The smaller city of Corpus Christi is tucked neatly on the southeastern coast of Texas. With plenty of beaches along the Gulf of Mexico, this city is a hot tourist attraction for Midwesterners in the days of the summer.

Liquor sales in this city have fueled the growth of many bars and restaurants not only during the hotter months, but year round as the local population has grown over recent years.

If you continue reading on, you will come across a table that will display the top bars and restaurants in Corpus Christi as well as some of the more popular nightlife sections of the city and annual events celebrated only in Corpus Christi.

Top 25 Bars & Restaurants in Corpus Christi by Alcohol Sales (April 2021)

The table shown below has the top 25 bars and restaurants in Corpus Christi based on their individual alcohol sales. The data in this table is for total beer, wine, and liquor sales, and will be updated every month.

Establishment Name Total Receipts Liquor Wine Beer
OJOS LOCOS SPORTS CANTINA $346,031 $159,662 $180 $186,189
THE SOCIAL $219,287 $151,916 $181 $67,190
THE BRICK BAR + BITES $210,592 $156,423 $392 $53,777
TWIN PEAKS $202,630 $73,089 $1,244 $126,652
FAJITAVILLE CORPUS CHRISTI $186,256 $131,417 $106 $54,733
BUBBA’S 33 $174,628 $70,536 $1,270 $102,822
EXECUTIVE SURF CLUB $168,722 $69,731 $1,233 $97,758
SC BEVERAGE COMPANY $161,630 $85,773 $56,755 $18,462
BREWSTER STREET ICEHOUSE – SOUTH SIDE $150,981 $75,334 $1,680 $73,967
DOC’S SEAFOOD AND STEAK RESTAURANT $150,933 $96,116 $8,597 $46,220
THE PALACE $147,211 $102,946 $1,204 $43,061
WATER STREET OYSTER BAR $145,690 $81,394 $21,486 $42,810
OFF CENTER CATERING INC $144,559 $33,167 $215 $111,177
BREWSTER STREET ICE HOUSE $141,471 $68,364 $727 $72,380
MOLLY MCARDLE’S $126,270 $77,037 $281 $48,952
THE POST AT LAMAR PARK $111,016 $87,394 $11,651 $11,971
TEXAS ROADHOUSE $110,158 $64,325 $2,301 $43,532
RIO-PURE $109,994 $64,775 $0 $45,219
HARDKNOCKS SPORTS GRILL $108,715 $46,296 $3,523 $58,896
SCUTTLEBUTT’S SEAFOOD BAR AND GRILL $103,112 $56,101 $7,442 $39,569
CLUB CHEETAH $99,387 $61,225 $347 $37,815
MURDY’S SOCIALS $97,556 $63,572 $85 $33,899
GEMINI ULTRA LOUNGE $96,565 $73,715 $673 $22,177
BIG SAM’S GRILL & BAR $92,900 $33,558 $333 $59,009
WINGS N MORE RESTAURANT $92,268 $54,353 $122 $37,793

This city’s median rental has been reported at around $996 per month, with the median house value at $133,200. Job growth in Corpus Christi has not increased by much recently but is expected to increase dramatically over the next few years.The population of Corpus Christi is just barely declining at -0.18% annually but it is expected to see more of a population boom with more gas and oil drillers moving towards this city. The total population of Corpus Christi comes in at around 325,000 people.Corpus Christi  is the 8th largest city in Texas despite its relatively small size of 489 miles. This city’s population density is around 2,000 people per square mile, so in terms of larger cities, it is relatively spacious.Corpus Christi in a Nutshell

Average household income in this coastal Texas city is around $75,000 and is a somewhat older city with the median age coming in at about 35 years old. It is a town that consists of a lot of retirees and beach goers living a relatively simple lifestyle.

Popular Nightlife Areas in Corpus Christi

Despite the older crowd you normally see in this city, it comes to life in a big way at night. Particularly during the summer months, people from all over Texas come to the shore to experience what the Gulf beaches have to offer.


Bayfront in Corpus Christi is where you will find most of the action on summer nights near the coast. Peppered with hotels all up and down the streets you will find some amazing seafood spots and great views looking out into the vast Gulf of Mexico.

Padre Island

Popular bars and restaurants in Padre Island have a mostly beachy theme as they are right on the shore. However, it is right next to a few campgrounds as well so you will see some backpackers in town after a camping trip. Also, despite it being an island, it is possible to take a bridge over the water to drive into town.

Yearly Events in Corpus Christi

Whooping Crane Festival

A gathering of many bird lovers in late February brings a calmer, older crowd to Corpus Christi to watch the Whooping Cranes migrate to the waters of Port Aransas. There are plenty of wine sales in this event for those that have a more relaxed bar environment for the bird watchers that come from all over to witness this event exclusive to Corpus Christi.

Corpus Christi Rodeo

The best cowboys in the world come to fight for the top prize in this mid-April rodeo that is held at the American Bank Center every year. You’ll see no shortage of ten-gallon hats in this yearly event that many Texans love to enjoy with after a few brews.


Corpus Christi is one of the most popular beach towns in the midwest and people from all around flock to this coast in the summertime to get a piece of the nightlife.

The locals mostly consist of older folks that have retired to the shore to find an easy life for themselves but of course, there is plenty of liquor sales to be had in this demographic, as these Texas retirees still love to go out and enjoy a few drinks.

However, if you are looking for a perfect summertime bar spot Corpus Christi is a city that is expected to grow quickly and has a strong tourist crowd as well as a solid local base that can keep you going all year round.