A bartender arranges a plethora of rye based cocktails at his booth. Photo by Scott Ball.
A bartender arranges a plethora of rye-based cocktails at his booth. Photo by Scott Ball.

The San Antonio Cocktail Conference kicked off a weekend of imbibing, feasting and celebrating on Thursday night during its official opening night at the Majestic Theatre.

Attendees lined up to enter the historic theater and tasted craft cocktails from local purveyors of craft cocktails such as Paramour and Barbaro, or Texas based-spirits like Cinco Vodka and Hill Country Distillers.

Opening night also offered attendees some of the best bites in San Antonio with boudin from The Cookhouse, fresh oysters from Shuck Shack and freshly baked breads from Sol y Luna Bakery. All profits from the event will go to Houston Street Charities, an organization dedicated to children’s charities in San Antonio.

The festivities will continue with Friday’s Waldorf on the Prairie and Saturday’s Stroll on Houston Street before the events wrap up on Sunday.

If you’re not able to snag a pass to the Cocktail Conference or one of the many seminars, check out the conference’s free events below.


Friday, Jan. 15

Pop-Up Bar: Bordel

Studio 109 space (Travis St. & Soledad St.), 10 p.m. to midnight

The popular Chicago speakeasy brings free craft-cocktails and bohemian vibes to San Antonio. Grab a group and head downtown for free food and drinks. 

The Ladies of Smoke and Fire

Mezcalería Mixtli, 10 p.m. to late

The bar will host Camille Austin, Montelobos mezcal ambassador and Whitney Hobbs, Ancho Reyes ambassador for an evening of cocktail specials, botanas and fun. Eduardo Serrano and Dave Paradise will provide music throughout the event.

Saturday, Jan. 16

Pop-Up Bar: Distilled NY

Studio 109 space (Travis St. & Soledad St.), 10 p.m. to midnight

Distilled NY offers an accessible (temporary) place for friends, free snacks and redefined cocktails. No purchase necessary to enter the pop-up events.

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Lea Thompson is a Texas native who has lived in Houston, Austin and San Antonio. She enjoys exploring new food and culture events. Follow her adventures on Instagram, Twitter or Culture Spoon.