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DOWNTOWN: A Guide to Downtown Lake Jackson Nightlife – Social Distance Style

In the past few years, Lake Jackson’s nightlife scene has grown exponentially. Without losing its beloved small-town feel, downtown Lake Jackson has become a hub for fun, great food, and entertainment. Once full of stores and restaurants that closed earlier in the evening, downtown LJ has made room for some that stay open a little later and cater to the night owls. Look to this blog for a guide to LJ’s thriving downtown area, and how to enjoy it safely this summer no matter how you’re social distancing. 

This Way 

Some of you may know about Lake Jackson’s iconic downtown street names. LJ is known for its confusing street names like This Way, That Way, Center Way, Circle Way, and the list goes on. Well, on This Way, you’re sure to find something that fits your vibe and your taste in cuisine. Check out the spots below!

Wurst Haus

Open for dine-in and patio seating

Online ordering for take-out, delivery, and curbside 

Monday – Saturday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Happy Hour: 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM on Monday – Friday 

Wurst Haus is known for its German-inspired dishes, yummy American finger foods, and extensive tap wall of premium and craft beers. Think sports bar meets German tavern meets your favorite home-town spot, Wurst Haus is a place that’s designed to appeal to everyone. Additionally, it’s a great spot to sit outside or inside. Outside, it has a spacious patio and inside you’ll find the largest bar in LJ with plenty of space to stay six feet apart from other parties. This is a great place to start your night. 

Growlers Pour Haus

Open for dine-in

Online ordering for take-out, delivery, and curbside

Monday – Friday: 11:00 AM – Midnight

Saturday: 3:00 PM – 1:00 AM

Sunday: 3:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Known for having exceptional pizza, Growlers Pour Haus is another sports bar location with a wide variety of beers on tap. This restaurant makes a true effort to support Texas, particularly Gulf Coast-area breweries, while also featuring beers from Germany, Belgium, and the Texas Hill Country. Smaller than Wurst Haus, this is the place to enjoy a quieter night of pizza and beer or the perfect option for take-out at home with the family.

Poly Pop

Open for dine-in, patio seating, curbside and delivery

Monday – Wednesday: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Thursday – Friday: 11:00 AM – Midnight

Saturday: 11:00 AM – 1:00 AM

Sunday: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Polynesian-inspired spot Poly Pop is the newcomer of the This Way group. It’s hard not to be enchanted by the dim lighting and ambiance as well as the Hawaiian style decor inside and the twinkle lights and tiki torches out on the patio. Not only does Poly Pop have a great aesthetic, it also has delicious, fun, and colorful cocktails and food. From delicious ramen, to cured meat and cheese plates, and now crawfish, Poly Pop is the place to bring the group chat and maybe even take some pictures for Instagram while you’re at it. 

Wayside Pub

Open for dine-in, patio seating, and curbside

Delivery available through Waitr & DoorDash

Monday – Wednesday: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Thursday – Friday: 11:00 AM – Midnight

Saturday: 11:00 AM – 1:00 AM

Sunday: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Wayside Pub is unique in its old-school pub style. The bar and restaurant is made of dark stained wood that makes you feel like you’re truly inside a British pub. Additionally, it serves classic pub food that can be difficult to track down, like Scotch eggs and fish n’ chips. Wayside Pub may have the most popular patio downtown, so it’s a great place to spread out and safely chill with your friends. 

Parking Place

Parking Place is the other street where you can find some LJ nightlife heavy hitters. A little more spread out than the four on This Way, these spots are not to be overlooked! 

Cork Wine Lounge

Open for dine-in, pick-up wine, and to-go meals

Wednesday – Thursday: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Friday – Saturday: 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Cork Wine Lounge is the place for a classy nightcap and snack if you feel like being social while social distancing. The relaxed, artsy atmosphere is perfect for date night or a girls night, as it’s sure to feel like a special treat. Cork also features several Texas-made wines, so it’s just what you need if you’re looking to try something new and support Texas wineries while doing so.

The Fill Station

Open for dine-in, patio seating, and to-go

Tuesday – Wednesday: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Thursday – Saturday: 11:00 AM – Midnight

Happy Hour: 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM daily

If you haven’t had a chance to try the mac n’ cheese or the burnt ends from The Fill Station, head that way IMMEDIATELY! The Fill Station is known for its mouth-watering barbeque, but its unique drinks and charming rustic style also make it a great place to hang with your friends and family any night of the week. Barbeque, a cold drink, wide open spaces, and a summer breeze – a perfect LJ summer night! And, if you’re looking for a delicious experience at home, try picking up barbeque for your next backyard get-together.

Wine Revue 

Open for dine-in, patio seating, pick-up wine, and to-go meals

Tuesday – Thursday: 3:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Friday – Saturday: 3:00 PM – Midnight 

With 28 different wines on tap plus six sparkling options, Wine Revue is certainly impressive. A great place for a girls night, Wine Revue offers tasty and Instagram-worthy charcuterie boards and other lite fare. Additionally, it has a lovely and expertly landscaped garden patio to fully enjoy your evening. Perfect for spreading out with the pals and enjoy the evening breeze. Head on down to taste for yourself or take-out the perfect happy hour treats for home.

Bodega

Open for dine-in, patio seating, and to-go

Tuesday – Wednesday: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Thursday – Friday:  11:00 AM – Midnight

Saturday: 11:00 AM – 1:00 AM 

Located on the corner of Circle Way and Parking Place comes a new late night spot from the same folks who brought you The Fill Station! Bodega is a hip, urban-style deli and convenience store that also offers a massive selection of craft beer and wine. The majority of the seating is outdoors, making it one of the social distancing stars of downtown. But the real stars of the show at Bodega are the mouth-watering sandwiches, so this is the ideal spot to grab a midnight snack on the weekends. 

Brody’s Blacksmith Shop 

Open for indoor bar seating and patio seating

Monday – Tuesday: 3:00 PM – Midnight

Wednesday – Friday: 3:00 PM – Midnight

Saturday: 3:00 PM – 1:00 AM

Another fun spot on Parking Place is called Brody’s. Brody’s definitely has the coolest patio in LJ, due to the giant Oak tree wrapped in lights that happens to be right next to this hidden gem. Brody’s has a simple yet delicious drink menu, but it also benefits from being right across the street from Domino’s Pizza. This is the spot to grab your friends and a pizza and go to town on some board games out on the patio. In addition, Brody’s has really gone all out on its cleaning and sterilization routine, installing Blu QR lights to provide UV disinfection and protection against bacteria, mold, and viruses. 

So no matter what you’re in the mood for this weekend, Lake Jackson’s got you covered. For a comprehensive list of restaurants in LJ, click here. There’s a place for everyone!

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