A San Antonio Guide to Having the Best ‘Hot Girl Summer’

When San Antonio born, Houston-raised rapper Megan Thee Stallion coined the phrase “Hot Girl Summer,” the world was just months away from being locked down due to the pandemic. Even as the onslaught of the pandemic waned in 2021, the Anthem’s full potential was hard to feel. As the summer of 2022 approaches, social media — namely TikTok — has declared that these next few months will be the Hot Girl summer we’ve been patiently waiting for.

And while San Antonio’s temperatures make it look more like a “frustrated, pissed girl’s summer” than a “sexy girl’s summer,” there are plenty of opportunities to make one that Stalli would approve of. . Remember, Hot Girl Summer isn’t just for a gender, it’s a state of mind.

As Meg herself explained, the idea of ​​being “hot” isn’t about looks or likes on Instagram, it’s about being you and doing you, wholeheartedly and shameless.

Here’s a complete guide to having the most authentic Hot Girl Summer style in San Antonio.

Cute outfits without breaking the bank? Say less.

Courtesy of Uptown Cheapskate

Shopping: “That’s why every time you see me, I buy new shoes.”

As shoppers reconsider their buying habits and look beyond fast fashion, we suggest a sustainable summer. Plus, a woman on the go needs a new drip quicker than even Amazon Prime can supply.

Uptown Cheapskate, which has locations on Thousand Oaks and Huebner Road in San Antonio, isn’t your average thrift store. While the store has pre-loved items on its shelves for women and men, there are plenty of new outfits with tags. News or not, all outfits reflect current trends for a fraction of the price. I once bought a dress that was still available on its designer’s website for $200 for the low price of $20. So you won’t have to spend your earnings on your outfit.

Since an outfit isn’t complete without dazzle, can we also suggest pop-up markets for accessories and other trinkets? Popular hangouts like El Camino and Tony’s Siesta often host markets with local vendors selling everything from evil eye bead earrings to gold-plated jewelry to accent your outfits.

Crownridge Canyon Nature Area offers similar views to Friedrich Wilderness Park, but without the crowds.

Crownridge Canyon Nature Area offers similar views to Friedrich Wilderness Park, but without the crowds.

Priscilla Aguirre, MySA.com

Health and wellness: ‘Body-ody-ody-ody-ody-ody-ody’

Whether it’s jumping on the TikTok-powered pilates bandwagon, lifting weights to become an absolute unit, or getting active on a hot girl’s walk (it’s literally so hot), we do whatever it takes. thing for our body since running your mouth doesn’t count. And sometimes you do you must stay outside, even if you are exceptional.

We spoke to our resident hiker, Priscilla Aguirre, for her recommendations on how to hit the trails, as yours truly freaks out at any temperature above 85 degrees. Read his suggestions for places that are generally safe and have views that are worthwhile.

Woodlawn Lake State Park: The 1.4 mile loop trail is popular in San Antonio. Lots of crowds and families gather there almost at all hours so you feel safe.

Eisenhower Park: The Cedar Flats Trail (0.9 miles) is a busy trail that takes you to the Eisenhower Tower where you can take in stunning views of San Antonio.

Frederic Wild park: This beloved park offers approximately 10 miles of hiking trails with varying degrees of difficulty. We recommend the Main Loop Trail (1.7 miles) as it is moderate and almost always packed with hikers and families. Moreover, it also has an amazing view.

Government Canyon State Natural Area: The North Bluff Spurs Overlook is a favorite of TPWD staff as the route will take you to a limestone cliff with a majestic view of Government Canyon. Every time I go there, it’s not too busy but just enough to feel comfortable. This is a moderate 3.4 mile trail, so keep hydrated and wear a hat.

Near Dark is a brooding refuge on Presa.

Near Dark is a brooding refuge on Presa.

Madalyn Mendoza, MySA.com

Skin care: “Skin like gold and my teeth like diamonds”

While we’re talking about literal warmth, we have to talk about skin protection. If nearly two years of watching you on Zoom hasn’t convinced you to upgrade your skincare routine, I don’t know how much it will help, but I have to try.

Skincare is overwhelming. It took me half of my teens and almost all of my 20s to find a makeup routine that works for me (please don’t look for my 2014 brows), so I’m still trying to decode serums, moisturizers and their friends and I won’t claim to be the authority on the subject. However, if there’s anything I learned from my $99 dermatologist (my best friend), it’s that SPF isn’t an option.

Two SPF products I keep on my shelf are conveniently based in San Antonio. It is not a coincidence. When I first heard of Supergoop! in 2015, I knew it was a San Antonio-owned brand, but at the time, I was far from caring about keeping my skin young, so I didn’t prioritize it in my beauty stores. Years later, brand recognition has definitely helped me navigate Sephora. I have the Zinc Screen, which is lightweight and sits well under my makeup. I also love that the brand has a reset mineral SPF powder that’s compact for small purses and can be applied over your makeup while drinking margaritas on a patio.

