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COLLEGE ISSUE 2012 CONTENTS Editor’s Note / 9 Scholastic Breakdown, Campus Blotter / 11 ‘Legitimate’ Ass-Kickin’ / 12 The Five People You Meet in College / 16 What’s in Your Bag? / 25 Greek Debate / 26 Frenemy Foods / 31 Trinity’s HOPE Hall / 32 Required Reading / 36 Restaurant Listings / 43 Date Night Picks / 48 Nightlife Listings / 52
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What could be more intimidating than planning a career. I mean, it’s your life, your future, the whole ball of coagulating wax. It’s the money you earn, the company you keep, your ability to raise a family (or not), it’s 40 ... more like 60 hours out of every week. Choose wrong and wind up in dehumanized servitude: a wage slave with an overbearing, micromanaging boss. Heck, choose right for personal satisfaction’s sake and you can still wind up a victim of mad banksters out to subvert the global economy. No pressure, right? To help ease your passage into higher ed, we surveyed students from nearly all the schools in SA to quantify the most vital statistics, you know: who has the coolest mascot, which cafeterias are able to churn out affordable — and healthy — fare, who has the hottest student body. Of course, we also have concern for your safety, so we broke down federal statistics about crime on campus and rushed out to survey a local self-defense class, just to be on the safe side. It’s been a few years since we completed our eight-year undergraduate plan, but it feels just like yesterday. And what can we say but make the most of it. Join every club that strikes your fancy, go to the parties where you feel out of place and inconsequential, talk to strangers, study like a true gnostic seeker, and get to know your city. Regrets come fast and furious as the years stretch out into adulthood, but they’re almost always about the things we failed to try — not those things we did and failed to master. —Greg Harman
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Let’s forget about the alphabet soup of college life — all those GPA’s and GRE’s and ACT’s — and get down to what really matters: how you, the student, feels on campus, the hottie ratios at your parties, that unmistakable sense that the tweed jackets actually give a flip about you. We sent out our interns to survey campuses around San Antonio to find out what students thought about their higher education experience. While the professors at Trinity University “know their shit” better than their peers at other esteemed institutions around town, it’s the University of the Incarnate Word that sweeps the soon-to-be-coveted overall quality selection. And the least cool mascot? Congratulations, Our Lady. Seems the rechristened Saints, just ain’t cuttin’ it.
How hot is the student body? 4.8 Stuckupedness quotient? 5.7 Likelihood livestock could make an appearance at a raging keg party? 0.1 Ease of surviving without a car? 2.75 Chance of getting mugged/raped/robbed on campus? 2.8 Prevalence of drugs in the dorms? 6.1 Professors know their shit? 5.4 Availability of cheap (good) eats? 3.9 Cafeteria flexible with special diets? 3.6 Teams worth rooting for? 4.4 Mascot coolness? 6 Likely to witness a random act of nudity? 2 Administration cares if I live or die? 3 Dorms (Misery Motel or Holiday Inn)? 3.5 Quality of education experience overall? 6
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St. Mary’s University
4301 Broadway Population: 3,700 Killings 0 Sex offenses 11 Robbery 1 Aggravated assault 2 Burglary 180 Motor vehicle theft 9 Arson 2
Population: 10,700 Killings 0 Sex offenses 0 Robbery 6 Aggravated assault 4 Burglary 20 Motor vehicle theft 49 Arson 0
One Camino Santa Maria Population: 4,000 Killings 0 Sex offenses 13 Robbery 3 Aggravated assault 8 Burglary 95 Motor vehicle theft 24 Arson 2
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411 SW 24th St Population: 2,600 Killings 0 Sex offenses 4 Robbery 0 Aggravated assault 6 Burglary 17 Motor vehicle theft 3 Arson 0
1300 San Pedro Ave Population: 25,500 Killings 0 Sex offenses 5 Robbery 13 Aggravated assault 13 Burglary 39 Motor vehicle theft 65 Arson 0
One Trinity Place Population: 2,450 Killings 0 Sex offenses 15 Robbery 2 Aggravated assault 2 Burglary 219 Motor vehicle theft 90 Arson 0
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1 UTSA Circle Population: 22,300 Killings 0 Sex offenses 20 Robbery 4 Aggravated assault 16 Burglary 114 Motor vehicle theft 52 Arson 1
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3535 North Ellison Dr Population: 15,900 Killings 0 Sex offenses 1 Robbery 3 Aggravated assault 4 Burglary 3 Motor vehicle theft 15 Arson 0
1400 W Villaret Blvd Population: 8,900 Killings 0 Sex offenses 2 Robbery 3 Aggravated assault 1 Burglary 16 Motor vehicle theft 16 Arson 2
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“You’ll leave today with bruises, scratches, nauseated...” The notice made me second-guess my warm and fuzzy feelings of women’s empowerment at a recent self-defense seminar at STW Krav Maga. I literally wanted to run for the door. Pete Hardy, chief instructor for Krav Maga South Central Region with 12 years of combat experience, knows he has to lay it down rough so the women he trains won’t fall victim to an attack from a friend or a stranger, getting laid down
in the worst way imaginable. “You have to beat them and beat them, it’s your only way out. You can not talk your way out!” I knew I had to stay with the 174 women here and learn whatever these people wanted to teach me — to fully commit to the idea that I can defend myself against an attacker. With all the recent political talk about “forcible” and “legitimate” rape, PAGE 15►
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trainers and volunteers, entered the it’s not just a hot media topic. This room. One by one, we had to close our is a real issue. This is a real threat. eyes and prepare for their attack. This Statistically, it’s a certainty: you or proved to be too scary and intense someone you know will be affected. for some participants who chose not Krav Maga is the Hungarian/Israeto spar. Some women were picked up li-based “contact combat” martial arts from behind and flung to the ground, method that uses strikes, wrestling, where they had to fight their attacker and grappling as self defense in realuntil they delivered a “debilitating world situations. The “Dangerously hit” so they could get up and run Cute” seminar I was attending, a away. My adrenaline was off the fundraiser for The Rape Crisis Center charts. I did not want to get hurt, but of San Antonio, was celebrating it’s I also do not want to get raped. Ever. 10th year helping both survivors of It’s that simple. rape and women concerned with perI chose my attacker (imagine that sonal safety learn techniques that can feeling!), went into the pit, and closed literally save lives. The Rape Crisis my eyes. I felt like my heart was going Center provided crisis advocates and to explode. I felt him grab therapists to assist sexmy left wrist and pull. I assault survivors overSTW Krav Maga opened my eyes and just come by emotion. Lynn Worldwide started hitting his helmeted Blanco, CEO of The 100 Crossroads Blvd head and kicking him with Rape Crisis Center with (210) 348-6127 every muscle in my body 37 years of experience krav-maga-san-antonio.com engaged. I stayed standing with the organization, up and probably ran away said she “knows the sce- The Rape Crisis Center too quickly, but if that’s part narios are intense. We 7500 Ste. 201, U.S. HWY 90 of our self-defense, I’ll take want our participants to (210) 349-7273 it. Some women went in for feel safe, both emotionrapecrisis.com two rounds, but I was fine ally and physically.” with just one. Hardy came up with I would recommend such a crash the idea for a women’s-only self-decourse to any person, of any gender, fense seminar and has helped dozens who has been abused, feels unsafe, of young girls and women learn to feel bullied, or just wants to learn these safe again, to know what to do if there extremely valuable self-defense ever is a next time. “All rape survivors techniques. In San Antonio, three say the same thing: ‘I didn’t know new sexual assault cases are reported what to do.’ Well today you will know daily, with many more that go unreexactly what to do. You will strike ported. Don’t be foolish enough to him, kick your attacker in the balls, think it won’t happen to you, because then go home and watch your soap it can. It could be at a time and by operas like nothing happened.” Oh someone you least expect. Even by really? This I had to see. someone you know and trust. You are To open the class, three women were not alone. It is not your fault. Learn attacked by men wearing full riot gear. to defend yourself and never be a They were picked up, flung around, victim, or never be a victim again. pinned to the ground, and came out I’m glad I did Krav Maga’s training. on top and victorious within seconds. A few bruises and two days of total Two teenage girls behind me giggled body soreness seem like a small price uncontrollably. I knew they were to pay for the confidence I gained. I unsettled by what was expected of us, didn’t even break a nail. fending off an attack by a stranger, a possible rapist, someone who could be #$!%#! a good friend or family member. It felt real and yes, it was very uncomfortable. But you have to go through these exercises and this physical pain in a safe environment so you know what to do should an attack come. After warming up and learning some techniques, about two dozen heavily padded men, aka Krav Maga
