So... San Antonio

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    Oct 17, 2008 4:34 PM GMT
    I was just hired today as a Pastry cook for a opening restaurant in San Antonio. I've read a lot about the city but I don't feel like i know much about the place. Any RJers from the area? What's the place like and what can I expect moving there? I'm moving in cold turkey, my new boss is being great and making me feel welcome.


    To be honest I'm rather nervous ;last time I did a move like this I was going with a friend, now I'm gonna be living alone in a strange city! Any advice would be helpful as well.




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  • Stephan

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    Oct 17, 2008 5:44 PM GMT
    Hi,

    I live in Austin now... However, I used to live in San Antonio.. It is very conservative and lots of Hispanic people, and if you know Spanish it might help some... try to live North of San Antonio, North Central... Stay away from the West and East side, and also the South...
  • Timbales

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    Oct 17, 2008 5:53 PM GMT
    I visited there for work and found it very nice. The riverwalk was great.
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    Oct 17, 2008 6:01 PM GMT
    I concur with Stephan. I lived in Schertz, NE of San Antonio for 3 years. Definitely avoid anything but the North, NW, NE areas.
    It is a conservative city with a very small gay community. I would usually drive up to go out in Austin than waste my time in SA. Austin is a great city with lots to do, friendly people, and better eye candy. Hehe. San Antonio is a rather generic city that has built up so quickly that all you see now is cookie cutter neighborhoods flanked by mega strip malls filled with big box national chains.
    Yes the Riverwalk is nice but after you have done it a couple times, it gets boring. I only went down there when people came into town to visit.
    Hope this isn't too discouraging!
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    Oct 17, 2008 6:35 PM GMT
    It may not be the greatest "happenin" spot for single-gay man...
    I'm assuming your are, single that is, hehe
    If your not gay, then what the hell ya doin in here?

    But on the plus side, it does have some great areas - certainly the river walk and Austin which is awesome is only about 50 mins away.

    I think you'll like it and good luck!
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    Oct 17, 2008 6:38 PM GMT
    Live in San Marcos or New Braunfels. You'll be close enough to commute to San Antonio, but also close enough to Austin to call it home as well. San Antonio is interesting for half a day. Austin half a lifetime.
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    Oct 17, 2008 6:45 PM GMT
    Greygull saidI was just hired today as a Pastry cook for a opening restaurant in San Antonio. I've read a lot about the city but I don't feel like i know much about the place. Any RJers from the area? What's the place like and what can I expect moving there? I'm moving in cold turkey, my new boss is being great and making me feel welcome.


    To be honest I'm rather nervous ;last time I did a move like this I was going with a friend, now I'm gonna be living alone in a strange city! Any advice would be helpful as well.




    Thanks RJ, you guys rock


    I actually live in San Antonio and have to disagree with some of the previous advice. Limiting yourself to only the north part of the city will, indeed, produce the limited and small gay community that the others have spoken about. The city is full of charm and diversity if you keep an open mind. It's a young city with most of the gay folk seeming to be in their early to mid twenties. The "gayborhood" is closer to downtown which offers lots to do beyond the tourist trap riverwalk. One thing that is unique to San Antonio is that it seems we're bred to be nice. Everyone is friendly and warm. The food is amazing which makes it not the fittest city. On the plus side it is probably one of the most affordable cities in America. Your dollar goes a long way here. My main complaint is that the educated are few and far between. It's definitely a blue collar city. Welcome to San Antonio!
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    Oct 17, 2008 6:55 PM GMT
    Thansk for all the replies guys. My job is going to be on the north side of town on thr North Loop. so I found an apartment that is pretty close. It's a gated one Called Summer Oaks.



    Not too worried about the blue collar small gay community. I grew up in a farming town near Lexington Kentucky which doesn't exactly lend itself to clubbing.
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    Oct 17, 2008 8:15 PM GMT
    XRuggerATX said San Antonio is interesting for half a day. Austin half a lifetime.


    HAHA. That totally sums it up.
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    Oct 17, 2008 8:27 PM GMT
    One of my friends lives in New Braunfels. She is a life time resident of S.A. I love every visit there I can manage and if I were to move it would be there.
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    Oct 17, 2008 8:34 PM GMT
    Greygull saidI was just hired today as a Pastry cook for a opening restaurant in San Antonio. I've read a lot about the city but I don't feel like i know much about the place. Any RJers from the area? What's the place like and what can I expect moving there? I'm moving in cold turkey, my new boss is being great and making me feel welcome.


    To be honest I'm rather nervous ;last time I did a move like this I was going with a friend, now I'm gonna be living alone in a strange city! Any advice would be helpful as well.

    Thanks RJ, you guys rock


    I lived in SAT 4 years. Lovely place, but you need a car to get around, with good AC. Hot in the summer, expect a 6-week period in the summer when temps can go above 100 any day, always 90s.

    The River Walk and La Villiata are the big tourist thing, very attractive but pick your times. I always liked Sunday afternoon in November-December. Nice temps, tourists mostly packing, locals at home. Weekdays see the downtown lunch crowd.

    The surrounding Hill Country is fun to explore, lots of small towns like Boerne, Gruene and Fredricksburg are fun to visit, not far away. They reflect the influence of early German settlers. A longer trip south gets you to the Gulf at South Padre Island, nice beaches.

    Wasn't out there, so have no info on the gay scene. Except the Hispanic culture is generally not friendly to gays, so be cautious. Macho attitude can be a dangerous thing to deal with.

