Story of the Ice House
Texas Icehouses. Part town hall, part tavern, icehouses have been a South Texas tradition since the 1920s. Before refrigeration, icehouses stored and distributed block ice for the neighborhood iceboxes. Over time, they diversified—iced beer, a little food, maybe some groceries—a cool, air-conditioned spot where neighbors and families come to sit, talk, play dominoes, turn up the juke box, maybe eat some chicken wings, dance on a slab outside. Once a vital part of everyday local culture—a cornerstone of every neighborhood in San Antonio and Houston—they are rapidly diminishing, an endangered species. Here at Lucy Cooper’s, we are bringing back the IceHouse with some of the coldest beer, great times and bar eats in San Antonio.