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You asked the appropriate questions and penciled in the right bubbles, and you survived high school. Your intensely unique identity — and you are sure it’s intensely unique — has been incubating within, saving its reveal for the gloriously progressive environment of college. No more labels, no more cutthroat social branding, no more clique-hopping to find the milieu that best suits you. College will carve out your true self. You just have to show up. But a funny thing happens as you begin to navigate the halls of higher learning. You begin to see repeats — people who are too easy to categorize, who make you think, “Oh, so you’re one of those… ” Yes, even the college system has its robotic cogs. And the longer you stay, the more types you discover. There’s the eighth-year senior who refuses to graduate and looks uncomfortably older than everyone else. There are the husband hunters and the East-bred political types and the super-duper-go-getters, who seem to be involved in every club, group, charity, or psychological experiment that the university offers. But, for starters, I’ve found there to be five most, well, typical, types. They’re the ones you’re guaranteed to meet daily, and although they have different faces and license numbers, everything else about them seems the same. They’ll be sitting behind you on the bus. They’ll be sleeping in front of you in the classroom. One of them might be your future roommate, one of them might start dating your future roommate, one of them might even be ! They’re the five people you’ll meet in college, and here’s how you’ll identify them (warning: stereotyping ahead):
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Common question: “Bro, where you work out?” (Uttered before asking if you work out.) Academic habits: Chooses simple classes and rides the curve wherever it leads. Often found: In front of the TV on Tuesday at 2 p.m., either drinking or nursing a hangover. iPod playlist: Several workout playlists, one for each day of the week (including Rush, Pitbull, Phish and, secretly, Taylor Swift). Key words: “Totally,” “shredded,” and lots of sports metaphors. Pros: Dude will keep you grounded in the real, giving you “the common touch.” Cons: You will start to answer to “brah” — or anything that sounds like it. He can bruise your knuckles with his fist bump. How to bluff: Tell him about the last time you blacked out on a yacht after hooking up with a sporto’s girlfriend. PAGE 18►
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Common question: “What does it all mean?” Academic habits: Does fairly well, despite irritating professors with monologues and contrarianism. Didn’t get into Princeton because his application essays were “too controversial.” Often found: In the library, poring over tomes of philosophy and beat fiction or developing theoretical fixes for every economical problem and international conflict. iPod playlist: Jack Kerouac Reads On the Road. A lot of bands you haven’t heard of. Key words: “Anthropology,” “semiotics,” “ennui,” “ignorant.” Pros: Will tell you his philosophy of life. Cons: Will tell you his philosophy of life. How to bluff: Share your plans for a post-college trip to India under the influence of DMT and Nietzsche. Ask to borrow his copy of The Stranger and comment on his notes.
3. The Sorority Princess Appearance
Blond hair iPhone Parents’ credit card Grande, skinny, no-whip, vanilla latte Bag emblazoned with sorority letters Chanel sunglasses Hard Tail yoga pants (though never seen coming to or from yoga) Common questions: “Can I put that on my card?” or [in awestruck tone] “You do your own laundry?” Academic habits: Attends class for purely social reasons. Otherwise skips to go shopping for sunglasses, art supplies or, if it’s rush season, friends. Often found: Traveling in packs, typically three to 18 deep. iPod playlist: A whole playlist of Adele remixes, Nicki Minaj, Bruno Mars, Eminem, and the Script. Key words: “Like,” “sorostitute,” “box wine.” Pros: Has been in a protective, upper-middle-class bubble so long she will not challenge you with reality. Cons: Strains and elevates her voice to match the standard sorority pitch. Easily bored or annoyed. How to bluff: Ask her if she’s a natural blonde, or if she knows of any good coffee shops. PAGE 21 ►
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4. The Star Athlete Appearance
Sunglasses Aura of superiority Entire wardrobe dictated by the athletic department Common questions: “What’s the score?” and “Did we have a test last week?” Academic habits: Sometimes comes to class just to see what it’s like, leaving as soon as he’s consumed the two Muscle Milks and three Clif Bars he has in his backpack. Often found: Travels only with other athletes, or within rotating clouds of groupies. iPod playlist: Rick Ross, “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor, any generic rap or hard rock. Key words: “Protein,” “sweats,” “practice.” Pros: Hang with him at the bar and you won’t wait in lines or pay for drinks. Cons: Won’t hang with you at the bar. How to bluff: Just steer away from mentioning the fact that only a very small percentage of college athletes are able to make a career out of their sport.
5. The Stoner Appearance:
Slouchy beanie Thin, bright coat of eyeliner contrasted with stark red eyes Lazy posture Oversized Joy Division T-shirt (beneath a hemp baja hoodie in the winter months) Thrift store jeans or long, flowing skirt Sandals or Converse tennis shoes Accessories: glass chillum, eye drops, hacky-sack, potent-smelling Ziploc bag Common questions: “What?” Academic habits: Surprisingly, often shows up to class and appears totally absorbed, but confuses professor when she flunks a simple test then explains she thought (for several weeks) the class was on a different subject. Often found: Blissed-out in her dorm room atop a pile of avant-garde magazines, or harshed-out in the cafeteria by the bogus food with her headphones on. iPod playlist: Sublime, Bob Marley, Pink Floyd, Wiz Khalifa, stock nature sounds. Key words: “Dude,” “peace,” “Kush,” “I forgot.” Pros: Relatively free with bud, won’t raid your beer. Cons: Won’t wear shoes unless forced to. Won’t remember who you are the next time you see her. How to bluff: Tell her about your attempts to get a medical card, or repeat her pro-legalization arguments back to her.
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How hot is the student body? 6.4 Stuckupedness quotient? 5.5 Likelihood livestock could make an appearance at a raging keg party? 3.6 Ease of surviving without a car? 5.3 Chance of getting mugged/raped/robbed on campus? 1.8 Prevalence of drugs in the dorms? 6.7 Professors know their shit? 9 Availability of cheap (good) eats? 5.8 Cafeteria flexible with special diets? 5.2 Teams worth rooting for? 6.7 Mascot coolness? 4 Likely to witness a random act of nudity? 5.5 Administration cares if I live or die? 8.1 Dorms (Misery Motel or Holiday Inn)? 7.5 Quality of education experience overall? 8.4
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Scott Cochran UTSA senior Major: Art Age: 24 “I like vintage things. I carry photography books for inspiration, and I always have a sketchbook.”
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Trinity junior Major: Speech and Communication Age: 20 “I have hand sanitizer for any and all icky situations that happen on a daily basis. Clean and Clear oil blotting sheets to deal with San Antonio’s heat wreaking havoc on my skin. A flashlight and knife multi-tool just in case I need to do any work on my car or I’m stuck in any unforeseeable survival situation. I also carry pepper spray because I firmly believe every person should be able to defend him or herself from any assortment of creepers.”
