Spend a Day at Pearl in San Antonio

The Historic Pearl in San Antonio is home to some of the best restaurants and nightlife in the city. Whether you’re a devoted foodie in search of mouth-watering eats or simply looking to lounge in the sun and people-watch, this beloved spot has a whole day’s worth of things to do waiting for you. We’ve put together the perfect itinerary, so let’s spend a day at Pearl together!


What is The Historic Pearl?

Pearl has a history that dates back all the way to 1883. The former brewery released its signature brew in 1887, named for the foamy bubbles that resembled sparkling pearls. In 1902, Otto Koehler took the helm, turning Pearl into the largest brewery in Texas by 1916. However, he had his own drama brewing when he entered into an affair with two mistresses behind his wife’s back. All three women were named Emma. He met his demise when one decided to shoot him. The brewery continued to evolve and eventually closed in 2001. Shortly after that, it began its next chapter as it was redeveloped into the cultural and foodie hub it is today.


The Top Things to Do in San Antonio’s Historic Pearl

Here’s the perfect Pearl itinerary from sunup to sundown.


Start with Breakfast at Bakery Lorraine


Grab breakfast at Bakery Lorraine, a French-inspired patisserie known for flaky breakfast pasties, signature coffees, and colorful macarons. We recommend taking your breakfast alfresco on their delightful umbrella-dotted patio.


Take a Stroll on the River Walk

River Walk bridge

After breakfast, make your way to river level and take a stroll along the River Walk. This northern stretch of the river is called the Museum Reach and is a much more tranquil backdrop than the bustling downtown banks. Keep a lookout for public art installations along the way!


Eat Lunch at Southerleigh Fine Food & Brewery


Once you’ve worked up an appetite, make your way back to the historic brewhouse that now houses Southerleigh.This comfort food spot brought brewing back to Pearl in 2015, offering a wide selection of their own beers on tap alongside the best fried chicken and seafood dishes in San Antonio.

Relax in Pearl Park

The Pearl

Take an afternoon siesta in Pearl Park. This central lawn at Pearl offers plenty of places to stretch out, kick back, and watch the clouds roll by. It is also one of the best spots in San Antonio for people-watching!


Drink Riverside Margaritas at La Gloria

Overhead view of bowls of food

Once you’ve rested up, make your way over to famed Chef Johnny Hernandez’s La Gloria for afternoon happy hour margaritas. Voted the best margaritas in San Antonio six years in a row, these babies really pack a punch!


Have Dinner at Ladino

Overhead spread of food with two hands mid-toast with wine glasses

Ladino is one of Pearl’s newest restaurants to open in its 1100 Springs Plaza. This modern Mediterranean grill features a mix of French, Italian, Greek, Turkish, and Hebrew dishes, but they may be best known for their delicious wood-fired pita. The family-style menu of shareables is perfect for large groups!


Catch a Show at Stable Hall

Rendering of exterior of Pearl Stable Hall

After dinner, catch a show at Pearl’s new music venue, Stable Hall. Once home to the brewery’s horses, this spot now hosts some of the best musical acts in the city. 


Have a Nightcap at Sternewirth

Sternewirth Interior

End your day of fun with a nightcap at Sternewirth, the bar inside the beautiful Hotel Emma, one of the best places to stay in San Antonio. The bar is named for the Sternewirth Privilege, which entitled employees of 19th-century breweries to free beer during the workday. Here, you can order The Three Emma’s cocktail, named for the three most important women in brewmaster Koehler’s life. Just remember. One Emma is great, but three might kill you!

More Pearl Restaurants

We told you Pearl was San Antonio’s top spot for foodies! Here are some more amazing dining options to consider.


Weekend Farmers’ Market at Pearl

Pearl signage exterior

If you happen to visit on the weekend, make sure to catch the morning farmers’ market to shop fresh grown local produce, artisan goods, and tasty treats.