Carriqui’s homeplace is a lovingly restored 1890s bar with 130 years of hospitality history. In the early days of Pearl Brewery, Boehler’s Liberty Saloon served as a watering hole and social center for the brewery’s workers. Soaked with years of stories, handshakes, and slaps on the back, it saw the neighborhood through times both flush and lean. In 1933 when prohibition ended, folks lined the streets and cheered as a delivery truck rolled out of Pearl Brewery to make its first beer delivery to the neighborhood oasis.
From 1985 until 2008 the building was home to San Antonio’s heralded Liberty Bar. Over the years the structure shifted and dramatically leaned to its right, the floorboards rippling, paint peeling, and porch sagging lazily against the strain. Pearl acquired the ramshackle building in 2014, moving it a number of blocks to the entryway of Pearl, and began a tedious labor of love to revitalize an iconic piece of San Antonio’s cultural history.