Since 1989

We opened Mariachi Bar in 1989 to create a space for music and celebration of Mexican culture and heritage. Every detail reflects our objective, from the hand-wrought ironwork and spectacular carved bar to the city’s best musicians and our amazing selection of tequilas, beers, margaritas and handcrafted cócteles.  

The bar’s 19th-Century style originated in the creative mind of Jorge Cortez and was executed by numerous local artisans. Larry Peña did the ornate tile work, using handmade Mexican tiles based on antique tiles found in the McNay Art Museum and the Bexar County Courthouse. The grand oak bar was designed by artist Armando Sanchez and built by master carpenter, Emiliano Aparicio. Jesus Garza carved the beautiful doors and the bar’s magnificent Mexican coat of arms — a fierce eagle standing on a prickly pear cactus grasping a rattlesnake in his beak and talons. The eagle symbolizes patriarch Pedro Cortez watching over Mi Tierra.


Traditional Mexican music reminded Pedro Cortez of his home in Guadalajara and he particularly enjoyed the music of Market Square’s strolling musicians. In a nod to Pedro’s love of mariachi music, we’ve ensured that Mariachi Bar is a festive place to celebrate the tradition of music that has filled historic Market Square for decades.

Mi Tierra