Lower Gulf Coast drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Microbrewery in South Padre Island

Padre Island Brewing Company

Although it's not on the beach, this microbrewery is well worth a visit for its changing lineup of local brews. The sampler ($7) is 6oz pours of all five on tap, or if you've already picked a favorite the pitchers a…
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Wanna-Wanna Beach Bar & Grill

A picture-perfect cliché of the laid-back beach bar and restaurant. Lounge barefoot in plastic chairs on the shaded deck and take in the surf and sights. Burgers and other basics ($6 to $14) go down easy, but nothin…
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Louie's Backyard

Spring-break central, Louie's serves a mere 3000 to 4000 every night. There are multiple stages, big-name rappers, a dance floor overlooking the water, cheap booze and bar snacks, and a minimalist dress code that al…
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Boomerang Billy's Beach Bar & Grill

Billy's is behind the shambolic Surf Motel and is one of the few bars right on the sand on the gulf side. 'Mellow' sounds a bit too energetic for this ultimate crash pad. On weekend afternoons, listen to the talente…
Bar in South Padre Island


The clichés start with the thatched roof over the deck, but that doesn't stop the mixed crowd of tourists and locals from cutting loose from before the sun sets until well after midnight. Live music rocks the house.
Bar in South Padre Island

Clayton's Beach Bar

Clayton's bills itself as the biggest beach bar in Texas, and while we haven't seen them all, it's certainly the largest we can recall. There's live music fairly often and a reasonable bar selection, but you'll find…