out to the DJ’s tunes. Friday and Wednesday night dance lessons are free and live acoustic music plays on the balmy outdoor patio. There’s a wilder side to some of the fun, too, with weekly summer “Bikini Contest” nights. And coming up on July 11, the scene gets spicy for the cowgirls in the crowd when the 50 Shades Male Revue brings their tour to the Wild West stage.
The Thirsty Horse Saloon is a down-home Western bar, with a wide-open space for dancing and live music Friday and Saturday nights with dance lessons on Fridays. Set in 20,000-square-feet of a former pool hall, it dominates a popular north side strip center. A few billiard tables Wild West
are still around, but when the band starts on stage, the dance floor instantly becomes packed with partiers. Two more things these dance halls all have in common besides great bars and two-stepping—they’re all closed on Monday and Tuesday nights. And, you don’t have to go all rodeo in your choice of duds. These days, T-shirts and caps are popular attire. But if you really want to do it up in cowboy style, shopping for an outfit downtown is as simple as lassoing a calf. Paris Hatters has been around since 1917 and is as authentic an experience as you can get for hat and boot shopping. San Antonio Ranch, a large boutique located just around the corner from Paris Hatters, offers stylish modern western wear for both cowboys and cowgirls. Men’s duds include vests and long sleeve shirts and ladies duds include skirts, tops, dresses, and fashion jewelry.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR San Antonio-based travel writer and journalist Susan Yerkes has lived around Texas long enough to own a saddle, a Stetson and a few well-worn pairs of cowboy boots. She can do a mean two-step and waltz, and a decent cumbia. She rides a horse bareback but draws the line at the mechanical bull.
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True shoppers know every outing is a hunt for great finds, but few know better than those in search of oneof-a-kind treasures of the vintage variety.
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Some search for that one item eluding their collection, while others hunt for a category like mid-century modern furniture, Texas landscape oil paintings, Fiesta dishes, or shabby chic linens. The third treasure hunter is of the freewheeling variety, happy to snatch up whatever bauble catches their eye.
On any given weekend, you’ll find everything from Mexican pottery and tiles to stained glass windows from England. You can also find vintage toys, out of print comics and something to add to your vinyl collection before you take a refreshment break at one of Bussey’s eight snack bars and picnic areas, making the market a fun family outing or hunt with friends. Admission is a whopping $1 per car.
Allow me to share a few local haunts for sourcing hidden gems. Like all treasure hunts, this one takes patience, a map (Google Maps) and a good list of go-to stores that always have fun finds.
A multitude of vendors fills the Ironside Antique Mall, a haven of valuables where you may shop in air-conditioned comfort with clean bathrooms and a wonderful Mexican restaurant that shares the same parking lot.
For outdoor antiquing, you can’t beat Bussey’s Flea Market. With more than 500 vendors, the buried jewel you seek just might be waiting for you. A quick drive up IH-35 north from downtown San Antonio takes you to Bussey’s. It’s hard to miss the larger than life armadillo beckoning you to shop. Snap a selfie and begin your exploration. In Bussey’s open-air market, you can roam wide shaded aisles and pop into booths offering furniture, artwork, vintage clothes, military collectibles, jewelry, yard art and more.
Individually-owned booths offer fresh merchandise weekly. Walking through the store is like walking through a catalog of unique bargains during every trip. Some of the more interesting booths features perfectly preserved insects, jukeboxes, and mid-century chandeliers. You’ll also find rows and rows of jewelry, furniture, coins, comics, albums and more. Savor every corner and take time to check each and every display case, to ensure that you don’t miss anything.
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The rule of thumb to keep in mind for antiquing: trolling for treasures generally means that what you find is unique. And limited in quantity. That terrific chair, platter or funky statement necklace may go home with the next shopper, so don’t walk away thinking you can go back and pick it up another time. Most likely, another hunter will claim that prize and leave you empty-handed. Charlott’s Antique & Clocks has 50 years of business under its belt. The store itself is vintage chic, and you’ll often find Charlotte herself behind the counter. Plan plenty of time to dig in and explore the rows upon rows of dishes, china, crystal, vintage linens and clocks. Everywhere you look, you see pieces of San Antonio history, as well as items from around the world. There are a few San Antonio Fiesta items tucked into the offerings, including vintage posters, medals and shirts, as well as Waterford crystal, Wedgewood china and a collection of Asian pieces. Named numerous times to various “Best Of” lists, Charlott’s is a fun adventure no matter what corner of the world you’re looking to explore.
The same can be said for The Junction Antiques, a collection of everything from yard art to vintage clothing, artwork, jewelry and furniture. Driving by at night, its bright neon sign draws you in like a beacon. Befitting of a consignment store featuring an eclectic and vintage vibe nestled in San Antonio’s Beacon Hill neighborhood located less than three miles from downtown. A recent visit included a carousel horse wearing a sombrero, amazing etchings of Paris scenes, an Otomi clutch, terrific Mexican textiles and an iron archway waiting to decorate your yard. The store’s collection spills out onto the front sidewalk, decorating the corner and giving everyone a taste of the treasures they might find inside.
