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Aug 26, 2021

TABC Cancels Liquor Permit for Boom Boom Sports Bar

Bar agrees to cancellation following Aug. 15 deadly shooting

AUSTIN – The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission has permanently canceled the liquor permit of a San Antonio sports bar where three people died following a mass shooting Aug. 15.

The owners of Boom Boom Sports Bar, 1621 S. New Braunfels Ave., agreed to the cancellation during a conference with TABC on Aug. 24. A permanent cancellation of the business’ liquor permit means alcohol may no longer be sold at the location, cutting off an important revenue stream and effectively shutting the business down. TABC had initially issued a 90-day emergency suspension of the bar’s license shortly after the shooting took place.

A formal order canceling the bar’s liquor permit was signed by TABC Executive Director Bentley Nettles on Aug. 25.

“Cutting off a bar’s ability to sell alcohol is among the most serious actions TABC can take in cases like this,” Nettles said. “Our goal at TABC is to help alcohol retailers understand their role in keeping the peace and upholding the safety of their customers and staff. It’s my hope that by working together, we can reduce violence and help ensure a safe alcoholic beverage industry for all Texans.”

Following the cancellation, TABC will continue to work with investigators from the San Antonio Police Department, whose criminal investigation of the shooting remains under way.


Investigators from TABC’s Target Responsibility for Alcohol-Connected Emergencies (TRACE) unit and the San Antonio Police Department responded to a shooting at Boom Boom Sports Bar in the early morning of Aug. 15. The shooting resulted in the deaths of three people and injuries to several others.

TABC’s investigation sought to determine whether the sports bar’s policies or practices played a role in the shooting. One person, 34-year-old Daniel Barragan, has been arrested by San Antonio police in connection with the shooting.  

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