Photo: Courtesy, Bar America
Bar America, the hangout that has existed long before Southtown became a trend and has withstood nearly 80 years of business, is reopening months after shutting down due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The 723 S. Alamo St. bar is reopening at 5 p.m. Friday for drinks and food, owner Brian Correa said. The popular meet-up spot for sporting events and nights of dancing, given its large space, also features a patio with views of the downtown skyline and a kitchen.
RELATED: Two popular San Antonio bar owners combine on new Southtown concept pouring out cocktails, culture
Like other San Antonio establishments, Bar America appears to be taking advantage of a lifeline from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission extended to the nightlife industry. The July 30 decision allows bars to be reclassified as a restaurant with a food and beverage certificate if their alcohol sales are less than 51 percent of their overall sales. There has been no word on when Abbott will give traditional bars the greenlight to reopen without the permit, but he said during a Sept. 17 press conference that he is “focused” on finding a way.
Bar America was open for a few weeks during the summer, as was allowed in Abbott’s plan for reopening, which was rolled back as COVID-19 cases began to surge. Correa decided to voluntarily close on June 25 in response to the spike in COVID-19 cases. The following day, bars statewide were ordered to close by the governor.
The bar will have limited seating available and will require masks to be worn.
Correa is also working on a new concept, Amor Eterno, with fellow bar-owner Aaron Peña, of The Squeezebox. The two plan on opening the intimate bar at 540 S. Presa St. in October.