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Thanks to an outside display at neighboring Karolina’s Antiques, across from The Junction Antiques, the street is teeming with bargains, finds and colorful musts, doubling the opportunity to find a treasure just by walking across the street. Karolina’s offers antiques and contemporary finds, but everything is curated to create a seamless feel. You’ll find terrific jewelry to add color to any outfit, like irresistible Papel Picado earrings, as well as Mexican imports, home décor, artwork, vintage clothing and an array of both antique and contemporary furniture. There are terrific pottery pieces for your patio and display cases filled to the brim with new-to-you jewelry. The goods stretch from the floor to ceiling in the old store that Karolina’s calls home, so look all around and don’t miss the murals and artwork that provide a colorful backdrop for your shopping experience.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR An award-winning writer, communications expert and military spouse who enjoys finding discoveries and revisiting old favorites in her adopted hometown, Dawn Robinette loves to tell stories. You can read more of her work at Alamo City Moms Blog.
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THE RIVER speaks at Portal San Fernando, a small park in the heart of the city linking the River Walk to Main Plaza and the San Fernando Cathedral.
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Portal San Fernando is at the Heart of the City DISCOVER THE LIFE OF THE RIVER AT PORTAL SAN FERNANDO By Dan R. Goddard Etched into the stone walls of the shady, multilevel pocket park resembling a hidden quarry are words the San Antonio River might have spoken during the 300-year sweep of the city’s history. “I Put People to Work During the Hardest Times” refers to the Works Progress Administration project that built the River Walk during the Great Depression. Axe heads, picks, and other period iron tools workers might have used are embedded into the concrete walkway like fossils as part of San Antonio artist Cecilia Alvarez Muñoz’s “El Rio Habla (The River Speaks),” a heartfelt public art tribute to the river’s importance to San Antonio. She created stone text panels for each of the portal’s six landings. Each corresponds to different historical eras ranging from the city’s Indian and Spanish colonial past, when the river was tamed and used for irrigation, to the Industrial Age, when the river powered flour mills, and the future, when the course of the river is uncertain. Blending seamlessly into downtown’s urban fabric, the portal looks as if it has been there since the original River Walk construction from 1938 to 1941. But Main Plaza lacked a connection to the River Walk until 2001, when one of San Antonio’s leading architectural firms, Lake/Flato, took on the project and transformed what had been a parking lot into Portal San Fernando. Architects David Lake and Ted Flato are known for their “rancher values,” emphasizing pragmatism, frugality and using local materials such as limestone, metal, and concrete. Inspired by the formal beauty of the 1738 cathedral, broad steps and ramps meander along limestone terraces surrounding a central courtyard ringed by cypress trees. Located midway between the river and street-level thesanantonioriverwalk.com
Main Plaza, the sunken courtyard furnished with metal tables and chairs – is a perfect spot for a quiet picnic shielded from the hubbub of downtown streets. Retaining walls of boardformed concrete and large limestone mill blocks form planting beds. With prickly pear, agave, Turk’s cap, American beautyberry and Texas purple sage, landscape architect Rosa Finsley used all-native plants to create a softened, seasonal, shade-covered oasis. At the foot of the park, you can catch a GO RIO River Shuttle at the dock. A cantilevered walkway over a flood control channel connects with the main River Walk a block to the north, where you can emerge on Houston Street to find Ácenar Mexican Restaurant and San Antonio chef Jason Dady’s Range. A romantic footbridge crosses from the portal over the channel to the
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Drury Plaza Hotel. Follow the River Walk south around the bend and you’ll find Biga on the Banks. The portal also has a street-level gateway that opens to Market Street.
click on this: LAKE/FLATO ARCHITECTS lakeflato.com SAN FERNANDO CATHEDRAL sfcathedral.org MAIN PLAZA CONSERVANCY mainplaza.org GO RIO RIVER SHUTTLE goriocruises.com ÁCENAR MEXICAN RESTAURANT acenar.com RANGE rangesa.com BIGA ON THE BANKS biga.com
As you ascend the portal’s stairs, you’ll journey through time until you reach Muñoz’s stone text panel inspired by the city’s founding in 1718. “I was tamed, río amanzado, to yield, to feed, to foster. Me nombraron (they named me) San Antonio who finds the lost.” The words connect to a statue standing on the right side of the cathedral, St. Anthony of Padua, the city’s namesake and the patron saint of lost things. Horseshoes embedded in the walkway evoke the Spanish soldiers who were among the city’s earliest settlers. At the top of the portal on the west side, you’ll see San Fernando Cathedral towering over Main Plaza, formerly known as Plaza de las Islas, one of the few surviving Spanish colonial plazas in the nation. Since being established in 1731, the plaza has remained the center of the social, governmental and religious life of the community. City Council Chambers stand beside the cathedral and the 1896 Bexar County Courthouse is across Market Street to the south. Both the cathedral and the courthouse are on the National Register of Historic Places. Lake/Flato oversaw a $12 million renovation of Main Plaza completed in 2008. Five interactive ground-level fountains provide a fun place for kids to frolic and help to keep
