Midtown – San Antonio, TX

A harmonious coalescence of San Antonio's historical structures with a forward-thinking community portray the eclectic appeal of Midtown. Lined with dignified homes and stately buildings, a journey through the streets induces a sense of nostalgia. Directly to the north of the city's center, Midtown lies in an ideal location for those who enjoy a small-town feel without having to go far for the excitement of a big city.

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Restaurants & Nightlife

Midtown offers an incredible selection of San Antonio's finest cuisine and nightlife hot spots. A crowning jewel of San Antonio, the Pearl Brewery offers a modern, artistic vibe. Situated along the San Antonio river, the Pearl encompasses trendy eateries such as The Granary 'Cue & Brew. Providing one the city's best variations of Texas-style barbecue along with craft beer, The Granary takes pride in its fare as well as its atmosphere. The interior is reminiscent of a cozy cabin with a contemporary twist. While the dinner menu offers composed plates and lends itself to a more upscale crowd, lunchtime strikes a more casual note. The market-style menu better suits those interested in the more conventional side of The Granary. The impossibly moist brisket coupled with hearty potato salad and buttermilk bread raises all expectations for barbecue to an impressive standard. La Fonda on Main is a long-standing favorite of San Antonio locals. In a city known for its unbeatable rendition of traditional Mexican food, La Fonda proudly claims its title as one of the best places to enjoy the cultural delicacies. Enjoy a savory beef fajita alongside a cold margarita to understand the city's love for La Fonda. If you are craving a generous helping of homemade Italian food, Caparelli's On Main has you covered. The romantic decor provides the perfect backdrop for an intimate dinner or a lively group outing. The exquisite wine selection perfectly complements a plate of old-fashioned lasagna or enticing eggplant parmigiana. This restaurant also serves as a great alternative to ordering from a low-quality pizza chain when you're in the mood for take-out. While Midtown is full of history and tradition, the nightlife venues are much more progressive. The highest concentration of gay-friendly clubs and bars can be found in Midtown. Sparky's Pub invites a hip crowd looking for a laid-back ambiance without sacrificing a clean, modern atmosphere. For the more musically focused crowd, The White Rabbit hosts many popular bands from the metal and hardcore music scene.

History & Culture

Few places in San Antonio convey a sense of the city's history as effectively as Midtown. Many of the beautiful old homes in this area were built during the Gilded Age and reflect an era of affluence and prosperity. Fortunately residents have gone to great measures to preserve the houses and ensure that they withstand the test of time. For great theatre performances, look no further than The Playhouse. This well-established center of artistic expression performs a variety of plays. Not far from the boundaries of the neighborhood lie several of San Antonio's most popular museums. The McNay and the San Antonio Museum of Art are home to an extensive collection of art, ranging from modern to classic pieces. The Witte Musuem of natural and Texas history can also be found nearby.

Transportation

While San Antonio's residents primarily travel by car, you will find Midtown to be much more welcoming to transportation alternatives than other areas of the city. For public transportation several VIA bus stops dot the neighborhood. If you'd prefer a cab you will need to make arrangements ahead of time as taxis do not hang around the area waiting to be hailed. Public parking is easy to locate and free in this area. Due to its central location, major highways are easily accessible by car. If you choose to walk, you will have very little trouble making your way through Midtown. Bicycle-friendly roads and dedicated lanes ease the process of traveling as well.

Cost

The cost of living is higher than average in this area. You will find bus fare to be very affordable at $4.00 for a one-day pass. Median rent for a one-bedroom is approximately $900 per month, while gas prices are around 10 percent lower than the national average. You can grab a pint from local pubs such as Sparky's for $5.

Shopping

The shops and local businesses directly reflect the unique personality of this neighborhood. The Pearl's carefully selected boutique stores set the tone for this high-end shopping center. Adelante Boutique carries chic clothing and accessories for fashion-forward women. Nearby you can discover unique treasures and accent pieces for your home at The Tiny Finch, which carries the modern vibe of the Pearl. For those in search of a more vintage feel, Montage is the perfect spot to find unique clothes and other items for your closet. You will not have to venture far from the neighborhood to accomplish your grocery shopping, as the nearby H-E-B will adequately accommodate all your needs. For an exceptional shopping experience, visit Central Market in the nearby Alamo Heights neighborhood which offers everything from freshly made bread to high-quality organic products. Once a week, you can visit the Pearl Farmers' Market to pick up a batch of locally grown produce and enjoy a wide variety of specialty items, such as grass-fed beef or homemade empanadas.

Parks

The area contains two of the most beautifully unique parks in the city, both of which offer free admission to the general public. San Pedro Park abounds with gigantic trees that are uncharacteristic of South Texas. Visitors can enjoy a book or quiet picnic under the much sought-after shade. In the summer months, the park's most alluring amenity comes to life. The natural spring provides a free, public swimming hole. You will also find a playground for the little ones to enjoy and can feel comfortable bringing pets as well. Landa Gardens also serves as an attractive spot for locals to enjoy the outdoors. The grounds include an elegant mansion remodeled into a public library. Under the canopy of trees, children can enjoy the thoughtfully constructed playground area. The Monte Vista Historical Association uses the public park for events such as their annual July 4th parade or giant Easter egg hunt.
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