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A neighborhood bar that’s LGBT-friendly (and friendly in general), and a great place to unwinding after a long workweek before getting your groove on.
Live music venue with possibly the best acoustics in town and 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.
AMF Wonder Lanes & Legends Bar
1948 Austin Hwy.
Vibe Silent, smoky nostalgia trip with a full bar, optional snacks, and a nameless bartender we secretly love
Best use Smoking between games, lame attempts at making the nameless bartender smile, guerilla-style iPod DJ parties, $1 games and $1 shoes on Monday nights till 11 p.m.
Prices Wells: $3.50; domestic bottles: $3; import bottles: $4; domestic drafts: $3; premium drafts: $4; pitchers: $8.50-$12
Even if you can’t dance salsa, Arjon’s will make you want to try. Live music Thursday-Sunday (with free salsa lessons Sundays from 7:30-9pm) sets the stage for seasoned professionals and protégées to cut some serious rug. Cocktail waitresses charge only slightly more if you’re lucky enough to score a table _ otherwise it’s dancing-room only. If you overdose on cumbia and merengue, hit the back patio, where you’re likely to find couples refueling over plates of mini tacos.
The Art-of-Java is dedicated to the beauty of art and coffee and supporting local artists of all forms and mediums.
Artpace is San Antonio’s most contemporary arts institution; a combination art lab and community center where something unusual and creative is almost always going on. Founded by the late artist-philanthropist Linda Pace in 1995, Artpace provides residency fellowships for Texas, out-of-state, and international art stars, exhibits hot contemporary work, and performs community outreach and education. Check out its kid-friendly fests such as October’s annual Chalk it Up (wherein artists and regular folk make original chalk drawings on downtown sidewalks), outstanding film series and lectures, and social events such as rooftop concerts and potluck dinners.
Pushing boundaries for 29 years, Jump-Start Performance Co. is an SA institution rooted in experimentation and collaboration. A former fixture in the Blue Star Arts Complex, the performance art troupe unveils a mysterious new production this week in its new Beacon Hill space. Directed by Marisela Barrera and developed through “a rehearsal process of performance experiments, improvisation and story-sharing,” Oscuridad plays out during the final hours of a doomed cantina frequented by shadowy characters La Lechuza, Fantasma, El Señor, the Handless Maid and La Muerte.
Featuring GZA, Father John Misty, the Golden Dawn Arketstra, Dan Deacon, Cold War Kids, Warpaint and more, UTOPIAfest is a unique music festival experience, with a cap at 2,000, free camping and no music overlap.
San Antonio, TX 78215
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