Artisan Distillery

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Artisan is the only downtown craft vodka distillery and lounge in San Antonio and rated one of the best craft cocktail bars around. We do not serve food, but many times we do have food trucks. We hand craft two vodkas (Spike Vodka and Texas Pride Vodka), moonshine (Chupacabra Juice Moonshine), and bourbon (Bexar Ridge Bourbon). We have a diverse and extensive drink menu that consists of over 45 drinks - all hand crafted & made to order with fresh seasonal fruits. Come enjoy cocktails when we are open (Thu 5pm-12pm, Fri &Sat 5pm-1am) with happy hour 5-8. We embrace dogs and families. Come take a tour and see how all things are made. Or just come in for drinks. Reservations are only required for the tour. Tours are Thu, Fri, and Sat at 4pm&7pm when available.

During our tour we take you through the process of distilling, fermenting, and even bottling and we sample the vodka at the end of the tour. Tours last 45-60min depending on the size of the group and questions.
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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in town exploring the city! Looked like a fun thing to do! It was!

p
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 1service 3ambience 3

This place is awesome. I celebrated a portion of my Birthday there. The owner is very passionate about his craft. I actually learned how vodka is made. I hope he still mails me my glass.

T
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

BEST SURPRISE DATE NIGHT EVER!
I cannot say enough fantastic things about this place! Excellent quality drinks, SUPURB spirits, great service; Nick, the owner, is so knowledge & passionate about his craft which makes the experience that much better! If still available, do the distillery tour through Groupon, it will not disappoint!!
We are so glad we stumble upon this gem, count on us to be regulars!

b
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

There was no food. Good tour. Good booze. Easy parking

RT
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Very cool place to visit for a distillery tour. The owner does everything himself and you got to see a tour with all the basics and know-how. Sampling of the various stuff also ensured you knew what to buy afterwards. The prickly pear cactus vodka was a certain winner for me. If you are in San Antonio and want to sample some good local moonshine this is the place to go!

A
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Did the 4pm tour. Great information and samples. Drinks were outstanding. Highly recommend

Artisan Distillery
Responded on September 23, 2019

Amos, Thank you for your great review. I really appreciate it. Glad you had a great time.

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MA
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 1service 5ambience 5

Owner very knowledgeable abd he shared lots of gis knowledge. We will be back for sure when we are in San Antonio.

Artisan Distillery
Responded on September 23, 2019

Marioo, Thank you very much for the great review. I really appreciate it. We hope to see you again soon (when you are back in town)

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SS
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Artisan was very pleasant; nice offering of crafty drinks (the watermelon martini was delicious!) and a great bit of alcoholic distillery history and brief tour led by Nick, the proprietor. Definitely recommend it for a nice hour or two of diversion for the touristy types, or possibly a place to hang out and drink local for the natives!

Artisan Distillery
Responded on September 23, 2019

Thank you for your great review. I really appreciate it. Glad you had a great time and we hope to see you again when you are around.

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KA
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 1service 5ambience 5

Only reason the food rating was low is because there wasn't food. Very educational tour!

Artisan Distillery
Responded on September 23, 2019

Kahla, Thank you for your great review. I really appreciate it. Glad you had a great time.

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PG
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place! The tour was very informative and the host was a really nice guy and the environment was really pleasant.

Artisan Distillery
Responded on September 23, 2019

Thank you for your great review. I really appreciate it. Glad you had a great time.

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D
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

(Note: They did not serve food, but this review required me to rate it.)

Before the tour the owner gives a presentation on the history and process of each type of spirit. This can get a little lengthy so grab some water (free) from the bar area before it starts. If you arrive early you'll have time to snap a few pics before it gets crowded.

Next up: Tastes are small but interesting.

Tour is small/short he shows his process, all done by hand! There is an opportunity to purchase inexpensive signed bottles that he makes right there in front of you (tip: If you are flying you CAN pack these into your checked luggage). They also sell a variety of T-shirts. I'd recommend purchasing something if you can to help support this business.

When the tour begins the bar also opens, so you can order drinks. We had the vodka-soaked gummy bears (delicious!) for only $1 each "cup" (appx 3-4 fat bears in each), a peach old fashioned, two watermelon martinis, (get the spicy salt rim!), a pickle martini, and a strawberry spicy martini. All *delicious*, but we liked the vodka-based drinks best.

ALL fruit-based drinks are made with fresh fruit. Literally they cut the fruit open as you watch and mash/squeeze it as needed. This truly makes the drinks perfect.

All in we probably spent around $50 which included the tour/tastes/pint glasses (for 2), drinks for 3 people, and tip.

Artisan Distillery
Responded on September 23, 2019

Deanna, THANK YOU for the great and informative write-up. We appreciate you helping spread the word. We hope to see you again when you return to San Antonio. Have a great day! Nick

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TB
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this tour, it’s was very informative, the cocktails were amazing and the atmosphere was welcoming. The price point was great the tour and drinks. I would recommend this tour, the cocktails and the experience gained!

Artisan Distillery
Responded on September 23, 2019

Terri, It was a pleasure having you at Artisan. We appreciate the review and we look forward to your return.

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G
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We didn’t have food here (not sure if it’s available). Drinks are amazing and highly recommend!!

DS
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place!!! You get a chance take the tour!

