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The Island Chills at DTO

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The small, white and rather non-descript looking building on the corner of 27th and Market streets could almost go unnoticed if not for the cool neon sign out front, but oh the liquid treasures you’ll find once you step inside Daiquiri Time Out.

Despite being located off The Strand, Daiquiri Time Out—DTO to the people in the know—has no trouble attracting large crowds of devoted fans of mixology. It may be a little off the beaten path, but thanks to its laser focus on making the best drinks on the island, this establishment is setting the bar pretty high in the world of craft cocktails.

While the exterior plays it close to the vest, the interior, complete with an airy vibe accented by wood and exposed brick walls and a great use of lighting to set the mood, allows you to settle in and enjoy a signature daiquiri, mai tai or other carefully hand crafted drink. Think old school corner bar meets new age attention to detail and ingredients. But if a daiquiri or mai tai doesn’t do it for you, rest assured they have a full bar and a nice selection of choice beers on tap.

The cocktails are all made by professional mixologists who are as skilled at making “designer” drinks like the Suffering Bastard or a classic like a whiskey sour. Plus, these guys really know their stuff and delight in regaling you with the finer points behind the creation of your drink of choice, and that’s a big part of the allure at DTO. Many of the customers—and certainly the regulars—come here not because they want to knock back as many drinks as they can in a couple of hours, but to enjoy the experience and dissect the flavors of their adult beverage and have an adult conversation with its creator.

After initially being intrigued by the Suffering Bastard’s unique blend of bourbon, gin and turbinado bitters—whatever those are!—I couldn’t resist the Zombie’s melding of various rums, pineapple juice, passionfruit and those turbinado bitters and, suffice it to say, I was not disappointed: it’s probably the most delicious daiquiri I’ve ever bellied up to the bar for. Sure, I could’ve had both the Bastard and the Zombie but, alas, it was a school night. But that only means I’ve already scheduled my return DTO engagement for a weekend in the near future.

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

Article written by Rod Evans

A veteran journalist, writer and editor with experience in print, broadcast and online media. I am the former editor in chief of Health & Fitness Sports Magazine in Houston and am currently a freelance writer.