Zen Bar Ultra Lounge

One of the first bars to recognize and celebrate San Antonio's growing prosperity, Zen started a trend in exclusive, beautifully designed places for young urbanites.

The Buddha motif and dramatic use of red successfully create a Far East, otherworldly feel. A transparent glass wall between restrooms may be intended as a comment on the separation of the sexes, but mostly it just makes people blush or point and laugh. Dancing can be awkward in a bar of this size, but the selection of DJs makes it hard to resist trying. Two fountains comprise the centerpieces of the outdoor courtyard, where it's much more zen, and a great place to mingle. No cover.