Whether you’re a margarita maven, a daiquiri devotee or a bourbon believer, Galveston restaurants and bars offer some of the most delicious and creatively concocted adult beverages anywhere. But which watering hole serves the best cocktails? Well, that’s up for debate, but here are some my favorites.
Taquilo’s (2101 Postoffice)
Thanks in large part to one of the island’s best happy hours - an all-day affair that stretches from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday through Friday - this spot has earned its reputation as one of the finest purveyors of cocktails by serving some of the finest margaritas in the city. Of course, the Cuervo-based house margarita ($4 during happy hour) is always an excellent choice, but signature margs such as the Jalapeno and Caliente, attract regulars from all around. They’ve also got a fully stocked bar and top notch beer selection.
Tremont House Roof Top Bar (2300 Ship Mechanic Row)
As Galveston’s lone open-air rooftop bar, this nightspot combines unprecedented views, a sophisticated vibe and outstanding cocktails. Situated atop the regal Tremont House Hotel, the Roof Top Bar has become a go-to date night destination for visitors and locals. The drink menu is a who’s who of well executed specialty drinks, such as the Goldenrod - a delightful blend of Grey Goose Le Poire vodka, lemon and La Marca Prosecco - and the Yellow Rose, which pairs Bacardi 151, Malibu coconut rum and grenadine. You’ll come for views and stay for the libations.
Rum Shack (The Spot) (3204 Seawall Blvd.)
As part of the Island Famous fun time compound that houses five drinking establishments, the Rum Shack occupies a special place in the hearts of thirsty visitors and Galvestonians alike. It’s difficult to get any more laid back than this Seawall favorite and you’ll be hard pressed to find a better mojito anywhere. The Mango Mojito is an established favorite for many, but it may begin getting a run for its money from the newly crafted Mile Zero, which uses Blue Chair Bay Key Lime Cream Run, coconut rum and orange liqueur to create a truly unique drink that you’ll instantly recommend to your friends.
Daiquiri Time Out (2701 Market)
As the name suggests, daiquiris are the calling card for this gem of a bar on the corner of 27th and Market Streets. Staffed by true mixologists, DTO takes creating unique drinks to a whole new level. Whether you opt for one of their signature daiquiris, a mai tai, a traditional cocktail like a whiskey sour, or one of the choice beers on tap, you won’t be disappointed. Designer drinks like the Suffering Bastard - a blend of bourbon, gin and bitters - and the Zombie, with its careful blend of rums, are what put DTO at the head of the class in the growing genre of craft cocktail bars.