Navigating Flood-Damaged Floors at Liberty Bar in San Antonio, TX
For a peculiar mix of authentic Texan hospitality coupled with the past made present, proceed to Liberty Bar, a 19th-century south Texas institution situated in the shadow of the city’s historic center. With cactus wreaths adorning the walls, a mahogany bar, and salvaged wood-plank flooring that evokes boot heels and swinging doors, this is a survivor of another century. Its floor is slanted and its walls warped (evidence of a flood prior to the Great Depression) and its ambiance (not to mention its food) is the real deal. Strike up a conversation with the man behind the bar over a pint of Shiner Bock and a slice of lime chess buttermilk pie, but you had better get there lickety-split. For the first time in its hundred-year history, this eatery is moving locations—to a former convent—its one of a kind original structure, like the Wild West that was its provenance, will be no more.