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When the sun goes down, an entirely different side of the city is revealed. ShermansTravel experts sort through the dives and overpriced cocktails to show you the best bars and nightspots that really give a taste of the local vibe, while also pointing out the jazz clubs, theater performances, and dancehalls that travelers might not find on their own.

Galveston Nightlife

21 Wine and Martini Bar

Oversized sofas and lounge chairs lend this bar a 1920s, speakeasy-feel. Settle in with a glass of wine or a specialty martini from their impressive selection. Imported beers and cigars are also available.

2102 Post Office St., TX, 409-762-2101,
Tags: nightlife | trendy | lounge | wine bar | martini bar

Balinese Room

Channel Frank Sinatra (he’s played here) at this historic, water-view nightclub from the 1940s (the building sits on a pier that extends 600 feet into the gulf). Music today ranges from rock to reggae.

2107 Seawall Blvd., TX, 409-762-9696,
Tags: nightlife | historic | smart splurge | bar


Martinis, margaritas, munchies, and young-ish hotties on the dance floor grooving to techno beats make this a happening hotspot five days a week.

2410 Strand, TX, 409-763-1000,
Tags: luxury | nightlife | dancing | nightclub

Café Madrid

A hotspot on Post Office Street, Café Madrid features Spanish tapas, live jazz on Fridays and Saturdays, and a full bar.

2111 Post Office St., TX, 409-765-8272
Tags: nightlife | trendy | jazz


Believe it or not, this nightspot is family-friendly. Indoors, a bar overlooks the Gulf; outdoors, a pool features a swim-up bar. Live bands entertain guests year-round – check the website’s calendar for performance details.

2828 Seawall, TX, 409-765-7946,
Tags: family | nightlife | pool bar


Known for its entertainment (karaoke, top DJs) and large dance floor, this gay club attracts a mixed-crowd of men, women, and drag queens. Spanning multiple levels are several full-service bars, lounges, and a game room.

2409 Market St., TX, 409-750-8571,
Tags: nightlife | lounge | dancing | gay | nightclub

Woody's Bar

Enjoy a cold one at this biker-favorite – one Galveston’s few beachside bars. Adirondack chairs on the deck are perfect for relaxing, day or night. Great Gulf of Mexico views are an added bonus.

11149 FM 3005, TX, 409-740-6969
Tags: nightlife | patio | billiards

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