Bars in Port Lavaca

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Back when Greek Brothers first opened, diners had three options: oysters on the half-shell, boiled shrimp, or pizza. Today, the menu is home to more than 50 items, and the roadhouse-style restaurant has transitioned from pizzas to grilled-to-order steaks hand-cut in house. But the roadhouse-style restaurant?characterized by exposed brick walls and Budweiser posters from the '80s?hasn't gotten above its raising. It still serves classics such as chicken-fried steak or mama Blanche's seafood gumbo.

Frequent live acts add to the light grittiness of the ambiance, and keep the dining room buzzing with the sounds of live country or classic rock bands.

133 S Mechanic St
El Campo,
TX
US

The home of "increasingly famous burgers," Wild Horse Saloon & Grill spreads out tasty pub fare in a building that previously served as a church and a community theater. After finding a seat, guests can grab a handful of free peanuts, fling the shells to the floor in slow motion, and check the menu for potential edibles. The Stampede burger's hand-pressed, one-pound patty of Angus beef is smothered in a slew of toppings including bacon, four slices of cheese, peppers, and chili and arrives with a heap of hand-cut french fries ($12.45). Diners can also blow their tongues' minds with a "somewhat famous" chicken sandwich ($7.45) or bite into the eatery's "completely obscure" fish entree, the grilled mahi mahi sandwich ($7.95). Thin-crust pizzas ($5.95–$17.95) can be ordered from a selection of signature styles, customized with an array of fresh ingredients, or quickly stacked into a pizza-cake in the event of an impromptu wedding.

212 Beach Ave
Port Aransas,
TX
US

The Tipsy Canvas first sprang into being in 2009. The founders wanted to create a new way for people to engage with art, even if they lacked experience. They found that step-by-step instruction from an artist and a glass of wine to loosen up gave people that opportunity. They now have three Texas studios where other artists follow their teaching example and help students recreate original works of art.

5878 Everhart Rd.
Corpus Christi,
TX
US

Beachside Grill & Lounge's menu mingles a bevy of breakfast, lunch, and dinner edibles with scenic views of the Gulf of Mexico. Call dozing tongue buds to attention with trumpeting orders of sweet-potato fries (starting at $4.25), chicken quesadillas ($8.50), and coconut shrimp ($7.75). Pizzas come in standard varieties, such as pepperoni ($14.25), and specialty styles, including the Texas barbecue chicken pizza, crowned with red onions and mozzarella ($15.75). Ears and eyes are equally sated with heaping helpings of Beachside's multiple TVs and live music on Fridays and Saturdays. This Groupon is also valid at the adjacent Sand Bar, perfect for outdoorsy eaters that enjoy the company of land-loving mermaids and their baritone crab overlords.

15202 Windward Dr
Corpus Christi,
TX
US

With a 2,500-square-foot patio and two bars, The Sparrow's Landing promises lots of room for relaxation. The laid-back drinking hole and grill borrows recipes from both sides of the Atlantic to create its menu, which features a burger called The Irishman with beer-battered potato planks, cheddar cheese, and whiskey barbecue sauce, as well as shrimp po' boys sided with macaroni and cheese. As for entertainment, 10 giant TVs air throughout the space and local bands take the stage to serenade guests as they sip their choice of beer on tap or specialty cocktail.

10210 South Padre Island Drive
Corpus Christi,
TX
US

When one thinks of an ice rink, the next thought is not typically of freshly baked bread, cured meats, and roasted beets with apples and blue cheese. Jambone's Grill Pub might just change that. Adjacent to the rink at the Sugar Land Ice & Sports Center, Jambone's menu of upscale pub food provides welcome respite for ice skaters. Chefs press fresh ground beef or tarragon-turkey burgers stuffed with a choice of cheese between challah buns or surround grilled chicken, salami, and provolone with slices of ciabatta. Jambone's servers pour Wayne Gretzky Estates wine or other libations from the full-service bar on the spacious patio before diners dash back to the rink to watch it not melt.

16227 Lexington Blvd
Sugar Land,
TX
US