Pub Crawl: Backyard on Broadway can handle a crowd
Snapshot: The smell of fresh paint and lacquered wood still greets patrons when they step inside Backyard on Broadway, which opened in September after more than a year of renovations to a property that through the years has been everything from an auto lot to a biker bar.
The final product is a bar that can adapt with chameleon-like efficiency. Whether you are a wine drinker, shot taker, spirit snob or simply covet a cold beer, they’ve got you covered. And you can enjoy those beverage on the front porch, back porch, on a plush couch, in a swing or, heck, take it to the roof and laugh at all those poor suckers sweating it out in the CrossFit gym located next door.
It’s a massive bar — one of the largest in the city — with enough space to accommodate crowds in excess of 1,000.
“We pored over every detail to make sure this was a bar that truly has something for everybody,” co-owner Roland Perez said.
Who goes there: A tale of two clienteles. By day, adults with small children flood a sprawling backyard space that is equipped with a large playscape, swings and more than 35 yards of artificial turf that had a previous life in the Cotton Bowl. After 9 p.m., the crowd transitions into a traditional bar vibe with a mix of customers drawn from the Broadway area and beyond.
Behind the bar: Take a few minutes to look it all over, because there’s a lot to take in. A separate wine bar area offers glasses ($6-$10) poured from eight varieties, with a featured wine that is rotated out regularly. Beer comes in more than 100 flavors, including 21 on tap.
There are 15 drinks ($7-$15) on the house cocktail menu, as well as a lineup of house shooters ($3) infused with fruit and herb flavors. The shelf liquor ranges from modestly priced ($4-$8) to a couple of nosebleed mezcal bottles that fetch $100 or more per ounce.
Munchies: There is at least one food truck parked out front more often than not, and on the weekends, Perez fires up a massive barbecue pit and smokes brisket, chicken and anything else that catches his fancy.
Soundtrack: The house controls the music, which tends to default to an easy-listening, front-porch country vibe when there isn’t a DJ at the helm. A large stage area in the backyard can hosts live music.
Fun and games: Throw some sack in back with plenty of cornhole stations and other yard games. The bar also hosts a trivia competition at 8 p.m. Wednesdays.
The skinny: Choose your own adventure at Backyard on Broadway. It’s the type of bar that can deliver the goods, and there’s always an open seat for your party to anchor down in style.
Chuck Blount is a food writer and columnist covering all things grilled and smoked in the San Antonio area. Find his Chuck’s Food Shack columns on our subscriber site, ExpressNews.com, or read his other coverage on our free site, mySA.com. | firstname.lastname@example.org | Twitter: @chuck_blount | Instagram: @bbqdiver