Located on Galveston's Seawall just steps from the beach, Captain Jack's is the only outside bar with a view of the ocean. The tiki bar atmosphere and live music on weekend nights make it a relaxing choice for a night out.
One of four bars that make up Galveston's Island Famous, Tiki Bar serves up more than 50 varieties of beers and a cocktail menu featuring Tiki's signature Pina Colada. Come watch a game on the flat screen TVs while you kick back over a cold beverage.
For a more upscale nightlife experience in Galveston, Drip is the place to be. With bottle service and a DJ, expect to dance the night away. Drinks are reasonably-priced, especially during happy hour, and the beach views are the cherry on top of this great find. A nicer alternative to its sister bar, The Spot (located next door), Drip enforces a dress code. Don't expect to get through the doors wearing a swimsuit.
For a night spot with a twist, head to Float, which boasts a an outdoor pool with a swim-up bar. While you won't find any dancing here, you can strut your stuff poolside or while taking a dip. Music plays over a juke box creating a more personalized party atmosphere and you can enjoy frozen drinks without ever having to leave the water.
Situated on the Strand, Brews Brothers is a haven for those who appreciate craft beer. With a knowledgeable staff, plenty of seats, a fantastic beer and wine selection and happy hour, this brew pub could easily become your new favorite spot in Galveston. Feel free to bring and smoke a cigar, or purchase one at the pub. Casual and cozy, this is a great spot to mingle with local regulars.
Many consider The Press Box the best sports bar in Galveston, and the owners claim the "longest happy hour" on the Isle. The food selection is great for a bar and includes signature burgers, steaks, and salads. Of course, a large-screen TV presides over the sports-related festivities, and several monitors litter The Press Box for fans to watch a game or two. A selection of specialty drinks and "the coldest beer" available round out the offerings.
The Galveston nightlife scene caters to beachgoers, but for an upscale yet trendy night on the town, 21 is a perfect alternative. Patrons can relax on custom-made sofas and enjoy one of the establishment's 20 martinis, select a glass from more than 100 wines, or order a cigar from the full-service bar. Coffee tables and a pink-felt pool table complete the decor.
Galveston may be in Texas, but that doesn't mean that the port city doesn't have a taste of the Caribbean to offer visitors. Start at Yaga's with a hearty sandwich or a delicious pizza pie, and then hang around as the night heats up with Jamaican sounds and attitude. The dance floor is the main attraction on weekends when live music revs up, sending reggae sounds wafting to the outdoor patio.
If you're heading out for a night in Galveston's arts and entertainment district, a visit to O'Malleys Stage Door is a must. This Irish pub has been pouring beers – more than 100 types – for more than 12 years now. The staff are friendly and the sandwich menu is worth a trip on its own.
Located in the historic Post Office Street arts and entertainment district, Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe is one of the best live music venues in the Houston area. Shows begin at 9pm Thursdays through Saturdays.