El Galleon (Santa Catalina Island)

After a long day of interacting with the local freaks of Avalon glass-bottom boat whale watching, visitors to the famed island of Catalina will undoubtedly be in need a drink (or two)!  And there is no better place on the main drag of the port city than festive El Galleon, a watering hole that features a strange mix of decor that pays equal homage to Spanish explorers, New Orleans' Mardi Gras, and the herds of bison that still roam much of Catalina Island today.  (And then there was that little weird statue of the guy opening up his pants to reveal his neutered privates! Ay-yi-yi!)

El Galleon has been a mainstay in Avalon since 1967, thanks in no small part to its boastful menu of food offerings heavy on seafood and high quality chops.  It’s their cavalcade of tropical drinks, however, that initially lured us in to spend our final hour before the long trip back to the mainland.  These juiced concoctions are grandiose to say the least, though they do not come cheap.  Our Mai Tai’s were a whopping $16.00 a piece!  (If memory serves, we all shared one of these behemoth suckers for our second round.)  Still, if you are looking to wet your lips, you could do a lot worse!

While sauntering down Crescent Avenue you can’t miss El Galleon; just look for the large bison head looming from above.  Lunch is served from 11:00 AM until 4:00 PM with dinner following up until 9:00 PM.  (Beware, karaoke starts at the bar shortly thereafter during the high season summer months!)  Set of Drifters tip:  If you are simply looking to drink, it’s probably best to schedule your visit during Happy Hour from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM when most 16 oz. drinks are only $8.00!

El Galleon - 411 Crescent Avenue, Avalon, Santa Catalina Island, CA  90704, (310) 510-1188