the plaza cool while cutting down on traffic noise. Benches surround this central stonepaved space and planting beds feature lush, shade-loving native plants. Free wi-fi was added as well as brightly colored canopy structures designed by Rios Clementi of Hale Studios in California to provide extra shade. Look for vignettes of San Antonio’s history in 30 artistic pavers decorated with quotes and drawings by historian Char Miller scattered throughout the plaza. On any given day, you might encounter artists showing their wares and performing street musicians. Main Plaza Conservancy, a nonprofit, provides programming for the plaza that appeals as much to locals as tourists. The Main Plaza Farmers Market is held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and spotlights local bands. Upcoming concerts include the smooth jazz band Europa (July 3), blues, funk and soul by The Chris Cuevas Project (July 10) and Tejano jazz by three-time Latin Grammy winner Joe Posada (July 17). Bring along a blanket or lawn chair, not to mention kids and pets, for the outdoor Corazon Cinema on Main Plaza at 8:30 p.m. Thursdays. Free movies set for July are “Frozen” (July 12), “Top Gun” (July 19) and “Justice League” (July 26). For a mesmerizing trip through San Antonio history, be sure to see “The Saga,” a free, 24-minute video art show by French artist Xavier De Richemont projected onto the front façade of San Fernando Cathedral. The historical discovery, settlement, and development of San Antonio is told through images in this dazzling 7,000-square-foot projection with custom choreographed music in surround sound. Show times are at 9, 9:30 and 10 p.m. on Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Besides Main Plaza and Portal San Fernando, Lake/Flato also designed the Briscoe Western Art Museum on the River Walk as well as the Witte Museum, San Antonio Children’s DoSeum and the Pearl Brewery redevelopment.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR Dan R. Goddard has been writing about San Antonio art, culture and history for more than 30 years and first discovered how unique the city is at HemisFair in 1968. 28 RIO Magazine
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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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It’s summertime, so grab a tube and run—don’t walk—to the river this month. There’s no shortage of cool tubing spots to check out across the city, from water parks to the rolling Hill Country. Let’s ride this current. 30 RIO Magazine
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Hyatt Hill Country
SPLASHTOWN Our tubing tour begins with a splish at Splashtown, a water park located a mere three-minute drive north of downtown, the perfect afternoon escape. This refreshing oasis is home to over 20 acres of fun, but we are heading straight for the Siesta Del Rio Lazy River for a relaxing ride. At the center of the park, this lazy loop meanders around the wave pool with a beautiful tour of the landscape. There is no better way to have some fun in the Texas sun. Splashtown provides free tubes and pool noodles for carefree floating fun. HYATT REGENCY HILL COUNTRY RESORT: Not quite on the outskirts, but not quite in the city, our second stop is the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort. Located 20-minutes northwest of downtown, it features a five-acre water park, complete with a 950foot lazy river. The Ramblin’ River welcomes you with country-style, and the relaxing, winding curves take you to a “float-up” bar. Float your boat over and grab a frosty margarita or beer and take a break on the sandy beach. Lay back and catch some ‘rays or get competitive with a sandcastle building session. For the more adventurous guest, the waterpark now features the FlowRider wave machine, where you can surf, bodyboard, or kneeboard. But who are we kidding? We’re just here to float with our margs.
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RECREATION ROCKIN’ R RIVER RIDES: Want to experience a real river? Head to Rockin’ R River Rides in New Braunfels. A mere 40-minute getaway from the bustle of downtown, they are the only outfitter on both the Guadalupe and Comal rivers. Rockin’ R was started almost 40 years ago by two guys who rocked the last name Rivers, so you could say they were born for this job. The secret to a successful Texan tubing trip? Make sure to bring a cooler filled with non-glass containers, plenty of sunscreen, and your chill. SEAWORLD’S AQUATICA : Finally, we are heading to Aquatica, SeaWorld’s water park. Just 30-minutes west of downtown, this kiwi (a New Zealand bird) themed park is the perfect family spot to cool down on a hot summer day with real-sand beaches, waterslides, and of course a lazy river. Loggerhead Lane is not your ordinary lazy river though! Hop in a tube and get ready to cruise down this 1,200-foot long route, complete with tunnel jets, foam shooters, and misters. Jump out at the aviary for a little nature walk among their feathered flock, then hop back on the river. Float, soak, repeat.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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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: @heydesigndudes, Twitter: @heydesigndudes
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PARADA RÁPIDA (Quick Stop): Grab a cup of Chicano coffee instead at MILA. The owner is from Vera Cruz, Mexico, and the iced vanilla latte — made with real Mexican vanilla—is life in the warmth of the summer. They also carry Cake Thieves vegan baked goods fresh daily. The lavender lime donuts are the flowery fruit combo you never knew you needed. Mila
DAY ONE: DAY OF LATIN CULTURE PASAR EL DÍA (Spend the Day): Next it’s time to experience Spanish culture through art. The San Antonio Museum of Art is putting the art in party this month with a celebration of Spain. Check out the Festivál de Arte every Tuesday with flamenco dancing and poetry readings. In keeping with their celebration of all things Spain, they’ll also be hosting a tricentennial exhibition celebrating 500 years of Spanish paintings. The exhibition is exclusively in San Antonio, with many
of the works making their United States debut. On the evening of July 13, they’ll host Art Party: American Made with live music, gallery tours, specialty cocktails and art making. The event is free with museum admission. COMPRAR (To Shop): Experience the largest Mexican Mercado (market) outside of Mexico with a visit to El Mercado in Historic Market Square. Over 100 shops are open daily with music and activities held on most weekends. I dare you to leave without a souvenir. EL FIN (The End): Ready to sit down and rest your feet? Head over to Mi Tierra, also located within Historic Market Square. Open 24-hours a day; this iconic restaurant serves up Tex-Mex food. Warning, you will have to pass the 12-foot long bakery case filled colorful cakes and pastries such as fruit-filled campechana and empanada. Happy hour is Monday through Thursday 3-6:30 p.m. and again from 9 p.m.-11 p.m. Stick with the Latin theme and order a margarita, on the rocks or frozen, ranging from $4-6 or top-shelf mojitos for only $6.
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SA: NOT A ONE - TRICK PONY When in Rome? How about when in San Antonio! Ya gotta experience the Latin culture, so we’ve outlined a day for that. If you more the Legally Blonde type and want to pamper yourself, we can do that too. If hipster and trendy is more your vibe, we got ya’ covered. No one can accuse San Antonio of being a one-trick pony.
