Port Aransas Bucket List

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Bar Scene

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Port Aransas

Bar Scene

You can get a drink at pretty much any restaurant in town but if you are looking for the real deal, the party hardy, the dance the night away kinda place here is a list of our favs and what to expect at each one. So Pick one or pick em all!!  We also have a comprehensive Pub Crawl option below!

Port Aransas is officially a “Music Friendly Community” by the Texas Music Office. You can find many local artists playing at many fun and lively restaurants and bars around town. For a thorough list of upcoming concerts and live music check out our calendar page, we’ve got you covered.

Port Aransas

Bar Scene

wooden sign for the Salty Dog Saloon says spirits, no bait, dancing, coolest honky tonk on the texas riviera

Salty Dog

203 Allister St

The ol’ Salty Dog Saloon has had a facelift since Hurrican Harvey but the classic Salty Dog vibe is holding strong. This is the coolest honky tonk this side of the Texas Riviera! 

Adults Only

eclectic front porch of the Gaff bar in port Aransas

The Gaff

323 Beach St.

This is an awesome little bar with a big back porch!  It is pirate-themed with freshly made pizza, calzones, subs, beer, wine & sangria! 

Inside is a Slot machine and outside you have belt sander races, chicken bingo, darts, live music & more!

Family Friendly

hundreds of hats hanging from the ceiling of shorty's place in port aransas

Shortys Place

101 Beach St

Has moved! It is now at the corner of Allister and Beach St. It consists of the original Shorty’s building, the old Boardhouse building, and the old Conesoeur /Coastal Ed’s Building.

It is what it is – a dive bar on the coast! Local hangout, cheap beer, and live music.

skulls and disco balls from the ceiling with a large moose on the wall

Treasure Island

315 Allister St

The vibe is everything you want in a coastal beach town. Live music, cool decor and bartenders that know how to make a good drink!

Usually has a live band. 

Adults Only



315 Allsiter St

Dance the night away at Pleaures Night Club! Conveniently located in the same building as Treasure Island! 

Dance music all night long!!

Adults Only


Bernies Beach House

730 Trout St

Bernie’s is a Port A staple! It’s a dive bar you gotta go to at least once. The booths are made of old car seats, the decor is well.. entertaining… the drinks are good the food is decent…. the late-night dancing is off the hook! 

DJ Spinning dance music all night long!!

Adults only

Upper deck of the Sand Bar in Port Aransas has a wrap around bar with covered outdoor seating with string lights

sand bar

118 Cut Off Rd
Sand Bar is located on Cutoff Rd near the ferry entrance. This 2 story bar is super clean and has a sweeeeet view of the bay from the upper deck. 

Usually has live music on the weekends. 

Adults Only

VFW Post 8967 in Port Aransas Texas


311 Allister St. 

Friendliest VFW around! Don’t be discouraged by the name they are open to the public and always down for a good time.  

Live music is usually on Wednesdays and weekends!

Family Friendly

two craft cocktail drinks and a candle on a table in a low lite room n port aransas texas

Palm Social

801 Tarpon St.

This vibey spot offers fresh cocktails and music in the heart of historic Downtown Port Aransas. Sunday Mimosa Bar with Indoor and Outdoor seating.

Adults only 


Bron’s Backyard

314 E Avenue G Port

If you’re looking for the perfect island hangout, Bron’s is the place to be. Get transported to a backyard where you can enjoy your drinks on a stool or a swing. Yard games like cornhole or giant Jenga, live music, tasty food, drinks and snow-cones make this place fun for the whole family. Whether it’s Girl’s Night Out, or date night, be sure to try a refreshing adult beverage & some fried mushrooms while swinging in the backyard at Bron’s.

Live Music almost every night! 

Family Friendly

361 Bar

361 Bar

1023 HWY 361

is not for everyone…. They do allow smoking inside and regulars tend to be served first. 

Adults Only

outdoor covered wrap around bar with swings and led string lights


905 HWY 361

Often called the Swing Bar, you can swing with friends or swing with others’ friends but I promise its not THAT kinda place. But you can choose one of many swings around the bar to relax and sip on a cocktail. This is a covered outdoor bar that offers live music most days. They also have offer drive through options aswell. 

Sports on TV, Live Music Most weekends

Family Friendly

Outdoor swing area at BierHaus in Port Aransas Texas

Beir Hause

Corner of Ave G and 11th St

Swing away and watch all the people go by at one of the busiest intersections in town. 

Full Bar and great food on the menu! 

Family Friendly

Picture of Texas Reds Riviera in Port Aransas Texas

Texas Reds Riviera

315 Allister across from IGA

Texas Red’s Riviera is your classic friendly hole-in-wall local bar.  Worth a stop for a beer and rub shoulders with some locals. 

Adults Only

Picture of Kody's Restaurant and Bar in Port Aransas Texas


2034 HWY 361

Open Everyday 11am – 2am
( kitchen closes @1am)

Full Bar, Seafood, Steaks, Burgers and Sandwiches. One bite and your hooked! 

Not golf cart accessible

Port Aransas

Pub Crawl

If you were doing the Ultimate Port A Pub Crawl. This would be a good suggested order in which to go. Starting with the chill scene and ending with the dance party scene!!

Here it is in Google Maps to help guide you on your Port A Pub Crawl tour.

Beerhut, 361 Bar, Bron’s Backyard, Gaff, Shorty’s New Location on Beach St., Salty Dog, SIP Yard Coming Soon in 2024, Treasure Island, Pleasures, Bernies

Gulf Coast Taxi (361) 749-0850

Port A Taxi  (361) 749-3333

Always remember to drive safe and never operate a car or golf cart under the influence. 

Be prepared with a designated driver and keep a taxi number handy.

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