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Imbibe at These 16 Galveston Dive Bars

At these bars, you can mingle with islanders and watch the waves crash in

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Unbeknownst to some, Galveston is a dive bar town. From the Seawall to Broadway, streets are lined with dimly-lit joints stockpiled with cold longnecks, an assortment of whiskeys, and laid-back vibes that are welcoming to locals and tourists alike.

Chances are, if you order a martini, they might not have the ingredients. But these dives are less about the fancy stuff, and more about the things that matter — imbibing in good company. So grab a few bucks for the jukebox, some quarters for the pool table, and get comfortable with an unfussy drink that might be served in a plastic cup. The atmosphere will make up for it. Here are Galveston’s best dives.

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1. Sandy's Country Store

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1402 Strand St
Galveston, TX 77550
(409) 766-1611

Decorated with seashell creations hanging from the ceiling and a sleepy, overweight bar cat that takes refuge on the counter, Sandy’s is one of a kind. Though you won’t find martinis or Moscow mules, cans of beer and shots of whiskey are promised. If the doors are open, be sure to stop in. The hours are random. 

2. Murphy's Pub

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213-215 22nd St
Galveston, TX 77550
(409) 762-6167
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This old-school dive offers an impressive beer selection, a pool table, and late-night pizza served until 2 a.m. Located near a port with tourists disembarking from cruise ships, it’s also a great place to meet people passing through.

3. Patrick’s Bar

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2411 Strand St B
Galveston, TX 77550
(409) 750-9535
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The Strand’s go-to dive is a nice respite on the island, offering a place to bask in the ice-cold air conditioning while hitting the tourist beat. Daily drink specials range from draft beers and Deep Eddy bloody marys to cheap buckets during football season, with a big-screen TV to watch sports.

4. Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe

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413 20th St
Galveston, TX 77550
(409) 762-9199
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If you’re a music lover, chances are you’ve heard of this iconic venue, which promises beer, wine, and coffee only. A must-stop for up-and-coming singers from Texas and beyond, the Old Quarter features live blues, jazz, and acoustic performances every night of the week.

5. O'Malley's Stage Door

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2022 Postoffice St
Galveston, TX 77550
(409) 763-1731
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A favorite among bartenders, this watering hole is always brimming with interesting people and beckons casual conversation with its wraparound design. Don’t miss out on the kitchen specialties like the classic Reuben sandwich and the daily specials at its low-key happy hour, which keep guests in stitches from the wild stories that locals share.

6. Old Cellar Bar

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2013 Postoffice St
Galveston, TX 77550
(409) 763-4477
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This island standard is two bars in one. Molly’s, on the left, features a long bar with plenty of space to talk in private, while Old Cellar bar has its own bartender, jukebox, and a dartboard for those up for a challenge. For the Irish whisky drinkers, both have plenty of options to choose from. Be sure to ask for Snow, one of the city’s beloved bartenders.

7. Jack's Pub On Post Office

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2406 Postoffice St
Galveston, TX 77550
(409) 539-5595
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Another true local hangout, Jack’s has a killer kitchen that serves late-night fried pork chops, big steaks, juicy burgers, and pizza loaded with toppings. Here, you’ll rub elbows with bartenders and the guys pulling the daily catch out of the Gulf’s waters.

8. Press Box

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2401 Postoffice St
Galveston, TX 77550
(409) 765-5958

Known for its older, less rowdy crowd, this hole in the wall offers a laid-back island vibe, with plenty of chilled-out conversation. Hungry? Grab the best mushroom and swiss burger on the island and breathe in the salty air on the back patio.

9. Albatross

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815 21st St
Galveston, TX 77550
(409) 765-5778
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Though dancing and karaoke are typical offerings, Albatross also offers impromptu barbecue, shot-chugging contests, and live music depending on the night. On any day, though, expect strong drinks, plenty of people watching, and the best kind of chaos.

