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5 Great Beach Bars to Drink in the View

by Visit Corpus Christi Texas

5 Great Beach Bars - Kokomo
photo courtesy of Emerald Beach/Kokomo’s

As Kahlil Gibran once said, “In one drop of water are found all the secrets of all the oceans.” Well, after one drop of any of these adult libations, you might be ready to spill all your secrets to the first willing listener. Don’t say we didn’t warn you. Here are 5 Great Beach Bars with great drinks and great views:

1. Kokomo’s at Emerald Beach

5 Great Beach Bars - Kokomo
photo courtesy of Emerald Beach/Kokomo’s

Welcome to Corpus Christi’s only full-service hotel at water’s edge and so close to downtown: The Emerald Beach Hotel. Located on Shoreline Boulevard, at the curve where it becomes Ocean Drive, this hotel is home to the Sandpiper Restaurant, the hotel lounge SandBar as well as the popular beachfront Kokomo’s Bar.

5 Great Beach Bars - Kokomo

5 Great Beach Bars - Kokomo
photos courtesy of Emerald Beach/Kokomo’s

Open seasonally (March-October), Kokomo’s is one of the bayfront’s best-kept secrets. Despite this, it manages to stay packed, so someone’s been spilling the beans, for sure! You don’t need to be a guest of the hotel to enjoy Kokomo’s live music and/or karaoke or to order bar-side service from the restaurant, but one sip of their hospitality might have you checking out availability for your next visit.

What You May Order:

  • The Piña-Colada-Strawberry Daquiri Swirl
  • Kokomo’s Coconut Punch
  • A bevy of frozen concoctions and beer, beer, beer

What You May See:

  • Corpus Christi Bay
  • Folks playing sand volleyball
  • Ships on the way through the bay

2. Fajitaville on the Beach

5 Great Beach Bars - Fajitaville

5 Great Beach Bars - Fajitaville
top photo by Visit Corpus Christi, bottom photos via Fajitaville on the Beach Facebook page

Find your way to the North Beach ferris wheel, and you’ll be right in the heart of Fajitaville, a three-story complex right on the sand and next to Hotel DeVille. The ferris wheel winks to the area’s history as the “Coney Island of the Gulf Coast.”

History repeats, as North Beach is still where the action is, with attractions like the Texas State Aquarium and the U.S.S. Lexington Museum on the Bay.

5 Great Beach Bars - Fajitaville
photo by Visit Corpus Christi

What You May Order:

  • Grass Skirt or any of the Tropical Specialty drinks
  • Lotsa ’Ritas, including the Bull Rita and the Beerita
  • Frozen delights for adults as well as virgin versions for the kiddos

What You May See:

  • Corpus Christi Bay
  • Folks enjoying a round of corn hole, giant Jenga, or volleyball
  • The Blue Ghost, aka U.S.S. Lexington
  • Sports watch parties, DJs, live bands

3. Holiday Inn Padre Island

5 Great Beach Bars - Holiday Inn Padre Island
photo courtesy of Holiday Inn Padre Island

Come soak in not just one but two uninterrupted, glorious bar-side views of the Gulf of Mexico at Padre Island’s only shore-hugging, full-service hotel. Holiday Inn Padre Island features the indoor Island Bar & Grille restaurant and full bar as well as the Sand Bar outdoor gazebo bar on the pool deck.

At either venue, enjoy craft cocktails, wine and draft/bottle beer selections all while taking in 180° of the Texas Gulf Coast.

5 Great Beach Bars - Holiday Inn Padre Island

5 Great Beach Bars - Holiday Inn Padre Island

What You May Order:

  • Padre Sunrise, a spicy South Texas jalapeño twist on that 70s favorite
  • Cucumber Cooldown (Don’t mind if we do!)
  • Frozen adult milkshakes in a variety of flavors

What You May See:

  • The Gulf of Mexico
  • Tempting plates from the full service bar & grill
  • Folks biking or walking along the seawall
  • Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles (Careful!)

4. Harrison’s Landing Tavern on the Bay

5 Great Beach Bars - Harrison’s Landing

5 Great Beach Bars - Harrison’s Landing
photos via Harrison’s Landing Facebook page

One of the best things about Corpus Christi, is that luxurious views and access to fun on the water are for everyone! Harrison’s Landing – Tavern on the Bay is located on Shoreline Drive in the heart of the Corpus Christi Municipal Marina amidst tall masts of glamorous sailboats and other pleasurecraft.

5 Great Beach Bars - Harrison’s Landing
photo via Harrison’s Landing Facebook page

Named for the historic Harrison’s Landing in Virginia where the bugle-standard “Taps” was first tooted in 1862, and for the 12 generations of Harrisons that preceded the Corpus Christi complex’s owners (including President William Henry Harrison), Harrison’s Landing is more than just a bar. With options for waterfront dining, drinking, shopping and boating, it’s a gateway to all sorts of bayside fun.

What You May Order:

  • The Bloody Perfection
  • T-Head Mojito, named for the T-shaped landmass under the marina
  • Great selections of beer and wine

What You May See:

  • The Corpus Christi Bay
  • Sailboats and yachts, plus live music (We hope they play “Yacht Rock.”)
  • The downtown skyline
  • Seagulls (Don’t feed them!)

5. Mikel May’s Beachside Bar & Grill

5 Great Beach Bars - Mikel May
photo by Visit Corpus Christi

Listen to the waves make their way right under Bob Hall Pier, the home of Mikel May's Beachside Bar & Grill as you sing along with a weekend lounge singer or karaoke crooners at this pet-friendly Padre Island open-air favorite. Every Sunday, you may check out everyone’s favorite excuse for respectable day-drinking: Brunch!

5 Great Beach Bars - Mikel May
photos via by Mikel May’s Facebook page

What You May Order:

  • Dos-a-Rita
  • A Man-mosa or Bloody Mary at Sunday brunch for a kick in the pajamas
  • Miami Vice or Padre Colada frozen deliciousness

What You May See:

  • The Gulf of Mexico
  • Surfers! (Seasonally)
  • Dive-bar-with-the-best-view-ever atmosphere
  • Friendly servers (Tip like you mean it!)

Every culture, every nation agrees: The magnificent sight of a horizon line where water meets the sky is a universal calming agent, the world over. So is alcohol – especially when crafted in delightful adult concoctions. So come to Corpus Christi, pull up your favorite barstool and get ready to order up some fun!


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