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A Haunting Experience at Downtown's Swankiest Bar

09.23.2015 by: Jonathan Moreno
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Located within the Historic St. Anthony Hotel in Downtown San Antonio, Haunt offers a sexy sleek lounge, delicious cocktails, and an amazing staff. Playfully named after the rumored “spirits” that reside within the hotel, Haunt’s handcrafted cocktails had me screaming for more.

Welcome to Haunt

The dynamic duo, Andrew Goodman and Stefan Bowers, are the masterminds behind this super swanky cocktail lounge. Very reminiscent of their first success, Feast, Haunt offers an elevated cocktail experience perfect for small gatherings or a chic date.

Polished chrome and mirrored furniture is seen throughout this luxurious space. This seems to be a trend for the Goodman & Bowers duo. Plush leather couches provide comfortable seating to nestle up next to your date, while patent leather club chairs are arranged perfectly for conversation between small groups. A grand bar offers plenty of seating to watch bar master Ryan Jones’ hand at work. To keep with the “haunting” experience, glass chandeliers lit with purple lighting create a somber atmosphere. With smooth tunes booming from the speakers, I had a hard time not moving to the beats.

Cozy seating

Swanky lounge

Ghostly lighting

A small drink menu is offered, and with $2 off specialty cocktails for happy hour, I was very tempted to try every concoction. Looking for something other than a craft cocktail? A few wine options are available in red, white, rosé, and sparkling. My first pick of poison was The Pixie. This crisp libation was the perfect introduction to what Haunt has to offer. Tanqueray and lime gave a pleasant bitterness, while the sugar cube and blackberry liqueur added the right hint of sweetness. Although very tempting, do not stir the liqueur settled at the bottom of this beautiful cocktail. Trust me, it’s the best part!

The Pixie

If you are not a gin fan, The Emerick is a great twist on an old fashioned. The combination of whiskey, rose water, simple syrup, and amarena cherry juice create a visually appealing sipping drink. No, your eyes are not deceiving you; this drink is in fact made with whiskey -- Ghost Whiskey that is! This clear spirit is the perfect pun for such hallowed grounds.

If an explosion of flavor is what you are yearning for, The Lavender Lady is your go-to drink. Lavender infused gin is paired with lemon and lavender bitters and topped with prosecco, making a delightful ending. Served in a champagne flute, this lovely lady is sweet and very refreshing. I highly suggest this libation if you are looking for something new and original. Thank you, Ryan, for introducing me to my new addiction!

The Emerick

The Lavender Lady

Be sure to follow Haunt’s Official Facebook Page for drink specials and special events. Free valet parking is offered within the St. Anthony Hotel. Pro tip: be sure to have your bartender or server validate your ticket. Open from 4pm-11pm Tuesday-Thursday and 4pm-12pm Friday-Saturday, you have every opportunity to check out downtown San Antonio’s newest bar. Watch out “spirits”, there is a new attraction lurking in the St. Anthony Hotel.

{ The St. Anthony Offical Website }

TAGS : Downtown/Riverwalk/Eastside , Haunt