DAY TWO: TAKE A HIATUS QUICK STOP: Today is all about feeling fancy. Start your delightful day at Bakery Lorraine. This quaint bistro at the historic Pearl has the best quiche you can find. Enjoy your plate on the patio if you’re feeling fancy. SCENIC ROUTE: If you find yourself at the Pearl on the weekend, carve-out time for brunch at Southerleigh. The burgers are fantastic, but the real star of the show is the chicken and waffles. The chicken is crispy, the waffles are perfect, but the real secret is the maple syrup and Crystal hot butter. It’s a subtly sweet buffalo chicken wrapped in a warm hug. The draft beers rotate, but if you can get the Most Pretentious Beer Ever Made, don’t miss it. It’s a beautiful but complicated black IPA that starts off like a sour and finishes like a coffee. Truly pretentious and the height of bourgeois. thesanantonioriverwalk.com
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SPEND THE DAY: Now it’s time to treat yo self. Just around the corner at Hotel Emma, the Hiatus Spa + Retreat beckons. This swanky space features 13 treatment rooms and a hydrotherapy room, and the Stone Glow treatment uses warm basalt stones and raw sugar cane for exfoliation. Then rinse in the warm rain of the Vichy shower before your full-body massage.
House for a nightcap. Keep it classy with Bubbles to the Main Stage or sling-back a SlamAntonio cocktail before calling it a night. Brews Lee
If you can pull yourself out of the zen zone, take a ride up the road to Brews Lee Tea. The artisan tea shop features energy-boosting Grapefruit Green Tea and Kiwi Green Tea in poolfriendly packaging only available through July. Both are the perfect complement to the rice bowl with pork. Sleep off your lunch, then finish off your fancy fun day at Still Golden Social RIO Magazine
(Left to Right): Joy Ride, Jax TX, Bite
on Day Three: Ride the River QUICK STOP: Get a fast start to your day at the new downtown location of Revolucion Coffee + Juice. They truly are revolutionizing the idea of “fast food” with convenient, healthy options on the go. Grab a chai latte and a PB+J acai bowl, or grab a bottle of coldpressed juice for the road. SCENIC ROUTE: Just south of the historic King William district sits an unassuming little French bistro called Bite. The fabulous Chef Lisa Astorga-Watel breezes through the bistro in heels serving upscale takes on classic dishes like chilaquiles benedict and carbonara with quail. Chef Lisa is a former chef to the stars, but the real star of the show at her restaurant is the Instagrammable Bite Bloody Mary.
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SPEND THE DAY: To top off your day ride the river on a bicycle. The daring divas of JoyRide Cycle Studio are bringing the high-intensity rides we know and love to the Go Rio riverboats. Riders put the pedal to the medal while they rock and ride down the famed River Walk. The bikes are stationary, but the boat is not, so strap in and get ready for a tour of the river like you’ve never known. Each boat is limited to 10 bikes, so reserve your spot. After a thrilling JoyRide, kick back with some soothing sounds at Jazz, TX. This musical venue has the hots for everything from Jazz, Blues, Big Band and Texas Swing, to Salsa, Conjunto, and Americana. From Tuesday through Saturday, the club celebrates South Texas music, and you might even catch a performance from the infamous local pianist, singer, and composer, Doc Watkins himself. The full dinner menu features Texas favorites like brisket tacos and fried quail. And the new summer cocktail list includes a spring and summer pineapple and gin mashup called In Full Bloom. But don’t finish your San Antonio ride without a Tito’s vodka cocktail for extra SA street cred.
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BUCKHORN MUSEUM buckhornmuseum.com FREETAIL BREWERY freetailbrewing.com GO RIO CRUISES goriocruises.com THE COUNTY LINE countyline.com/river_walk_san_ antonio_tx
72 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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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT SPECIAL EVENTS & FESTIVALS Through 7/4 Bud Light Stars, Stripes & Lights River Walk Through 7/2 Fourth of July Artisan Show River Walk 7/4 @ 5:30 p.m.-Gates open 9 p.m.-Fireworks start Fourth of July Fireworks in the Garden San Antonio Botanical Garden 7/4 @ 8 a.m. Woodlawn Lake Fourth of July Celebration and Fireworks Woodlawn Lake 7/13 @ 6 p.m. Art Party: American Made San Antonio Museum of Art
7/28 -29 @ 7 p.m. Renaissance Art Festival The Historic Jackson Ranch Every Friday in July @ 7:30 p.m. Balcones Heights Jazz Festival Wonderland of the Americas Through 8/11 @ 8:30 p.m. Fiesta Noche Del Rio Arneson Theatre Through 9/16 Ole! San Antonio The Pearl
7/5-8 Ryan Davis Improv Comedy Club 7/10 @ 7:30 p.m. Stone Cold and the Jackal Tour Improv Comedy Club 7/11-15 Raul Sawnchez Improv Comedy Club 7/18-22 Darrell Joyce Improv Comedy Club 7/25-29 John Morgan Improv Comedy Club
Through 8/25 Jungle Boogie Nights San Antonio Zoo 7/7 and 7/21 @ 10 a.m. Farmers and Artisans Market Check out locally-sourced farmers selling fresh goods or visit the San Antonio Food Bank Mobile Mercado for healthy cooking demos and nutrition education. Browse through a variety of local artisan vendors. Enjoy live music performances, food, fun family activities and bring your pets! Mission Marquee Plaza 7/14 @ 9 p.m. Second Thursday McNay Art Museum 7/27 -29 @ 11 a.m. Summer Artisan Show River Walk
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7/11 @ 12 p.m. ArtFULL Wednesday-Summer Games: All Play McNay Art Museum 7/16-20 @ 4 p.m. Summer Art Camp: Super (Art) Heroes McNay Art Museum 7/21 @ 9 a.m. Family Friendly Cross Training Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
Through 7/15 @ 9 a.m. Paint to Music Institute of Texan Cultures Through 8/26 Zoorasic Park San Antonio Zoo
7/7 @ 7 p.m. Eclipse--A Tribute to Journey Aztec Theatre 7/7 @ noon Van’s Warped Tour Rock Festival AT&T Center 7/10 @ 8 p.m. Alison Krauss Majestic Theatre 7/12 @ 7:30 p.m. Echo & the Bunnymen with Violent Femmes Tobin Center for the Performing Arts 7/13 @ 7 p.m. Steel Panther Sunset Strip Live Aztec Theatre 7/15 @ 12:30 p.m. Summer Jazz Concert Series: The Jazz Protagonists McNay Art Museum 7/20 @ 8 p.m. American Idol Live! Tobin Center for the Performing Arts 7/20 @ 7 p.m. Theory of a Deadman Aztec Theatre
Through 8/12 Electric Ocean SeaWorld San Antonio An all-new nighttime celebration headlines SeaWorld’s summer offerings with exotic worlds of light and music. Watch the mesmerizing, nightly firework display and play in party zones with electronic dance music that creates an exciting, electrifying dance club atmosphere.
