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A Word From Our Owner

It was not uncommon for my family to have to ban unruly, rude bar patrons who bother our other customers from time to time, and it's not uncommon for us to do the same today. Long story short, enjoy your drink, follow the house rules, and leave your disrespect at the door or you may be asked not to return.

We've gone from a café to a bar, moved from our original location off Main to S. Presa and moved again from S. Presa to S. Alamo Street. Most recently, after 70 years of a cash- and beer-only bar, we started selling liquor in April of 2014.

After more updates and overhauls to our 80 year old building, we are finally settled at our location today!

My great-grandfather and grandfather have been big on customer service since the beginning. They've taken pride in knowing the names and chosen drinks of regulars. They've also upheld a zero-tolerance policy for BS by unruly bar patrons.

When I took over the business in April 2014, I brought back a lot of what was lost when my grandfather retired. One of the most important things to us at Bar America is to continue the vision my great-grandfather and grandfather had for this business.

My grandfather Martin put Bar America on the San Antonio map when we moved to our current location at S. Alamo. It was a meeting place for artists, blue collar workers, politicians and students. My grandfather built a strong foundation which has given me the opportunity to build on and expand.

Many of the bar's original elements from its inception in 1942 stay with us today. The neon Bar America sign we use today was built in 1943, and our main bar is the original bar from our first opening.

We have been a family-owned business for over four generations. My great-grandfather owned the bar from 1942 until the mid-sixties, my grandfather Martin owned it from the mid-sixties until 2009, my uncle Joe owned it from 2009 to 2014, and I have owned it from 2014 to the present!

It was not uncommon for my family to have to ban unruly, rude bar patrons who bother our other customers from time to time, and it's not uncommon for us to do the same today. Long story short, enjoy your drink, follow the house rules, and leave your disrespect at the door or you may be asked not to return.

Our current location was built over 80 years ago and is located a little over a half mile away from The Alamo. I don't believe in ghosts, but since I've taken over the bar, it hasn't been uncommon to experience unusual events or see things caught on camera that we can't explain. See for yourself if you notice anything unusual when you visit!

Our current progress includes, a large patio area in the back with full bar, a 22-tap craft beer draft system. We are currently undergoing inspections for our kitchen, which should be finished by the end of the year! We have over 50 craft beers, as well as an additional 30 domestic or import cans, bottles or drafts to choose from.

Enjoy your drink, have fun and always be respectful of others!
- Brian Correa, Owner

Enjoy the best customer service in the area! We take pride in providing our customers with great customer service and an excellent environment to unwind in.

Visit our family-owned bar today!

723 South Alamo