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San Antonio bars, restaurants poured $57 million worth of alcohol in March

April 25, 2017 GMT

The AT&T Center poured more booze than any other San Antonio bar, restaurant or venue for the fifth straight month in March, according to state records.

Aramark Sports and Entertainment — which handles concessions for the AT&T Center — topped Bexar County establishments in alcohol sales with a nearly $1.9 million bar tab, mixed beverage receipts from the Texas comptroller’s office show, bolstered by seven home court wins for the San Antonio Spurs and a 106-110 loss against the Portland Trail Blazers on March 15.

But, Aramark was beat out for the top statewide alcohol-selling spot by NRG Park in Houston. The complex — which includes the NRG Stadium, NRG Center, NRG Arena and the Astrodome — rode the nearly three-week Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo to almost $3.8 million in alcohol sales, easily besting all other Texas establishments.

Thirsty Spring Break travelers boosted San Antonio-area hotels and resorts sales of beer, wine and liquor.

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JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa was Aramark’s closest local runner-up with more than $1.5 million in alcohol receipts. That’s more than double the $537,990 raked in by No. 3 La Cantera Resort & Spa.

The Grand Hyatt in downtown San Antonio came in fourth with about $526,000 in mixed beverage sales. Rounding out the local top five in March was Marriott Rivercenter with more than $473,000.

Overall, Bexar County establishments sold more than $57 million worth of booze in March, up almost 9 percent from the $52.4 million soaked up in March 2016. Texans downed $589.3 million of liquor, beer and wine last month.

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