Housed in a building dating back to the late 1800s, The Wizzard neighborhood bar originally opened in 1995 and re-opened in 2011 after a three-year absence following damages incurred by Hurricane Ike. If you are interested in some good conversation, friendly owner/bartender Glynda Oglesby is happy to share her wealth of knowledge about Galveston’s past and present, including the history of the building the Wizzard occupies.
The bar's clientele is mostly made up of thirty- to fortysomething locals who feel at home here; newcomers and tourists are also warmly welcomed, though. Entertainment includes a pool table and CD jukebox full of music from Texas country, blues and rock artists as well as a Fightin' Texas Aggie Band album, much appreciated by the student and faculty patrons from nearby Texas A&M University-Galveston. A big patio accommodates patrons out back, and notable events at the bar include the Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day party every September and occasional beer-tasting nights featuring beer from local breweries.
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