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The Friendly Spot Ice House

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943 S Alamo St, San Antonio, TX 78205-3438
(210) 224- 2337
11:00 am - 12:00 am
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Mon - Fri 3:00 pm - 12:00 am
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 12:00 am
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Dallas, Texas
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23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It's a part of first friday pub run. Love the hustle bustle here. Great spot for grabbing a casual drink or 2. And it also caters to those parents who are out with kids. It has a small kids area. It is pet friendly too. The place doesn't have parking. You will need to find a roadside parking nearby.

Thank Sarveshi
Saint Louis, Missouri
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26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spotted this place while taking an Uber to Blue Star Brewery and decided to walk there after dinner. Such a fun local spot with tons of outdoor seating (it's all outdoors). Huge beer selection. Interesting people-watching. Great way to spend an evening.

Thank kwesterman
Chicago, Illinois
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27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely wonderful place to kick back and enjoy the outdoors. Even shows movies! The food is good bar food and an extensive beer selection.

Thank julie1003
Limerick, Pennsylvania
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were recommended to stop by to get a quick bite to eat and the menu was good. They had quite the large selection of beers but I enjoyed a homemade Sangria which was very good. It is a nice family place.

Thank Marianne Q
Pardeeville, Wisconsin
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49 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016

This is a hike off the River Walk area. But if you are a craft beer guru, this is definitely the place to go. Really only has outside seating and pets and kids are welcome. Excellent selection. Didn't appear to be much (if any) food but might be able to carry food in.

Thank Christi B
Rosario, Argentina
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45 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016

We came here without knowing about the place. It was 30 minutes before closing, and still they served us like we were the first people there. They have an amazing selection of beers and the nachos we had were on point! Would definitely come back again. If it's chilly outside make sure you bring a coat!

Thank SebAtotheZ
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53 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2016

The Friendly Spot Ice House was hopping when we stopped in for a beer during the Spurs playoff game. It was very family friendly and laid back. The tables and chairs are kinda beat up and lines for a beer kinda long. Would not go out of your way to go but it was on the way back to our... More 

1 Thank Bearcatrob
South Carolina
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157 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

I really wanted to give 3 1/2 stars, but since that wasn't an option...I had heard about The Friendly Spot through a weekend travel review on Southern Living. The author said it was a great, family-friendly place and I took that to be as good a reccommendation as any! We decided to walk from the Riverwalk area, and while it... More 

Thank wndrwmn
Tewkesbury, United Kingdom
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60 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

great outside space and a place to watch teh world go by. Helpful staff gave some tips on teh wide beer choice and has two bars which both serve real ale if you like something other than lager. Didnt eat but great place to plan the evening meal as plenty just around the area.

Thank alan c
Frisco, Texas, United States
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44 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016

Take the time to explore locations off the riverwalk. This place is certainly walking distance. The bartender is your menu...there are so many beers to choose from! I loved the back-yard atmosphere and everyone was very friendly...it kinda reminded me of some of the chilling places in Austin. It was cool to watch the play-off game on a big, inflatable... More 

Thank Tracy W

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
American, Bar, Mexican, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Dining on a budget, Families with children, Bar scene
Open Hours
11:00 am - 12:00 am
3:00 pm - 12:00 am
3:00 pm - 12:00 am
3:00 pm - 12:00 am
3:00 pm - 12:00 am
3:00 pm - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 943 S Alamo St, San Antonio, TX 78205-3438
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  San Antonio
  • Phone Number: (210) 224- 2337

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?