I’ve been riding since 2005 and what goes hand in hand to the motorcycle lifestyle (in my neck of the woods at least) is the weekly bike night outing. For the some of you who don’t have such events in your area – Bike Night is a gathering of motorcyclists and motorcycle enthusiasts at a local watering hole to socially gather vs to do an extended ride.
Let’s get into it – depending on the riding group you frequent, these gatherings can be simple or more involved. Example: I’m lucky to be a part of a few riding groups that either tend to flock similar motorcycles together or be a melting pot of everything under the sun. But just like high school, “Cliques” naturally exist. The general motorcycle community in my area will tend to classify you as a Cruiser type of rider or Other Than. Lol! Recently (possibly a reflection of the economy) the custom chopper has gone the way of the dodo bird and I have noticed a surge of Euro/Asian Bobbers and Cafe Style bikes. These bikes are at first received among the herd as curiosities, but then become the focus of the gathering.
In San Antonio, TX, you have a variety of bike night venues (depending on your availability and taste in motorcycles). The most successful and longest running bike night belongs to Hills & Dales Ice House (1542 White Fawn Dr, SAT 78258 – No Website Yet Grrrr).
Hills & Dales host their bike nights every Wednesday evenings year round. The crowd is mostly Cruisers (Harley & Metric Bikes). But you will see a little bit of everything. Hills & Dales loves to consider itself as The Center of the Universe – due to it’s patrons are from all walks of life. It’s an old convenience store that evolved into an ice house with a great selection of all kinds of beer (on tap and more in bottle). Be warned, no food is served beyond typical beer snacks.
Next would be Texas Pride BBQ – (Every Thursday evening – Suspended during the winter only due to its distance from civilization).
If you ever wanted to experience a motorcycle rally, this place is it. Primarily a BBQ restaurant, Texas Pride has expanded to add a huge rear covered area that includes a full size band stand, tattoo parlor, burn out pit and a motorcycle retailer Bucketheads Pit Stop. As you guessed it – the scene is mostly Cruiser type bikes/riders but quite a few Sport Bike groups show.
Now for you Non Cruiser Bike Types – Places like Twin Peaks (Every Wednesday) and Lucky Burger (2nd Tuesday of the Month – No Website Grrr), Specht’s (Every Wednesday) provide a very different brand bike scene than the Cruiser.
I must say Specht’s & Lucky Burger are the unusual venues and tend to draw out Adventure Bikes, Cafe Racers, Asian/European bikes (both modern & vintage), scooters and everything else that is usually out of the ordinary. Due to Specht’s location, this venue tends to be hit and miss. Lucky Burger bike nights are relatively new BUT has a very strong following.
I hope this provides someone information on motorcycle bike night scene in San Antonio. I tend to be a regular at Hills & Dales on Wednesdays but due to my involvement in several Meetup Groups, I like to expose my fellow riders to different jewels I find in the San Antonio area.