When it’s August in Texas, waiting until the sun goes down to go out on the town qualifies as a survival tactic, but in Galveston, it’s also 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.
Tremont House Roof Top Bar
If you thought the roof of the island’s legendary Tremont House offered a great view of the setting sun, you’d be spot-on in your assessment. Since opening in 2011 as the city’s only open-air rooftop bar, this spot has been a go-to nightspot for thousands of visitors and locals. The island-sophisticated ambience, including comfy seats all around, soft lighting and a view of downtown that will take your breath away, will no doubt make you a regular.
Float Pool & Patio Bar
With a swim-up, pool-side bar offering an eclectic lineup of libations, this Seawall spot has earned its reputation as one of Galveston’s best summertime, cool-off places the old fashioned way—with great service and a fantastic vibe. Not only does it serve up a sublime view of the Gulf at sunset, but the proprietors obviously take their pool very serious. The water is always impeccably blue, clean and inviting. The margaritas are over the top good, the shrimp tacos are the stuff of legend and the burgers will knock your flip flops off!
Number 13 Prime Steak and Seafood
This must be how that one percent I keep hearing so much about does it. Not only can you settle in for some outstanding steak and seafood, The Terrace offers a beautiful view of Pelican Rest Marina to go along with the full bar and some great casual fare from the menu at this well executed restaurant located on Offats Bayou. Got a boat? Well, you could literally sail into the marina and strut right up to The Terrace and enjoy one of the coolest views in town.
Olympia Grill at Pier 21
Serving up delicious seafood with a Greek twist, this restaurant located at the ever-popular Pier 21 features an inspiring harbor vista. The wine selection is top notch and I would definitely suggest trying the gyro if you’re not exactly in the mood for seafood. But if you are in the mood for seafood … oh boy does this place know how to do it right. Oh, and if you’re in Galveston doing some fishing and you don’t feel like cooking your catch yourself, bring it on in. They’ll prepare it with their unique Greek flair.
The Sandbar at Waterman’s Restaurant
The casual, open-air Sandbar at this world-class seafood restaurant comes complete with a truly remarkable view of Galveston Bay and is the ideal venue for a romantic dinner. The crème Brulee was the perfect dessert choice, along with a fine after dinner cognac, to enjoy what just might be the most magnificent sunset I’ve ever seen. I scored some big points with the wife for choosing this little slice of heaven this summer.
Photos: The Tremont House exterior; main dining room at Waterman's Restaurant