City Guide 2014
12 Off-campus Spots for Trinity, SAC and UIW Students
Published: February 24, 2014
If you’re just starting at one of the three college campuses located in central San Antonio (or you just never made it off campus last semester), consider adding a little extra-curricular exploration to your course load. Thanks to prime locations, students at Trinity University, San Antonio College and University of the Incarnate Word can find plenty of off-campus spots for dating, dining, drinking and studying, all accessible with or without your own ride.
Great for a Date
Niki's Tokyo Inn
819 W Hildebrand, (210) 736-5471
Niki’s Tokyo Inn on Hildebrand is the definition of a treasured hole-in-the-wall restaurant. The friendly, knowledgeable waitstaff serves a delicious menu ranging from sushi to authentically prepared ramen. Patrons may eat in the main restaurant or upstairs, where they will be seated on cushions at tables low to the floor, in the traditional Japanese dining style.
For the Health Nuts
URTH Juice Bar
5317 McCullough , (210) 272-0467
Opened in 2009, the URTH Juice Bar offers tasty organic juices and smoothies that can be ordered straight off the menu or made exactly to taste. The bar is stocked for all dietary restrictions and choices—gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan concoctions are all easily ordered and prepared. URTH also boasts plenty of seating room and a colorful, funky interior decorated with the work of local and emerging artists.
Sweet Study Spot
3011 N St. Mary’s, (210) 738-0099
The Candlelight Coffeehouse has become one of San Antonio’s favorite places to relax and have a drink (alcoholic or otherwise) in a low-key atmosphere. In addition to 60 different wines, award-winning coffee and lots of unique sodas, Candlelight offers a wide variety of tasty dishes, many with an ethnic twist. Patrons can lounge inside on comfy couches and armchairs or slightly more formal dining tables, or hit up the expansive back patio. Bonus: LGBT friendly.
For Your BFF’s B-day Gift
On Main/Off Main
120 W Mistletoe, (210) 737-2323
Locally owned and operated in the historic Monte Vista neighborhood, On Main Off Main is a rare species of gift shop. From artisan chocolates, gag gifts and greeting cards to incense, books and Dia de los Muertos-inspired art, On Main/Off Main offers something for just about anyone.
San Antonio College
Late-night Eats and Karaoke
1422 N Main, (210) 223-7727
Need a place to chow down after a night of partying? Looking for somewhere casual to eat lunch? Luther’s Cafe has been the place to go in San Antonio for mouth-watering burgers, nachos and other American delicacies since 1949. The late-night karaoke on Friday and Saturday is not to be missed. Bonus: LGBT friendly.