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Pub Crawl: Grown-ups cut loose at Lucy Cooper’s Texas Ice House in San Antonio

Content produced by Chuck Blount

November 27, 2019: Updated: Nov. 27, 2019 3:55 p.m.

Snapshot: If you want to get a quick idea about what Lucy Cooper’s Texas Ice House is all about, show up on a Wednesday night around 8’ish. That’s when owners Braunda Moody Smith and her husband, Jesse Smith, pass out the markers for a two-hour game of Naughty Bingo.

It’s free to play, and instead of cash or other prizes, the first player to scream “B-I-N-G-O” gets a prize from “Lucy’s Treasure Box,” which is loaded with adult novelties. The event regularly brings in a packed house, and things get salty.

That’s the vibe at this 21-and-over bar that’s designed to be an adult playground with all the booze and bites you can handle. Curse. Tell lewd jokes. Watch sports. Do whatever you want, as long as nobody gets hurt.

Located off U.S. 281 North between Brook Hollow Boulevard and Thousand Oaks Drive in a building that had a history of failed restaurants, Lucy’s will celebrate its first year of business in mid-December and shows no signs of slowing down.

Who goes there: Pick any sort of adult demographic, and they are likely represented here. Lucy Cooper’s brings in a lively crowd, and there’s more than enough space to accommodate it. Anchor down around the spacious bar, or take it outside to the deck with Adirondack seating stations surrounding a network of propane fire pits.

Lucy Cooper’s Texas Ice House

Address: 16080 San Pedro Ave., 210-462-1894

Hours: 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Fridays through Sundays

Cost/noise: Medium/medium

Behind the bar: There are 30 beers and ciders on tap, and another 45 or so options in can or bottle form. Draft beers come with the option of 16-, 24- and 32-ounce pours, which range from $3 up to $10 for your own mini-pitcher of selected suds.

For patrons looking for something fancier, dive into the “cocktails & such” menu with 13 concoctions and specialty shots that include the bacon old fashion ($12), the Johnny Walker-infused Milk Mustache ($9) and the Shut the (expletive) Up Margarita ($12). The King ($6) is your chance to take a shot of peanut butter whiskey floating on a blast of banana cream rum.

Happy hour, which translates to 50 cents off all liquor, runs daily until 7 p.m. and is extended to 9 p.m. on Fridays.

Munchies: The tin can nachos ($10) are the star of the Lucy Cooper’s circus food show, but that’s only the entry point to a large menu that contains other zany appetizers, burgers, wings, sandwiches and pizzas. Express-News dining critic Mike Sutter called it the best bar food in San Antonio.

Soundtrack: Live music is featured on Fridays and Sundays (after the NFL season); otherwise its the house mix or the sound backdrop of the sports on TV. Plans are in the works for piano sing-a-longs on Saturdays.

Fun and games: Outside of Naughty Bingo, there’s Trivia Thursdays and lots of oversize table games, golf skee-ball, video games and pool.

The skinny: Lucy’s bills itself as the “best little ice house in Texas.” Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t, but it’s certainly the best in San Antonio.

Chuck Blount is a food writer and columnist covering all things grilled and smoked in the San Antonio area. Find his Chuck's Food Shack columns on our subscriber site,, or read his other coverage on our free site, | | Twitter: @chuck_blount   | Instagram: @bbqdiver

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