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Deep, strong (and numerous) friendships reason enough to pledge By Alfred MacDonald Imagine a group of people a lot like you.Chances are, you probably hang out with a group of people like that already. Let’s call them “your friends.” Now imagine that your friends decided to make funny T-shirts to acknowledge the bond between you all. You already hang out all the time, so the T-shirt is just acknowledging something already there. If at that point one of you were to say “we should make this official and register our group” — congratulations, you’re basically a fraternity. You’ll have to go through some frustrating paperwork and petitioning, but it’s not hard. So why, in spite of this, do some Greek organizations have the reputation of being a place where individuality goes to die? Never attribute to malice what you can ascribe to, in this case, circumstance. A fraternity or sorority isn’t a group of people trying to conform with each other, but a group of people who realize they get along well with each other and want to get along more often. Realistically, brothers and sisters with similar personalities did not become alike over the course of a rush, and the idea that fraternities and sororities turn innocent students into beer-pong drones or Stepford wives is unfounded. In other words, a fraternity or sorority is simply people who are a lot like each other who want to share what they have in common in a slightly more official capacity. PAGE 28►
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It’s 8 a.m. following my first all-out, animal-housin’ party since joining Trinity University’s Greek life and I’m talking to another unfortunate soul who slept on the grimy, piss-and-beer smellin’ couches littered around the house. Only after I stop talking do I realize how viscously drunk I am — so much so that I can’t remember waking up and walking into this room to strike up a conversation with a fellow newly initiated fraternity member. What follows is a medley of morning-into-afternoon inebriation, a 48-hour hangover, and the completion of a small fraction of the midterm work I intended to get done. And this was still the fun part. My decision to join Greek life in my sophomore year was spontaneous and fueled by a desire to avoid boredom. After bailing on the rushing process for another fraternity a few weeks before, in the eleventh hour I asked my friend, the rush chair at Iota Chi Rho, if they still had room for a like-minded kid looking for something new. They did, and I was initiated into the four-week, whirlwind process of fraternity pledging in which personal time became a memory, bizarre activity became an identity, and weird times were had by all. At the end of the first Greek semester, I felt the camaraderie of a high school varsity team — if drinking were an athletic event. Each weekend was filled with new faces and activities, and the casualties of the lifestyle seemed insignificant: a few scars, a slew of unremembered nights, oh, and a cactus spine stuck in the bottom of my foot that somehow emerged nine months later through the topside of a toe. As quickly as it came, the spontaneity of the first semester evaporated into monotony. Frat parties became formulaic, PAGE 28►
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These commonalities are important. Solid friendships are rare in and after college, and that’s the main benefit a fraternity provides. Ask yourself if you’ve ever needed a serious favor, say, being bailed out of jail or driven to the airport at 5 a.m. on short notice. Run-of-the-mill friends will be comfortable denying you these things. Really good friends, though, will feel a little obligated and will feel legitimately bad if they blow you off. Fraternities and sororities foster those tight kinds of friendships. And most fraternities will have members willing to help another member simply for existing under a shared banner. So even if you’re class of 2014 talking to someone from the class of 2000, if you were in the same fraternity you can receive help based on that commonality alone, knowing that you’d do the same if you were in their shoes. I’ve seen it happen. I’ve also seen some students go through the entirety of college with little to no outside acknowledgement of their existence. I assure you, if you join a fraternity or sorority that will be the case for you. There are few opportunities in college to get to know a large group of people in such a close capacity as you do here. Team sports and arts performances come close, but not quite. Having so many people know who you are is not just a relieving feeling, it actually helps one mature due to the constant feedback from others who know you, well, like a large family. You will hear a lot of fraternity brothers and sorority sisters talk about “brotherhood” and “sisterhood,” respectively, as if they’re grand concepts, but I think the everyday definition is mundane and useful: a bunch of people who, through common shared personality traits, get together and form closer friendships without needing an excuse to socialize. After enough of that, they sculpt something resembling a family-like bond. It’s not a mysterious process, but it is a good reason to consider joining in.
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beginning with a house packed so thick that my glasses fogged up when I went inside. After a few hours and some neighborly calls to the police, kids began to trickle out, leaving a wake of Solo cups and the remnants of whatever party theme to clean the next day. After 3 a.m., it’s the same cast of characters: a group huddled together screaming Top 40 at the top of their lungs, a half-dozen kids passed out in places they will regret sleeping the next day, and the perennial Dude, just a little too old to be there, chatting up a girl frantically texting a ride like it’s a helicopter lift out of a war zone. When the next semester started, a divide emerged between the Greek life and what I wanted for mine. For the past six months, my number one recreational activity was getting fucked up, and I was sick of it. Sick of walking home with joggers in the morning light, of going to class in the hazy state post-drunk but pre-hangover. There’s little time for much else other than schoolwork and partying when weekends start on Wednesday night. I had books to read, drums to play, and girls to remember talking to. For many members, Greek life can be one of the most rewarding experiences of their college career, filled with lifelong friends and a strong sense of community. And on the individual level, the majority of those I’ve met I’ve enjoyed spending time with. But in an environment that not only encourages but thrives upon reckless behavior, I felt like most social events became an exercise in alcoholism, the personal factor becoming secondary. I left Greek life because of a feeling of being limited — oddly enough, the same reason I got into it.
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rinity University is launching an effort to combine classroom learning, helping the homeless, and campus residential life. Katie Ogawa, the student who organized HOPE Hall, which starts this school year, said a group of about 30 students from different majors will live together in the same residence hall and volunteer together at partnering organizations focused on helping the homeless community in San Antonio. “I think that the idea came about really because we were passionate about service, and we wanted to make that more of a key component — an option, I guess — for people to further dedicate some of their time to service and also to have that community. Because we live on campus for three years, being able to live with people that you are also serving with is really powerful,” Ogawa said. Ogawa, who is starting as a junior at the university this fall, said that she started working on this endeavor at the end of her first year at Trinity and has spent more than a year setting it up, an effort that has included working with Trinity staff, volunteer organizations, and students. “We
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Sample: You know how to theorize and summarize, How to identify ideologies in the texts you read. You do very well on the reading comprehension portion of the test. But no one said a word about following a trail of common sense Through the underbrush of the sentences themselves. No one explained the whole life of the language Lies in the solidity of the sentences and cannot be extracted.
This successor to the earlier F My Life, which in turn was a spinoff from the website FmyLife.com, doesn’t exactly teach or advise. It does help you put your woes — and there will be woes — in context. Sample: Today I went to a secluded mountain my boyfriend took me to for our first date. As I saw another couple hooking up in the bushes, I phoned my boyfriend to tell him someone found our secret spot. His Bob Marley ringtone started playing from the bush. FML. Written by the staff at our sister publication up in Motor City, the Detroit Metro Times.
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How hot is the student body? 6.2 Stuckupedness quotient? 4.3 Likelihood livestock could make an appearance at a raging keg party? 4.7 Ease of surviving without a car? 6.2 Chance of getting mugged/raped/robbed on campus? 4.6 Prevalence of drugs? 6.3 Professors know their shit? 7.5 Availability of cheap (good) eats? 6.4 * No dorms available.
