Akavar, thanks for the report. I’ve noticed you haven’t had any Mexican food. I know it’s not to everyone’s taste, but I’d like to suggest a couple of places that you might enjoy anyway. There are two in El Mercado, within easy walking distance of the Riverwalk, La Margarita and Mi Tierra. It’s been years since I’ve been to either, but Margarita had fine food but Mi Tierra has the Mexican bakery, which is kind of neat in itself. And the Mercado can be interesting, if a little touristy. Rosario’s, La Fogata, El Mirador, and Los Barrios are also among the better Mexican food places. Mirador is in the King William district, an historic residential neighborhood. I’ll even turn you on to my favorite Mexican place in SA, although it’s out of the way (wait a minute! I’m talking to the guy who drives all over Texas looking for barbecue)– La Fiesta Patio Cafe, 1421 Pat Booker Road. They do "natural" Mexican food– very light oils, free range chicken and natural beef, brown rice. I’m a native Texan and chili, melted cheese, and salsa flow through my veins (probably explains my health, but that’s another story), and La Fiesta was one of the top 5 Mexican food experiences of my life, along with Frontera Grill in Chicago and Otilia’s in Houston. And it’s as unprepossessing a place as can be.
The funkiest bar in downtown SA is the Liberty Bar– they serve good food too. The hotel can give you address and directions. The building leans as I recall.