All Are Welcome! Beers and Ghosts at VFW Post 76 Along the Riverwalk

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Tony Maples Photography


A myriad of historical sites can be found along the San Antonio Riverwalk. One highlight which allows all patrons is the handsome VFW Post 76, located at 10 Tenth Street. Chartered over 100 years old, this is the oldest post in Texas, and it welcomes veterans, the public, bikes, and pets. The original organizers of VFW Post 76 were veterans of the Spanish American War. Veterans of that era and the following war eras leased the house in 1946 and then purchased it. It is now also a designated Texas Historical Site.

Fiesta people!

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Originally the house of the Van Petty family and built in 1904 with direct access to the San Antonio Riverwalk, this post is Victorian-style with ornate Corinthian columns. It boasts a veranda and a basement, and at one time had 17 rooms, five fireplaces, and two kitchens. With all the history here, a spooky element is also present. Some parties may have never left: two ghosts are rumored to keep tabs on VFW Post 76. A little girl has been seen running up and down the staircase, and an older gentleman spirit likes to rearrange furniture. To keep things simple, both entities have the name “Charley.”

Night time view

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Open hours are Sunday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to midnight; Friday and Saturday, the post is open from noon to 2 a.m. Great prices here, with the specials being quite frugal, especially compared to other places on the Riverwalk. Happy Hours are Sunday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., and prices range from $1.50 to $3 per beer. Please note no food is served and BYOB is not allowed on the grounds. Enjoy the air conditioning inside or dance to the music outside; be sure to sign the guestbook and thank a veteran for their service!