Far be it from us to EVER go to a chain restaurant when we’re on vacation, but we did happen upon one (and in our defense, we didn’t know it was a chain) called Fisherman’s Wharf, part of the Landry’s Seafood empire. We stopped in for two reasons. First, we had just gone on a Harbor Tour and we were hot. And thirsty. But second and more importantly, we had to buy something in a restaurant so that we could get our parking validated. So spend $10 on parking or $5 on happy hour beer at 11:00 a.m.? You can guess what we chose.
Our other favorite cocktail experience was at the Rum Shack, the newest bar at The Spot, a Galveston institution with multiple levels and multiple venues. The Rum Shack also had a great happy hour, with super-cheap frozen Mojitos. Plus, it has a great view of the ocean and even on a hot afternoon, there was a wonderful breeze on the patio.
A few short blocks from our hotel was Third Coast Bar, a friendly neighborhood gay bar with some of the coldest draft beer we’ve ever had. The bar features drag, karaoke, and plenty of special events. We went during the week, so it wasn’t busy, but we had fun chatting up the locals who were very welcoming. Same thing at Stars Beach Club, an ideally located gay bar right next door to The Spot, so it has an incredible view of the ocean. Again, it was a weeknight and pretty empty, but we asked around and hear that both of these spots are packed on the weekend.
So cheers to Galveston! Next time, we promise, we’ll do a little more cocktail research.