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Menger Bar

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Address: San Antonio, TX
Activities: Drinking, Nightlife
Description: Bar which has changed little since the days when Teddy Roosevelt recruited...
Bar which has changed little since the days when Teddy Roosevelt recruited his Rough Riders here.
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Must-visit spot next to the Alamo

It had been several years since I had been to the Manger. I swear it all looks the same (bar and hotel lobby). You can see all the other reviews and history of Teddy and his... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 12, 2015
Jon E
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Arlington, Texas
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Arlington, Texas
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336 reviews 336 reviews
40 attraction reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

It had been several years since I had been to the Manger. I swear it all looks the same (bar and hotel lobby). You can see all the other reviews and history of Teddy and his recruiting Rough Riders here. Plenty of relevant items on display in the bar. Huge Bull Moose above Teddy's portrait. It all works. If you... More 

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Hartsville, South Carolina, United States
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78 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

3 trips to the Menger during our stay in San Antonio. Great historical bar. This is where Teddy Roosevelt recruited the Rough Riders. There is Teddy stuff all over the bar. The balcony seating is awesome if you are short, not so cool if you are over 6ft tall. They have food available from the restaurant at the hotel. It... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

Incredible bar with loads of history attached to the Alamo. Mind the old moose head! Great people. San Antonio is wonderful too. Hotel menger is a great beautiful hotel too.

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Warren, Indiana
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173 reviews 173 reviews
76 attraction reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

This was a great stop! The woodworking of the bar itself was beautiful along with its Thomas Edison lightbulbs and the room itself is warm and cozy. Our bartender was very professional and fun to watch as she waited on a room packed with Single Shooter Convention goers waiting to hear the Teddy Roosevelt impersonator speak. There is a display... More 

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Evanston
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123 reviews 123 reviews
45 attraction reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

This is where Teddy Roosevelt recruited the Rouigh Riders and it is a wonderully old and historic bar that has more history than one can imagine. Service was excellent and although there were very few people in the bar everyone was quite friendly.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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45 reviews 45 reviews
28 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

A small wooden hotel bar that oozes history and importance thanks to the low lighting, historic photos and relics posted around the bar. It IS small though and the bar tenders can be totally inattentive (and in our case strangely careless putting recently washed glasses upside down directly on the bar surface, both unsanitary and not mindful of the wood).... More 

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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319 reviews 319 reviews
179 attraction reviews
176 helpful votes 176 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Everyone has to experience this destination bar! So rich in history, just ask and anyone will give the "Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders" history lesson as you sit across the street from the historic Alamo. Cool watering hole - perfect for a break at this this heavy dark wood encased bar. Warm and inviting in the winter or cool... More 

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Glendive, Montana
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203 reviews 203 reviews
87 attraction reviews
145 helpful votes 145 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

My wife and I stayed at the Menger Hotel for 3 nights over the New Years holiday. We live in the middle of Teddy Roosevelt land (only 60 miles from TR National Park), so were excited about the TR history at the Menger Bar. There were several tables available when we walked into the bar (it is very small), so... More 

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Ridge, New York
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55 reviews 55 reviews
34 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Check out the Menger Bar right across the street from the Alamo in the Menger Hotel. Sure the Alamo always gets the spotlight but this is the bar of Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders. I felt a kinship with him all the way in Texas being that i live on Long Island, not far from TR's house on Sagamore... More 

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

My husband and I stopped in just to see the beautiful mahogany bar where Teddy Roosevelt is to have gathered some of his Rough Riders. Lots of historical photos to look at and right across the street from the Alamo!

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