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The Friendly Spot Ice House

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943 S. Alamo, San Antonio, TX 78205
(210) 224- 2337
3:00 pm - 12:00 am
Closed now
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Mon - Fri 3:00 pm - 12:00 am
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 12:00 am
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Limerick, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

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 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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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44 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 

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South Carolina
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152 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 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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59 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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45 reviews
29 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
Boerne, Texas
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106 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

This is a great spot to stop in for an afternoon drink. Very laid-back atmosphere, great people-watching, large selection of draft beer, good sangria. We bring out-of-town guests here to experience the real San Antonio vibe. They have some bar food and snacks, although we have never eaten here - drinks are great. Self-serve and find your own table -... More 

Thank SusanD55
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29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016 via mobile

Popped in yesterday as soon as they opened. When my wife lived in San Antonio, it was one of her favorite spots. They have a great beer selection and friendly staff. Can't ask for too much more.

Thank Nicholas T
Monterrey, Mexico
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104 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2016 via mobile

Ok, we waited in line to get a beer and waited to find a place to seat, but we were caught up with the Spurs game and the experience that the wait was worth it :)

Thank CMoDel

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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
Dining on a budget, Bar scene, Families with children, Large groups
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, San Antonio, TX 78205
  • 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?