Fiesta 2016: Festive Cocktails and Bites

Fiesta San Antonio is an annual celebration of the food, art and culture that make San Antonio such a unique destination. Thousands of locals, visitors and families will enjoy the various Fiesta parades this weekend. Whether you’re looking to be part of the parades, medal exchanges and after parties,  or you prefer to get away from the crowds, there are bars and restaurants throughout the city with incredible menus and happy hour specials that are worth celebrating. ¡Viva Fiesta!


Stop by Nao during Happy Hour, Tuesday through Saturday from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., for a special Botana platter with smoked quail legs, baby street corn, and dressed chicharrones. Feeling thirsty? Try some of their Fiesta Punch, and pick up a limited edition Fiesta medal for $18 (while supplies last, price will lower to $15 when medals are gone).


Hotel Havana

Overlooking the River, Hotel Havana offers a unique view of the festivities in a sophisticated yet welcoming ambiance that make it the perfect spot to enjoy or escape the Fiesta chaos. 

House Margarita at Ocho. Photo by Lea Thompson

Everything on their special Fiesta Menu costs $8 including:  Pollo Tinga Tostadas, Pastor tacos with pineapple salsa, Chicken fiesta soup with black beans and corn, Flan and Mini Churros.  Relax, enjoy a cocktail or two, and enjoy the Fiesta season. 


Stop by Southerleigh before heading out to the Battle of the Flowers parade Friday, and enjoy any Southerleigh draft brew half-off regular price from noon- 5 p.m.

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A flight of beers at Southerleigh. Courtesy Photo.

When you spend $25 or more on Friday or Saturday, you’ll be eligible to leave with a limited-edition Southerleigh Fiesta medal. Checking out the King William Fair on Saturday> Be sure you take a break for Southerleigh’s draft special, which offers at draft craft beer at half the usual price from 3 p.m. to midnight.

O’liva Restaurant

O’liva is hosting their first Fiesta brunch during the Battle of Flowers Parade on Friday, April 22, with incredible brunch favorites, mimosas, beer, and wine, while watching the parade from the courtyard at the Spanish Governor’s Palace. The brunch event costs $65. To purchase tickets, click here.

You’ll find a festive table and delicious spread at O’liva during this Fiesta weekend.

Still hungry for fun eats and drinks? Check out O’liva’s 2nd Annual Fiesta Flambeau Parade dinner, on Saturday, April 23, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.


Attendees will enjoy an amazing pre-fixe dinner, before the Flambeau Parade begins at 6:30 pm. The dinner, held inside the  palace’s private courtyard, will provide a great view of the parade and festivities. Several of the City’s best chefs, including Tim the Girl will create incredible dishes that celebrate local ingredients and flavors, along with tasty appetizers, sangria, beer, wine and more. For $85, guests receive dinner, drinks, access to private bathrooms and fiesta treats, such as medals. To purchase tickets, click here.

The Spanish Governor’s Palace is located at 105 Plaza De Armas, San Antonio, TX 78205. For more information, please visit or call 210-229-2638.


Culture Spoon

Freelance Writer and Photographer based in San Antonio, Texas

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