Explore what’s new down South

All signs point South for local flavors and fun. Just past all the hustle and bustle of downtown, you’ll find King William, a Victorian-inspired neighborhood filled with history, charm and local happenings. Slightly further south, an urban village, Southtown, compliments neighboring King William with unique mixes of locally-owned bars and coffee shops, boutiques and art galleries. For more urban exploring, South Flores boasts fruit markets, distilleries and public art in mixed-use industrial spaces. Come explore what’s new down South.

Historical Significance

King William
In the mid-1800s, enterprising German immigrants began buying land and building homes in this part of the city. The main thoroughfare was named King William, in honor of King Wilhelm I of Prussia, which remains the area’s name today.

Southtown
An urban village and home to an interesting mix of restaurants, galleries, coffee shops, studios and artisans, Southtown originated as part of a neighborhood revitalization project in the early 1990s. Talk about a big success. Today, this neighborhood is the place to be.

Neighborhood Favorites

Take a stroll through King William or book a tour of grand mansions that date back to the late 19th century. Stop by the Guenther House, built in 1876, for traditional breakfast and brunch served up in a Victorian parlor. Two hidden gem galleries are Blue Star Contemporary and the San Antonio Art League & Museum. Don’t miss the Blue Star Arts Complex in Southtown – a 160,000-square-foot collection of studios, art galleries, retailers, bars and eateries, including a microbrewery. Every first Friday, catch the area’s monthly nighttime street festival for unique art finds. On Second Saturday, meet the artists at local galleries and grab a gift from a local vendor. For food and drinks, locals love Rosario’s ceviche and margaritas, La Frite for mussels and frites, Burgerteca for burgers that capture the taste of Mexico and Bar 1919 for classic cocktails. In South Flores, explore Dorcol Distilling Co., an urban boutique craft distillery, and taste their signature spirit, Kinsman Rakia. Or, swing by La Fruteria to cool off with fresh fruit cups, smoothies and fruit infused cocktails. Come explore what’s new.

Consider a stay in a traditional Victorian house for a true bed and breakfast experience in King William. Or, browse the dozens of hotel listings in the nearby downtown district and all along the River Walk for easy access to neighborhood attractions.

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Start your day off with a traditional breakfast spread at the Guenther House, or grab brunch all day at local favorite, Liberty Bar, on South Alamo St. For Tex-Mex fare, check out Tito’s, or walk across the street for a famously delicious margarita at Rosario’s. For fusion and fun, don’t miss Hot Joy’s crispy whole duck dish. Then, head down to Blue Star for something sweet at Halcyon – coffee and bar – or Alamode – gelato and more.

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Explore the art galleries and breweries at the Blue Star Arts Complex. Then, walk, hike or bike along the river. Take a tasting tour at Dorcol Distilling Co. Or, check out live music at various venues in Southtown, including Beethoven Mannerchor. For a kid-friendly outing, consider The Friendly Spot, a beer garden with a playground and plenty of open seating.

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