Nightlife in Port Lavaca

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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 paint-wielding professors at The Tipsy Canvas instruct budding Rembrandts and veteran Da Vincis in the joyous practice of applying acrylic pigment. Brush bearers ages 5 to 12 can attempt linear perspective with a two-hour lesson in which they paint guitars, cupcakes, and other kid-friendly subjects. Flocks of friends can migrate to an adult class, bottle of wine and snacks in tow, for a three-hour tutorial on still-life subjects, such as delicate cherry blossoms, breezy lighthouses, or an esoteric revisit of a hand-traced turkey.

5878 Everhart Rd
Corpus Christi,
TX
US

A nonprofit community venture, the Aurora Arts Theater strives to enrich the Corpus Christi area by providing live performances that showcase the talents of local artists. Based on the book by Terrence McNally, The Full Monty follows the au-naturel aspirations of a group of unemployed steel workers in Buffalo who concoct an unlikely money-making scheme after taking note of their wives' captivation with male strippers. As the story and the wardrobe unfurls, the men discover the importance of friendship and regular waxes while renewing self-esteem and reclaiming control over their destinies.

5635 Everhart Rd
Corpus Christi,
TX
US

The Buc Days Festival has been celebrating pirate rabblerousing while raising money to gift upstanding landlubbers scholarships for more than 70 years. Festivities kick off with a mayoral dunking off of the ceremonial plank, whetting swashbuckling appetites for 10 more days of carnival tomfoolery, including music, pirate entertainment, and peg-leg pedicuring competitions.

1901 N Shorline Blvd.
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

Greek immigrant Louis Santikos founded his first movie theater in San Antonio in 1911, when silent moving pictures of train robberies and slapstick comedy were an exciting novelty. Today, the thriving regional theater empire continues the family tradition of dazzling audiences with attractions such as IMAX sensory journeys.

Santikos's expansive theaters house up to 19 screens of first-run cinematic entertainment at some locations. Equipped with popcorn and sodas, moviegoers can nervously munch and sip their way through every pulse-pounding car chase, tragic missed connection, or gripping montage of drying paint. Screenings in 3-D of select films are brought to life by the gloriously immersive illuminations of Xpand 3-D projectors.

7301 Grand Parkway
Richmond,
TX
US