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Friendly Spot

Heather Goodson General

Friendly Spot was an icehouse and music joint in a converted 1930s gas station located at the corner of Alamo and Beauregard streets in San Antonio’s King William Historic District. It was connected to Beauregard Café, the restaurant next door, and, in their day, the two were the hotbed of roots music in San Antonio. Friendly Spot was the training or proving ground for a number of bands and artists, including the Smith Brothers, Joe “King” Carrasco, Angela Strehli, Santiago Jiménez, Jr., Brett Butler, Rudi Harst, Doug Fesler, Steve James, and Los #2 Dinners. Steve Earle formed an early edition of the Dukes at the Friendly Spot. In 1980 The Rejects played their first gig there as the opening act for Los #2 Dinners. The café next door saw performances by Lyle Lovett and Townes Van Zandt.

From about 1973 to 1981, Friendly Spot was a popular place, especially on the weekends, for live music, and it attracted large crowds. Sometime after Friendly Spot closed, the historic gas station became home to Tienda Guadalupe, a folk art gallery, and reunions of musicians and music fans nostalgic for Friendly Spot’s heyday were held there in 2006 and 2008. The 2008 reunion was the last event at this location for Tienda Guadalupe before the gallery moved to a new building. In early 2009 the gas station was home to a beauty salon. A new Friendly Spot Ice House was in business on 943 South Alamo Street in 2015 and offered an assortment of craft beers, a food menu, and activities such as movies and games.

San Antonio Current, March 19, 2008. San Antonio Express–News, September 13, 1996; December 5, 2008. “San Antonio: Music,” Texas Monthly, October 1980. “You Must Be an Old-Timer if You Remember…,” The Newsletter of the King William Association, August 2007.

Categories:

  • Music
  • Venues

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Heather Goodson, “Friendly Spot,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed September 27, 2020, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/friendly-spot.

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