San Antonio’s bar tab: nearly $390 million so far in 2018

August 30, 2018 GMT

Sales of beer, wine and liquor in Bexar County dipped slightly in July, but San Antonio boozehounds still racked up quite the bar tab, new data shows.

Bartenders in the San Antonio area poured $51.3 million worth of alcohol last month, according to the latest available data from the Texas comptroller’s office — down from $52.3 million in July 2017 and $53.8 million in June of this year.

So far this year, bars, hotels and restaurants in Bexar County have sold $389.5 million in booze.

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Hospitality International Inc., the concessions contractor for the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa, outpaced all other San Antonio establishments in July with nearly $1.5 million in alcohol sales.

Hospitality International nearly topped all alcohol sellers in Texas in July. But the Gaylord Texan resort in Grapevine near Dallas outsold the contractor by about $2,200 to take the top spot in the state last month.

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The closest local runner-up sold less than half of what Hospitality International did in July. DH San Antonio Bevco Inc., which handles beverage sales for La Cantera Resort & Spa, poured more than $733,000 worth of alcohol for guests.

SeaWorld San Antonio climbed to the third place slot locally with about $520,000 as the Orlando-based theme park company launched its Electric Ocean nighttime event.

Hotel Emma, the boutique hotel at The Pearl, came in behind SeaWorld with more than $409,000 in sales of Three Emmas cocktails and other drinks.

And rounding out the local top five was HRHC Inc., which handles concessions for Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa, with more than $402,000 in alcohol sales.

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Overall, Texans were thirsty in July, guzzling up $560.6 million worth of boozy beverages last month, according to the comptroller’s office. Alcohol sales from Jan. 1 to July 31 nearly hit $4.2 billion.

Joshua Fechter is a San Antonio-based staff writer covering retail and tourism. Read him on our free site, mySA.com, and on our subscriber site, ExpressNews.com. | jfechter@express-news.net | Twitter: @JFreports