Downstairs at the Esquire - Wine & Spirits Magazine

Downstairs at the Esquire

photo by Kody Melton

The Esquire Tavern opened in 1933, to celebrate the end of Prohibition. After 85 years, the space, with its long, burnished wood bar and pressed-tin ceiling, is still as charming as ever, but it’s Downstairs, a new offshoot situated on San Antonio’s Riverwalk, that makes you feel like you’re in on a secret. The dimly lit speakeasy-style bar offers both impeccably made classic cocktails as well as a wine selection that would please the biggest of Champagne nerds—perfect to wash down a dozen oysters and handcrafted charcuterie.

This review appears in the print edition of the April 2018 issue.
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is the former W&S Tasting Director turned freelance writer for the Vintner Project.

This story appears in the print issue of April 2018.
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