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Whether you’re after a twinkling city skyline or a sweeping vista of the Gulf, Galveston Island offers a host watering holes offer plenty of scenery to sip by.

Number 13, 7809 Broadway, 409-572-2650. Whether in the bar or on the terrace, you’ll enjoy both expansive views of the Pelican Rest Marina and smart craft cocktails, or perhaps a bottle from Number 13’s vast wine list.

The Rooftop Bar at The Tremont House, 2300 Ship’s Mechanic Row, 409-763-0300. It doesn’t get more romantic than this aerie, four stories above historic downtown Galveston, with its tremendous view of the nightlife and the harbor beyond.

The Sandbar at Waterman’s Restaurant, 14302 Stewart Rd., 409-632-0233. Adjacent to Waterman’s steakhouse, this casual bar welcomes shorts and flip-flops, offering burgers, beer and a great Galveston Bay view.

Float Pool & Patio Bar, 2828 Seawall Blvd., 409-765-7946. This two-story bar on the Seawall offers two equally compelling views: the ocean and the festivities on display in the pool and swim-up bar below.

RumShack, 3204 Seawall Blvd., 409-621-5327. One of four themed bars surrounding beachfront restaurant The Spot, this particular palapa bar is known island-wide for its tropical, rum-based creations.

Longboard Pool Bar, 1702 Seawall Blvd., 409-762-4141. This bar made a splash with its set-up: Well-dressed patrons can’t order drinks until they swim across a pool. Watch the fun or take the plunge yourself.

Must-Do Summer Activities on Galveston Island

Galveston’s social calendar is filled year-round with all manner of cool events, but the summertime takes this wealth of festive riches to the extremes. Read more.

10 Reasons You Should Get On "Island Time" in Galveston

The return of summer in the Lone Star State heralds the arrival of warm weather, vibrant blue skies and blooming bluebonnets. Read more.

Galveston's Music Scene Is a Sure Shot for Summer of '17

For sure, the island’s glistening beaches, cool historic downtown shops and East End Victorian homes beckon you to stop by, but Galveston’s live music scene is also another sure shot for big fun. Read more.

Galveston's Best Happy Hours

Any pub or restaurant can offer a few half-hearted drink specials, roll out some frozen fish sticks and call it “Happy Hour.” But true Happy Hour magic? Well, that my thirsty friends, is the province of establishments that understand what the term really means. Read more.

The Debate Is Over: The Margarita Was Invented In Galveston

A lot of sources debate our claim that Santos Cruz invented the margarita at the Balinese Room for singer Peggy Lee. Read more.

Get a Taste of Downtown Galveston

Galveston’s 70-block historic downtown is a veritable treasure chest of culture Read more.

Group Activities Beckon & Abound on Galveston Island

If you’re looking for group activities, there’s plenty of things to on our charming little island. Read more.

Galveston.com Announces 2016 Best of the Island Winners

After weeks of nominations and tens of thousands of votes, we at Galveston.com are thrilled to present the Winners of the 2016 BEST OF GALVESTON AWARDS, "the Oscars of the Gulf Coast" according to The Houston Chronicle. Read more.

The Island Chills at DTO

DTO Galveston has a distinctly island chill ambience, and is one of those hidden gems that may not stay hidden for long. Read more.

Drinks With a View

Sunset in Galveston offers a great opportunity to enjoy a cold adult beverage in one of the many watering holes that offer an unbeatable ambience and a great view of the sunset. Read more.

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