If you’re on the hunt for a great night of live music and food in San Antonio, it’s likely that your search will end at Sam’s Burger Joint Music Hall. Just north of downtown San Antonio, you’ll find an unassuming rectangular building. So unassuming, in fact, that if it weren’t for the giant glowing neon signs branding this building as “Sam’s,” you may miss the place altogether.
Once inside Sam’s, your eyes will be assaulted by walls covered with knick-knacks and memorabilia straight from the heart of Americana. From old tin road signs to vintage magazines and license plates, the walls at this fun joint are a throwback to old-school America. Be sure to say hello to Sam. He’s the giant elk head on the wall staring you in the face when you first enter. The ambiance of Sam’s is one of the things that keep patrons returning again and again.
Ordering is simple and straightforward at Sam’s. Simply step up to the counter and order your slab of beef. Burgers here are worth the hype. These enormous half-pound patties are cooked to order and served on a Sam’s branded bun. Choose from any of the fried sides, like pickles or onions, and pair it with a sweet tea for a true southern fill-up.
Sam’s has a long storied history as the best place in town to hear legends of the local and national music scene. You never know who might be performing at Sam’s. There’s something for every musical taste here. You’re likely to see acts spanning the blues, country, funk, swing, and soul genres. Past acts include Leon Bridges, Sturgill Simpson, and Gary Clark Jr. Upcoming August shows feature a variety of artists, including Marica Ball, the Battle of the Bands on the 6th, and Austin, Texas-based Skyrocket on the 11th.
To see a complete list of upcoming acts, check out the online calendar. Tickets for shows can be purchased online or at the box office on location.
If you need a bit of help with your dance moves, Sam’s offers swing dance lessons on nights throughout the month. Sam’s also features comedians on designated dates if you’re in the mood to laugh while you devour your burger.
Street parking is available around the restaurant and venue, but opt for a cab or ride share so that you can partake in a few drinks, relax, and enjoy the music. After just a short time spent at Sam’s, you’ll soon realize why it’s such a popular local haunt.
There’s no denying that music sounds best live. However, songs played over Ford’s SYNC entertainment system come in a close second place. After your trip to Sam’s, head on over to Red McCombs Ford in San Antonio, Texas to take a Ford car or truck for a test drive.