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

It was a very informative tour. The Texas pride is really good and the drinks we got were great. We really enjoyed our time here while on vacation. If you’re in San Antonio and want to experience something cool come here.

LS
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great surprise in downtown San Antonio! Mike gave a lively lesson in the distilling process. Drinks were outstanding and service was exceptional. Will definitely be back with friends.

DB
Memphis
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There is no food served at this establishment but the drinks are to die for!

TV
Nashville
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed Artisan Distillery! They don't serve food but you can bring food in. The cocktails were excellent! The Master Distiller was knowledgeable and entertaining. I would recommend this without hesitation to anyone in or visiting San Antonio.

Artisan Distillery
Responded on August 20, 2019

Ty, THANK YOU very much for the GREAT review and compliments. We loved having you and hope to see you soon! We are always up to have fun with you. - Nick (Master Distiller)

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DS
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time! Friendly staff! Awesome atmosphere!

AF
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I bought a groupon for this distillery tour on a whim, and we are both glad we did. The master distiller was amazing! He spoke with a blend of expert knowledge, wry humor, and an enthusiasm that infected us as well. His spirits were top-notch as well.

Artisan Distillery
Responded on August 6, 2019

Thank you for your great review and helping pass the word! I am really glad you liked the tour and especially our spirits and drinks. We look forward to having you back and having a lot of fun.

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MB
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 1service 5ambience 5

Everything was Great and very educational. We learned a lot from the guy about liquor

Artisan Distillery
Responded on July 16, 2019

Thank you very much for your great review. We really appreciate it. We enjoyed you visiting our distillery and we hope to see you again soon (if you are in town).

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OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great tour. Master distiller was great on the guide.

Artisan Distillery
Responded on July 16, 2019

Thank you very much for your kind words. We enjoyed having you.

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OT
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 1service 4ambience 4

I visited the distillery for my boyfriend’s birthday. It was a gift to him to visit and do the distillery tour. We enjoyed the experience. There is no food at this location, which would have added to the experience of making a full night out of the location. The drinks were great.

Artisan Distillery
Responded on July 16, 2019

Thank you very much for your great review. We really appreciate it. We enjoyed you visiting our distillery and we hope to see you again soon (if you are in town).

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OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience with master distiller!! Great learning experience and excellent Vodka.

BR
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our experience was wonderful!
The tour was great, informative, and very easy to follow.
All of the liquors we sampled were wonderful and the mixed drinks available would certainly cost at least 2x as much anywhere else. Really a great experience.

MH
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a random outing that my husband and I went too. We had so much fun. Very knowledgeable & entertaining.

A
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Fun and interactive!! A great way to spend an evening with friends!!

DD
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is AMAZING. The guy that runs it is AMAZING. Everyone should check out this place so worth it!

OT
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Learned several new facts about beverages. Very knowledgeable. Great drinks and atmosphere.

BT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very informative! I would come back again. Nice place!

OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was awesome seeing how the vodka was made, trying the different ones he makes and then the delicious cocktails!!

OT
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Went on a distillery tour. Owner very knowledgable. Great drinks at decent prices. No food on-site other than pretzels, but in a good location close to options.

AM
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 1service 3ambience 3

Nice little place, learned some interesting stuff.

AT
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They didn’t serve food however the drinks were the best I’ve ever had. I will be back!!

BL
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Take the tour. It is well worth it!!! BEST VODKA AROUND. TITO CAN SUCK IT!

OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time visiting same great experience. Would definitely recommend others to visit.

LB
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great drinks for a good price. Good service and the owner was very knowledgeable during the distillery tour.

JP
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 1service 5ambience 5

Cool place with great tasting drinks. It's animal friendly on the patio and the staff is friendly and willing to give recommendations. The tour was super informative and fun if you enjoy learning about the distilling process and history, if that's not your cup of tea, just go ahead and enjoy the cocktails.

AR
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The tour was very informative. We used a Groupon but the tour and glasses would be worth the full price. The owner was very knowledgeable and was able to answer all my questions. The drinks are served strong, especially for happy hour pricing.

OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceeded our expectations!
To be honest, we didn't know what to expect having never gone on a distillery tour before. But this was our anniversary and we were going to try something new. We scheduled our tour on Thursday, which was great because the tour group was much smaller and we tend to like smaller groups. I would suggest this to anyone who doesn't want to go with a group upwards of 20+ on the weekend.

Take away points:
-drinks are not free. Though it is happy hour and you can't possibly get drinks at a better price or quality, they are not part of the tour.
-I would suggest being careful with the consumption of too many drinks because Nick's brew is simply the "smoothest" I've ever tasted and I found myself slurping away like it was kool-aid.
-This your is truly meant for the liquor lover. You go through the history of how liquor is distilled and why it began, to how to properly taste it.
-you will have the opportunity to bottle and purchase your own brew! This was amazing! What a great end to our anniversary!!

I feel I need to mention our guide was Nick. But he isn't just the guide, he's also the owner, the Brewer and an all around genius. He has self proclaimed that his liquor is his personal form of art! His distillery is small but he does it all because the quality is worth it.

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I rated 5stars for did but they do not serve food, however they do serve vodka infused cherries and gummy bears, among other treats that were absolutely impossible to refuse.

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