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Cafeteria flexible with special diets? 4.5 Teams worth rooting for? 2.5 Mascot coolness? 2.3 Likely to witness a random act of nudity? 3 Administration cares if I live or die? 5.5 Dorms (Misery Motel or Holiday Inn)? * Quality of education experience overall? 7.5
“There has to be at least one guy in every class who always smells like marijuana.” — Oscar Garcia
A totally unscientific but utterly believable survey of San Antonio’s centers of higher learnin’
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Spirits have been reportedly spotted in the Coates Theatre and its dressing rooms. Ghostly footsteps have been heard in the Brackenridge Villa. The spirit of a little boy has been seen in the Administration Building, and a woman’s spectral face has also been seen in the water at the Blue Hole. — Lauren Silva
How hot is the student body? 6 Stuckupedness quotient? 5 Likelihood livestock could make an appearance at a raging keg party? 2 Ease of surviving without a car? 6 Chance of getting mugged/raped/robbed on campus? 3 Prevalence of drugs in the dorms? 4 Professors know their shit? 8 Availability of cheap (good) eats? 4 Cafeteria flexible with special diets? 5 Teams worth rooting for? 2 Mascot coolness? 8 Likely to witness a random act of nudity? 2 Administration cares if I live or die? 7 Dorms (Misery Motel or Holiday Inn)? 5 Quality of education experience overall? 9
How hot is the student body? 4.4 Stuckupedness quotient? 4.6 Likelihood livestock could make an appearance at a raging keg party? 2.25 Ease of surviving without a car? 5.5 Chance of getting mugged/raped/robbed on campus? 2.6 Prevalence of drugs in the dorms? 2.6 Professors know their shit? 8.3 Availability of cheap (good) eats? 4.1 Cafeteria flexible with special diets? 5.2 Teams worth rooting for? 7 Mascot coolness? 1.7 Likely to witness a random act of nudity? 1.8 Administration cares if I live or die? 6.1 Dorms (Misery Motel or Holiday Inn)? 5.1 Quality of education experience overall? 8.4
The OLLU ratio is like 10 girls per guy. People say college is a place to find future spouses. Good luck with that. When my friends do see a cute guy on campus it’s a huge deal. “Look there’s a cute guy!” “WHERE?!” — Gianna Rendon
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Top: Adelante. Bottom left: Blanco Café. Bottom right: Burger Boy.
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TRIED & TRUE Adelante
This Alamo Heights staple proves that healthy Tex-Mex can still be tasty with tofu enchiladas, brown rice, refried beans, and sweet-potato fries served in a gallery-like setting. 21 Brees, (210) 822-7681
Boardwalk on Bulverde
Food trucks are the hottest trend in eating since sliced bread, and Boardwalk on Bulverde is ground-zero for the movement. Beer, wine, and food of all varieties are served out of funky trailers alongside such varied entertainment as movies and football at this ambling oasis of food trucks and good fun. 14732 Bulverde, (210) 402-2829, boardwalkonbulverde.com
This anchor of the homegrown chain serves massive Tex-Mex portions to happy weekend crowds. The just-rightgreasy enchiladas are a Current readers’ fave, taking the top spot for 2011. 1720 Blanco, (210) 732-6480, blancocafe.net
Usually when someone recommends a burger place they’re referring to gargantuan meat patties that overwhelm the rest of the burger’s flavors. Burger Boy tries to retain some balance and proportion to their burgers, and the result is immensely satisfying. 2323 N St. Mary’s, (210) 735-1955
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seafood, and crisply fried smelts chased with cold beer are just some of the staples in this seashore meets borderbaroque environment. 3831 W Commerce, (210) 436-6056
Candlelight’s cozy ambience sets it apart from stop-n-go Starbucks. An eclectic mix of couches and divans provides for study or relaxation. In addition to coffees, cakes, and pastries, the gay-friendly hangout offers beer, an extensive wine list, soups, sandwiches, and a popular brunch. 3011 N St. Mary’s, (210) 738-0099, candlelightsa.com
Cascabel Mexican Patio
Tiny Cascabel on South St. Mary’s offers an intriguing alternative to taqueria fare, recipes from southern Mexico, and light touches like silver napkin rings that set it apart from the Tex-Mex crowd. Don’t miss the tender, spicy cochinita pibil. 1000 S St. Mary’s, (210) 212-6456
Operating out of a vintage Airstream trailer, Attaboy reinvents the classic burgers and fries with welcoming touches like handmade buns, fresh veggies, and add-ons like boudin sausage,
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El Milagrito’s cheese enchiladas are titans of Tex-Mex, topped with a good, chunky gravy that indicates Milagrito’s guisada is also a cut above. And their breakfast menu, served all day, merits a try, too. 521 E Woodlawn, (210) 7378646, elmilagritocafe.com
El Tacomiendo Taco Truck Gouda, and cayenne ranch. Check Cullum’s website for current location status (attaboyburgers.com) or stop by Tucker’s Kozy Korner (1338 E Houston), where you can find them every night starting at 5 p.m. attaboyburgers.com
Italian-style pizza and live music in the up-and-coming Deco District just north of downtown, served in a perfect
date night setting. Savory meatballs, wings and weekend lunch specials expand the options at this cute eatery just across the way from the Woodlawn Theatre. Dinner and a show? Now you know. 1815 Fredericksburg, (210) 7323326, decopizza.com
Monster tortas, tacos al pastor, and the illusive giant burrito bring smiles to the art crowd every Friday at noon. What’s more, it’s a mobile mariscos purveyor, with a tasty shrimp cocktail, too. Parked at Artpace, 445 N Main, from noon-2pm every Friday, (210) 843-1735
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Green Vegetarian Cuisine
Lodi has plenty of garlic atop the light base of cheese and thin tomato sauce, topped on a crust that is magically light and crisp. 7701 Broadway, (210) 805-8646
Green Vegetarian Cuisine
Macrobiotic, vegan, and vegetarian tastes are well served at this familyowned, homegrown vegetarian café. Toothsome baked goods and savory breakfast and lunch options abound. A walk through the front yard garden will convince you of Green’s dedication to local, organic eats. 1017 N Flores, (210) 320-5865, greensanantonio.com
The entrees are healthier and less Tex than Mex by SA standards, but the chips, salsa, and desserts outshine the main menu — which includes many vegetarian options. 1001 NW Loop 410, (210) 344-4119, guajillos.com
The lunch menu doesn’t really inspire, but breakfast is an all-day event: perfect biscuits, stacks of pancakes dripping in syrup, and waffles topped with fresh strawberries and whipped cream are made more enjoyable by the cool green dining room’s handsome mosaic floors and exotic light fixtures. 205 E Guenther, (210) 227-1061, guentherhouse.com
It’s a deceptively simple combo: spinach, bacon, grilled chicken, and provolone between two slices of focaccia bread. But something special happens when Guillermo’s adds it all up. The sandwich is hearty
on its own, but don’t skip the side of excellent bowtie pasta salad. 618 McCullough, (210) 223-5587, guillermosdowntown.com
King’s Court Frankfurter Express
This cheery bungalow just off the St. Mary’s Strip offers some twodozen dogs, from veggie to baconwrapped beef, and toppings galore (chili, sport peppers, neon relish etc.) accompanied by an ample amount of fries. For a cheap lunch, go for a classic Chicago Dog or an original like “The Texican.” 111 King’s Court, (210) 737-7774, frankfurterexpress.com
Sure, the dishes aren’t precisely what you’d get south of the border, but they mostly survive their transplant from Mexico’s coast to the San Antonio River still succulent and flavorful. The molcajete dishes are rich and satisfying, and the ceviches fresh and tangy. Enjoy a house margarita on the ice-house’s airy patio, and don’t skip the camarones agua chile or the coconut flan. 100 E Grayson, (210) 267-9040, lagloriaicehouse.com
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A popular 24-hour destination with a California influence: más burritos, including the yummy over-the-top chile-relleno version, and at least six salsas. The tortas are also delicious, especially the carnitas deshebradas. 226 W Bitters, Ste 118, (210) 494-9131, losrobertostacoshop.com
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takes on Southern standards along with exotic offerings. Visit facebook.com/ saysheatetx for weekly locations.
