Texas liquor laws changed in 1974, allowing on-premise liquor sales for the first time since Prohibition. This marked the beginning of the modern saloon era in Texas.
Bombay Bicycle Club was built very early in that movement and was the classiest joint in town. Magnificent back bar built by Brunswick in the 1880’s, heavy turn of the century furniture beautifully upholstered, under elegant chandeliers from a Kansas City hotel gave it a certain old world charm. San Antonio had never seen anything quite like this before. From day one Happy Hour and late night were off and running. Having no kitchen posed a lunch problem solved by a sandwich buffet on the bar, a build your own affair. A hearty sandwich, a handful of chips, a cold beer or a frozen margarita (a drink we helped pioneer) for a couple bucks and the BBC lunchtime tradition began.
Times change, a kitchen was shoehorned in behind the bar, the patio was added, a few proud veteran couches were retired making way for some booths and a new food adventure began. The kitchen, while tiny (96 sq. ft.), does an amazing job. Blessed with some true culinary pros, we consistently deliver fresh food of high quality and value. Sometimes we get swamped and patience is required because doing it right is more important to us than being quick. So just take a lesson from our legion of customers, have one of our award winning margaritas, relax, enjoy our decor and let the good times roll.
Bombay has always been a neighborhood place. Boy, what a neighborhood! The Zoo, Brackenridge Golf Course, historic Monte Vista, funky River Road, Olmos Park, Mahncke Park, Trinity University and Tobin Hill, throw in a few office buildings, Ft. Sam Houston and Downtown just an exit away and you have a pretty wide slice of San Antonio culture. CEOs, elephant handlers, movers and shakers, sitters and thinkers, Mayors and mowers, the chic and the not so chic, old folks and college kids, the brilliant and the pleasantly bizarre, all rubbing shoulders at this classic American Bar and Grill. Just the kind of place all travelers seek and few find.