A Night At Bohanan’s and Jazz, TX: The Premier Out-On-The-Town Dining and Live Music Experience.
As a native San Antonian, I have always appreciated the small-town feel that has prevailed throughout our growth to the spot of seventh-largest city in the nation. The charm of warm hospitality and the pride we residents have for this eclectic cultural melting pot is certainly found at the root of the best that we offer as a city of creative tastemakers, especially the service industry, and it never goes unnoticed by those who visit.
But what about we locals? Downtown dining is often (in our minds) reserved for the tourists wandering Houston and Commerce streets after their pilgrimages to remember the Alamo. Those who know me personally have probably heard me touting the varied culinary experiences our city presents at every price point. Because, believe it or not, locals don’t always avail themselves of what’s already here. I will defend my migas and margs and the life folkloric until the ends of the Earth, but every once in a while I love a festive experience that isn’t necessarily fiesta-ive.
Which brings me to the #realtalk: I want to walk you through what your date night (or friends night or girls night) can look like in our city–that’s right, not New York, LA, Chicago, or San Francisco, but right here in ol’ San Antone–with a deluxe dining and live music experience at Bohanan’s Prime Steaks and Seafood and Jazz, TX.
Picture this: you pull your personal/ride share vehicle directly to the front door of Bohanan’s. Valet staff promptly approaches, you either thank your ride share driver or hand over your vehicle to the staff. The doors to a dimly lit bar slowly swing open to welcome you inside. The masculine oaky finishes set a relaxed yet worldly tone, and make you want to melt into the luxurious leather furniture and talk about the most sophisticated topics you’ve recently read in the Wall Street Journal.
Cue the cocktails + charcuterie.
After your hour of unwinding by sipping and savoring while contemplating the state of the Universe, you are escorted to the elevator that is pre-set to deliver you to the second floor. The ascent is filled with anticipation for the dining experience that awaits you. I say experience for a reason. The doors ding open, the maitre d’ personally welcomes your party by name, and ushers you to your table. *All of the table locations are comfortable and precisely placed, but most favorable in my opinion is the room that overlooks the Majestic Theater.*
Candied jalapeño + cream cheese crostini cometh:
Addicting is a term that merely scratches the surface of this starter. You will eventually want to ask the waiter to take this away so as to not spoil your steak appetite.
Has my depiction of the scene set the tone yet? Here’s how Dan and I made the most of our Bohanan’s experience.
The sommelier at Bohanan’s, Fabien Jacob, is THE wiz of the wine biz. He is a San Antonian by way of France. We asked him to teach us what wine to order with our meal, and why. Dan’s and my tastes for wine differ, but his lesson was that they can compliment each other when combined. He suggested that we order the 2014 Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. It was the perfect compliment to our four course meal.
We ordered the escargot. It is served in pernod and garlic cream sauce, topped with brie and fresh herbs with a side of rosemary bread. I’ll just leave it at that.
- Main course
Dan branched out from his usual and ordered the New York Strip. I ordered the petite Filet Mignon. Our server Moe surprised us with a special touch of his own with each dish. Dan’s New York strip arrived with quail on top and my filet arrived sprinkled with crab meat. We prefer to order our meat Rare (+) at Bohanan’s. Dan started this a few years ago, and I immediately followed suit. The flavor is incredible.
For our sides, we ordered the lobster cream corn, the potatoes au gratin and the cream spinach. Moe was determined that we try the portabello mushrooms, so he brought them out for us as well. Each and every side was fantastic. Our favorite, though, was the lobster cream corn. It is a must-order!
- Dessert + Coffee
No matter what, I always crave dessert. Dan doesn’t eat sweets, but I am a sweet lover. I rarely indulge, so when I am out to a special dinner I make sure to leave room for my night cap. In addition to its steaks and seafood, Bohanan’s is also known for its flaming specialty desserts. I wanted the finale of the culinary entertainment: the table-side flambé. Fabien prepared the Banana’s Foster for us while Moe provided commentary, and their act did not disappoint.
Moe and Fabien packed up all of our leftovers and sent us on our way, as they knew we were headed to the late night show at Jazz, TX. We said our thank you’s and goodbyes, and 3.5 hours later, the valet loaded us into our vehicle and onto the next adventure just five minutes up Broadway.
This way to San Antonio’s own real-life version of La La Land.
Did you know that, thanks to Doc Watkins, San Antonio now has an upscale jazz club? It’s in the cellar of the original Bottling House building at the Pearl (Brewery), and it’s the perfect place to spend your night, end your night, or stop by during the in-between. All you have to do is book your table before hand, because these are live ticketed shows, and meander under the Texas night sky until you see this sign.
Then follow this arrow down these stairs.
You walk in, are welcomed by the hosts, and they open a heavy velour curtain to reveal the club. All of a sudden you’ve been transported to a bygone era of the Great Gastby meets the Old West. Cocktails are a-pourin’, couples are a-twirlin,’ and the music is a-fillin’ everyone’s souls.
Jazz, TX offers a full kitchen featuring South Texas cuisine, as well as craft cocktails, wine and a variety of Texas beers on tap. Jazz, TX celebrates the broad spectrum of South Texas music, including Jazz, Blues, Texas Swing, and Salsa, featuring performances from many of the region’s greatest musicians, including regular performances from Doc Watkins himself.” —JazzTX.com
Dan and I ended the night sated and sunken satisfiedly into our chairs sipping on Topo Chico, taking in every note. The atmosphere was the perfect end to one of the most special nights we’ve enjoyed together to date. We live in a world where we are constantly grabbing for the grass that’s always greener. Every once in a while it’s nice to slow down and remember that a pink San Antonio sunset is something that’s okay to relax under, too.
Slideshow photos courtesy of Jazz, TX Instagram. Follow them @jazz_texas!
Enjoy your next night out on the town, and I hope we’ll run into you at Bohanan’s and Jazz, TX.
Thank you to Bohanan’s and Jazz, TX for sponsoring this post, and for the warm hospitality and unforgettable experience.