When you ask someone where the gay neighborhoods are in Austin, you’ll get a response that goes something like, “No need—all of Austin is gay-friendly.” And they’re not far off. Technically, 4th Street is where Austin gays gather the most, but East Austin is the unofficial gayborhood. Regardless of where you live, though, Austin is a great place for the LBGTQ+ community, as the city has its very own Pride parade, gay-led organizations, and plenty of gay and lesbian bars. You’re bound to have a great time any time you visit these gay bars and clubs in Austin, TX.
Cheer Up Charlies
900 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701
We’ve said it before, we’ll say it again: in every big city in America, there’s a gay bar named Charlie’s. It’s killing us that this favorite is temporarily closed, but fingers crossed it’s only for a while. This nightclub has an outdoor patio with rotating live music, making it a great spot to socialize and enjoy the weather.
213 W 4th St, Austin, TX 78701
A modern gay bar in Austin with a killer ’70s vibe, Sellers Underground is a subterranean nightclub with a dance floor and rotating drag queen shows. Though currently temporarily closed, we eagerly await its reopening.
217 W 4th St, Austin, TX 78701
Located right next to Sellers on Austin’s unofficial gay street, Rain takes on a more upscale approach to the gay club scene. Enjoy drag shows under a disco ball and maybe make eye contact with that cutie across the bar.
211 W 4th St, Austin, TX 78701
Love a good neon sign? Oilcan Harry’s has a big ol’ burly man lighting up the front door. As soon as you walk in, you’ll be greeted to a wide-open space with a dance floor and a drag queen or two.
Violet Crown Social Club
1111 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702
Austin’s primary lesbian bar is temporarily closed, but we’re confident they’ll make a comeback. That big red barn with a crown painted on its side is too iconic not to draw us in.
404 Colorado St, Austin, TX 78701
This bi-level gay bar in Austin, TX has light shows and drag queens; two things the gays can’t resist. Enjoy good company and signature cocktails at Highland Lounge.
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