7/25 @ 8 p.m. Steve Miller Band Majestic Theatre 7/28 @ 7:30 p.m. Country Legends in Concert featuring Stars from the Grand Ole Opry Majestic Theatre
7/14 @ 8 p.m. Benji Brown
7/28 @ 7 p.m. Planet Patrol Aztec Theatre
PERFORMING ARTS 7/1 @ 7 p.m. Trixie Mattel--Now with Moving Parts Tour Aztec Theatre
7/5 -18 @ 8 p.m. BRAVO! An Evening of Song and Dance Arneson Theatre
The famous voice on the Rickey Smiley Morning Show, Benji Brown is witty, vivid and hilarious. He’s a comedian who is more than just the next household name; he is creating his platform. Carlos Alvarez Studio Theater
7/23-27 @ 4 p.m. Summer Art Camp: Lights, Camera, Action! McNay Art Museum Through 1/6 Dream Tomorrow Today The DoSeum
Through 9/3 Andy Warhol: Cowboys and Indians Briscoe Western Art Museum Full of famous (and infamous) figures and symbols from the Great American West including Geronimo, John Wayne, Mother and Child, Teddy Roosevelt and the Northwest Coast Mask. Rather than portraying Native Americans and cowboys in a historically accurate setting, Warhol chose to depict a popular, romanticized version of the American West through his controversial images of American history that touch upon themes such as exploitation, war, power and rightful ownership.
7/7 @ 8 p.m. Culture Club After more than two decades and 150 million singles and records sold globally, 2018 marks a new era for Boy George and Culture Club, as they are currently working on their first new music in 20 years. The tour setlist will celebrate some of their biggest hits plus gives fans an advance listen to new songs. Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
7/13 @ 8 p.m. The Greatest Showman Tobin Center for the Performing Arts 7/27 @ 7 p.m. #RLE43 The Biggest Birthday Bash of the Summer with special guest celebrities from RuPaul’s Drag Race Aztec Theatre
Andy Warhol Geronimo (from Cowboys and Indians) Screenprint, 1986
SPORTS & FITNESS 7/7 @ 9 a.m. Yoga on the Plaza Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
7/14 @ 2 p.m. The Original Harlem Globetrotters Amazing Feats of Basketball World Tour AT&T Center Every Tuesday @ 5:30 p.m. Fitness in the Park Boot Camp Travis Park
Every Saturday @ 11 a.m. Meditation in the Japanese Gallery San Antonio Museum of Art Every Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday San Antonio|The Saga San Fernando Cathedral Through 7/29 James Smolleck’s Transmissions from the Blue Egg Southwest School of Art thesanantonioriverwalk.com
7/5-8 CineFestival The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the longest-running Latino film festival in the country this summer. San Antonio’s original indie film festival will take place July 5-8, to coincide with the Guadalupe’s Summer Series of events and the historic Guadalupe Theater’s 76th Anniversary. Guadalupe Theater Through 7/29 Mari Hernandez: What Remains Southwest School of Art Through 8/19 Xavier Gilmore: ASTROBLACK Southwest School of Art Through 9/2 Immersed: Local to Global Art Sensations McNay Art Museum
Through 9/3 Billy Schenck: Myth of the West Briscoe Western Art Museum Through 10/18 Brewing Up Texas Institute of Texan Cultures Through 12/31 Viva! Institute of Texan Cultures
Andy Warhol John Wayne (from Cowboys and Indians) Screenprint, 1986 Courtesy of Jack and Valerie Guenther, © 2017 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
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THE REAL STORY OF THE ALAMO TOLD LIKE NEVER BEFORE. S H O P S AT R I V E R C E N T E R
Itâ€™s a fully immersive historical adventure staged in an authentic recreation of the Alamo as it stood in 1836. The attraction showcases the worldâ€™s most historically significant Alamo artifacts ever to be displayed under one roof and connects them through heart racing multimedia re-enactments. Guests will see the battle brought to life as they journey back in time and experience the 13 fateful days that gave birth to the great state of Texas.
