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Where were you in 1960? John F. Kennedy was elected President and a bar opened on S Austin St. in San Marcos. The street name changed to S. LBJ a few years later. The bar that opened at that spot was still there. 

Sixty years have passed, the bar has changed names and owners several times and we are still here. We are Chances “R.” The oldest continuous liquor establishment in San Marcos. We started as Hutton’s Key club then the Angnew Club, L.O.’s, and The Restless Wind. It stayed the Restless Wind for fifty years and become Chances “R” in 2013. The current owners have had the Restless Wind – Chances “R” for forty seven years.


A lot has changed around town but we have pretty much stayed the same. We are a bar. We believe in quality drinks, good service and a laid back, relaxed atmosphere. There is always good music, pool and Texas shuffleboard. You can hang out inside or enjoy the outdoors on our patio – all in an adult atmosphere.

There is no better place to meet friends or make new ones. If your club or association wants to have a meeting or social get together, we are the place to do it. We are a twenty-one establishment and a good place to drink, listen to good music and still carry on a conversation. 


You can image after sixty years this bar has some very interesting stories to tell. There is the time Bob Donnelly took down the San Antonio bank robber. Then there’s the story about the California bounty hunter. We will never forget how the original owner Sam Houston Johnson got costumers to leave at closing time. Sam’s uncle was Lyndon Johnson. He would have been so proud of Sam. Then we had the two cowboys who rode their horse in the bar. Every now and then the Texas Rangers would stop by to see how the sport bookies were doing. As you can see, we have seen them all. Come by and I promise you will like us and maybe you can have a story or two while you are here.

I’m Johnny Finch, owner/manager. Come on in. 

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Chances Orginals



A sour with Deep Eddy’s Peach — tastes like its candy namesake, served on the rocks with a sugared rim 

Cosmic Watermelon

Rum, Triple Sec, Watermelon pucker, lime --- sweet and fruity with a hint of sour, served up with a sugared rim


Thai Martini

Tito's, ginger, basil & lemon --- slightly sweet, crisp with ginger spice, and refreshing, served up


Slowpoke Rodriguez

Bombay Sapphire, Herradura, Vermouth, jalapeno olive, lime --- Martini meets Margarita, served up with a jalapeno olive


Classic Cocktails

Bees Knees

Beefeater Gin, lemon & honey --- Chance's spin on a simple and tasty roaring 20s classic, served on the rocks



Courvoisier, Cointreau, & lemon --- The classic. Simple, yet complex and perfectly balanced, served up with a sugared rim


French Connection

Courvoisier, Grand Marnier, Disaronno --- Chance's take on a beautifully balanced dessert cocktail, served up


French '75

Beefeater Gin, lemon, champagne --- Light, refreshing, slightly sweet, and delightfully bubbly


$3 House Shots

Blacktooth, Fireball, Green Tea, Honeymooner, Red Snapper, Starf**ker, Beyonce, Vegas Bomb 

Beer & Cider

Austin East Cider, Blue Moon, Bud Light, Budweiser, Coors, Coors Light, Guinness, Heineken, Landshark Lager, Lone Star, Lone Star Light, Michelob Ultra, Miller High Life, Miller Light, O’Doul’s, Shiner Bock, Ziegenbock 

Plus seasonal and rotating Texas brews 


Bud Light, Dos Equis, Seasonal Rotating Texas Taps 

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138 S L B J Dr, San Marcos, TX 78666


Everyday 5pm - 2am


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