Connolly's: Island Irish Bar
Connolly's is a typical Irish bar located in the Strand District of downtown Galveston. Let's see, not much else that is out-of -the -ordinary with this bar, but they do have lots of seating, a few pool tables, cheap beer, and decent live music generally on the weekends. Pretty sizable college crowd on the weekends as well from the University of Texas and Texas A&M campuses located the island. But other than that, not much unlike any other Irish bar you would step foot in.
Dress Code: Nope, not here! Casual
Balinese Room: "It was down at the Balinese!"
The Balinese Room is a nightlife landmark of sorts in Galveston, with quite an interesting history. During the 1940's & 50's, it was an extremely popular spot among the rich and famous, frequented by such stars as Howard Hughes, and featuring entertainment by Bob Hope and Frank Sinatra among others. One reason for the Balinese Room's popularity during this time was the illegal gambling that took place here. The owners had many ties with the mob, who bribed many local officials and law enforcement officers. Eventually the Texas Rangers shut down the club in the late 1950's, and it remained closed for nearly 30 years. In 2001, the Balinese Room reopened as a live music venue, along with several new retail shops on the pier. You will find people of several different age groups here; quite a few local college student frequent it, as well as many middle-aged people. It's a great place to hear live music, generally local rock & blues bands from Galveston or Houston are playing. Incidentally, the band ZZ Top released the song "Balinese" in 1975 about the craziness that went on at the Balinese room!
Dress Code: Very casual, it's on the beach!
The Poop Deck: Good Times....esp. during Mardi Gras
The Poop Deck...what a name for a place! However, it's a fun bar and place to have a night out. Enjoy the range of people and ages.
If you're there for Mardi Gras, catch some beads from the bottom or throw from the top :)
Dress Code: Shorts and flip-flops
Strand Area: For A college and Beach town.....
Galveston has a college and a lot of Spring break/ Summer vacation business. What it does not have is a plethora of choices to choose from for the 18-26 year old crowd. For dancing you best bet is Yaga's on Post office. Connelly's, O'Malley's and Old Cellar are nice for a drink as is Whiskey Blues which changes location frequently
Various: Nightlife on Strand
There are bars and nightclubs scattered all through Galveston; but many of the best ones are on Strand in the "Old Strand Historic District". I just stuck my head in a few of these but did not stay long. It was still a little early and there was not much going on. Good spot for pub crawling because there are several places within stumbling distance of each other.
- Wine Tasting
- Beer Tasting
Float: Beach front, Pool side, DRINKS!
This is a pool bar on the Seawall. You can sit in the pool and swim up to the bar or you can walk up to the bar and watch the crazy folks swimming in the pool. They have events all year long and the staff is very friendly. It does have a very wide variety of age groups and you do have to be 21 to enter.
Dress Code: Anything but your birthday suit! lol
Poop Deck: It sure Catches Your Eye
It was once described as a biker bar but apparently not so now but it still has that theme and the veranda gives a great view of the ocean. Lady Liberty is also up there. Sounds a bit of a "hoot" to visit but then head to the veranda with drink in hand and enjoy the sunset view.
Dress Code: I don't think you need to be too fussy.
The Grand Opera House
The Grand Opera House has seen many international stars in her day such as Sarah Bernhardt, Paderewski and Anna Pavlova and is one of the few remaining theatres of its era in Texas and of course listed in the National Register of Historic Places. It has also been named "The Official Opera House of Texas."
Throughout its history it has survived the storms of 1900 and 1915 as well as Hurricanes Carla and Alicia followed by years of neglect. After the devastating storm of 1900 The Grand was quickly repaired and reopened. The front opening of the building is small and almost invisible but the rear of the building is plastered with large paintings of past entertainers.
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