If you follow the winding back roads alongside the Cibolo Creek, just outside the San Antonio city limits and about one mile south of Interstate 10, you will come across an authentic Texas-style honky tonk and event venue known as the Zuehl Saloon.
The location of Zuehl Saloon itself has a rich history dating back to 1872, when the building was originally constructed as the town’s meat market. Over the years, the building has operated as a general store and several bars. After a year-long renovation project to carefully revive the building and preserve its authentic roots, the Zuehl Saloon was established and opened in October 2016.
Since re-opening its doors, the venue continues to attract neighbors from the local private airfield and patrons from cities in the greater San Antonio area. The Saloon is just a few doors down from another historical site — the original Clemens School — which, in addition to the saloon, is one of the last surviving buildings of the original Zuehl community.
The atmosphere is laid-back and family-friendly, and the Saloon is a desirable destination for many different community functions, including charity-related motorcycle runs, benefits, reunions, birthday parties and cook-offs. Saloon customers praise the accommodating staff, who consistently provide friendly service and are eager to share the bar’s history with newcomers.
“It really feels more like a community center than your typical bar,” says business owner Courtney Boedeker. “It’s a unique place with regular patrons who have been a part of the establishment for years. This is my hometown, so it feels like family. The more I find out about the history of the bar and the town, the more I fall in love with it.”
Zuehl Saloon currently offers a variety of bottled beer, wine coolers and wine by the glass or bottle. Patrons can enjoy pool, darts, an outdoor patio and outdoor games like washers and horseshoes. You can find someone barbecuing in the backyard almost every weekend. The Saloon also hosts a variety of live music artists and singer-songwriters.
The open-air style bar not only intentionally reflects the authentic nature of this historic spot, but also provides a comfortable atmosphere where you can enjoy the outdoor landscape. Ample fans and a constant cool breeze make even the most brutal Texas summer days enjoyable. The cold beer and warm, welcoming greeting you receive from the local patrons makes the Zuehl Saloon a uniquely Texas experience.
To learn more about Zuehl Saloon, visit www.zuehlsaloon.com.
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