Along the River Walk

It was my fifth year attending the Surgical Conference. This year’s conference was in San Antonio! My second trip to Texas within 7 months.River Walk 1

We stayed at the Marriott Rivercenter located on the famed River Walk where lots of restaurants and bars line the river’s walkways.RiverwalkMy coworker and I met up with our friend at check-in, settled in the room for a bit, then headed out to grab a bite to eat. Now, the River Walk is very touristy and there are much better restaurants elsewhere, but it is a nice place to have some typical Tex Mex and drinks. Yes, we needed some margaritas! We decided to go to Rio Rio Cantina.

Rio Rio Sign

We ordered some margaritas and fish tacos, either grilled or fried. I wasn’t planning on the food to be anything special, but I was glad the happy hour specials were going on! We were given the usual chips and salsa to munch on while waiting for our drinks.Chips


I ordered the Baja Beer-Battered Fish Tacos. They were fried using a Shiner Bock beer batter and served on corn tortillas with chipotle aoli sauce. Eh, I wasn’t a fan. The batter was way too thick and the fish didn’t have much flavor.

Fish TacosThe side of corn with queso fresco and chili powder was pretty good though. Another margarita, please! They weren’t very strong.CornThe weather cleared up and the sun was coming out. The few weeks prior to arriving in San Antonio, many parts of Texas were experiencing severe thunderstorms and downpours. We were lucky to have fair weather while we were down there and most of the rain occurred early in the morning.

We felt that it was the perfect opportunity to do a River Boat Tour. The tours run daily from 9:00am and cost $8.25. We bought our tickets at the window, sat on the boat, and waited for it to fill up. The ticket window also serves cans of beer to enjoy on the tour as well.

Lime Salt

The narrated boat tour lasted about 35 minutes. We enjoyed a brief history lesson and interesting facts about the River Walk and San Antonio.River Boat Tours

Afterwards, I was looking for a good sports bar nearby to catch the NHL Conference Finals. There were only a couple, so we went to Ticket Sports Pub for some hockey…and more drinks of course.

Tickets Sports Pub

We watched the game and enjoyed a few more drinks before heading back to the hotel and calling it a night.

Beers Cheers

It was really nice to walk on the River Walk at night.

River Walk Night

Ok, just one more margarita before bed! Goodnight.


We enjoyed another place on the River Walk the following day. It was the River’s Edge Cafe & Patio Bar. They made excellent margaritas. We really liked the frozen sangria margaritas. Their happy hour runs from noon-6pm. The servers were super friendly as well.

Margaritas Again

We didn’t eat, but the menu looked decent. Keep the margaritas coming!

Nice DayWe actually returned here another day to catch the Armed Forces Parade. Every restaurant was packed and their outdoor dining areas were full. We passed this place and noticed one empty table, but it said reserved. We asked the waiter if we could take it by any chance and he gladly let us. We had a perfect spot for the parade!

Even More


Thank You

Parade Float

Rio San Antonio Cruises

Ticket Sports Pub
420 E Houston Street
San Antonio, TX 78205
(210) 222-9722

The River’s Edge Cafe + Patio Bar
200 S Alamo Street
San Antonio, TX 78205
(210) 270-0786

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