The Esquire Tavern Celebrates 85 Years with Repeal Day Party

Tuesday 20th, November 2018 / 10:39 Written by
The Esquire Tavern Celebrates 85 Years with Repeal Day Party

The Esquire Tavern Celebrates its 85th Birthday with San Antonio’s Biggest Repeal Day Party

The evening will be filled with flowing drinks, passed hors d’oeuvres, music, dancing, burlesque performances, and a Fortune Teller at this Esquire Tavern party!


WHAT: The Esquire Tavern is excited to invite all of San Antonio to party like it’s 1933 and celebrate the establishment’s 85th birthday by throwing a timeless bash on Wednesday, December 5, the day recognized as ‘Repeal Day’ throughout history. To commemorate 85 years of providing downtown San Antonio with exquisite classic cocktails and delectable tavern food, the oldest bar on the Riverwalk will host an evening of revelry. Guests can expect entertainment including live music, a fortune teller, burlesque performances and plenty of the Esquire’s classic, prohibition-era cocktails like its famous Old-Fashioned. A variety of complimentary hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be shared throughout the night. Reservations are encouraged and available for both The Esquire Tavern and Downstairs at The Esquire.

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The Esquire Tavern Celebrates

WHO: Special guests include the lovely ladies of Stars and Garters Burlesque accompanied by live music from The Dirty River Dixie Band. Chef Brooke Smith’s full menu will be available until 11:00pm, including Esquire favorites like the Chicken Chalupitas in addition to the recently updated seasonal menu featuring new items like her savory Artichoke Dip and Grits and Grillades. The mysterious Shaman-like, ‘Brujo Jerry’ will be inhabiting Downstairs at The Esquire Tavern for the evening to share his revelatory visions of the future. Patrons are encouraged to celebrate their right to drink alcohol and visit Downstairs for the best Grower Champagne list in town, paired with house-prepared charcuterie and oysters on the half-shell. Everyone is invited.

The Esquire Tavern Celebrates

The Esquire Tavern Celebrates end of Prohibition

WHEN:  Wednesday, December 5, 2018

  7:00 p.m. – Midnight

  Entertainment begins at 8 p.m.


WHERE:  The Esquire Tavern, 155 E. Commerce Street, San Antonio, TX 78205

The Esquire Tavern Celebrates

The Esquire Tavern Celebrates end of Prohibition at Downstairs

The Esquire Tavern

The Esquire is more than a hospitable tavern that serves luscious libations and tasty elevated Texas fare; it is a scintillating slice of San Antonio history. This downtown landmark has been serving drinks to all walks of life for 85 years. The Esquire Tavern first opened its doors in 1933 on Repeal Day, a day which celebrated the end of America’s 13-year-long prohibition on the sale of alcohol. Lauded as the oldest bar on the RiverWalk and holding the title of the longest wooden bar in Texas. The Esquire Tavern is a venue of unparalleled historic significance and has many remarkable tales to tell. One needs only to step foot into this cherished bar to experience the dedication to preserving its history and excellence, which is evident in every brick, bulb, plate and, of course, cocktail. Completely renovated in 2011, The Esquire Tavern retains its vintage décor, classic furnishings and dusky lighting that allows guests to enjoy a rustic yet romantic atmosphere. Located along the River Walk, guests can sit outside and take in festive surroundings and sultry San Antonio evenings. As of 2016, you are now able to descend to a new level, Downstairs at The Esquire Tavern, opened beneath the venerable Esquire Tavern in 2016. Located directly on the Riverwalk, it is accessed through a nondescript stairwell near the restrooms at The Esquire. An uncomplicated, intimate riverside lounge and hangout. Dishing out top cocktails, fine wine & spirits, small-scale eats, and unconventional inclinations.

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