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Where to Go in San Antonio

In the heart of Texas, there is no other city like San Antonio. What better destination for this year's COLLABORATE 19, taking place April 7-11? San Antonio's unique culture and scenic beauty make for the ideal conference destination. San Antonio offers a variety of delectable restaurants specializing in famed Tex-Mex cuisine and shopping destinations that are unique to San Antonio, thus making your experience at COLLABORATE 19 unique as well!

Restaurants and Breweries to Visit 

Just thinking about fresh Tex-Mex makes our stomachs rumble! This native Texan cuisine is featured in restaurants and family cocinas, with generational recipes that innovate dishes with speed and passion.

Carnitas Lonja

Carnitas Lonja, a taco shop on the southside of San Antonio, garners national attention for flavor and authenticity. Rapidly becoming a staple of San Antonio's taco scene, ordering a handmade corn tortilla with well-seasoned pork goes for around $3. Carnitas Lonja was recognized in Esquire's Best New Restaurants of 2018 list and Bon Appetit's list of the Top 50 Nominees for Best New Restaurants in America in 2018.

Meadow Neighborhood Eatery and Bar
Located in northern San Antonio, this chef-led restaurant features seasonal ingredients and inventive dishes. These dishes feature hearty staples like biscuits and fried chicken, creamed corn fritters and their popular charcoal grilled ribeye. Owners Chef PJ and Lindsey Edwards work with local farmers to curate each menu.

Roadmap Brewing
The latest brewery to hit the San Antonio scene brings a hip locale serving quality local beer on tap. With 11 options on tap, a variety of exclusive beers are available to try including an IPA, Coffee Milk Stout, German-style Kolsch and an Imperial Stout.

The Rough Rider Bar at the Menger Hotel
Just outside the Alamo, the Rough Rider Bar at the Menger Hotel is declared the oldest continuously operating saloon in San Antonio history. Legend has it that Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt enlisted recruits at the bar to fight in the 1898 Spanish-American War, earning the title of one of the 10 most historic bars in America. Open Monday – Saturday, 11 am – midnight, and Sunday noon – midnight, there's no better place to grab a history lesson and a drink all at the same time!

Places to Shop 

Much like the city itself, San Antonio's shopping destinations offer a rich and diverse retail spread. From art villages to chic retail, San Antonio is a mecca for authentic shopping.

Market Square

Full of color and offering a friendly, humble appeal, Market Square is the largest Mexican market north of the Rio Grande. Family-owned cafes making up Market Square offer sweet aromas of fresh pan dulce (sweet bread) and hot chocolate, while working artists offer local and imported jewelry, Talaverca ceramics, art and more.

La Villita Historic Arts Village
Originally established by Spanish soldiers stationed at The Alamo, "the little village" turned into a historic arts village. Here you will find shops, cafes and galleries housed in a beautiful architecturally restored residence.

Honorable Mentions

The Alamo
The historical location of the famous 1836 battle, the Alamo is the most visited historic landmark in Texas. This beautiful, 300-year-old Spanish fortress is open year-round and free for everyone to visit.

Alamo Beer Company 5K
San Antonio is known for having various 5Ks and fun-runs throughout the year. This year, one falls on the Saturday before COLLABORATE 19 on April 6th. The Alamo Beer Company 5K is a pleasant run through the city of San Antonio that finishes at the Alamo Beer Company, where runners will then be able to sample all the beers the brewery has to offer. Meet up with your colleagues prior to COLLABORATE and make a team to compete in this 5K!

San Antonio, a rich and diverse city, offers a rich and diverse culture for this year's COLLABORATE 19! From a flavorful and historical cuisine to local art and shops, San Antonio provides an authentic destination rooted in a humble and deep history. For more information on things to do in San Antonio, check out See you there in April!

James Hobbs is the OAUG Senior Director of Global Programs.

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