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RESTAURANTS 1 Ristorante Pico de Gallo 2 Rio de Gelato 3 Mi Tierra Cafe Y Panaderia
4 La Margarita Mexican
Restaurant & Oyster Bar
Louis Tussaud’s Wax Works
33 The Alamo 35 Tobin Center
5 Denny’s 18 Francesco’s Gelato
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20 Pat O’Brien’s
40 VFW Post 76
41 Market Square
27 Texas De Brazil
42 Spanish Governor’s Palace
28 Houston Street Bistro
48 Alta Vista Skate Shop
36 Augies Alamo City BBQ Steakhouse
44 Bourbon Street Seafood Kitchen River Walk Downtown
45 Schakolad 46 Thai Lao Orchid 50 Nectar Wine Bar and Ale House 51 Biga on the Banks 53 Guillermo’s ATTRACTIONS & SHOPPING 6 Paris Hatters 7 Buckhorn Saloon & Museum 8 The Pearl 9 Shops at RiverCenter
32 Ripley’s Believe it or Not/
31 Guiness World Records Museum
10 Tower of the Americas/
Nothing tops the tower
HOTELS 12 Wyndham Garden River Walk 15 Crockett Hotel 16 Gunter Hotel 17 Menger Hotel 24 El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel 43 Marriott Plaza San Antonio MISCELLANEOUS 34 CitySightseeing Double Decker Tour 38 USO 68 SegCity Segway Tours
Exceptional dining at chart house
69 San Antonio Public Library
Chart House Restaurant
13 San Antonio Museum of Art 14 Institute of Texan Culture 18 Yasmin’s Boutique
Observation deck with incredible views
19 Out West 21 Tienda La Garza 22 The Amazing Mirror Maze 23 San Antonio General Store 29 Aztec Theatre
30 Ripley’s Haunted Adventure/ Tomb Rider 3D
4D Theater Ride: Skies over texas
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River Walk Artisan Show June 29-July 2
739 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd. 210-223-3101 toweroftheamericas.com RIO Magazine
DINING. Villita is home to more than 20 artisan shops, galleries and savory restaurants. Modern artisans, romantic tree-lined walkways and architecture dating back 300 years offer a unique ambiance of a rich past and a vibrant present. Our historic grounds also offer the perfect location for special private and corporate events. Please call (210) 207- 8614 for information on venue rentals. Join us for a day of shopping, a bite to eat, or a celebration at our year-around cultural events.
418 Villita Street Mon-Sat 10AM - 6PM | Sun 11AM - 4PM
LA VILLITA LA VILLITA 418 Villita Street San Antonio, TX 78205 210-207-8614 www.lavillita.com Collection of Unique Local Shops - p44 38 ANGELITA La Villita - Bldg. 2 San Antonio, TX 78205 210- 224-8362 www.lavillita.com Womens Fashions & Jewelry p44 38 B & C LEATHER DESIGNS & UNIQUE FINDS La Villita - Bldg. 24 San Antonio, Texas 78205 210-724-8521, 210-464-1126 p44 38 BES ARTE La Villita - Bldg. 17 San Antonio, Texas 78205 Bes Arte-La Villita/Facebook.com 210-232-0661 p44 38 CASA MANOS ALEGRES La Villita - Bldg. 6 San Antonio, TX 78205 210-313-7293 www.lavillita.com Mexican Cultural Gift p44 38
COPPER GALLERY La Villita - Bldg. 11 San Antonio, TX 78205 210.271.3856 www.thecoppergallery.com Art Collectibles - p44 38
POPULUX COMMISSARY/ HOUSE PAINT La Villita - Bldg. 3 San Antonio, Texas 78205
populuxcommissary/facebook.com 210-883-4259 - p44 38
VILLAGE GALLERY La Villita - Bldg. 10 San Antonio, TX 78205 210-226-0404 www.waltglasspottery.net Art Gallery - p44 38
EQUINOX GALLERY La Villita - Bldg. 4 San Antonio, Texas 78205 www.alejandrosifuentes.com 210-281-0706 Jewelry Metal Gallery p44 38
RIVER ART GROUP La Villita - Bldg. 14 San Antonio, TX 78205 210-226-8752 www.rivergroup.com Art Gallery - p44, p50 38
VILLITA STAINED GLASS La Villita - Bldg. 1 San Antonio, Texas 78205 210-223-4480 www.sparkleonsa.com Art Gallery - p44 38
LITTLE STUDIO GALLERY La Villita - Bldg. 23 San Antonio, TX 78205 210-227-8893 www.lavillita.com Art Gallery - p44 38 MUSTANG GREYâ€™S La Villita - Bldg. 17 San Antonio, TX 78205 210.222.1894 www.lavillita.com - p44 38 PLAZA TAXCO La Villita, Bldg.16B San Antonio, TX 78205 210-994-5259 www.plazataxco.com - p44 38
SCENTCHIPS USA La Villita - Bldg. 21 San Antonio, TX 78205 210.223.2267 www.lavillita.com Candles - p44 38
STARVING ARTIST GALLERY La Villita - Bldg. 12 San Antonio, TX 78205 210.226.3593 www.lavillita.com Art Gallery - p44 38 VILLA TESOROS 418 Villita St - Bldg. 8 San Antonio, Texas 78205 (210) 724-8521, (210) 464-1126 Apparel & Clothing - p44 90
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SA UNIQUE CRUISES
Need a gluten-free or vegetarian option? County Line offers an array of vegetarian selections including fresh salads and grilled vegetable kabobs. The menu designates glutenfree entrees, sides, and desserts. County Line prepares traditional, homemade sides daily including cole slaw, potato salad, beans, baked potatoes, homemade bread, garlic mashed potatoes and more. Make sure to start your meal off right with one of their scrumptious signature salads and appetizers.
Texas Heritage Through BBQ For nearly 25 years the County Line BBQ restaurant has been serving up legendary, slow-smoked barbeque on the River Walk. With its riverside open-air bar and patio, it’s the perfect place to relax and enjoy some tasty Q while sipping on something cold. Inside the County Line, guests enjoy a comfortable, Texas roadhouse setting as well as friendly service.
at reasonable prices, so no one leaves hungry! Third – Offer friendly table service with linens and full bar service. And Finally – Feature it all in authentic locations that celebrate the heritage of Texas.
For children, 12 years-old and younger, the “Kids Plates” are served with fries, pickles, fountain drinks, and a kids bowl of homemade ice cream, but only if Mom and Dad say it’s ok! The full-service bar features Texas craft beers and libations, handcrafted cocktails, traditional beers, and margaritas.
This location also features a large, indoor/ outdoor private party area directly above Menu options include beef brisket, baby-back the County Line. The indoor dining room and pork ribs, beef ribs, and smoked chicken. beautiful outdoor patio overlooking the scenic Customers can order their choice of the river providing a tranquil backdrop for special mouthwatering slow-smoked beef brisket in occasions. the “original” extra lean or more marbled 2nd cut. If you enjoy getting a little sauce on your COUNTY LINE BBQ fingers, order the baby-back pork ribs, the way CountyLine.com they were meant to be savored, with County
Line’s legendary “Wild Pork Sauce.” Wrap your appetite around the large, meaty beef ribs. These fall-off-the-bone ribs are slow-smoked The County Line started back in 1975 by a over natural green oak. Nothing says barbeque group of Texans who loved Texas heritage and like County Line’s signature German-style barbeque and were committed to four major sausage, slow-smoked nearby in the Texas Hill principles: First – offer the highest quality Country. Kids and adults both love this German smoked ribs, brisket, sausage, chicken and Texas blend. The flavorful smoked chicken and turkey available along with homemade sides. peppered turkey breast come seasoned to Second – Serve it all up in generous portions perfection. Your taste buds will thank you! thesanantonioriverwalk.com
Satisfy your sweet tooth with one of County Line’s decadent desserts like the homemade cobbler or the ooey-gooey Kaluha chocolate chip brownie. The kids won’t be able to resist their classic IBC Root Beer floats.
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15 Paesanos - Lincoln Heights
1 The Rim
16 Paesanos - 1604
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
12 San Antonio Botanical Garden
6 The Forum Shops
17 K1 Speed
21 The Alamo
7 Vineyard Shopping Center
18 San Antonio Aquarium
22 Mission Conception
8 Alamo Quarry Market
19 Morgan’s Wonderland
23 Mission San José
20 The DoSeum
24 Mission San Juan
10 Alamo Helicopter Tours
27 Flipz Trampoline Park
25 Mission Espada
11 San Antonio Zoo
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One coupon per table per visit. Offer at Riverwalk location only. Must present coupon. Expires 7/31/2018.
237 Loyosa, San Antonio, TX 78205 210-223-9374 www.riverrestaurants.com
with purchase of TWO – ONE LITER BIERS
In Historic La Villita just steps from the Riverwalk 418 Villita St. • www.angelitasa.com (210) 224-8362
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110 E. Crockett on the Riverwalk 210-277-6300
210 W Market St. San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 299-4499 BriscoeMuseum.org
www.SplashtownSA.com * Present this coupon at Splashtown and receive $5 OFF each adult and child admission prior to 4:00PM. Offer may not be combined with any other special rates or discounts. Limit 6 guests per coupon.
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an Adult Entrée with this ad Ice Cold Drinks & Good Texas Food
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111 W. Crockett Street, Suite 101 (210) 227-2782 paesanosriverwalk.com
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Not valid with any other offer or discount. Offer only valid at Paesanos Riverwalk location.
FREE BEVERAGE With the purchase of entree during happy hour only. Happy Hour 4-8PM 07/31/18
409 E. Commerce 210-465-UGLY www.coyoteuglysaloon.com
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With a purchase of 2 Entrees & 2 Beverage Riverwalk level of the Hyatt Regency Maddogs.net • (210) 222-0220
One Coupon per table per visit. Expires 7/31/2018
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One coupon, per check, per visit. Not valid with any other coupons or promotional offers. Coupon has no cash value. No change returned. Taxes and gratuity not included. Alcoholic beverages not included. Valid only 903 E. Commerce St. San Antonio, TX location. Selection and prices may vary. Only original coupon accepted. Photocopied and Internet printed or purchased coupons are not valid. No substitutions. © 2014 DFO, LLC. Printed in the U.S.A. Offer ends 07/31/18
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Tower of the Americas
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LA PACHANGA APPETIZER (Cup of Queso, beef tacos and flautas)
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OFF TOWER TICKET
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Toweroftheamericas.com Ticket includes unlimited access to Observation Deck, Flags over Texas & 4-D Theater Ride. Not valid with any other offer or discount. Limit one $2.00 off coupon per person. No cash Value.
Live the Story© at
Battle For Texas!
