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.)
Alamo City Swing Revival (ACSR)
The Kit Kat at Alamo Legion Post 2
3815 Fredricksburg Road, SATX
Lessons on Thursdays 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 swing, Lindy Hop, Charleston. 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 18+ $5 Fri & 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, Wed is Latin night, Thurs is Jazz/swing night, and Fri and Sat is anything: Latin, Jazz/Swing, Funk, Soul, or Rock. The place used to be a perfect place to go dance, but the little known hole in the wall has become a very popular...and crowded...place. Go early to ensure a seat.
Sam's Burger Joint
330 East Grayson Street
San Antonio, TX 78215
Swing Night is Mondays 8pm-10:30pm band. $7. All ages.
Sam's is a fun place where dancers of all levels come to hear swing bands and mingle with people of all ages. Most people get their start in dance by trying this place out and seeing how much fun it is and how welcoming everyone is. Life has a way of steering us in other directions, but Sam's provides a place where dancers who have gotten out of the habit are welcomed back with open arms. The floor is concrete and a bit uneven and small. This is one of my favorite places. This was the home of my dance rebirth. All ages.
San Antonio Swing Dance Society (SASDS) at SASPA
11210 Disco, San Antonio, Texas 78216
When I returned to dance after many years, I returned to my roots: Lindy Hop. SASDS was a small group but very fun and welcoming. At the time, the really good dancers would drive to Austin where they had a bigger swing community with more advanced dancers, leaving the San Antonio swing dancers in the dust. The club all but petered out. A few of us tried to revive it, but it never seemed to take until about a year ago. The efforts of a couple of them as well as a splinter club and the always-present-and-thriving Sam’s Burger Joint/Monday Swing Night, have helped the group grow. Instead of leaving the beginners to flounder while the advanced dancers went to Austin, a few influential swing lovers have helped them move up. The location has changed several times and so has the committee, but the long-standing association has always maintained it's friendliness. All ages.
KRTU Skyline Swing at Trinity
1 Trinity Pl, San Antonio, Texas 78212
Monthly 1st Sat, 7pm intro lesson, music 8-11pm $10
Every first Saturday of the month KRTU Jazz 91.7, Tucker's Kozy Korner, Trinity University and the SA Swing Dance Society PRESENT Skyline Swing with the world famous Jim Cullum Jazz Band! Enjoy the finest jazz and dancing in San Antonio with three sets of live music, plus a special Shim Sham performance by the SA Swing Dance Society dancers. Come dressed to impress to Trinity University's Skyline Room where guests enjoy the best view of downtown San Antonio. All ages.
KRTU Members - FREE
Trinity University Students - FREE
$10 - General Public
$7 - SASDS Members/Affiliates
(cash only - ATM available onsite)
Roarin' Jazz Club at Bonham Exchange
San Antonio Texas 78205
Sundays 5:30-9pm, beginner lesson, live band.
All ages $10
410 W. Coll Street
New Braunfels, Texas 78130
Tuesdays classes by Rob and Diane 6:30pm, dancing at 8:15pm till ?
Rob and Diane are amazing instructors. All ages.
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