Our city is home to a variety of communities and where you can feel welcomed and safe. The LGBTQ+ community brings us perspective and culture in the Austin pocket of an otherwise largely red state, and we consider ourselves lucky to live in the capital city. Check out our guide to all the Austin LGBTQ bars that will guarantee you enjoy yourself.
Their iconic mission statement: “a dance club for people who don’t like dance clubs” Barbarella’s is home to drag shows, stacked drink specials, and excellent throwback dance nights. You’ll feel right at home when they spin some Y2K tunes that will bring you back to the yesteryears.
Rain on 4th
Named Austin’s upscale gay lounge, Rain on 4th is a spectacle to be witnessed. Popular Austin LGBTQ+ bars like Rain take it to the next level with disco lighting and all your favorite hits to dance the night away. Nightly specials make this spot a party each evening with parties like Sunday Funday Happy Hour, Vegas Backyard Bananza, and Body Beautiful, an all-trans showcase.
Outer Heaven Disco Club
A true staple of old Austin, Outer Heaven Disco Club is an oasis in the eastside. Out of the hustle and bustle of downtown Austin, find your groove with a locally-owned dance club that welcomes all. If the diva in you is ready to make a debut, check out Outer Heaven on Thursdays for karaoke.
Right smack dab in the middle of downtown Austin you can find this buzzing coffee bar and lounge. Halcyon Downtown serves all your favorite breakfast dishes until 11 AM and there are tons of espresso beverages, tea, milkshakes, and smoothies. Satiate your hunger with lunch, dessert, or a little cocktail later on.
Come prepared for a raucous night of dancing and showmanship, Oilcan Harry’s never ceases to amaze its patrons. Easily one of the best Austin LGBTQ+ bars, this space at West 4th can’t be missed. Weekly events like Manic Monday and Tuesday karaoke nights, Wednesday’s Sideshow, Thursday’s 18+ night, and various weekend drag shows keep Oilcan Harry’s nightly vibe that can’t be missed.
Cheer Up Charlies
A popular dance spot featuring new wave, dark disco, and underground dance music, Cheer Up Charlies is a perfect space to dance the night away. Named “Best of Austin” for many years by the Austin Chronicle, Cheer Up Charlies doles out iconic drag performances by all your favorite superstars.
Violet Crown Social Club
Go back in time at the Violet Crown Social Club, a true homage to vintage lounge society. Sit on plush red booths and sip an old-fashioned like Don Draper. Chill out with friends and catch a classic movie or sporting event on their TVs or get your groove on with one of the best CD jukeboxes in town.
For an upscale lounge vibe, get a reservation for bottle service at Highland Lounge! Premium tequila, vodka, rum, gin, scotch, and whiskey are all available and include three sodas or juice mixers. Happy Hour is a Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday until 11 PM. Catch your favorite drag show by checking their events page.
The Iron Bear
The bar for Bears by Bears, The Iron Bear is a welcoming space for anyone and everyone. Easily one of our favorite LGBTQ bars in Austin, stop by Iron Bear next time you’re out. A chill space both inside and out, the Iron Bear has all your favorite brews and bar food and plenty of Bears to go around. Groove nightly with their weekly rotation of DJs and party with all your favorite Bear baddies!