to gay-friendly hangout with a familyfriendly vibe. The contemporary Americana menu transcends stereotypes of all kinds. 1425 N Main, (210) 223-7727, lutherscafe.com
This repeated local pick for Best Breakfast Tacos is fast becoming a legend, thanks to the Food Network and Bon Appetit attention. Those weekend lines that spill outside the small midtown joint are there for a reason: authentic Tex-Mex nirvana. 145 E Hildebrand, (210) 822-9533, tacotacosa.com
Madhatters Teahouse and Café
Best of SA 2008 winner for Sunday Brunch, Madhatters woos early risers and late hangover-nursers with mimosas and inventive Southwestern Eggs Benedict on the weekends. Enjoy homey sandwiches and desserts all week long in the Alice-in Wonderland-like Southtown house. 320 Beauregard, (210) 212-4832, madhatterstea.com
Magnolia Pancake Haus
Pancakes made from scratch, sausage, omelets, and waffles will satisfy your breakfast cravings at this wildly popular, homey restaurant which took the ’09 Best of SA Award for Sunday Brunch. 606 Embassy Oaks, (210) 496-0828, magnoliapancakehaus.com
Mariscos El Bucanero
Your fish-phobic friends can get a top-notch asada plate (with enough for two), but this is a fresh-seafood lover’s paradise, from the spicy camarones aguachile to the whole fried fish with a guppy-size pricetag. Plus: best fried shrimp in town. 16505 Blanco, (210) 408-9297, elbucanerosa.com
Attentive baristas, a sophisticated work-and-chill friendly setting, and the finest fruit smoothie in town made Olmos Perk the top choice for Best Local Coffee Shop in the Best of SA 2010 readers’ poll. 5223 McCullough Ave, (210) 858-2956, olmosperk.com
Located in a Medical Center strip center next to Xtreme Gaming, Taco Madre serves up wallet-friendly street eats into the wee hours (till 3:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday), making it a popular destination just after last call. 5440 Babcock, Ste 135, (210) 214-3617
The Barbecue Station
This restaurant, nestled in a homey building across from San Pedro Park, and its adjoining Saatea Lounge envisions a world of tea and healthier lives. The food is simple and satisfying, and vegans as well as vegetarians will find enough options to stuff themselves. 741 W Ashby, (210) 733-8473, pho-sure.com
Piccolo’s Italian Restaurant
With a deliciously formless lasagna and a shrimp pasta that seems oddly reminiscent of other offerings in town, Piccolo’s is one of those restaurants that provide an Italian experience at a very reasonable price, if the diner is willing to meet the kitchen halfway. 5703 Evers, (210) 647-5524
Chef Brandon McKelvey calls his Akaushi beef sliders and double-fried in duck fat Belgian fries “comfort food.” That’s fine with us, we’re just glad they’re both a staple on this new truck’s ranging menu, that also includes new
Ranching and motoring memorabilia are the backdrop for moist, slightly fatty, and smoky brisket, and a bottomless bucket of savory pinto beans. The meat doesn’t need the sauce, but it’s a good thin, tart-sweet, and tangy variety. Even the pecan pie, mass-produced though it may be, contains a generous layer of nuts. 1610 NE Loop 410, (210) 824-9191, barbecuestation.com
Recognized by Texas Monthly for its burgers (available with a meat-free patty for a charge), the Cove has also become a veggie haven under the sustainabilityoriented hand of Lisa Asvestas (who also hosts beer and wine tastings). The fish tacos are a standout and the veggie club is larded with superb fake bacon. 606 W Cypress, (210) 227-2683, thecove.us
The Friendly Spot
The casual arrangement of the hip vintage lawn furniture belies the care put into the banana-leaf-swaddled
tamales, the achiote-infused cochinita pibil, and the oregano-spiced ceviche. You could spend months exploring the possible beer pairings, too. 943 S Alamo, (210) 224-2337, thefriendlyspot.com
The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium
We know that you know that you’re really here for the beer. And that’s OK. Just acknowledge the fact that you’ll need something to soak up those 100+ different bottled and draught suds. Fortunately, Flying Saucer offers several brew-friendly accompaniments, from brats to nachos to pizza to (our favorite) big soft pretzels. 11255 Huebner, (210) 696-5080, beerknurd.com
The Station Café
Everything is made from scratch at this Southtown gem, which recently moved into much larger digs next door. Try the habanero turkey sandwich or southwestern pizza, and top it off with a slice of coconut cream pie. 108 King William, (210) 444-2200, thestationsa.com
W.D. Deli makes flavor-packed, overstuffed sandwiches (accounting for its 2009 Best Deli win in the Current’s readers’ poll), Caesar, chef, and other assorted salads, and a selection of soups that rotates daily. Cookies and cakes distinguish W.D. Deli. 3123 Broadway, (210) 828-2322, wddeli.com PAGE 48►
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Copa is a serious wine bar, and there are plenty to taste by the glass, bottle, or flight, along with sumptuous, Spanish-accented tapas — all in a vaguely Iberian atmosphere. Current readers named Copa Best Wine Bar in 2010. 19141 Stone Oak, (210) 4952672, thecopawinebar.com
Dough Pizzeria Napoletana
Their wood-burning oven produces pies that are authentically, officially Neapolitan, with a crisp and savory crust topped with fresh, milky mozzarella melting into the sweet and tart sauce. 6989 Blanco, (210) 979-6565, doughpizzeria.com
A contemporary gem on the Southtown corridor, the Feast here is for all of the senses. The modern and glamorous décor sets the scene for cocktails and a new twist on familiar classics, like lettuce-wrapped barbacoa, saffron macaroni and cheese and goat cheese-stuffed grape leaves. 1024 S Alamo, (210) 354-1024, feastsa.com
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Thanks to a water-modification system, this Brooklyn-based pizza franchise delivers a unique thin crust that’s hard to find outside greater NYC. Three sauce options (red, white, and pesto) and 20 toppings mean there’s no fear of a pizza Nazi disapproving of your non-authentic tastes.
15900 La Cantera Pkwy., (210) 6904949, grimaldispizzeria.com
Don’t panic: We aren’t going to tell you to try the cod-intestine soup. Starters such as the “pancake” filled with squid and oyster are an easy introduction to the kitchen’s authentic style. A highly recommended sushi happy hour is 4-6 p.m. MondayFriday and Current readers love the Korean barbecue, naming it best in the city for 2010. 6905 Blanco, (210) 366-4508, ilsonggarden.com
Long skewers of lamb and chicken beckon, but try the Syrian-style kibbeh instead, with sides of both hummus and baba ghanoush. Or go for the hookah and Turkish coffee, which Jerusalem offers late on weekends. If you’re lucky, there’ll be Middle Eastern music blaring on the Mazzika projector to complete the experience. 3259 Wurzbach, (210) 680-8400, jerusalemgrill.net
La Frite Belgian Bistro
This Southtown homage to European café life feels and tastes authentic, from the succulent moules and crispy frites to the pleasantly crowded row of sidewalk seating and a top-notch list of Belgian beers. 728 S Alamo, (210) 224-7555, lafritesa.com
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“Puro San Antonio” Huge Draft Brew selection!
Enjoy San Antonio’s first Urban Gourmet Food Truck Park where Food diversity hits Southtown in a big way. Located at The Historic Acapulco Drive Inn, Alamo Street Eat Bar provides gourmet eats and San Antonio draft favorites. Sit in the shadow of HemisFair’s Tower of the Americas and walk to all your favorite downtown locations. ALAMOSTREETEATBAR.COM
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beautiful new bar in the remade nunnery, and just as importantly the food is unscathed, from the hefty bread and creative appetizers to the lightly charred quail in piquant green mole and Virginia Green’s chocolate cake. 1111 S Alamo, (210) 227-1187, libertybar.com
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Mela Indian Bar & Grill
A favorite of at least one local chef for a reason, Mela serves some of the less-common Indian dishes and the spices are fresh and generous. Current critics especially loved the chicken chattinad, lamb nargisi, and falooda. 4987 NW Loop 410, (210) 682-1234, melagrill.com
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Mina and Dimi’s Greek House
Traditional Greek fare served with a side of warm hospitality. Although the pita is perfectly soft and savory, the flavorful gyro can stand on its own, perhaps accompanied by flaky spanakopita or a tangy Greek salad. Avoid the lunch rush, but if you can’t, go for Friday’s popular buffet, make sure you’re in it to win it. 7159 Hwy 90 W, (210) 674-3464, agreekhouse. com
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Niki’s Tokyo Inn
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Family and fresh are the essence of Moroccan Bites. Fresh bread and mint tea will bring you to your knees, but skip the soups and go for the chicken or lamb tagine. 5714 Evers, (210) 706-9700, moroccanbitescuisine.com
Niki’s Tokyo Inn
A hidden gem of Japanese food emerges from an exterior that says “go away.” The fish is among the freshest in town and the presentation is elegant and free of gimmick and cream cheese. Take your purist friends and sushi novices who are really in it for the raw. Delectable whole fried fish makes a good closer. Our critic suggests you just put yourself in the chef’s hands. 819 W Hildebrand, (210) 736-5471
The small-plates menu at Silo sibling Nosh is New World Mark Blissful, with savory shrimp corn dogs and lemongrass-habanero meatballs. The drink menu, built by creative director Damian Usborne, is an innovative blend of flavors and worth a visit in itself. 1133 Austin Hwy., (210) 8266674, noshsa.com
Paloma Blanca Mexican Cuisine
The menu offers traditional and updated versions of Mexican favorites, with standouts including the pollo asado, tacos al pastor, and shrimp fajitas. Choose from a variety of margaritas to complement your meal, and don’t miss out on the signature pastel de tres leches for dessert. 5800 Broadway, Ste 300, (210) 822-6151, palomablanca.net
Rosario’s Restaurant y Cantina
Lisa Wong brought bright lights, big city to the cantina concept — aided by lots of concrete and a neon-lit
faux palapa — and forged a Tex-Mex empire in Southtown that’s still frequented by the locals even as it becomes increasingly renowned among the travel and dining set. 910 S Alamo, (210) 223-1806, rosariossa. com
Texas de Brazil
Excellent, well-prepared meats in a welcoming atmosphere with superior service. Best bets: picanha (sirloin), roast leg of lamb, Brazilian sausages, prosciutto, Brazilian black beans, and pork. 313 E Houston, (210) 299-1600, texasdebrazil.com/sanantonio
The oldest bar on the River Walk serves old cocktails with a twist, and excellent pub food to boot. Fried pickles and chili salt fries won over our inner snacker, but go for the shrimp sandwich on buttered toast or the jalapeño bean burger for heavier fare. 155 E Commerce, (210) 222-2521, esquiretavernsa.com
This Southtown gem turns comfort food classics into fine dining treats. Po-Boys,
crispy pig’s foot and grilled cheese sandwiches never tasted like this in Gram’s kitchen. 1127 S St. Mary’s, (210) 745-2581, themontereysa.com
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Jason Dady’s penultimate outing — rustic, plentiful Italian served parkside on Broadway — succeeds with authentic salumi, gnocchi, and cast-iron griddled pizzas. 4003 Broadway, (210) 805-0333, tretrattoria. com
A welcoming setting for a variety of Turkish foods — including excellent Doner kebab, chicken tava, baklava, and rice pudding — with affordable lunch prices. 3720 NW Loop 410, (210) 736-2887, turquoisegrill.com.
Yaya’s Thai Restaurant and Sushi Bar
This Olmos Park addition to SA’s Thai pantheon stands out by virtue of its Panang curry with New York strip, the Hit and Run fried duck, and fresh, well-seasoned apps like the lemongrass-packed fish cakes and the crisp, carefully fried spring rolls. 5305 McCullough, (210) 399-1454, yayasthai.com
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Once your eyes adjust to the moody darkness of this basementlevel bar in the Blue Star Arts Complex, they’ll inevitably focus on an impressive wall of booze that forms an inspiring backdrop for serious drinking. Named in honor of the year Prohibition passed, 1919 has quickly cast a spell on Southtown with progressive potions and re-invented old standards meticulously mixed by well-dressed gents. Word to the wise: Read the rules in the back of the menu before placing an order and if you’re on a tight budget, think beer. 1420 S Alamo, Ste 001, (210) 227-1420
This new live music venue is quickly winning praise from bands and concertgoers alike with some of the best acoustics in town, an impressive beer menu, and nightly drink specials. Best use: Anytime live music is onstage; typically no cover during the week, while
weekend covers stay under $10. 502 Embassy Oaks, Ste 138, (210) 2578125, 502bar.com
A new-ish addition to the Stone Oak see-and-be-seen scene, Aquifer adds exclusive VIP bottle service to an already upscale area. While Wednesdays cater to service industry types with $2 wells and domestic brews, a rotating cast of DJs get the weekend moving on “Fired Up Fridays.” 19178 Blanco, Ste 201, (210) 624-1788, theaquiferbar.com
Imagine a Cee-Lo song with more humidity and you have Area 31. So dress up, dance hard, and arrive before things start picking up at 11 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; otherwise you’ll have to park in the dirt and bribe the doorman. 4553 W Loop 1604, Ste 1229, (210) 867-2732, areathirty-one.com
The word “Bedlam” is posted above the doorway, and while chaos hasn’t broken out in Bar America for a while, its smoky barfly beauty is punctuated every blue moon by a diminutive brawl. This unpretentious landmark’s charms include cheap, cold cerveza (you can even grab a six-pack to go) and the Best Jukebox in SA (according to readers like you)
pumping out a steady stream of Saytown’s truest stories. 723 S Alamo
Beethoven Maennerchor Halle und Garten
The Southtown spot of choice for live music on First Fridays, the Beethoven is a charming window into SA’s German beer-guzzling past. In quintessential German-American-social-club style, the place feels like Milwaukee circa 1950. An array of German beers and wines are served by the barkeep along with domestic and non-German imports. 422 Pereida, (210) 222-1521, beethovenmaennerchor.com
Named after a bygone blue cooler where brewery workers used to wind down the shift, Blue Box is the Pearl’s first full-fledged watering hole. While it nods to the complex’s past with industrial design elements and a railing made from pieces of a retired mash tun, the place gives off a distinctly modern vibe. If you’re patient enough to wait, head upstairs to the intimate upper deck for a custom-crafted libation. But all the classics — plus a pared down list of specialty cocktails — get served a lot more swiftly along the impossibly long walnut bar top downstairs. 312 Pearl Pkwy., (210) 227-2583, blueboxatpearl.com
Bombay Bicycle Club
Tried and true, this bar and restaurant is favored by university students and an
eclectic array of regulars. Here it’s happy hour every day (11 a.m.-7 p.m. with $2 drafts and $3 wells), but Tuesdays pack in a loyal crew for $2.75 margaritas and games of pool. 3506 N St. Mary’s, (210) 737-2411, bombaybicycleclubsa.com
