Just west of U.S. Route 281, Lockhill Estates
lies about 11 miles from downtown San Antonio.
Residents revel in the city's sunny weather and nearby parks and campgrounds. With a variety of restaurants, nightclubs and shops, this neighborhood has something for everyone.
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Restaurants & Nightlife
Restaurants around Lockhill Estates tend to be affordable, with a mix of cuisines from different cultures placed in close proximity to one another. Godai Sushi Bar and Japanese Restaurant brings diners authentic Japanese meals made from fresh ingredients. This family-owned restaurant sports a welcoming, peaceful atmosphere with a friendly staff and classy wooden decor. If you love game poultry, get the teriyaki-glazed quail legs and find out why a Zagat survey once rated Godai the top Japanese restaurant in the city.
Those looking for a sweet brunch should try Malinalli Bakery and Bistro. The clean, rustic setup is reminiscent of an authentic European cafe. With soft jazz playing in the background, this bistro is the perfect place for a quick bite with your special someone. Fill up on tortas, but save a little room and try one of Malinalli's sweet cupcakes before you go.
For affordable traditional Chinese food, check out China Inn. This restaurant makes the portions large, and food comes out of the kitchen fast. Get General Tso's Chicken for a meat-packed meal or the egg drop soup if want something lighter. The chef can make your food as spicy as you want it, so tell your waiter if you want extra kick in your dish.
The nightlife scene around this neighborhood has a bit of everything, from local bars to dance clubs. For low drink prices, games and live music, come by Retox Bar. During happy hour, take advantage of the drink specials while shooting some pool or playing darts. At night, Retox features either a DJ or a live band. The bar has different specials and events every day of the week, including karaoke nights, ladies' nights and college nights.
History & Culture
Lockhill Estates sits within the far north central region of San Antonio, a city known for the battle cry "Remember the Alamo" after the Texian Army fell to Santa Anna's army in the Battle of the Alamo. The Mexican-American War followed, after which the United States took possession of San Antonio along with the rest of Texas. The city developed into one of the most diverse in the nation. Commercial attractions increased the popularity of the city towards the end of the 20th century tourists as well as new residents.
Lockhill Estates doesn't have any museums, but it does have two art galleries nearby. Gallery Nord features a rotation of exhibits, while Whimsy Art Studio hosts a gallery and art classes. A diverse mix of annual events occur throughout the city, but none take place within the neighborhood.
Residents of Lockhill Estates tend to rely on cars to get around. Feel free to park on the street in this neighborhood; just read the signs for any restrictions before you do.
Motorists enjoy quick highway access, with U.S. Route 281 just east of the neighborhood and Interstate 410 to the south. U.S. Route 281 runs north and south, making it perfect for venturing into San Antonio or to the outer area. Interstate 410 circles around the inner portion of San Antonio, connecting with other highways along the way. If the 281 doesn't work for your destination, you can start your trip on "Loop 410" as the locals call it.
VIA Metropolitan Transit operates buses throughout San Antonio, with routes 97, 534 and 602 stopping in Lockhill Estates. Taxis and ride-share companies like Uber also service the area.
Don't expect to travel much by walking or biking in this neighborhood. The area does not have many hills, but most destinations are too far to travel without a car. Biking gets you around a bit faster than walking, but you have to deal with the area's lack of bike lanes.
Life in Lockhill Estates carries a slightly higher cost of living than the city average, with the main difference being the housing cost. A one-bedroom
apartment typically rents for about $750, although you may find cheaper arrangements. A Metro ride to the city center costs $1.20 for a one-way ticket, and gas prices come in around 12 percent lower than the national average. A pint at the local pub usually costs about $4.
Independent specialty stores located around the neighborhood make up most of the shopping scene in Lockhill Estates. Collectors should swing by Craftiques Mall, an inexpensive antiques store. The staff keeps it clean and organized, making your shopping experience easy and pleasant. Check out this treasure trove for unique gifts and decorations for your home. Craftiques also has a tearoom, so you can take a little break from browsing.
Locals looking to win the next Grand Slam stock up on gear at First Serve Tennis. The shop has an extensive racquet selection and a knowledgeable staff. With several stringing machines, First Serve gets you equipped quickly once you've made your selection.
Major grocery stores around the area include H-E-B and a Walmart Supercenter. You can also take a short drive to shop for fresh produce on Friday mornings at the San Antonio Farmers Market.
Get in touch with nature or enjoy a picnic at one of the neighborhood's nearby parks. Just up West Avenue lies the Walker Ranch
Historic Landmark Park, which has over 90 acres of trails, wildlife and play areas. Whether you want to work up a sweat jogging around the park or take your kids bird watching, you can do it in this peaceful environment. This park has a bridge going over Salado Creek, and your dog is welcome as long as it stays on a leash. Free-roaming options for Fido include Phil Hardberger Park, which has an off-leash area. Neither park charges entrance fees.
For camping, head down to McGimsey Scout Park over on Wedgewood. Reserve a single camping spot, or book the entire park for your event. The park has been hosting activities for the Boy Scouts for decades, and adults can sign up for a leader training program. The annual Scout Strong Patriot Run, designed to encourage physical fitness
and raise money for Alamo Area Council programs, occurs at this park.