As you walk into The Green Parrot a maze of painted docks cover an ocean floor and the walls are plastered with seascape murals. Local artist Gary Holman, who’s responsible for wall art all over Clear Lake and Houston, painted the restaurant from top to bottom. The wood flooring, painted to look like the ocean, was added during the post-Ike restoration process―fitting, given the establishment flooded with six feet of water during the hurricane.
As you follow the wooden pathway through the main dining area, you pass through a set of French doors and find yourself inside the bar area, complete with a huge horseshoe bar and a full-sized darts area. Saddle up to the bar and enjoy dollar drafts or $5 pitchers all day, everyday. Tuesday thru Saturday from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and all day Sunday, enjoy $2 longnecks and $3 wells. Additional Sunday specials include $5 Jagerbombs and $2.50 Margaritas. Join in for Texas Hold’em every Tuesday and Thursday or catch sporting events on the easy-to-see flat screen.
The bar also features direct service to a large backyard patio, opening up the restaurant to the sunny weather. Sit outside and enjoy live music every weekend, with acoustic sets every Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and various live bands every Friday and Saturday from 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. During the evening, when the area is really rocking the patio turns into a dance floor where you can move under the stars. With plenty of room for the kids and comfortable outdoor seating, the private patio is a popular spot to share a pitcher of beer or sip on tropical drinks amidst the beautiful sunny weather.
Amazing art, exotic ambiance and mouthwatering drinks are great for a long, lazy afternoon. But at some point, hunger pains start to kick in. Tuesday thru Saturday enjoy $5 lunch specials, with a different featured dish every day, plus new, every day lunch prices. Favorite dishes available all the time include half-pound cheeseburgers made to order, shrimp, chicken fried steak, rib-eye, and seasonal crawfish.
Expanded menu coming soon in mid-June will include a huge seafood platter, perfect for sharing, with local, wild caught fried Gulf catfish, fried shrimp, coconut shrimp, crab balls, and fried crawfish tails. Or order most platter items separately, as appetizers. Additional new seafood items include crab cakes, cold boiled shrimp and shrimp cocktail; new sandwiches include the patty melt and pulled pork sliders; and other new appetizers include stuffed jalapenos and chicken, beef, cheese, or chili nachos.
Summer is here so take full advantage of The Green Parrot’s tropical facility. Private parties and group functions are always welcome and there’s designated parking for bikers! The Green Parrot is Located on the San Leon peninsula at 2233 East Bayshore Drive. For more information, please call 281-339-1392 or visit the MySpace page at www.myspace.com/green_parrot_bar_grill.
Originally published in The SCENE Magazine – June 2010