By Kimber Fountain, Photos by Christa Schreckengost
This month, “Island Guide” Music takes a brief time-out from featuring the musicians themselves and instead brings to you one of Galveston’s favorite live music venues, The Sandbar in Sea Isle. A subset of the West End Restaurant and Marina, The Sandbar not only features local musicians amid the comfort of a cool and casual patio, it also offers the amenities and means for every type of excursion. Whether it is an upscale evening, a fishing trip, or just a stop off the roadway or waterway, West End Restaurant and Sandbar plays ample host to all of them along the still, quiet waters of the Bay.
Upstairs in the West End Restaurant, diners enjoy a heightened, formal atmosphere and ample views of Galveston Bay, along with full tableside service. The menu in the dining room is a fresh assortment of seafood and steaks, featuring wild-caught Gulf Snapper and hand-cut beef. On the main level of the complex is a full-service, over-the-water marina with slips that can accommodate boats up to 6,000 pounds. Alongside the marina are fueling stations with Val-tech marine fuel, a bait shop, and grocery store. West End Marina also recently began hosting fishing tournaments, and currently has twelve scheduled for the summer season.
But at the heart of it all, literally and figuratively, is the Sand Bar, a cozy and covered open-air patio that is never wanting of shade or breeze. Relaxed and easy, Sand Bar is the place to grab a casual bite to eat, take a respite from a day on the water, or complete your evening with live music after dinner at West End Restaurant. Their full-service bar includes a variety of beer and wine along with several house specialty drinks. The ‘Texas Cucumber’ is altogether sweet, sour, and spicy, made with the new Absolut Texas Cucumber and Serrano Pepper Vodka and fresh lime juice, served in a glass rimmed with chili-salt made from cayenne pepper and salt. ‘Cranberry Sauced’ is a fizzy combination of Deep Eddy Texas Cranberry Vodka and fresh lemonade with a splash of soda.
From the open-air grill and downstairs kitchen comes a great selection of appetizers, burgers, sandwiches, and salads. Starters include ‘Shrimp Kisses,’ Fried Okra, Gumbo, Boiled Shrimp, and ‘Shrimp Poppers.’ The burgers are massive and are build-your-own, with an assortment of cheeses and favorite toppings from which to choose, such as grilled onions and mushrooms, avocado, jalapenos, bacon, or even a fried egg. Sand Bar’s sandwich selection ranges from a light and simple BLT to a savory Blackened Chicken Sandwich, with Philly, Pulled Pork, and Boudin sandwiches in between. Everyone’s favorite, ‘Steak Night,’ has been extended through summer. Every Monday night at Sand Bar (only), from 5-9pm, a 12oz Ribeye Steak, a Texas-sized baked potato, and salad are only $15.95. Weekend breakfast burritos have also been added, every Saturday and Sunday from 7am-11am they are cooked up fresh on homemade tortillas.
Then of course, there is the music.
Most Friday nights are Karaoke night from 7pm-11pm, and the weekends usher in the local sounds with daytime performances on Saturdays and Sundays from 1-5pm, and Saturday evenings from 7-11pm. The June line-up for Sand Bar includes many names familiar to the Island music scene. Sand Bar welcomes Dahl Thompson to the Saturday afternoon shows on June 14th and June 28th, and Zac Tate to the Sunday performances on the 22nd and 29th; Tate is also slated to perform on the evening of Saturday, June 14th. Larry Emerson Live takes over Saturday night the 21st, and Dennis Davis on the 28th. Then on Friday June 27th, Karaoke moves over to make way for Jerry Diaz and Hanna’s Reef.
Far away from Seawall mania, miles from vibrant downtown, from the peaceful placidity of the West End, emerges the Sand Bar, swaying and rocking to the beat of fun for all. Despite the allure of the crashing Gulf waves and the vivacious hum of seaside frolic, weekends at Sand Bar is where music is the main event. Cool breeze, cold drink, and hot food; still waters and live music; that is pretty much the Island at its finest.
To find the music line up go HERE.
The Sand Bar on the West End
21706 Burnet Drive (Sea Isle subdivision)
Reservations highly recommended
for West End Restaurant.