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Your Kinpadre Stay, Dining at Louie’s Backyard

Kinpadre dining at Louies Backyard

Where is Louie’s Backyard located on South Padre Island?

2305 Laguna Blvd., South Padre Island TX, 78597Phone: (956) 761-6406

Heading north on Padre Blvd. from the causeway, you will see the ferris wheel and bungee towers on your left. Turn left on Amberjack Street. There is a large parking lot that serves the entertainment strip that is on the Laguna Madre Bay. Louie’s Backyard is the large, green and pink, 2 story building right across from the amusement rides.

What’s Louie’s Backyard like on the inside?

Louie's South Padre Island Review
Louie’s Backyard Entertainment

Huge:

It’s huge, many halls, stairways, and dining rooms/bars. The view, right on the bay, is terrific. Great views from the large main floor outside dinning area, stair landing and bar area, and second floor overlook and balcony. As could be expected, a bar is always close by.

Tired Looking:

But it’s kind of tired-looking. Been around for about 45 years looks it. The sports bar is enclosed, but bay-side dining is open-air, and the large second floor bar is roofed but open-air and not temperature controlled. The bathrooms there that we have experienced are dirty, smelly, and old.

Is the food good? What do they have? Prices? Service?

Menu: Appetizers run about $11-12. Entrees run about $20, seafood buffet mid $20. Early bird specials $14 4-6 PM with all you can eat salad bar, and kid’s menu $7. Food quality is variable. We’ve had good ribs and bad.

Trip advisor: 4/5 stars 2400 reviews.  Ribs frequently praised though sometimes dry. Some report mushy, tasteless fish or tough shrimp, unrecognizable chicken wings, tasteless piña colada. The reports about service are mostly good with some disappointments.

What entertainment does Louie’s offer? A lot!

They offer seasonal and other special events, many which feature free appetizers. Some offerings include Fat Tuesday with Mardi Gras freebie necklaces, etc., chili cook-offs, karaoke Fridays and Saturdays in the sports bar.

Bar and nightlife spot: spring break, Friday night during the summer fireworks show over Laguna Madre.

Winter Texan events December-February. There is plenty of room for dancing in the 2nd floor bar. Regularly scheduled (see Facebook) live music and DJs provide opportunities for entertainment and dancing.

Sports Bar 60 HDTVs, 12 Big Screen DLPs, all DirecTV Sports Packages & NCAA Tournament basketball games, pool tables, darts, and shuffleboard.  Specials in the sports bar everyday with specials: ribs, shrimp baskets, and seafood platters. Daily Happy Hour featuring $2 draft pints and more.

Clayton’s Beach Bar on the Gulf in South Padre Island

Your stay at Kinpadre.

What’s the biggest bar on South Padre Island… and in all of Texas? Clayton’s.

Clayton’s is the largest beach bar on South Padre Island, and they claim largest in all of Texas, a Texas-sized 50 foot bar to watch your favorite game or enjoy the nightly entertainment with the sound of waves crashing in the background, a 300+ car parking lot and over 15,000 sq. ft. of beachfront deck area to host special events.

Location

Clayton’s is located at 6900 Padre Blvd., on the Gulf beach at the north end of South Padre Island’s commercial strip. It’s about 2 miles north of Kinpadre, our South Padre Island beachfront vacation rental. 

They advertise from sunrise to midnight dancing. During winter Texan season you’ll find the senior set in bright, comfy attire rocking to their beat. Spring break brings the youth with their own party agenda and musical tastes. They host special events such as Sand Castle Days

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Sandcastle Days brings you 5 full days in the beginning of October of family-friendly activities and art on the beach. It includes competition of nationally recognized sand sculptors, with patrons able to relax, refresh, view art creation, and take part themselves if they wish.

Clayton’s Spring Break Beach Stage has evolved into the biggest FREE daytime event on SPI during the month of March. CLAYTON’S BEACH STAGE IS THE LARGEST FREE SPRING BREAK MUSIC FESTIVAL IN THE COUNTRY. With its Unprecedented Stage Performances, Contests, Celebrity Appearances, Huge Prize Packs.