In 2002, the scientific journal Pure and Applied Chemistry posited “the term ‘heavy metals’ is both meaningless and misleading,” but don’t go citing that article in Bond’s, where it’s still a touchy subject. This “rock bar” practically bleeds bismuth (atomic number: a whopping 83) from its jukebox to the bands that test its load-bearing beams on the upstairs stage, but it’s also a destination for the Texas psychobilly scene. The one guarantee is it’s gonna be loud. A great place to duck conversation when your blind date arrives with a railroad spike through his/ her septum. 450 Soledad, (210) 225-0007
Boneshakers Bicycle Pub
A recent move from just off the Mission Hike and Bike Trail to Dignowity Hill hasn’t changed the focus of Boneshakers: it’s still all about “beer, bands, and bicycles.” By day, the two-year-old pub makes for a perfect pit stop for a wide selection of beer and pizza made onsite. By night, you’re likely to find an eclectic crowd assembled for live music in all flavors. 306 Austin, (210) 319-8155, boneshakersonline.com PAGE 55►
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The Bonham Exchange
In the ’80s, the storied BX played host to legendary divas like Bette Midler and Tina Turner as well as punks and newwavers like the B-52s, the Ramones, and Debbie Harry. These days, former Current covergirl Alayna Marquez emcees Talented Thursdays (with $100 for first place and $50 for second) while Fridays heat up with male dancers, three DJs on three dance floors, $1 wells and $3 domestics all night, and competitive ass shaking (both male and female) at midnight. 411 Bonham, (210) 271-3811, bonhamexchange.net
While Industry’s main room pumps out a seamless, genre-spanning mix of party music spun by Best of SA winner DJ Eddie Lopez, the club’s slightly more intimate Traxx Bar toasts the ’80s with new-wave tunes and retro-themed shots with names like Purple Rain, Pretty in Pink, Thriller, and Like a Virgin. 8021 Pinebrook, (210) 366-3229, feelgoodfridays.com
Relaxation comes easily in the 5050’s vintage atmosphere, created by old records lining the walls and images of the black-suit-and-skinny-tie-wearing deuces of Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs. The bar keeps a healthy selection of 14 brews (including a pear cider) on tap and does happy hour right — every day from 3-7 p.m. As the week progresses, 50’s goes from live trivia on Mondays and budget-friendly Pint Tuesdays to live local music on Fridays and Saturdays with no cover. 5050 Broadway, (210) 826-0069, broadway5050.com
Parties like “Too Mucking Fuch Saturdays” and top-notch live talent from the hottest part of the Western Hemisphere make this slick Latin disco sizzle on weekends. If you’re not VIP or in for bottle service, you’ll stand while waiting for the show to start, but acts like Julieta Venegas, Zoé, Plastilina Mosh — not to mention the likes of world-class DJs ATB, Steve Aoki, and Benny Benassi — are generally worth the wait. 13307 San Pedro, (210) 403-2582, club-rio.net
While boot-scootin’ live country and bull riding come with the territory at this default dance destination for students (College Night packs the place on Wednesdays) and pretty much every other walk of life, ginormous Cowboys occasionally morphs into Saytown’s answer to the Electric Daisy Carnival when a superstar DJ like Kaskade or Tiësto takes over the decks. 3030 NE Loop 410, (210) 646-9378, cowboysdancehall.com
Freetail Brewing Co.
A local micro-brewery devoted to all things Texan — including bats — and
operating with copper tanks from the venerable East Coast John Harvard’s Brew House chain, Freetail features specialty craft brews like La Muerta, La Rubia, Old Bat Rastard, and Prickly Fairy Peril, plus Texas wines and stonehearth oven pizzas in a sports-friendly setting on the edge of the Hill Country. 4035 N Loop 1604 W, (210) 395-4974, freetailbrewing.com
The Green Lantern
A sophisticated speakeasy-inspired establishment, the Green Lantern combines the best of cocktail culture with the frisson of Capone-era cellar hideouts. Knowledgeable bartenders shake up custom concoctions and potent classics like Between the Sheets, Sazeracs, and French 75s (not to mention infusions made on-site), making the Prohibition-themed bar one of our favorite reasons to fly north. 20626 Stone Oak Pkwy, Ste 101, (210) 497-3722
Easily the most cinematic hideout in Saytown, the Havana Bar sits snugly in the basement of a former residential hotel dating to 1914, re-imagined in 2010 by hotelier Liz Lambert. Speakeasy glamour, impossibly dim lighting, vintage furnishings, and a thoughtful bar menu make this the bat cave of choice for hip downtowners, tourists, and anyone wishing to disappear into one of SA’s dark corners. 1015 Navarro, (210) 222-2008, havanasanantonio.com
Arguably SA’s chicest gay dance club, Heat boasts weekly drag shows, amateur nights, theme parties with touring DJs, and some of the most up-to-date dance music in town. The ultra-modern back bar is perfect for lounging with a cocktail and watching the circus of twinks, trannies, and gym rats pretending not to notice one another. As with most flaming watering holes, Heat puts hetero bars and their patrons to shame with unbeatable drink specials and chiseled physiques. 1500 N Main, (210) 227-2600, heatsa.com
Hills and Dales
Nestled in the shadow of UTSA’s 1604 campus, Hills and Dales boasts 54 beers on tap and 425 bottled varieties. Bring your own mug — if they can find space, you can leave it there for return visits — or you’ll be drinking out of plastic. Punch cards log every draft you drink, while the varied clientele is a friendly mix of bikers, suits, students, and regulars. 15403 White Fawn, (210) 695-2307
As the newest and bluest live music venue on the St. Mary’s Strip, Hi-Tones ushers in a fresh scene that’s unfussy, unfancy, and totally fun. The bar caters to every genre from hip-hop and folk to cumbia and indie rock (and everything in between). With cheap drinks and specialty shots to boot, this new bar on the block is becoming a fast favorite. 621 E Dewey, (210) 573-6220
SA’s first hotel-style rooftop lounge is an official must-see for partyers under 30. You might have to wait in line on a weekend night, but there’s never a cover and the place honestly looks best before the crowd arrives. Luxe outdoor furnishings give IVY a slick South Beach vibe, while drink prices fortunately remain within this time zone. 4553 N Loop 1604 W, (210) 393-0511
Expect to see music lovers of varying ages drawn in by Jack’s laid-back appeal, no-nonsense cocktails, pint night Tuesdays, and live performances by such quality local acts as Girl in a Coma, Pop Pistol, and Blowing Trees, not to mention Austin-based bands and an occasional wild card (like the all-male Lady Gaga tribute band Rad Bromance). 3030 Thousand Oaks, (210) 494-2309, jacksbarsa.com
High-octane live music attracts a mixed alternative crowd on certain nights, but it was a DJ spinning vintage New Order that officially made us Korova fans. Dollar wells get thrown back on ’Lectro Club Thursdays and DJs Detra and Madmax spin everything from deathrock to synthpop during Friday’s post-punk dance party Dark Entries. For a true taste of the underground scene, hang downstairs, where we were (accidentally) stomped on by a boot-clad mosher. 107 E Martin, (210) 226-5070, thekorovasa.com
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in the shadow of one of SA’s coolest industrial backdrops. 100 Probandt, (210) 212-5727, latunagrill.com
Moses Rose’s Hideout
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This sophisticated jazz club with a spotless record attracts hipsters of all ages (and a little bit of everything else) for local and touring acts like Brownout! With live music Wednesday-Saturday (including free Latin vibes from Border Palace on Wednesdays and smooth jazz and R&B with P.M. Soul every First Friday), Luna is one of the chicest datenight destinations in the city. 6740 San Pedro, (210) 804-2433, lunalive.com
“Living in the Limelight” may not be the “universal dream” that Rush’s Geddy Lee claims it is, but it’s practically modus operandi for a lot of downtown scenesters. Themed nights can pack the place on weeknights, while Fridays and Saturdays offer some of the best local and regional acts San Antonio can muster. 2718 N St. Mary’s, (210) 735-7775, thelimelightsa.com
The Martini Club
With décor inspired by an old Vegas lounge, Martini’s is one of San Antonio’s best-kept secrets. Owner Wayne Harper, a reported master of musical styles, impresses his patrons with lively performances every Friday and Saturday night (beginning at 9:30 p.m.), while live jam sessions (8 p.m.-midnight on Mondays) and karaoke (from 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday) attract a colorful array of garden-variety lounge lizards. 8507 McCullough, (210) 344-4747
