A downtown Oasis. This is one of my favorite spots in the downtown area. The staff is always friendly and willing to offer suggestions to help you navigate the extensive drink menu. Be sure to check out the the bank vault that has been transformed into a wine vault. Ladies another plus.... directly under the bar are hooks so your bag won't get ruined should you enjoy one too many!
balance of upscale and inclusion.
After reading some of these other reviews, I felt like I had to speak up for what I consider to be the best bar in down town San Antonio. It has the upscale feel of some of the more expensive bars on the northside or in the higher end hotels, without the price tag. Although Soho is not that old, it has a naturally classy, aged feeling to it. I'm sure some of this has to do with the building, the experienced ownership, and the fact that they don't appear to be "trying too hard" to make an identity. This is especially refreshing as my beloved river walk is becoming more and more sterilized by the many chain restaurants and bars.
When I go into Soho, I can expect intelligent service, craftsmanship in the drinks, and a unique experience every time.
Highly Recommended!!!!!. Ok PeggyStanton...not sure what bar you went to? This is the best bar I have been to in my 28 years! I'm not an alcoholic but I've been known to throw a few cold ones back. It is the perfect place to take a date, hang out with friends, hell you can even take your mother there to get a nice glass of wine after church at St. Mary's. Hey us Catholics start drinking at Mass! You can go dressed up...dressed down. Awesome service...Great music...they DO have a good selection of music. Maybe the voices in your head are louder than your surroundings peggy! even though you seem to be anti-NFL!!! (GO COWBOYS..THAT'S FOR YOU JERRY!) It's my cheers! The staff makes the best drinks downtown at good prices! Go in have a seat...drink a martini or an ice cold beer..most likely you will find me there! ah you like that! If you don't drink...hell at least go in to learn some history....or stare at the good looking bar staff! It's a win-win situation! Come back Peggy...I'll show you a good time!
Easy on the palatte and the eyes.
This cozy =nook of downtown is nestled between the Watermark Hotel and Club Rive on Crockett street. The bar has a classy, laid-back, lounge feel to it and the staff are just as laid-back, but still provide the best in service. Lutfy, Ron, Jerry, Eddie and everyone there make it a point to make everyone feel welcomed, at home, and amongst family. Their personal touch of service and comraderie is what gives Soho that edge above all the bars. They have a great drink selection and a great selection of wines and cigars. I recommend the house wines.
I do wish they sold more wines by the glass instead of the bottle and that they had a better selection of Mexican imported beer.
A classy neighborhood bar. SoHo is my favorite place to go out to in San Antonio! It has a classy, old-timey feel to it with a local flavor. It's set in an old bank building in the touristy Riverwalk area, yet the majority of its clientele are a pretty friendly lot who live in San Antonio. Come dressed to the nine's or casual: everyone's welcome! The music ranges from funk to blues to pop tunes, but it's at a moderate level where you can actually hold a conversation with the people next to you without having to lose your voice. Sometimes you can catch a major game playing on the TV; however, I did ask once that the channel be changed from a Spurs game, and since no one else was watching the TV, they were completely willing to do so. The service is always friendly and willing to have a conversation if you like, and the owners are very knowledgeable about their liquors and wines. I'm more of a beer drinker myself, but these guys know how to mix a cocktail, and the signature tinis are mighty tasty. Prices are about average for San Antonio. The only down side is having to deal with parking in downtown, but it seems to me that most places here in SA have some kind of parking issues. Overall, I highly recommend this place!
fresh ingredients and fresh conversation.
SoHo is an eclectic mix of fresh ingredients, libations and conversation in the oft commercial atmosphere of the San Antonio River Walk. From the fresh shaved ginger going into the ginger martini to the careful selection of fine spirits, Lufty and Ron have created an oasis of originality in a sea of commercialism.
If the menu says "key lime" you can guarantee the drink will contain fresh lime. The catch is you will pay exactly what you would in a chain bar to have a much better drink and time with your friends. Not much of a catch, is it? Did I mention that they take care of locals with a discount any time of day?
If the draw of good, fresh drinks isn't enough maybe you can relish your drink with the knowledge that these two men have restored an 1890's bank, using the original vault for wine storage. The tasteful decoration, embellished by the works of local artists, is draw enough.
Bottom line is if you want prepackaged drinks from robot bartenders for $1, then you don't belong here.
Pricey joint pretending to be upscale. I've traveled to New York, Paris and London and this is nothing like the bars in those places. It would like to be, so it can justify the crazy prices ($6 wells in San Antonio!) but it has no class in the service, and for all the foo-foo decor it's basically drab and dirty. If you don't believe me, that's why it's constantly empty - the locals aren't going to drop $50 to sit in a dirty empty bar with crappy service. Drink, Zinc and Swig are the main competition to this place but they're miles apart. Zinc has high-end wines ($40-$1000) and Drink has a limited selection of cheaper wine ($19-40). But both of those places (and Swig) have established clients, good service and don't attempt to rip you off. This place is just horrible.
Upscale prices with downscale service. There's no service here at all and yet it must be the most expensive bar in the whole of San Antonio. $15 for a glass of zinfandel in a dirty glass served by a surly bartender isnt my idea of a good time. The decor is ok but there's no music so it just echoes everywhere, except for the sports tv which is way too loud. What's the point of being a swanky wine bar if you just blast NFL at everyone? Not recommended.
Editorial Review. Indulge yourself with a martini and a cigar while enjoying exhibits from notable artists in this downtown San Antonio bar.
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