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    Galveston offers plenty of things to do at night once the dinner bill has been paid. This stretch of barrier island has many hidden gems that will entertain you and your crew throughout the evening, often making use of the stunning coastal scenery and balmy temperatures that south Texas is blessed with.

    We've put together our favourite hotspots for individuals, couples, and families to find entertainment and relaxation after sundown. If you are a sportsman, an angler, a dancer, or simply enjoy a cold drink, be sure to dive into Galveston's unique nightlife.

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    Authentic Galveston Ghost Tours

    Don't wait for Halloween to enjoy tales of ghosts and ghouls

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    A few hours with Authentic Galveston Ghost Tours is the perfect way to spend a spooky evening in Galveston. Whether you are a thrill-seeker, on a date, or looking for a fun way to enjoy the city with the family, the ghost tour is sure to leave you shaking in your cowboy boots.

    Not only is the tour enough to give you goosebumps, but the tour guide will leave you with a respectable understanding of true historical events and will introduce you to some of the city’s oldest buildings.

    Locatie: 2315 Avenue H, Galveston, TX 77550, USA

    Open: Daily from 9 am to midnight

    Telefoonnummer: +1 972-639-6705

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    Magic Carpet Golf

    A fun and challenging mini-golf course for all ages

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    Magic Carpet Golf is an interactive getaway for an early evening with family or friends. Located next to the seawall in Galveston, the ocean breeze will kiss your skin as you make your way through the 18 holes. There are multiple courses for every level of player, with well-maintained facilities and helpful staff.

    The obstacles get more creative as the game increases, which is sure to give you hours of fun memories. If miniature golf is not your thing, they also offer batting cages where you can sharpen your home-run skills.

    Locatie: 9030 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77554, USA

    Open: Daily 8 am to 10 pm

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    The Grand 1894 Opera House

    A classic theatre with jaw-dropping architectural beauty

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    The Grand 1894 Opera House is not only a registered historical site in Texas, it still functions as the official Opera House of the State of Texas. This architectural marvel is a sight to see, and when the sun starts to set, experience a show as Texans have done for over 100 years.

    Check their calendar and book your tickets at the box office before dinner to secure the best seats in the house because the ticket booth and tour groups close at 5 pm and will only re-open 30 minutes prior to each event.

    Locatie: 2020 Postoffice St, Galveston, TX 77550, USA

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm (closed on Sundays)

    Telefoonnummer: +1 409-765-1894

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    Tin Cup’s Caddy Shack

    A sports pub with a putting green outback

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    Tin Cup’s Caddy Shack is a fusion sports pub in Galveston where you can hone your golfing skills while catching a fun buzz. The affordable drinks and full-size driving range makes the Caddy Shack an opportune spot to show off your talents and challenge your friends.

    They offer a full-service bar, outdoor patio seating, and the unique addition of a putting green as well. Once your bucket of balls has run dry, check out the inside bar where they have free pool tables and shuffleboard.

    Locatie: 9020 Stewart Rd, Galveston, TX 77554, USA

    Open: Monday–Thursday from 4 pm to 12 am, Friday–Saturday from 4 pm to 2 am, Sunday from 12 pm to 12 am

    Telefoonnummer: +1 409-974-4929

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    Bliss Lounge

    One of the hottest nightclubs in Galveston

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    Bliss Lounge is considered the best, and certainly, one of the most popular, clubs in Galveston. The venue has VIP options with tables and bottle service, perfect for birthday or bachelor parties.

    The staff are attentive and friendly, and the bartenders are famed for their delicious Sexy Mexican Margaritas. The music style varies throughout the week from euro-style dance to old-school party pop. Located near the shipping dock, Bliss is also the perfect place to loosen up before or after your time on the water.

    Locatie: 2413 Strand St, Galveston, TX 77550, USA

    Open: Thursday from 8 pm to 2 am, Friday from 4 pm to 2 am, Saturday–Sunday from 12 pm to 2 am (closed from Monday to Wednesday)

    Telefoonnummer: +1 409-763-1000

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    Sharkey’s Tavern

    This musical tavern by the sea is a locals’ favourite

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    Sharkey’s Tavern is among Galveston’s finest examples of a “local watering hole". Many people discover Sharkey's as a live music venue which regularly hosts local and travelling bands. Tuesdays are Jam Night at Sharkey’s, while weekends typically see blues or country bands take to the stage.

    The bar has a selection of draft beers and cocktails, and the wood-fired oven churns out delicious pizzas late into the night. The patio seating is a great area to catch some fresh air, and if you are a pet-owner, Sharkey's is happy to welcome your furry friends.

    Locatie: 504 25th St, Galveston, TX 77550, USA

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 12 pm

    Telefoonnummer: +1(409)443-5584

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    Buckshot Saloon

    A true Texas dancehall

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    Buckshot Saloon is one of the top honky-tonk bars on Galveston island. They deliver classic country style 3 nights a week and you won't be disappointed. Every hour is happy hour at the Buckshot Saloon with great prices on all local beer and well drinks, and their frosty margaritas will cool you down after you "kick some dust" on their spacious dance floor.

    They have a separate area for those who want to take the stage for karaoke. If you’re up for a real Texas treat, go for a spin on the mechanical bull.

    Locatie: 2409 Market St, Galveston, TX 77550, USA

    Open: Thursday–Monday from 7 pm to 2 am (closed Sunday to Wednesday)

    Telefoonnummer: +1 409-210-2825

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    Galveston's 61st Street Fishing Pier

    Enjoy a relaxing evening by the ocean

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    Galveston's 61st Street Fishing Pier is a 24-hour spot for fishing, which attracts people of all ages. Replace the sounds of the city with the sound of waves rolling under the pier. You can rent fishing gear like rods and reels and buy snacks, beer and pizza at the bait shop located at the end of the pier.

    Cast a line for a variety of fish, including reds, drums, sharks and other species, making for a good tale to tell the folks back home. The pier is not exclusive to anglers – sunsets and sunrises from the observation deck are simply divine.

    Locatie: 6101 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77551, USA

    Open: 24/7

    Telefoonnummer: +1 409-744-8365

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    Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier

    A carnival in the bay

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    Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier is a lovely way to spend the closing hours of the evening. Bring out your inner child on the Piers roller coaster and carnival-style rides. Cool off with an ice cream cone and watch the sunset glisten on the water.

    If you are on a date, there’s no better view than the highest peak of the Ferris wheel, offering a spectacular view of the beach. Also, if you’re looking for a nearby dinner destination, the famous Bubba Gump restaurant is located in the centre of the action.

    Locatie: 2501 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77550, USA

    Open: Thursday from 4 pm to 9.30 pm, Friday from 2 pm to 10 pm, Saturday from 12 pm to 10 pm, Sunday from 12 pm to 9 pm (closed Monday–Wednesday

    Telefoonnummer: +1 855-789-7437

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    Saengerfest Park

    A public park in the centre of “The Strand”

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    Saengerfest Park is a fun and free place to relax or to walk off those calories from dinner. Located in the historic district of Galveston, this park is an ideal meeting point before hitting the nearby bars and clubs on "The Strand".

    It’s common to find live music and late-night movies projected at the park as well as special festivities such as the annual Galveston Mardi Gras celebration. On quiet nights, bring a friend and immerse yourselves in a life-size game of chess on one of the largest chess boards in Texas.

    Locatie: 2302 Strand St, Galveston, TX 77550, USA

    Open: 24/7

    Telefoonnummer: +1 409-761-4102

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