Our Story

Since the 1970’s, Bombay Bicycle Club has been San Antonio’s premier happy hour and late-night hangout. Conveniently located in the heart of the city, this unique neighborhood staple is home to 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.

Our Beginnings

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In 1974, Texas liquor laws changed 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. Built by Brunswick in the 1880s, the magnificent back bar and heavy turn of the century upholstered furniture, and 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, our happy hour and late nights set us apart.

Having no kitchen posed a lunch problem solved by a sandwich buffet on the bar, a build your own affair. A couple bucks got you a hearty sandwich, a handful of chips, a cold beer or a frozen margarita (a drink we helped pioneer). The BBC lunchtime tradition began.

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New Adventures

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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 but doing it right is more important to us than being quick.

So just take a lesson from our loyal customers, have one of our award-winning margaritas, relax, enjoy our decor and let the good times roll.

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