Swing Dance Venues
I joined my first dance community during the beginnings of the swing revival in the 1990’s in San Diego, but when I re-joined it in San Antonio in 2010, it was like coming home. While most dance groups are welcoming and encouraging, I think the swing dance community, wherever I’ve gone, is the cleanest and kindest group I’ve ever met. If you have not been to any of the places I mentioned here, please try them out. (Also family friendly.)
Fire Fighters Association Banquet Hall
8925 West Interstate 10
San Antonio, TX 78230
Lessons on Mondays 7-8pm, open dancing after till 10pm.
Non-profit; membership optional, price of classes and socials only cover operational costs.
They offer beginner and intermediate classes in East Coast Swing, Lindy Hop, Charleston, Shag. All ages.
422 Pereida St
San Antonio, Texas, TX 78210
Usually cover is $5.
The big band plays outdoors at this German Beer Garden. The band is superb and plays a variety of music, mostly swing but mixed with some other popular danceable music. Check their schedule for events.
1846 N Loop 1604 W, 78248
Hidden in an upscale shopping village just inside Loop 1604 is this craft cocktail bar — the former Sinatra’s lounge, which changed its name about a year ago. Inside, a C-shaped bar anchors the right side, bar tables fill the middle and sofa and chair sets line the far wall. Black-and-white, poster-sized photos of the 1940s bar scene loom along the walls. Chandeliers of various shapes and sizes hang throughout.
Johnny P. and the Wiseguys often play here on Fri nights, 10pm.
155 E Commerce St, 78205
Unfortuantely, neither the website nor the FB page shows the band schedule
Best night for music: Thursdays
This bar is famous for being the oldest one in San Antonio, dating back before there was a Riverwalk. It has a reeeeallly long narrow hallway/bar, at the end of which is an area for tables and booths, which exits out to the Riverwalk. While very quaint and vintage, the place may rock with awesome bands, there isn't room to dance. Unless you are lucky enough to come with an outgoing dance partner who doesn't mind dancing between the tables when no one else would be dancing, be aware that this might just be a good place to have drinks and listen to great music.
312 Pearl Pkwy, Bldg 6, 78215
Located in the cellar of the Bottling House at the historic Pearl Brewery, Jazz, TX is San Antonio’s newest hot spot for live music. The music is always fantastic and the place is classic. But it is pricey, so if you can get there during Happy Hour, you can avoid the high cover cost. The best jazz/swing bands play here but there is no room to dance, even though the die hard enthusiasts will squeeze up to 2 couples on the floor.
Tue – Sat 5pm – 8pm Happy-Hour Set/ No Cover / Live Music @ 5:30
Tue – Sat 8pm – 12am Main Act / $10-$20 Cover / Live Music @ 8:30
Fri – Sat 12am – 1:30am After-Hour Set / No Cover
6740 San Pedro Ave
Thurs - Sat 21+ $10
All Shows 9:30pm Doors 8pm
Luna has the coolest ambiance, though the dance floor is small and the ceiling is low so it makes it feel either cozy or claustrophobic. It is one of my favorite places to go and has the best live music. Check the calendar, but generally, Prior to Covid, Thurs was Jazz/swing night, and Fri and Sat is anything: Latin, Jazz/Swing, Funk, Soul, or Rock. They renovated the place and have more soul/funk than swing so check their calendar
San Antonio Swing Dance Society (SASDS) at Bright Coffee
908 Fulton Ave
San Antonio, TX 78201
See website for group classes. Must sign up online for series of classes.
The club focuses on reserving the Jazzy Swing Era of the 1920s-40s. Lindy hop, balboa, Charleston, collegiate shag,
St. Anthony's Hotel: Dirty River Dixie Band
Tuesdays 7-10pm in the lobby; bring your own partner.
Swing Juntion 525, downtown
Hermann Son's Ballroom
525 S St Marys St, San Antonio, TX 78205-3430
Monthly lesson and dance with a band 7-10pm on a Fri or Sat. See website for schedule
Swing Junction, New Braunfels
353 S. Seguin Ave
New Braunfels, Texas 78130
Tuesdays classes by Rob and Diane 6:30pm and 7:30pm
Monthly Saturday dance parties. See website for schedule.
Rob and Diane are amazing instructors. All ages.
Current Jazz/Swing Music Venues and Events