About your guide

Emzy King | Founder & Lead Guide

As a native San Antonian, Emzy has worked in the tour industry for almost two decades. After graduating from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a BA in Political Science and a brief period living in New Mexico he returned home and resumed his career as a guide in San Antonio.

While not sharing his hometown or producing numerous river walk parades Emzy can usually be found reading, debating current events with friends or enjoying the finest that Texas offers. Be it camping in the hill country, kayaking the Frio River, fishing on the coast, checking out the Austin music scene or enjoying a cold one under the oaks in Luckenbach.

Words from Emzy:

The Barwalk was born out of my frustration witnessing the loss of numerous iconic local businesses to franchises over my many years guiding and my desire to support and share the handful of truly unique and historic gems that are worthy of celebrating. I strive to make each Barwalk a personal experience and conversation where more than a guide, I am a guy that you would want to have a drink with who just happens to enjoy a passion for history, storytelling, and sharing my hometown.

Two years into this journey I look back enjoying a bit of perspective and while I believe that I initially accurately described my motivation and vision I must say that often times the vocabulary that I employed seems so cliché it almost renders it meaningless. “Personal”, “intimate”, “boutique”; they almost sound like marketing power phrases dreamed up by advertising professionals but as I reflect on where I am today what really sticks are the great people that I have met along the way and some of the most honest, heartfelt conversations that I have ever had. As I write this, I am preparing to officiate and MC the wedding of former guests that I met on tour, guests that have crossed the Rubicon into friendship and they are certainly not the only ones who have made that journey with me. (Thank You Chris and Erin! It is truly my honor!)

I guarantee that The Barwalk will not only exceed expectations but will more importantly be unlike any tour you have ever experienced.


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