As a first year, everything is new and exciting, especially when it comes to the college social scene, but eventually suspicious garbage-can punch and sticky frat-house floors will get old, and you might be left wondering if thereâ€™s anything more to life or, rather, if thereâ€™s anything else to do on the weekend in the seventh largest city in the United States.
Hereâ€™s a list of Friday-night alternatives that wonâ€™t break the bank, are within a 20-minute car ride from campus and canâ€™t get you into trouble with the cops, unless of course you decide to pair the activity with drinking, in which caseâ€¦. Check out the safe transportation tips from Krista Campolo (right) and cheers!
1425 N. Main Ave.
A drag queen hostess? Old â€˜80s pop rock anthems? Fried pickles? Itâ€™s so bad itâ€™s good. Practice your air guitar and start warming up your voice for the 10 p.m. karaoke kickoff. The shenanigans go till 3 a.m. and start again on Saturday, same time, same place.
Sultanâ€™s CafÃ© and Grill
5625 Babcock Rd.
2911 N. Saint Marys St.
Blow off some steam by blowing smoke on one of the couches at this well-reviewed spot on the northwest side of San Antonio. Thereâ€™s indoor and outdoor seating and they stay open till 3 a.m. on Fridays. Go often enough and use your frequent smoker card to get a free refill after five punches and a free hookah after 10 punches.
Dinner & a Movie
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
618 NW Loop 410
Youâ€™ve probably been going to the movies with your friends since you were too-cool-for-school in junior high and we know you can look up show times and locations on your own, so weâ€™re not being entirely unique in this suggestion to spend Friday night at the movies, but the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema isnâ€™t your regular movie theatre. With three San Antonio locations, theme nights, sing-a-longs and showings of old classics like â€œZoolanderâ€ and â€œBend it Like Beckham,â€ the original draw of having food and drink served to you while you watch the movie is only the beginning.
Near the Blue Star Arts Complex
116 Blue Star
Check out some art and rub shoulders with San Antonioâ€™s hipsters in downtownâ€™s historic King William district on (you guessed it) the first Friday of every month from 5-11 p.m. The street fair, which is free, spans several blocks and showcases everything from clothing and jewelry to gallery openings and street art (try to catch one graffiti artistâ€™s epic demonstration on his solar system-inspired masterpieces). You can also support some of our peers who occasionally sell or feature their art at the showcase.
3030 NE Loop 410
A favorite for those of us who like to get our honkey tonk on, Cowboys Dancehall offers dance lessons from 7-8:30 p.m. every Thursday and Saturday night. College night is Wednesday with a $10 cover if youâ€™re under 21. Check out their website for information on upcoming concerts with country superstars.
Hardbodies Ladies Club
2726 N. Saint Maryâ€™s St.
This little gem is within walking distance of campus and features men that could very well put Magic Mike to shame. Pack yoâ€™ dollar bills and be on the lookout for Jimmy Steele, Turbo and Envy. At $20 it can be a steep cover, but birthday girls get in free if theyâ€™re over 21 and half off cover if theyâ€™re 18 and up. Plus, can you really put a price on memories?