Travel back in time to 1836 on an epic adventure with BATTLE FOR TEXAS: THE EXPERIENCE, packed with fun for the entire family! Step into the story of Texas as history books come to life and experience firsthand the Texas Revolution in this 22,000 square foot immersive journey. Featuring the world’s most significant collection of artifacts from the Texas Revolution ever to be displayed under one roof, this famous site has no shortage of wonders. Experience the fight as the celebrated Texas heroes once did, and join the defenders of the Alamo in the re-creation of their final moments during the battle. Live battle re-enactments are performed daily and included in the regular admission price. Venture on a lantern-lit tour led by the museum night guard during Night at the Museum, with daily tours at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. But beware, during this expedition through time, it’s not uncommon for the mannequins of historical figures to come to life before your eyes and tell tales of the Texas Revolution.
Battle For Texas: The Experience BattleForTexas.com Battle For Texas admission sold online and at the box office Regular Museum Hours: Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sundays 12 - 6 p.m. *Last entry 1 hour prior to closing
Night at the Museum Shows: 6 p.m. & 7 p.m. 60 RIO Magazine
Craving more? Satisfy your hunger for both a delicious breakfast, family entertainment and historical knowledge with Breakfast with Crockett. This character dining experience includes appearances by Davy Crockett and Battle For Texas mascot, Kid Crockett. Pick up a Hopper Pass this summer and enjoy great savings on regular Battle For Texas museum admission, a Night at the Museum show, and reservations for breakfast with Davy and Kid Crockett! Battle For Texas is located just inside the Alamo Plaza entrance to the Shops at Rivercenter directly below H&M. Live the Story© at Battle For Texas today! thesanantonioriverwalk.com
INDEX OF ADVERTISERS Acenar www.acenar.com 210-222-2362
The Original Mexican Restaurant & Bar www.theoriginalmexican.com 210-224-9951
Briscoe Western Art Museum www.briscoemuseum.org 210-299-4499
Improv Comedy Club www.sanantoniocomedyclubs.com 210-229-1400
Barriba Cantina www.barribacantina.com 210-228-9876
Paesanos RiverWalk www.paesanosriverwalk.com 210-227-2782
Buckhorn Saloon & Museum www.buckhornmuseum.com 210-247-4000
Culinaria Wine & Food Festival www.culinariasa.org
Boudro’s A Texas Bistro on the River Walk www.boudros.com 210-224-8484
Pizzaritas www.pizzaritas.com 210-293-7842
The DoSeum www.thedoseum.org 210-212-4453
Rainforest Café www.rainforestcafe.com 210-277-6300
San Antonio Conservation Society www.saconservation.org/homestead 210-225-5924
Casa Rio & Schilo’s www.casario.com 210-225-6718 www.schilos.com 210-223-6692 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 Denny’s Riverwalk www.dennys.com 210-223-4321 Dick’s Last Resort www.dickslastresort.com 210-224-0026 Ghirardelli www.ghirardelli.com 210-627-6064 Guadalajara Grill www.guadalajaragrill.us 210-222-1992 Iron Cactus www.ironcactus.com 210-224-9835 Landry’s Saltgrass Steakhouse www.saltgrass.com 210-222-9092 Landry’s Seafood www.landrysseafood.com 210-229-1010 Lonestar Restaurants www.riverrestaurants.com 210-223-9374 Mi Tierra Café www.mitierracafe.com 210-225-1262 La Margarita Mexican Restaurant www.lamargarita.com 210-227-7140
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The Republic of Texas therepublicoftexasrestaurant.com 210-226-6256 Restaurante Pico de Gallo www.picodegallo.com 210-225-6060 Rio Rio Cantina www.riorioriverwalk.com 210-226-8462 Rita’s on the River www.ritasontheriver.com 210-227-RITA Texas de Brazil www.texasdebrazil.com 210-299-1600
Cascade Caverns www.cascadecaverns.com 830-755-8080 City Sightseeing Double Decker Tour San Antonio www.citysightseeingsanantonio.com 210-224-8687
Hilton Palacio Del Rio/Durty Nelly’s/ Tex’s Riverwalk Sports Bar www.palaciodelrio.com 210-224-3368 Howl at the Moon www.howlatthemoon.com 210-212-4770 MadDogs British Pub www.maddogs.net 210-222-0220
GO RIO River Cruises www.goriocruises.com 210-227-4746
Naked Iguana www.nakediguanariverwalkbar.com 210-226-8462
Mirror Maze 210-224-2288
B & C Leather Designs & Unique Finds 210-724-8521; 210-464-1126
Phillips Entertainment/Guiness Book of World Records Museum www.alamoplazaattractions.com 210-226-2828
La Villita Historic Village www.lavillitasanantonio.com 210-207-8614
Coyote Ugly Saloon www.coyoteuglysaloon.com 210-465-UGLY
BierGarten www.biergartenriverwalk.com 210-212-7299
Natural Bridge Caverns www.naturalbridgecavernscom 210-651-6101
Cowboys Alamo City Harley Davidson on the RiverWalk www.cowboysalamocityharley.com 210-212-4461
Dave & Buster’s www.daveandbusters.com 210-951-3600
Angelita’s www.angelitasa.com 210-224-8362
Market Square www.marketsquaresa.com 210-207-8600
Wyndham Resorts www.wyndham.com
Kickapoo Lucky Eagle Casino www.luckyeagletexas.com
Ripley’s/Waxworks www.ripleys.com 210-224-9299 River Walk Artisan Show June 29 - July 2
Paris Hatters www.parishatters.com 210-223-3453 Plaza Taxco www.plazataxco.com 210-212-6733 Shops at Rivercenter www.shoprivercenter.com 210-225-000 Villa Tesoros 418 Villita St - Bldg. 8 San Antonio, Texas 78205 (210) 724-8521, (210) 464-1126
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