What's so Great About the Howl at the Moon Bar in San Antonio, Texas?
Howl at the Moon prides itself on being right near several hot spots in San Antonio. It is a lively bar that has an overall party vibe. The shows feature talented dueling pianos, and the bar drinks feature novelty bucket drinks. The bar is located at 111 West Crockett Street #201 in San Antonio, Texas. From Sunday to Thursday, the bar is open from 7 PM to 2 AM. The bar is open on Friday and Saturday from 6 PM to 2 AM. The website is bright and organized and features a reservation area to reserve the bar, or sections of the bar, for bachelorette parties, birthday parties, holiday parties, and even corporate events. The website even offers a "virtual tour" where you can take a look around the bar without actually going there so you can familiarize yourself with the industrial-disco decor and overall feel.
The drink buckets featured at Howl at the Moon are large buckets that resemble those buckets with a handle that people use to collect candy with on Halloween. Several drinks are served in these buckets, some are renowned favorites such as Hurricane and Mai Tai, while others are bar specials like "Adult Fun on the Moon" and "Adios MoFo" and Howlin' Mule. Regular cocktails are served, such as the margarita known as the Howlin' Rita, and the Award Winning drink called Rose Fizz. There's also another award winner known as Kentucky Peach for those who want to get in touch with their southern roots. Luckily, there are energy drink cocktails such as the Blue Breeze which is made with the Blue Edition Red Bull and Trash Can with is made with the Yellow Edition Red bull. Regular favorites like cosmopolitan and mojitos are also served. Shots and Beers are also served. The beers include an eclectic mix that ranges from American to Mexican to German. Wine is also served, and the selection varies by the occasion. So if you're into a large variety of drinks, this is the right place! On the website, you can easily reserve a table by clicking on the orange boxed link. Aside from drinks, the beauty of Howl at the Moon is the entertainment. The music shows are high energy, they are live, and they are focused more on modern dance hits and party music to get everyone in the dancing mood. To get a feel for the energy of the bar, the website features some clips of performances done in the past by various artists, local and otherwise. Looking at reviews, men and women have mentioned that they have gone with their friends and were not disappointed. The waiters were amazing, and the music was fantastic and lasted most of the night. The age range seems to be more for the group of 21 - 29, but the crowd is for any age range depending on the theme of the night and the overall vibe.
There is a cover charge, and the drinks can be rather expensive. The cover charge is at ten dollars. If you want the live entertainers to play your music request, it helps if you tip the performers a ten dollar bill, or even a twenty. If you tip more than ten, you're likely to have your song played. Sometimes, the same song gets played twice. Some people feel that the staff is rather rude and aggressive. Sometimes, there are no dueling pianos and music like local rap artists might play instead. On the same vein, some people felt that some of the entertainers were terrible singers and that the piano was out of tune at times. On Friday night, well drinks are eight dollars, which can be a bit steep to some. Some of the shots are fifteen dollars, which again, can start adding up very fast. If you have raucous behavior before entering and appear to be drunk, you might be denied entry for being 'too drunk.' It's important to note that if you leave and you had a tap open, there is an eighteen percent automatic charge that is added as a tip for the waitress. Others felt that the place was so packed that the atmosphere felt more like being in a can of sardines. The atmosphere for seating is first to come, first serve. If you can't find a seat, you have to stand. There were dueling pianos, and it was everyone had a great time. If there's a special event, such as the Final Four, be prepared to pay a potential $25 cover charge. While they do serve liquor and drinks, they do not serve food, so come with a full belly or plan to go somewhere around the River before every restaurant closes on that particular night. If you tip to get a song played, but they don't know the song, the entertainers may take the money but not play the song instead of telling you that they aren't sure what song is being requested, so something to be wary of.
There is a coupon in the San Antonio Express-News/Weekender that can get you in free. The coupons are available at Landry's across the River downtown. It's important to note that after paying the cover, expect to get a stamp on your wrist. I have personally been to Howl on the Moon for a coworker's birthday party. The atmosphere was pretty fun, and at the time I went, the music was upbeat, fun, and the entertainers were talented. Expect to be greeted by a friendly bathroom attendant at the restrooms. While the restrooms are usually clean, there may be a line due to limited toilets. Since it's mostly standing room, make sure to arrive early to get a good table close to the stage. It seems as if more hip songs are being played, instead of classics and favorites, so that's something to keep in mind. If you want your name on the mirror, you have to pay. But come to the bar if you want to laugh, sing, dance, and drink and have an overall great time. The vibe of the San Antonio location does depend on the night that you visit, as the vibe can change based on various themes and genres. The are two bars, but the service may be a bit slow, and the staff may be a bit rude as well as they seem to be understaffed. There weren't any complaints on dress code, and you can order food on GrubHub or Postmates or Favor, and they will deliver at the bar because they don't sell food.
© 2018 Charlotte Doyle