10. The Library Bar

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904 Avenue M
Galveston, TX 77550
(409) 632-7236
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This library is less about books and more about drinks and vibes. Found right off the beach, this skateboarder hangout is an island dream that’s open seven days a week from 2 p.m. until midnight. Visitors can jam out to punk rock tunes from live bands, and check out the waves crashing in while enjoying their drink of choice.

11. Island Pier Club

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1702 Avenue O
Galveston, TX 77550
(409) 443-5114
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Whether this neighborhood hangout is the best dive in town is up for debate. What sets it apart, though, is the loud music, the fun bartenders ready to party, and its great service.

12. Robert's Lafitte

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2501 Avenue Q
Galveston, TX 77550
(409) 765-9092
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This gay dive features a popular drag show, beach views, and a back patio that can go from mild to wild within a song. Plus, there’s a swimming pool and occasional late-night movie showings on the big screen outside.

13. Gizmo Bar

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2102 26th St
Galveston, TX 77550
(409) 539-5740
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An authentic neighborhood sports bar, Gizmo is a hot spot for islanders just getting off work or tourists in the know. In it for a cold Bud Light and an Astros game? This is the spot.

14. The Poop Deck

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2928 Seawall Blvd
Galveston, TX 77550

Watch the waves — and interesting strangers — roll in at this no-frills seawall spot. The Poop Deck offers prime views of the Gulf and people walking by en masse on busy weekends. Known for notoriously cheap drinks, this bar also promises riveting pool matches, a cast of regulars, and a mean margarita.

15. Hurricane II

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2414 39th St
Galveston, TX 77550
(409) 443-5866

Drive by this nondescript building with its simple sign, and you’ll wonder what kind of magic happens inside. Take the gamble. Strong vodka sodas, whiskey Cokes, and a whole lot of island locals ready to cut up await — plus a pool table with some friendly competition.

16. Woody's Bar

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11149 Termini-San Luis Pass Rd
Galveston, TX 77554
(409) 740-6969

Near the island’s end, Woody’s offers stunning views of a quiet Gulf from all sides. The bottles of beer are cheap, and whatever the drink order — be it cranberry and vodka or a double Jameson — it’s coming strong. If you’re coming to the island on your Harley, this out-of-the-way joint is worth the ride.

1. Sandy's Country Store

1402 Strand St, Galveston, TX 77550

Decorated with seashell creations hanging from the ceiling and a sleepy, overweight bar cat that takes refuge on the counter, Sandy’s is one of a kind. Though you won’t find martinis or Moscow mules, cans of beer and shots of whiskey are promised. If the doors are open, be sure to stop in. The hours are random. 

1402 Strand St
Galveston, TX 77550

2. Murphy's Pub

213-215 22nd St, Galveston, TX 77550

This old-school dive offers an impressive beer selection, a pool table, and late-night pizza served until 2 a.m. Located near a port with tourists disembarking from cruise ships, it’s also a great place to meet people passing through.

213-215 22nd St
Galveston, TX 77550

3. Patrick’s Bar

2411 Strand St B, Galveston, TX 77550

The Strand’s go-to dive is a nice respite on the island, offering a place to bask in the ice-cold air conditioning while hitting the tourist beat. Daily drink specials range from draft beers and Deep Eddy bloody marys to cheap buckets during football season, with a big-screen TV to watch sports.

2411 Strand St B
Galveston, TX 77550

4. Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe

413 20th St, Galveston, TX 77550

If you’re a music lover, chances are you’ve heard of this iconic venue, which promises beer, wine, and coffee only. A must-stop for up-and-coming singers from Texas and beyond, the Old Quarter features live blues, jazz, and acoustic performances every night of the week.

413 20th St
Galveston, TX 77550

5. O'Malley's Stage Door

2022 Postoffice St, Galveston, TX 77550

A favorite among bartenders, this watering hole is always brimming with interesting people and beckons casual conversation with its wraparound design. Don’t miss out on the kitchen specialties like the classic Reuben sandwich and the daily specials at its low-key happy hour, which keep guests in stitches from the wild stories that locals share.

