The Water's Fine at Longboard's, Galveston's Beachside Oasis

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Photo by Angelica Leicht
"Oh no, you guys! I totally forgot my shoes!"

A pretty blond woman has just jumped straight into the pool, forgetting her shoes in the process. She's signaling and screeching, but her many friends are too busy doubling over with laughter to assist.

"Seriously! Come on! Someone grab these!"

We're watching with amusement, but aren't sure whether to help her or let the situation play out. We opt for the latter.

"Ugh. You guys are jerks," she laughs as she hurls her expensive heels at the deck. "Forget it. Get your own drinks."

We're only about five minutes into our excursion to Galveston's Longboard Pool Bar (1702 Seawall Blvd.), but are already stoked about the place. But we haven't quite taken the plunge.

"So, we just jump in then, right...?"

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We look over at our very dry friend and pause, waiting for her go-ahead before jumping in. Learning a lesson about solidarity from the shoe-flailer, we're wary of jumping in solo.

"I mean, I guess. It appears to be the only way to get to the beer. So if you want beer...," our friend replies logically. And we do want beer.

"3, 2, 1...go!"

Determined to jump in together, we've made a pact, lest one of us end up like the last woman with the shoes.

If you want a drink at the Longboard, you'd better jump, or perhaps beg someone who's already in the water. After all, while swimsuits would make sense, the majority of patrons here are just fine with whatever they've got on.

When the Longboard launched in late May, the only social-media advertisement was an Instagram photo showing the bar, sheltered from the sun by some sweet tiki palapas, and one guy in a full-on suit chilling out in the middle of the pool. It's puzzling, and a bit amusing, to see grown folks swimming around while wearing street clothes, but that's what this newest addition to the Island Famous brand is all about.


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Location Info

Longboard Pool Bar

1702 Seawall Blvd., Galveston, TX

Category: Restaurant


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