9 hidden speakeasy bars in San Antonio that don't require a password

Celebrate drinking by doing it in secret.

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Speakeasies may be considered a thing of the past given that Prohibition ended on December 5, 1933, but that doesn’t mean that San Antonians can’t post up in a hideaway that just so happens to have an impressive bar menu. Whether it’s the dark ambiance or crafted cocktails that entice you, these spots are perfect for secret rendezvous.

The Green Lantern
20626 Stone Oak Parkway #101, (210) 497-3722, greenlantern.bar

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Folks in Stone Oak can visit the neighborhood gem that is The Green Lantern. All you need to do is look for the green light and enter through the large door (trust us). While there’s plenty to order here given the variety of spirits, you can create your own drink with the help of the house mixologists. If you’re embracing the green theme, order the cucumber martini.

Bar 1919
1420 S Alamo Street, (210) 227-1420, bar1919.com

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Hidden within Blue Star, this seemingly underground bar (find your way down a flight of stairs) is this picturesque modern-day speakeasy. Between live jazz on select nights, impeccably detailed drinks, and the dimly-lit space, the ambiance of Bar 1919 will have you wishing Prohibition was still in place.

RD Hidden Door Speakeasy
8400 N New Braunfels Avenue, (210) 605-2292, mixed4u.com

   

   

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Available by reservation and only open on weekends, this Eastside speakeasy is serious about staying out of the limelight, though it’s loved by those who have made their way over. Luckily, that means you’re in for a relaxing night complete with crafted cocktails in a cozy space. This is the good life, y’all.

Havana Bar
1015 Navarro Street, (210) 222-2008, havanasanantonio.com

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While folks love to hype up Hotel Havana’s Ocho, an oasis for brunch lovers, the more secretive Havana Bar is just as worthy of high praise. The basement hangout is dimly-lit, perfect for flirty dates and fiery nights out that you can enjoy from one of the comfy couches. Just consider your cocktail of choice to be the cherry on top.

Downstairs at the Esquire
155 E Commerce Street, (210) 222-2521, esquiretavern-sa.com

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Underneath the Esquire Tavern, Downstairs offers the experience you didn’t know you needed: a lounge on the River Walk where you can get boozy and partake in small bites. Whatever tickles your fancy, this hidden downtown spot serves up cocktails, beer, wine, and a laundry list of spirits like bourbon and mezcal.

The Backroom Bar
727 S Alamo Street, (210) 263-9729, thepipecornertx.com/backroom-bar

   

   

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The backbone of a speakeasy paired with a modern soul makes for the unique treat that is The Backroom Bar. The red lights and your drink of choice make for a sexy Instagram post or two, but you’re likely to fall in love with this place while you’re there. We can’t blame you, but remember the cardinal rules of going out: drink responsibly and don’t text your ex.

Jet-Setter
229 E Houston Street #10, (830) 222-6287, jet-settersa.com

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Prized as an international lounge with mid-century flair, Jet-Setter is a must-visit for many reasons. If you’re in the market for a pretty place to post up for the night and drink while also relaxing, then you’ll be a happy camper at this downtown favorite.

Bar 414
205 E Houston Street, (210) 585-9999, facebook.com/Bar414SA

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While drinking in hotel bars may be a nightmare for some, getting boozy at the Sheraton Gunter Hotel’s watering hole is quite the experience. In addition to “discreet” libations from the Prohibition era, visitors can also enjoy the history that comes with the space. Bar 414 honors blues king Robert Johnson, who recorded most of his songs in Room 414 in 1936.

Cellar Mixology
1142 E Commerce Street, (210) 463-5386, cellarmixology.com

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Within these basement walls are expert mixologists who are ready to serve you whatever libation you desire. This St. Paul’s Square hideaway is swanky all on its own, but the drink choices made using popular techniques of molecular mixology make Cellar Mixology all the more enticing.

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