Follow Moses to this downtown bar unafraid to poke at Alamo traditions, loosen its tie, and indulge in good food, cold beer, and too-loud music. The Hideout does both “bar” and “grill” pretty well, but the atmosphere careens wildly depending on who’s onstage. 518 E Houston, (210) 775-1808, mosesroseshideout.com
Linger too long on the St. Mary’s Strip and the crowd will probably push you into the Mix whether you were planning to go or not. This mainstay often ends up the de-facto place to be when you have no particular place to be, but free shows by high-caliber local bands make it a destination spot on the weekends. When an established act’s on the bill, check your claustrophobia at the door and BYO shoehorn. 2423 N St. Mary’s, (210) 7351313, myspace.com/themixnightclub
This club, brought to you by SA’s veteran live-music promoter of the same name, is like a high-voltage living room with strong drinks and an unpretentious vibe. Get a taste of Austin’s music scene without the drive, behold the Micro Wrestling Federation in the parking lot, or check out artwork by emerging talent in the Midnight Gallery. 605 San Pedro, (210) 265-3573, nightrockerlive.net PAGE ►
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Cheap beer, Jamaican music videos, and a beachy vibe create an invitingly casual oasis on an impersonal strip of Austin Highway. Host to the San Antonio Reggae Fest and periodic live shows, the charmingly modest watering hole has imported such top-notch acts as Capleton, Romain Virgo, Kulcha Knox, and Alex “Rebel” Marley. 2016 Austin Hwy, (210) 772-9891, myspace.com/revolucioncafe
Sam’s Burger Joint
Situated in a strip center off West Ave and Patricia, Retox packs in rockminded drinkers for long happy hours (2-9 p.m. every day) live music on Fridays and Saturdays (with $2.50 beer specials) and karaoke (with happy hour prices all day) on Sundays. 1031 Patricia, (210) 775-2886, retoxbar.net
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A recent move down the Main Strip to take over the space previously inhabited by Woody’s hasn’t stolen the show (or the showgirls) from the Saint. Grittier than the Bonham or Heat — and often twice as loud, crowded, and crazy — this gayborhood anchor packs in one of the most diverse crowds in town for high-octane cocktails, top-notch drag shows, steamy strip-offs, and dirty dancing on two dance floors. 800 Lexington, (210) 225-7330
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drafts and “any liquor” for a mere three bucks. 8123 Broadway, (210) 320-4567, revolutionroom.com
“One spot, five bars, two levels, pure indulgence” is the mantra at the cavernous Rev Room, an adult playground that’s serious about sports by day (onsite RevSPORTS opens at 4 p.m. during the week) and loud music by night. Happy hours (4-9 p.m. Monday-Friday) melt into live bands or DJs every night of the week — even Sundays, when DJ Gibb’s Soul’d Out party promises $2
A top-notch sound system is but one of the features that render Sam’s SA’s premiere venue for Americana, blues, soul, swing, and rockabilly. By day, burgers (including a locally created veggie option) and beer get served up no-nonsense style. But at night, Sam’s is all about music and booze and can easily accommodate well-behaved seated shows and packed ragers alike. 330 E Grayson, (210) 223-2830, samsburgerjoint.com
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name suggests) upscale food, making its happy hour (4-9 p.m. daily) a fairly sophisticated slosh-fest. Live music in a variety of genres takes over both locations (the other being in Ventura Plaza at 434 N Loop 1604 W) on the weekends. 1133 Austin Hwy, (210) 824-8686, siloelevatedcuisine.com
SoHo Wine & Martini Bar
With a firm hold on Best Cocktails in SA (2011), SoHo puts a lot of thought into what they serve and how they serve it. The bar’s clubby atmosphere is helped along by deep red walls, stylish furniture, the former bank’s original 19th-century safe (doubling as an above-ground wine cellar), and a horseshoe bar that encourages long, conversationrich happy hours (4-7 p.m. MondayFriday, with an encore from 9-11 p.m. Monday-Thursday). 214 W Crockett, (210) 444-1000, sohomartinibar.com
Ye olde tyme Gayrish pub your creepy uncle warned you about has finally materialized, replete with historic community photos (don’t leave without blowing an air kiss to the dearly departed goddess, Tandi Andrews), cocktails served in pint glasses, and a back patio straight out of West Hollywood. Winner of Best Gay Bar in our 2011 poll, Sparky’s is also the most straight-friendly gay bar in town. 1416 N Main, (210) 320-5111, sparkyspub.com
The Ten Eleven
This cozy, all-ages venue usually hosts shows of the various fist-swinging varieties: hardcore, punk, and other assorted noisemakers. But it’s also well equipped to host national touring acts like the Thermals, Awesome Color, and Japanther. Escape the sweat fumes on the back porch and enjoy the nearly vacant, smalltown-Texas view of the San Antonio River while it lasts. 1011 Avenue B, (210) 320-9080, theteneleven.com
This friendly sports bar in the heart of downtown keeps tourists, river rats, and locals alike happy with a fleet of hi-def screens and enthusiastically pro bartenders. The late-night menu (food till 2 a.m.!) is spare, but the wings are of the dry-varnish, super-tasty and spicy variety — excellent with the wide range of beers and full-bar cocktails. 420 E Houston, (210) 222-9722, ticketsportspub.com
Tony Parker’s Nueve Lounge
Renovated out of what was once Chango’s Havana Club by Spurs point guard Tony Parker along with brothers Pierre and TJ, Nueve Lounge balances a subdued retro feel with valet parking, slam-dunk cocktails, bottle service, weekly DJs and live music, and a walk-in humidor — smokes from which can be enjoyed on the patio. Last time we checked the radar, PAGE 62►
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Remodeled but not reinvented, Tucker’s maintains a nostalgic atmosphere reminiscent of a bygone movie set. Established in 1948, the place claims to be the oldest African-American bar in the state. Their doors, however, are open to everyone. A recent addition to the weekly lineup is the return of Monday Night Jazz with Jim Cullum (710 p.m), and Jim’s son Chris can be found slinging gourmet burgers in his Airstream as Cullum’s Attaboy. 1338 E Houston, (210) 320-2192, tuckerskozykorner.com
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The Jefferson Airplane song of the same name might fool you into thinking this place is a hippie joint, but usually what you’ll find waiting down this rabbit hole is a big oldfashioned mosh pit. Bands compete on the indoor and outdoor stages to see whose music is louder and more violent, so odds are you won’t even hear what that damn dormouse said. But most of the pitting is admirably polite, and the pizza place next door is an out should all the shoving give you an urge to feed your head. 2410 N St. Mary’s, (210) 737-2221, sawhiterabbit.com
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Vegas Bar is just like Las Vegas (the city) without the bright lights, gambling, showgirls, and — well, almost everything but the alcohol. But you can try your luck with mystery shots or the snazzy red pool tables. 8826 Huebner, (210) 691-5552, vegasbarsa.com
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Whether chilling on the patio or reveling in the bar’s dim glow, you’re likely to feel like you’ve crashed an unpredictable Russian house party on any given night at Web House. 517 E Woodlawn, (210) 320-4280
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When the dinner shift winds down, servers from all over SA descend upon Zinc to unwind with good company in stylish surroundings. Aside from boasting SA’s finest late-night food-and-wine menu, Zinc does “downtown” better than anywhere else (without trying too hard), and the patio in summer is one of the area’s best-kept secrets. 207 N Presa, (210) 224-2900, zincwine.com
This neighborhood hangout for the rock and metal set hosts live music by some of the most creatively named bands around on weekends (Power Crime Pussy, Dick Delicious and the Tasty Testicles, etc.) and encourages all to “Eat Flesh” on Meat and Metal Mondays. 4202 Thousand Oaks, (210) 281-8306, zombiesliveinsa.com
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