2022 Postoffice St
Galveston, TX 77550

6. Old Cellar Bar

2013 Postoffice St, Galveston, TX 77550

This island standard is two bars in one. Molly’s, on the left, features a long bar with plenty of space to talk in private, while Old Cellar bar has its own bartender, jukebox, and a dartboard for those up for a challenge. For the Irish whisky drinkers, both have plenty of options to choose from. Be sure to ask for Snow, one of the city’s beloved bartenders.

2013 Postoffice St
Galveston, TX 77550

7. Jack's Pub On Post Office

2406 Postoffice St, Galveston, TX 77550

Another true local hangout, Jack’s has a killer kitchen that serves late-night fried pork chops, big steaks, juicy burgers, and pizza loaded with toppings. Here, you’ll rub elbows with bartenders and the guys pulling the daily catch out of the Gulf’s waters.

2406 Postoffice St
Galveston, TX 77550

8. Press Box

2401 Postoffice St, Galveston, TX 77550

Known for its older, less rowdy crowd, this hole in the wall offers a laid-back island vibe, with plenty of chilled-out conversation. Hungry? Grab the best mushroom and swiss burger on the island and breathe in the salty air on the back patio.

2401 Postoffice St
Galveston, TX 77550

9. Albatross

815 21st St, Galveston, TX 77550

Though dancing and karaoke are typical offerings, Albatross also offers impromptu barbecue, shot-chugging contests, and live music depending on the night. On any day, though, expect strong drinks, plenty of people watching, and the best kind of chaos.

815 21st St
Galveston, TX 77550

10. The Library Bar

904 Avenue M, Galveston, TX 77550

This library is less about books and more about drinks and vibes. Found right off the beach, this skateboarder hangout is an island dream that’s open seven days a week from 2 p.m. until midnight. Visitors can jam out to punk rock tunes from live bands, and check out the waves crashing in while enjoying their drink of choice.

904 Avenue M
Galveston, TX 77550

11. Island Pier Club

1702 Avenue O, Galveston, TX 77550

Whether this neighborhood hangout is the best dive in town is up for debate. What sets it apart, though, is the loud music, the fun bartenders ready to party, and its great service.

1702 Avenue O
Galveston, TX 77550

12. Robert's Lafitte

2501 Avenue Q, Galveston, TX 77550

This gay dive features a popular drag show, beach views, and a back patio that can go from mild to wild within a song. Plus, there’s a swimming pool and occasional late-night movie showings on the big screen outside.

2501 Avenue Q
Galveston, TX 77550

13. Gizmo Bar

2102 26th St, Galveston, TX 77550

An authentic neighborhood sports bar, Gizmo is a hot spot for islanders just getting off work or tourists in the know. In it for a cold Bud Light and an Astros game? This is the spot.

2102 26th St
Galveston, TX 77550

14. The Poop Deck

2928 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77550

Watch the waves — and interesting strangers — roll in at this no-frills seawall spot. The Poop Deck offers prime views of the Gulf and people walking by en masse on busy weekends. Known for notoriously cheap drinks, this bar also promises riveting pool matches, a cast of regulars, and a mean margarita.

2928 Seawall Blvd
Galveston, TX 77550

15. Hurricane II

2414 39th St, Galveston, TX 77550

Drive by this nondescript building with its simple sign, and you’ll wonder what kind of magic happens inside. Take the gamble. Strong vodka sodas, whiskey Cokes, and a whole lot of island locals ready to cut up await — plus a pool table with some friendly competition.

2414 39th St
Galveston, TX 77550

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16. Woody's Bar

11149 Termini-San Luis Pass Rd, Galveston, TX 77554

Near the island’s end, Woody’s offers stunning views of a quiet Gulf from all sides. The bottles of beer are cheap, and whatever the drink order — be it cranberry and vodka or a double Jameson — it’s coming strong. If you’re coming to the island on your Harley, this out-of-the-way joint is worth the ride.

11149 Termini-San Luis Pass Rd
Galveston, TX 77554

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