November 14, 2016

Fausti Arms Trunk Show at The Sporting District

We're pleased to announce that The Sporting District will be hosting a trunk show with Fausti Arms in store this Thursday and Friday! View full article →
October 19, 2016

Celebrate 2 Years of The Finer Life With The Sporting District!

It's our birthday, but you get the gifts! Roll the dice on our vintage craps table with a purchase of $100 or more in store for a chance to win a $200 gift card to The Sporting District! View full article →
October 04, 2016

Second After-Hours Craps Night!

Read on for more information on our second after-hours Craps 101 night. Hurry, space is limited, so be one of the first twenty people to secure your spot! View full article →
September 01, 2016

SA Woman | Guys to Know: Sean McNelis

Store proprietor Sean McNelis is the subject of SA Woman's famed GUYS TO KNOW column. Read on to check it out! View full article →
June 05, 2016

The Scout Guide | The Sporting District Father's Day Gift Guide

Finding the perfect gift for the guy who has everything is always a hunt. With Father's Day just around the corner, we've teamed up with The Scout Guide to make finding a gift for dad a piece of cake. View full article →
February 21, 2016

TwentySomethingSA | The Sporting District: A Gentleman's Retail Paradise

The Sporting District is honored to be featured on TwentySomethingSA, San Antonio's leading entertainment and lifestyle blog! View full article →
October 01, 2015

Garden & Gun | The Best of Southern Style

We are beyond excited and grateful to have been selected as one of the South's Top Shops in Garden & Gun's October-November 2015 issue! View full article →
March 31, 2015

Texas Monthly | Modern Hispanic Gentlemen 2015: San Antonio

The Sporting District was pleased to host Ketel One Vodka and Texas Monthly as they celebrated Texas's Modern Hispanic Gentlemen 2015 in San Antonio. View full article →
February 11, 2015

The Sporting District: A Red-Lit Past


One of the city's top tourist attractions at the turn of the 20th century wasn't the river or the Missions, but the downtown vice zone known as the Sporting District.

Booming with saloons for gambling and brothels for "sporting," the city's red-light district was so bustling that a guide book was published in 1911, directing gents to all manners of establishments.

"This Directory of the Sporting District is intended to be an accurate guide to those who are seeking a good time," states the 25-cent booklet. In addition to listings of taverns, it included advertisements for road houses, cock-pits and prostitutes.

The District contained approximately 10 blocks of the city. Its boundary was described as follows:

... south on South Santa Rosa Street for three blocks, beginning at Dolorosa Street, thence from the 100 block to the end of the 500 block on Matamoras Street, thence from the 200 block to the 500 block on South Concho Street, and lastly the 100 block on Monterey Street. This is the boundary within which the women are compelled to live according to law.—The Blue Book for Visitors and Tourists and those Seeking a Good Time while in San Antonio, Texas.The District was established in 1889 by the San Antonio city council to contain and regulate prostitution. The area became home to brothels, dance halls, saloons, gambling parlors, and other illegal, or at least vice-oriented, businesses. City officials did not officially condone the activities but rather unofficially regulated them. The area also included many legitimate businesses including hotels and restaurants.

Between the world wars, particularly during the Depression, the District deteriorated as higher-class prostitutes abandoned the area in favor of working as call girls in hotels.Violent crime and theft in the area grew. With the arrival of World War II the District gained the disapproval of the local army leadership, particularly Dwight D. Eisenhower, who was then the Third Army's chief of staff at Fort Sam Houston from August to December 1941. The District was finally shut down in 1941 by San Antonio Police Commissioner P.L. Anderson, with the strong approval of Major General Richard Donovan. In July 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt had signed into law a federal ban on prostitution near naval and military bases. San Antonio, however, continued to be a major center of prostitution until well after the war.


For excellent pictures of San Antonio's red-lit past, check out My SA's article here.

Scott, J.M. 2016. "San Antonio's Sporting District was once the largest red-light district in Texas." My

"The Sporting District." Wikipedia.

January 01, 2015

The Sporting District at The Historic Pearl

At the Sporting District, we are proud of our colorful history and love the rich past that we share within this city and aim to display this refined yet rugged sensibility in everything we do. Our modern accents combined with a timeless aesthetic makes this shop the ideal locale to find the perfect look for any man. 

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