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1 Watson has a rich history, dating back to the 1800s. It is said the “1Watson” name is traced to an 1883 poker game in which a gunfighter named Thompson, known to have a foul temper, won a $200 marble tombstone from a stonecutter named Watson, who rightfully feared his sudden demise. It was the “1” and only time Thompson ever accepted anything other than cold, hard cash as winnings, but the silver-tongued Watson convinced him. As fate would have it, Thompson himself died in a shootout a few months later, and Watson’s tombstone is said to mark the site of his grave today.

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Our Food

We offer a wide variety of libations and provisions. 1 Watson is a rooftop bar serving craft cocktails and Southwestern cuisine 15 floors above downtown in the AC Hotel San Antonio Riverwalk. Take in views of the San Antonio River Walk, Main Plaza and San Fernando Cathedral.
Our food menu at 1 Watson includes Texas-inspired items such as smoked brisket tacos as well as fajita shrimp and grits. Enjoy craft cocktails, beers and wines from select Texas vineyards and beyond. Our libations menu features cocktails made from Texas-made bourbon, vodka and gin. 

Reservations are encouraged, but we will only be reserving half of the restaurant on a nightly basis. Walk-ins are always available for the remaining seats. For all reservations, a two-hour time limit will be enforced.

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Private Events

Our rooftop restaurant-style and shareable menu make 1 Watson the perfect setting for your next event.

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Let us cater your next event!

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