Voted Best Sports Bar by San Antonio Current in 2010, Ticket Sports Bar & Grill washes away hunger with a monsoon of hearty American fare that fills out an expansive menu. Earnest eaters can get straight to business with an appetizer of Jamaican wings ($7.95), which pop with flavor thanks to a pineapple mango dressing and a marinating session in Caribbean spices. Similar to school musicals at Hamburger University, a troupe of melted colby jack cheese and honey barbecue sauce dances across an all-meat patty stage in the bacon jack double ($9.95). The Cajun chicken linguini ($10.95), meanwhile, tops its zesty pasta with toasted almonds, scallions, and creamy sauce. All corners of the bar are entertained by Ticket Sports Bar & Grill's 11 large HD televisions, handily mounted on the exposed-brick walls. Like most drive-in Olympic Games, a monster 12-foot HD projection screen rests as a centerpiece to air an exciting sporting event. Two floors of seating make the restaurant a bi-level haven for sports fans, and guests can additionally rest their endoskeleton at the outdoor New Orleans–style patio, its covered area welcoming fresh breezes from nearby Central Park.
Billy’s Ice slings cold drinks and no-frills fare in a casual, open-air atmosphere infused with the notes of live musicians every night of the week. Diners fuel up for shows—which never charge a cover for patrons 21 and older—with Billy’s burgers, served simply without unnecessary accouterments such as caviar or gold-infused mustard. A selection of appetizers includes favorites such as chicken wings and jalapeño poppers. Within the barn-style building and spacious open-air patio, revelers grab a bite, sip libations from the full bar, or gaze at the spot on the moon where Neil Armstrong first body-slammed Buzz Aldrin. Billy's slings eats from 4 p.m. to midnight Monday–Thursday, noon to midnight on Friday and Sunday, and noon to 1 a.m. on Saturday.
Nestled in the frondescence of a quaint pecan grove, Oma Gruene's Secret Garten welcomes diners to enjoy savory sandwiches and German specialties and absorb a festive garden ambience. Dining duos will kick-start meals with chips and salsa (a $4 value), a heaping pile of corn chips adorned with a spicy homemade salsa. Next, entrees can be chosen from a straightforward menu stocked with local ingredients, such as sausage from a neighborhood smokehouse showcased on the bratwurst plate (a $7.95 value) or in a kraut dog (a $6.95 value). Culinary architects erect turkey-and-swiss sandwiches (a $6.95 value) atop foundations of marble-rye bread, and a Reuben (a $6.95 value) demonstrates the dexterity of corned beef by getting served warm, cold, or mid-handspring. Sweet-teethed twosomes can finish feasts with palatable scoops of Blue Bell ice cream, and then wash down bites with a sweet soda deluge before using empty cups as maracas during impromptu limbo challenges.
Third Base Sports Bar dishes out a menu of flavorful favorites in a relaxed, friendly setting. Limber up taste buds with an appetizer of crispy pickle chips ($7.25), or move straight to a main event of two tilapia tacos spicily topped with cilantro-jalapeño sauce ($7.99). Entrees such as the chicken-fried NY strip steak, smothered in chipotle-cream gravy and delicate fried tobacco onions, provide meaty fuel for over-the-fence catches and blindfolded Hail Mary passes ($10.99). Those who prefer to layer their bites like delicious sweater sets can delve into the Third Base burger, a half-pound pressed patty crowned with melted swiss, thick grilled onions, and homemade horseradish mustard betwixt a garlic sweet roll ($8.79).
Dedicated to satisfying seasoned gourmands and casual diners alike, Palmer’s menu offers everything from sizable steaks and chicken dishes to lighter, plant-based victuals and veggie-nestled seafood. Try the grilled ahi tuna steak with chipotle aioli, chef’s rice, and seasonal vegetables (4 oz., $14; 8 oz., $17), or nibble the tenderloin sandwich with tomato and portobello to harness the necessary brainpower to conquer your Sudoku-based home-security system ($14). A comfy atmosphere replete with multiple stone fireplaces colors the eatery’s interior, and a clean-air garden encourages postmeal relay races in the fountain courtyard.
The interiors of The Lion & Rose pubs emulate the convivial atmosphere of British and Irish settings, with each corner of the restaurant ornamented with vintage wall sconces and handmade wood decor. The draught list overflows with imported pints such as Boddingtons and Smithwick's, while the menu includes unusual specialties such as chips and curry alongside shepherd's pie and bangers, mash, and beans. As befits a sports bar, locations boast plasma TVs tuned to the biggest games as well as dartboards where friends can challenge one another.
When Jim Kiest of the San Antonio Express-News visited Hooligan’s Bar & Grill, he left with one important takeaway: “It is a great place to hang out when you’re not quite sure what you want to do. You’ll figure it out when you get there.” Kiest hit the nail on the head, given Hooligan’s eclectic collection of events and games. On any given night, a DJ might spin current hits for patrons to tap dance to or a cover band might storm the stage and pump out jams from the 1970s, ‘80s, or ‘90s. The music supplies a lively soundtrack for free rounds of poker, coin-operated pool games, an arsenal of darts and video games, and even dodge-ball matches.
Regardless of the ever-changing events schedule, patrons will always find three staples at Hooligan’s—food, drinks, and plenty of TVs. While watching Monday-night football or a UFC fight, bar-goers can munch mild to extra-hot wings, classic 8-ounce burgers, and individual pizzas, all washed down by domestic beers or fun cocktails such as cherry bombs and washington apples.