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Corpus Christi Bars You Should Visit for a Fun Night Out

Corpus Christi is a lazy beach town on the Texas Gulf coast with clear waters and sandy beaches with views of Padre and Mustang Islands.

people cheering champagne at bars in Corpus Christi

Its many attractions revolve around its coastal location, with a massive interactive Aquarium and a naval aviation museum atop a docked WWII aircraft carrier.

In addition to its historical and natural attractions, Corpus Christi has a diverse selection of bars to enjoy warm Texas nights.

I have compiled a list of my top picks for the best bars in Corpus Christi, Texas, for you to try on your next trip.


Grandview Lounge

300 N Shoreline Blvd, Corpus Christi, TX 78401
Phone: (361) 883-5111
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Grandview Lounge is an elegant cocktail lounge on the 11th floor of Downtown Corpus Christi’s Best Western Hotel.

The floor-to-ceiling windows offer stunning views of the shoreline while the modern white-leather lounge furniture makes for a luxurious atmosphere.

Their cocktail menu features classic cocktails and fine wines. I think they make a delicious martini.


House of Rock

511 Starr St, Corpus Christi, TX 78401
Phone: (361) 882-7625
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House of Rock is a favorite downtown haunt for extravagant Chicago-style pizza, craft beer, and live rock music. When I’m trying to pick fun places to go out, this one always comes to mind.

They have live music from Thursday through Saturday and function as a family-friendly pizzeria and beer bar every day of the week.

Their beer selection features 80 beers from domestic and global breweries.


Brewster Street Ice House

Multiple Locations
Phone: (361) 884-2739
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With locations in Gardendale and downtown, Brewster Street Ice House is a family-friendly American restaurant, bar, and music venue with massive grounds housing stages, dining spaces, playgrounds, and stages.

The food menu is authentic Texas, with all-you-can-eat crawfish boils, chips, and queso and a long list of burgers, sandwiches, seafood, and blue-plate specials.

Their drink menu features a well-rounded selection of imported and domestic beers, spirits, and margaritas.


Doc’s Seafood and Steaks

13309 S Padre Island Dr, Corpus Christi, TX 78418
Phone: (361) 949-6744
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Founded by local and former Army doctor “Doc” Bill Blankenship, Doc’s Seafood and Steaks is a welcoming and charming beach-style seafood and steakhouse on Padre Island.

It’s a multilevel restaurant right on the water with a tropical atmosphere that consistently wins diner’s choice awards.

The full bar offers tropical and summery cocktails, craft beers, and wine to accompany a menu of fresh seafood and high-quality steaks.


Mesquite Street Pizza and Pasta Co.

617 N Mesquite St, Corpus Christi, TX 78401
Phone: (361) 882-7499
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If you’re looking for a place where to get a drink and eat pizza, this is it. Mesquite Street Pizza and Pasta Company is a massive multi-room restaurant, bar, and entertainment venue in Downtown Corpus Christi.

They have live music and other events along with large banquet rooms for weddings and corporate events. They have a massive menu of American favorites from pizza and pasta to burgers, sandwiches, and chicken wings.

Their drink menu consists of brightly colored tropical drinks and a selection of domestic beer.


Vernon’s

1030 3rd St, Corpus Christi, TX 78404
Phone: (361) 882-0030
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Located downtown a few blocks from McGee Beach, Vernon’s is a dive bar with a cool old-school wooden storefront with a giant retro neon sign.

They have a stage for live music and a chill back patio for enjoying cheap beer and wine and bar snacks. I like to head to Vernon’s for the cheapest happy hour beers in town.


Pelican Lounge

14330 S Padre Island Dr, Corpus Christi, TX 78418
Phone: (361) 949-8222
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Another Padre Island haunt, Pelican Lounge is a casual sports bar with live music, shuffleboard, a full American food menu, and fun weekly events like karaoke and Sunday football-watching parties.