Of course, the San Antonio connection is a plus. I only trust FPS designed for this type of sun.

Built in 1909, the St. Anthony Hotel was San Antonio's first luxury hotel.

Built in 1909, the St. Anthony Hotel was San Antonio’s first luxury hotel.

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Amusing: “Me and [insert friend’s name] Finna lights up the party”

Now that we’ve covered the logistics, it’s time to have some fun. Pools and summer are synonymous, and San Antonio hotties are in luck if lounging by the water is the order of the day.

The Resort Pass provides one-day access to hotels including the St. Antony, Thompson Hotel, La Cantera Resort and Spa, Hyatt Regency Hill Country, JW Marriott and Grand Hyatt. Day passes start from $35 per day, and group rates are also available.

Barre Lorette.

Barre Lorette.

Madalyn Mendoza, MySA.com

Once you’re dry and ready to enjoy the nightlife, there are a variety of bars and hangouts to explore. There is the La Cantera/UTSA area, where the Kung Fu Saloon and the newly opened Witness are located. In Southtown, there are San Antonio-style bars like Amor Eterno and Bar America, as well as places like Bar Loretta, Little Em’s, Up Scale, and the new Hola! Jaime’s Place on the Westside is true to San Antonio and will soon be near the next woman-owned Chifladas bar.

The owners of The Lucky Duck in Austin (pictured) have confirmed that a San Antonio addition is in the works.

The owners of The Lucky Duck in Austin (pictured) have confirmed that a San Antonio addition is in the works.

Courtesy, Michael Bajec
Witness, a bar and nightclub in the UTSA area, is now open.

Witness, a bar and nightclub in the UTSA area, is now open.

Courtesy, Gabriella Martinez


If you want to dress up and bar, St. Paul’s Square makes it easy with 1902, Cellar Mixology and Lilly’s Greenville. Nearby hotspots like La Roca, Lucky Duck, and Tony’s Siesta are also quickly accessible by carpool. Don’t forget the series of spots off Broadway, including El Camino, Elsewhere and Porta Rossa, which always throw a solid party and provide the perfect backdrop.

Need a hideaway for a date? Try the pop of Presa which is home to Bar Ludivine, Hands Down and Near Dark.

A French Modernist 75.

A French Modernist 75.

Madalyn Mendoza, MySA.com

Cool drinks for hotties: “I don’t text quickly because I’m not thirsty.”

If you need a cool drink to keep your hands busy and not texting someone you shouldn’t be, head to Bar at Mixtli, tucked away in the restaurant named after James Beard. The signature drink is a margarita topped with a seasonal sorbet. It’s a drink that’s not only cute for the gram, but also refreshing.

Margarita topped with sorbet at Mixtli.

Margarita topped with sorbet at Mixtli.

Madalyn Mendoza, MySA.com

My friend orders the La Iguana Sana which she says “has everything but the kitchen sink”. Ingredients include: Rey Campero and Mezcal Espadín, tequila blanco, Chareau, pineapple, cucumber, nopales, greens, mint, sour orange juice and lemon crystal with honey. The space has the components of a trendy bar — with a specialty drink menu, a cool design aesthetic like a color-changing cloud, and a trendy neon wall — but it’s still intimate enough to hang out with. sit in a corner and catch up with your friends.

Another perfectly summery drink is Maverick’s gin and tonic. The Southtown restaurant serves the classic drink with fruit and herbs.

I’m a sucker for a good French 75 in the summer. You can never go wrong with one from The Modernist.

Abra Schnur, 38, plays pinball with fellow Belles & Chimes San Antonio members at What's Brewing Coffee Roasters.  The female pinball group also welcomes female members provided they can play alone.

Abra Schnur, 38, plays pinball with fellow Belles & Chimes San Antonio members at What’s Brewing Coffee Roasters. The female pinball group also welcomes female members provided they can play alone.

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Reserved and Busy: “Take care of me? Who’s going to take care of me?”

A hottie has hobbies. Maybe you already have everything else, but are still looking to meet other hot girls out in the wild, or maybe you’re just ready to explore a new interest. The best way to join forces is to find a new hot girl hobby.

We’ve already covered hiking, but if you love coffee and all things retro, join the Belles and Chimes women’s pinball league for a tournament at What’s Brewing. Got a pair of skates gathering dust in your closet? Gather a team for an adult skate party at the parade for nachos and throwback tunes on Wednesday nights.

Want to meet new people through something active? Try a pilates or yoga class or (if you don’t suffer from heights) a gym membership at Armadillo Boulders. If you happen to know a lot of useless information, becoming a regular at a trivia night might be for you (Rathskeller has it every Friday).

Do you want to give back? Volunteer at the San Antonio Botanical Garden or help pick up trash with River Aid San Antonio. If you’re already more of a nerd, join a Dungeons and Dragons campaign in new tabletop, beer, and wine venue Black Potion.

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