    Do you have specific questions?
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    Oct 17, 2008 8:42 PM GMT
    Not really all of this has been really helpful



    as I turn 21 5 days after I get there, Any decent bars?
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    Oct 17, 2008 8:45 PM GMT
    XRuggerATX saidLive in San Marcos or New Braunfels. You'll be close enough to commute to San Antonio, but also close enough to Austin to call it home as well. San Antonio is interesting for half a day. Austin half a lifetime.


    Ditto that. I love the River Walk and the theme parks, but the rest of the city is pretty blah.
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    Oct 17, 2008 11:15 PM GMT
    Heat and The Bonham Exchange are the 2 places to go in San Antonio. Both are rather underwhelming. Bonham is in a cool building though.

    The places to go in Austin (much much better) are Oil Can Harry's, Rainbow Cattle Company (a country/western bar) and Rain. There are other places to go to, but those 3 are probably the best. Then again its been 3 years since I have been there so it may have changed.
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    Oct 18, 2008 1:43 PM GMT
    How far is Austin from SA?
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    Oct 18, 2008 8:33 PM GMT
    or a more important question which Gyms should I look into/avoid In SA?
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    Oct 19, 2008 6:16 PM GMT
    XRuggerATX as usual has it all wrong and what is the better and more interesting city. It is San Antonio that is interesting and diverse despite the unfortunate fact that it is more conservative. Austin is interesting for half a lifetime, man you told a bold faced lie. What the hell could be so interesting about a ugly, sprawled out town that consists of nothing more than overhead power lines, billboards, seedy bars, and pawnshops on just about every corner. When I lived in Austin, I used to flee to either San Antonio, Fort Worth, Dallas, or Houston. Gay nightlife in Austin just like that city, horribly overrated with a bunch of arrogant, stuck up assholes. Austin is best avoided. Enjoy the great things that San Antonio has to offer.
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    Oct 20, 2008 1:10 AM GMT
    Greygull saidHow far is Austin from SA?


    It's about 75 miles up I-35, depending upon where in SAT you start.
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    Oct 20, 2008 5:04 PM GMT
    roadbikeRob saidXRuggerATX as usual has it all wrong and what is the better and more interesting city. It is San Antonio that is interesting and diverse despite the unfortunate fact that it is more conservative. Austin is interesting for half a lifetime, man you told a bold faced lie. What the hell could be so interesting about a ugly, sprawled out town that consists of nothing more than overhead power lines, billboards, seedy bars, and pawnshops on just about every corner. When I lived in Austin, I used to flee to either San Antonio, Fort Worth, Dallas, or Houston. Gay nightlife in Austin just like that city, horribly overrated with a bunch of arrogant, stuck up assholes. Austin is best avoided. Enjoy the great things that San Antonio has to offer.


    You hit the nail on the head. Austin bars are boring and don't they close at 2. If you want to dance any of the San Antonio Bars are better. The Heat probably plays the best music. If you're into the hip hop, the Saint seems to be the place to go. They're all next to each other, save the Bonham. Recently that place hasn't been too much fun.

    As far as gyms: Bally's at the Quarry and Golds at DeZavala seem to be where most of the Homos go. I'm not sure if that's a good or bad thing. I think Gold's may be cheaper, I'm unsure.
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    Oct 20, 2008 5:12 PM GMT
    Awesome you guys rock!
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    Oct 20, 2008 6:50 PM GMT
    roadbikeRob saidXRuggerATX as usual has it all wrong and what is the better and more interesting city. It is San Antonio that is interesting and diverse despite the unfortunate fact that it is more conservative. Austin is interesting for half a lifetime, man you told a bold faced lie. What the hell could be so interesting about a ugly, sprawled out town that consists of nothing more than overhead power lines, billboards, seedy bars, and pawnshops on just about every corner. When I lived in Austin, I used to flee to either San Antonio, Fort Worth, Dallas, or Houston. Gay nightlife in Austin just like that city, horribly overrated with a bunch of arrogant, stuck up assholes. Austin is best avoided. Enjoy the great things that San Antonio has to offer.


    Your perspective is badly disorted. Just what awful things happened to you when you were here?

    Austin is the most attractive big city in Texas. The natural areas that are so close to, and within Austin help make it so. While it does sprawl, as most cities without physical boundaries do, the central area is now dense with more housing, retail, and entertainment choices. We have a 20 hour downtown here. Power lines are everywhere in every city, unless you wander into a neighborhood established after 1970 or so. The seedy bars are actually frequented by young, fairly cool people. That's how things are here. Unpretentious. And gay nightlife is merely Austin nightlife here. Everyone blends quite well compared to other cities. Sure, there are gay bars, but they're a little played out. I think this is happening in most any progressive city. It is a sign of the times. The straight/mixed bars, especially along Red River, are far more interesting and friendly. And just because you personally bring out the arrogance and asshole in people doesn't mean that's what they are to everyone else. I think you are just special enough to experience this dynamic while others do not.

    It would be a waste to spend any significant time in San Antonio and not take some time to check out Austin as well.
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    Oct 20, 2008 7:20 PM GMT
    Be sure to check out the basement of the Alamo.
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    Oct 20, 2008 7:27 PM GMT
    Really why?
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    Oct 20, 2008 7:29 PM GMT
    It's fascinating. Not part of the regular tour, so be sure to ask the tour guide to show it to you.
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    Oct 20, 2008 7:38 PM GMT
    Cool, I was gonna check out the Alamo anyway!