They offer a full bar with cocktails and draft beer. I went for their Taco Tuesdays to delight in a cold beer and fresh fish tacos.


The Barrel

15201 S Padre Island Dr #110, Corpus Christi, TX 78418
Phone: (361) 949-4819
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The Barrel is a high-end tapas and wine bar on Padre Island minutes away from Packery Channel. The Barrel has a romantic atmosphere and award-winning multi-course meals to pair with an extensive global wine list.

They also offer a full cocktail list. I had a glass of cabernet with a plate of the best crab cakes I’ve ever tasted.


Turn 5 Bar

6701 Old Brownsville Rd #9744, Corpus Christi, TX 78417
Phone: (361) 678-8827
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Turn 5 is one of those places to go out for a casual night out. It’s a sports bar at the South Texas Speedway, overlooking the racetrack.

If a race isn’t in action, you can watch sports games on one of their TVs or play a game of pool or darts in the bar space.

Turn 5 has a full spirit bar with a selection of moderately priced beers.


Snoopy’s Pier

13313 S Padre Island Dr, Corpus Christi, TX 78418
Phone: (361) 949-8815
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Snoopy’s Pier is a seafood restaurant, ice cream shop, and outdoor venue with an old-fashioned country-store-type atmosphere.

It’s inside an old bait and burger joint atop a long fishing pier overlooking the Intracoastal waterway. There’s something for the whole family at Snoopy’s Pier, so it’s one of those fun places to get drinks.

They have a selection of beer and wine to accompany a long list of fresh seafood and shellfish. After dinner, I recommend heading to the ice cream shop to try a Chocolate barnacle cookie.


Flanagan’s Downtown

417 Starr St, Corpus Christi, TX 78401
Phone: (361) 883-1345
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Located a few blocks from Harrison’s Landing, Flanagan’s Downtown is a rowdy sports bar, dance club, and bar with the best daily drink specials to fuel late-night partying.

You can party like it’s spring break at the beach year-round at Flanagan’s with live DJ sets from 10-2 am. They offer cheap beer, liquor, and well drinks.

I don’t think you can beat 1$ beer specials!


Black Monk Tavern

5712 Gollihar Rd, Corpus Christi, TX 78412
Phone: (361) 334-2932
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Black Monk Tavern is a South Corpus pub and bar with a rock and roll and metal vibe, featuring live music that spans the rock genre and weekly vinyl nights.

They offer craft cocktails and a full menu of Texas-style bar fare, from tacos to seafood platters. I went for a tasty Paloma cocktail to pair with an amazing surf and turf sandwich called The Surfin Swine, with pulled pork, shrimp, braised onions, and coleslaw.


Tapology Texas Pub

4334 S Staples St, Corpus Christi, TX 78411
Phone: (361) 334-0413
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Tapology Texas Pub is a Southside neighborhood pub and taproom with the best selection of beers in Corpus and friendly and knowledgeable staff to guide you to one that suits your palate.

The atmosphere is laid-back, and the taproom is spacious enough for easy conversation. I was impressed with their IPA selection and local Corpus beers on tap.


Final Thoughts

Corpus Christi’s bars run the gamut from rock-n-roll taverns to tapas bars. My list of the best bars in Corpus Christi, Texas, offers diverse cocktails, food, and atmospheres.

Leave a comment below about which bars from my list you liked the most.


Best Bars in Corpus Christi

  1. Grandview Lounge
  2. House of Rock
  3. Brewster Street Ice House
  4. Doc’s Seafood and Steaks
  5. Mesquite Street Pizza and Pasta Co.
  6. Vernon’s
  7. Pelican Lounge
  8. The Barrel
  9. Turn 5 Bar
  10. Snoopy’s Pier
  11. Flanagan’s Downtown
  12. Black Monk Tavern
  13. Tapology Texas Pub

Paul Kushner

I have always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. My restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time I turned 17 I was serving tables, and by 19 I was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.

In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, I opened my first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

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