The Jailbreak Beach Escape has become a South Padre Island tradition! Each May, thousands of runners conquer the 5k course, covering 20 challenging obstacles, on the sun-drenched beaches of South Padre before heading to Clayton’s Beach Bar for a Texas sized beach party!

Live music and fireworks every Friday and Saturday starting in April and going through the summer.

 

Friends of RGV Reef in South Padre Island, Red Snapper Boon

Good news for South Padre Island fishing. Good news for our Kinpadre beachfront condo rental guests. Friends of RGV have created a new 400-acre artificial reef nursery 12 miles north of the South Padre Island jetties. This reef is by far the largest reef off the Texas coast, and it could be the largest in the world. Creating habitat on a flat seafloor offers young fish with places to escape predators, so more survive. More baby fish means more adults and great fishing. 

Composed of a specially designed shape, materials, and size, the reef attracted tens of thousands of juvenile snapper almost immediately, not to mention boats and anglers. It was estimated that the reef carried 240,000 snapper from juvenile stage to adults from 2017 to 2019. These are young unsophisticated fish, easy to catch. 

South Padre Fishing Reef

Fishermen have known for years that a shipwreck offers prime space for finding fish. Not only fish, but coral, sponges, and other sea life.

Most shipwrecks are the result of accidents or warfare, but ocean resource agencies have used purposeful sinking. Ships are prepared to be diver and ocean safe and purposely sunk for the creation of an artificial reef. However, it takes years for the growth of coral and sponges and the establishment of colonies of small fish. Large fish predators like barracuda follow.

Here is the, Duane, sunk 120 feet beneath the surface several miles out from Key Largo, Florida. It’s 25 years old, and although still obviously ship-shaped, the mother ocean, and large amounts of her life forms are beginning to take it over and make it home.

The Duane, a 327 foot cutter, had an impressive war and peace-time record. She was donated to the Keys Association of Dive Operators for use as an artificial reef. On November 27, 1987, she was towed to Molasses Reef, her hatches opened, her holds pumped full of water, and she went down to begin her final assignment.But it took 25 years to develop this far.

Costs of constructed reefs like the RGV have often run into large sums of money, but many donations of labor, equipment, and material have kept the cost of the project low. The RGV reef was supposed to take decades to finish and $20 million. But Friends of RGV secured donated deep-water port facilities, professional services, equipment, and management. That and more has helped to keep costs low.

South Padre Fishing Reef
South Padre Fishing Reef

These artificial reefs are made of environmentally safe materials, anything from concrete, retired oil platforms, sunken barges or ships. They are sunk from inches to 150 feet below the surface.  They bring increased area for coral formation, habitat for fish colonies, and opportunities for sport diving and fishing. Thanks to the Friends of RGV reef, increased colonies of sport enthusiasts, diners, and lodgers at South Padre Island hotels and vacation rentals should be the happy result.

What to do? Get Blown Away by the Annual South Padre Island Kite Festival

SPI KiteFest

Come and enjoy the annual SPI Kitefest on the first weekend in February. This usually features the Indoor Kite Performance on Thursday at the South Padre Island Convention Centre with advance tickets and limited seating. The Outdoor Kite Festival follows on Friday & Saturday at the SPI Convention Centre flats.

What will you see? At the outdoor festival: A cloud of kites. Truly an amazing variety, so skillfully flown they seem alive. Some as big as a house, others with dozens of colorful streamers as long as one. In the performance area, an announcer calls the competitors. The kites like troupes of acrobatic dancers, wheeling, diving, marching in the sky. Some are not performers, but so large and elaborate. Just hanging from the clouds a feat of magic in itself. Giant whales, squid, golden gods peer down from above.

The audience, in a party mood, bring chairs, coolers, kids, dogs, and cameras.

Here is a video from a kite festival in Wildwoods, NJ. It’s not Padre, but you’ll get the idea: