The 11 Most Essential Bars in San Antonio
“In the heart of the Blue Star complex is Bar 1919. Not just your friendly neighborhood watering hole, it’s a house of craft cocktails that takes itself seriously and expects you to as well. It seemingly has every Scotch and bourbon ever made and is proud of the fact that it only carries one kind of vodka. The bartenders are friendly and quick with an up-sale suggestion, one you’ve likely never heard of. If you want the full effect, order up a Sazerac and watch the magic happen.” – Thrillist ( The 11 Most Essential Bars in San Antonio)
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Revered as an ode to craftsmanship, American history, and whisk(e)y, 1919 takes you a step back in time to the era of prohibition. Hidden away in the Blue Star Complex of San Antonio, like most speakeasies of yesteryear, you wouldn’t see 1919 if you hadn’t already heard of it. Located down a dimly lit flight of stairs, those who discover our hidden entrance will find they’ve just been transported to another time and place, where expert mixology and history come together in perfect harmony. An establishment now recognized as one of the most desirable whisk(e)y bars in the country and one of the best downtown bars in San Antonio.
Welcome to 1919.
Award Winning Cocktails & Spirits
The Spirit of an Era
Despite the nation becoming dry in 1920 due to the 18th amendment, a substantial portion of the population wanted to continue to drink despite the federal crackdown on alcohol. Many thought it part of the American way of life. Brave entrepreneurs began opening secret havens, or “speakeasies”, that allowed those who just wanted to have a decent whisk(e)y cocktail to do so. We at 1919 believe in honoring that spirit of freedom and rebellion by providing a selection of artfully crafted cocktails and spirits, which used to be much riskier than it is today.
Masters of the mix
At 1919, our expert mixologists are constantly learning and innovating when it comes to modern cocktail traditions and trends. These craftsmen, as they liken themselves, aspire to create experiences you will never forget. They believe in the power and art behind a great cocktail and use that to elevate your night beyond what you thought it could be. Their encyclopedic knowledge and artful approach to mixology would rival any in the nation. Come and see why we’re rated as one of the best, they will show you why.
Our Whisk(E)Y Problem
We here at 1919 believe that there is one spirit that has a special place among the best available and for us that is whisk(e)y. We have the largest selection of spirits in the state, as well as one of the largest in the nation. Whisk(e)y continues to be one of the spirits we revere and cherish greatly. From the subtle hints of smokiness to the rich warmth of spices, come and enjoy what we have been sipping for so many years now. If you are new to the world and history of whisk(e)ys and what they can offer, we can’t think of a better place for you to discover a taste you’ll never soon forget.
Attention to detail
We only use fresh ingredients and house-made syrups, bitters, infusions, and tinctures. All our libations are handcrafted by high skill level mixologists/bartenders who never stop studying, experimenting, and showing a passion for this industry second to none. With our number one job priority, we will give the guest something they’ve never seen before.