There’s nothing quite like enjoying a beach vacation with the perfect cold drink in hand. Spend the day soaking up the sun along South Padre Island’s beautiful beaches, and then relax in the evening with a cold brew at one of the area’s breweries or bars. Whether you’re trying new craft beers from the tap or sipping a cold one with your toes in the sand, you’ll quickly adjust to the leisurely pace of life on the coast. For some of the best drinks around, be sure to add these top five local-only breweries in South Padre Island to your itinerary!
Longboard Bar & Grill
Enjoy your beer in a stunning waterfront setting at Longboard Bar & Grill. They boast an amazing waterfront deck, complete with white lights strung overhead. With live music every day, the atmosphere is always lively at Longboard. Time your arrival with a spectacular sunset, which is best enjoyed with a beer in hand. And if you let your conversation linger on Thursday and Friday evenings during the summer, you’ll also be treated to a fabulous fireworks display. Order an individual beer or get a bucket to share as you soak in the panoramic water views. Longboard also offers a wide variety of other drinks that include tropically inspired cocktails and an assortment of spirits. On the menu you’ll find a variety of tacos, burgers, sandwiches, and seafood entrees. Pair your beer with an order of peel & eat shrimp, available by half-pound or pound.
Unwind with a cold drink after your watersports adventure with Parrot Eyes. Not only is outfitter offer excursions such as parasailing, jet skiing, and banana boating, among other water activities, but they also boast a bar and restaurant right on the water. Snag a seat on the patio and enjoy the view of the docks as you sip a cold local brew. Parrot Eyes also offers a variety of tropically inspired cocktails, including excellent margaritas and a signature cocktail known as the parrot eyes paralyzer. Nothing goes better with a cold beer than an order of fresh fish tacos, made with local wild caught fish. A variety of other seafood dishes, burgers, and Mexican-inspired dishes are also available.
Wanna Wanna Beach Bar & Grill
Enjoy a beer with your toes in the sand at Wanna Wanna Beach Bar & Grill or snag a table on the outdoor sundeck just steps from the beach. Wanna Wanna offers the ultimate oceanfront location for a drink overlooking the water. With regular live music on the weekends, the atmosphere is always lively at Wanna Wanna Beach Bar & Grill. Their beer menu consists of around a dozen offerings, and if you’re dining and drinking with friends with a variety of tastes, you’ll also find several tropical inspired options available. Their turbo pina colada with an extra shot of dark rum is a popular option. Wanna Wanna Beach Bar & Grill is also known for their fresh seafood dishes, so be sure to order a generous portion to go alongside your brew. The fried shrimp basket is a favorite, perfectly breaded and served alongside crispy fries. For non-seafood lovers, a handful of burger options are available.
Kelly’s Irish Pub
Challenge your friends to a game of billiards or darts as you enjoy a craft brew at Kelly’s Irish Pub. Kelly’s offers a large variety of brews on tap, something that isn’t found at many bars and pubs on the island. As an added bonus, many local Texas beers are featured. Kelly’s also offers a full-service food menu, with a good mix of pub-style food and Irish specialties. Their Irish nachos consist of potatoes piled high with cheese, corned beef, bacon, salsa, sour cream, and chives, and go great with an ice-cold beer. Popular Irish specialty dishes at Kelly’s include the Reuben, fish & chips, and shepherd’s pie.
Padre Island Brewing Company
Creating a variety of craft beers right onsite, Padre Island Brewing Company is the one true brewery on South Padre Island. Large windows give an industrial view into the brewing process. The raspberry wheat is a favorite at Padre Island Brewing Company, as well as their Padre Island Pale Ale. To get a broad taste of what they have to offer, try the beer sampler, which provides a selection of five of their top beers. In addition to a large selection of craft brews, you’ll also find a full food menu at Padre Island Brewing Company. Their full menu includes appetizers, soups & salads, fresh seafood, burgers, and sandwiches.
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