Photo of Halycon in the Blue Star Arts Complex in San Antonio, Texas.


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Halcyon, a “COFFEE + BAR + LOUNGE” in the Blue Star Arts Complex is well named.  As a noun, halcyon (hal-see-yon) means kingfisher, a bird* that frequents the San Antonio River, which runs adjacent to this Southtown establishment. As an adjective, halcyon means peaceful and happy.

Halcyon aims to make you peaceful and happy. For $3, you may add a liqueur shot to any of their coffees: drip, slow pour, latte, cappuccino, espresso, Americano or Vietnamese. You may then take your amped up coffee to the outdoor veranda and soak up the beauty that is the San Antonio River Walk’s Mission Reach. Happy? Peaceful? You bet.

I met a friend for lunch at Halycon and had trouble choosing just one item from their extensive menu. I settled on their namesake salad, The Halcyon, which features pears, candied walnuts and blue cheese on a spring mix. My friend ordered a Caprese panini (tomato, house mozzarella and pesto) with a side salad. Neither of us were sorry with our selections.

Since it was lunchtime, I didn’t order their chocolate espresso martini, but it’s on my list, as are their bananas fosters crepes and tableside s’mores. Their gourmet hot chocolate (French, Mexican, White Peppermint, Peanutbutter and Bittersweet Carmel) is also on my radar.

Brunch is served from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, so I suggest hopping on a B-cycle at Blue Star, working up an appetite, then heading back to Halcyon to compare the number of kingfishers you spotted along the river while you dine.

Halcyon is open Mondays through Fridays from 7 a.m. until 2 a.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. until 2 a.m. You may follow them on Facebook.

*Those interested in birds should check out Bob Zeller’s Texas Tweeties blog. You’ll be amazed at the variety of feathered vertebrates in our great state. Plus, Bob’s photographs are stunning. I still haven’t figured out how he gets the birds to pose for him.

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