Read good reviews of this hot spot and figured we would check it out before eating upstairs. Was slightly disappointed I wasn't offered the Batman light for my margarita but the drink made up for it. Very intimate atmosphere with attentive staff.
Laid back "speak easy" vibe. Dimly lit with great service. Food choices down stairs kind of limited. Tried the chefs choice Charcuterie tray, it was good. They need to improve the quality of bread they serve with it, it did nothing to highlight the food.
Recommend it .....
Truly enjoyed our visit here. Bison burger was on point.
This is a for real speak easy. Dark, quiet, and cool (in every sense of the word) with fantastic cocktails.
They were not initially going to accommodate our reservation because they allowed a private party to extend their ending time; however, after we let them know how much we were looking forward to going there, they found a way to make it work. We had a great time and Alexander "the chemist" bartender was awesome! If I'm ever back in San Antonio, I will definitely be back.
A disappointment. The website did not make it clear that they do not serve dinner. This is only for drinks. The bar is attempting to be a speak easy.
We did not stay to eat.
The food options (although some would say limited in variety) are wonderful, filling and beautifully presented. The cider and wine options seemed more than adequate, but we went for cocktails and were a little disappointed. What we got was excellent, but the menu is quite limited and if not sitting at the bar, it is difficult to discuss with the bar tenders what wonderful concoctions they could come up with--the menu includes only the old classics which are great, but I was hoping for more. The wait staff was great, but limited in their knowledge and passion for cocktails so they were not much help. Would certainly go again, but will sit at the bar next time.
Great Environment, Good Drinks and Food! Definitely Recommend as long as your a meat lover.
Swanky, elite secluded vibe. Quite haute.
Downstairs really surprised me! I had hoped to go to Equinox for dinner, but there was a super long wait. So I walked around for a little bit and saw an opening for a reservation at Downstairs. At first, I was a bit disappointed as the menu options are small (charcuterie and oysters and some snacks like olives are all that are offered to eat - the alcohol list - beer, wine, cider is amazing). I had gotten their later for dinner and was thinking I may have to end up getting a burger afterwards. BUT I was pleasantly surprised that the board with only three items had TONS of other things on it - so much so that I was completely full after eating it...I would recommend Downstairs as a great pre-meal or post meal place - you can even go there for a main meal, just know that you will not get lots of different options)
We booked this for a dinner without knowing that, while they do serve some food, it is primarily a bar. A very cool bar. We ended up having two cheese boards for dinner and loved every bite. Excellent choices for the "cheeses" and the extras were substantial and excellent. The menu of hand crafted drink offerings were very impressive. We have started to recommend Downstairs to everyone who will listen. Not the easiest to find however. Go in the street door or Esquire and take a left towards the restrooms. Door marked with Downstairs is it. Nothing else to let you know. Worth the effort.
Great service! Very cozy. Fresh food!
Katie was a wonderful waitress/bartender. The raw oysters were fabulous and the charcuterie board was unique and delicious. The craft cocktails was interesting and tasty! It is a cozy place that is interesting!
Amazing charcuterie plate. Wonderful recommendations by our server.
The food and cocktails at "Downstairs" were outstanding! This was the only place in San Antonio where we were able to find great food! Order the cheeses, you won't be disappointed! The cheese plate was amazing, I expected cheese and maybe bread or crackers - the cheese plate at Downstairs comes with such a great variety of fruit, pickled vegetables, nuts, hummus, nut brittle, parsnip chips, I can't remember all the different condiments but it was truly superb! I also enjoyed a glass of wine and a wonderfully authentic Spanish gin and tonic.
Great ambiance, surprised at the charcuterie plate - great portion even the smallest selection includes extras. Cocktails were named creatively but not high octane.
Charcuterie and oysters are pretty much only food, although delicious. More of a swanky bar but wonderful ambiance that makes talking with friends easy and free. 2-3 people can eat well with dozen oysters and chef's selection plate.
OMG! Absolutely delightful. Olde tyme classic cocktail lounge, expertly appointed, lite appropriately, friendly and attentive staff, a people watchers delight. This place does not disappoint. Try the food, absolutely abundant and tasty portions. Will return again and again.
Come here for tapas or pre-dinner or post-dinner snacking and drinking. Intimate, comfortable yet stylish. Great for meetings.
Was thinking there was going to be more food than just cheese, pate and bread. Service was excellent, just wish there was a little more of a menu to enjoy with our wine.
Went out for the first time with my girlfriend on Valentines had a great experience food was extremely creative Decour was modern lighting was perfect noise was an overbearing perfect for a date or a night out and upscale bar
Went for early drinks and charcuterie board on a Friday... waitress was great, drinks were hearty and food was delish.. second time there and will surely be back
Wonderful space, very good oysters and great wine list. This is a good place to start the evening, end the evening or just go and spend the evening!!
Service took forever and drinks were ridiculously priced. Didn't order. Left without even getting a drink since we nEver saw a server
Enjoyed this a lot. NYE and not to crowded. I dont think many realize its there. Had a cool tasing plate we had with drinks. Will go again. Bar upstairs was Crazy busy, but it was NYE.
We arrived early. We're seated immediately. Served was excellent. Big Corn Island was fabulous. We'll be back soon!
I loved my time at Downstairs! I wish they had more food options but I understand that this was more of a place to drink and hangout and the charcuterie was great! I loved the ambiance and the drinks were amazing. I would not have expected anything less from Esquire!
minimal menu-just small serving bar food/appetizers.
Great location on the riverwalk. Spectacular decor, and the charcuterie plate was very generous.
This place is a lovely bar. It does not have a full menu and this is not clear from the description on open table. Very misleading.