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Austin Gay Bars

Austin in a uniquely liberal haven in the heart of Texas, bringing together a diverse range of people, from cowboys to hipsters. No matter who you are of where you're from, the liberal communities of Austin will welcome you in for many nights of live music and queer events. East Austin is the place to go for a night out on the gay scene, but across the city you'll find a multitude of attractions that are accepting of the community. Trendy restaurants and bars, beautiful outdoor spaces, and a world-renowned live music scene are waiting for you!



Dancing, Younger Crowd

Barbarella is most commonly a meeting place for a young and alternative crowd. Their “Tuesgay” event is obviously most popular with the local gays, but you'll find queer people here every day of the week getting fashionably tipsy and dancing to a great set of music. If you're into indie electronic tunes and a quirky crowd, this is the place for you. The bar space is reliably packed by midnight, serving cold draft beers and drinks specials.

Cheer Up Charlies

Cosy, Cocktails, Outdoor Seating

There's a place for everyone at Charlie's, which unsurprisingly attracts a diverse and slightly hipster crowd. The bar is located in a colourful cabin and serves vegan food alongside fresh organic juice cocktails and a selection of local beers. Behind the bar you can find a large outdoor music venue, where events are hosted nightly and you can enjoy a drink in the shade of an afternoon. There are also regular movie screenings and storytelling events.

Highland Lounge

Cocktails, Dancing, Outdoor Seating

This two-story club in the heart of Downtown Austin really holds nothing back. It's loud, it's camp, and always throwing a party complete with flashing lights and everyone's favourite tunes. Themed nights such as Noche Latino all draw different crowds and keep you coming back every week. For those looking a more laid-back night out, you can head out to the patio where you'll find comfy seating and space to enjoy your favourite cocktails.

Oilcan Harry's

Outdoor Seating, Drag

Oilcan Harry's is Austin's oldest and most famous LGBTQ+ bar. Since 1990, this venue has provided a fun and safe environment for all sorts of people to get together and enjoy themselves. Providing entertainment from drag shows to male dancers, and with live DJs keeping the party going on the dance floor, everyone can have a fun night here. The bar serves classic draft beer, which you can enjoy out on the patio or alongside a performance on the stage.


Dancing, Dancers

Rain on 4th is Austin's upscale gay lounge, located in the historic Warehouse district. The space plays hosts to a great range of entertainment in a super social atmosphere, including drag shows, comedy, and all your favourite dance music. Friendly staff serve a menu of high quality drinks including wine, beer, and spirits, and strive to make your night one to remember. Rain knows that professional service is integral to the perfect night out.

The Iron Bear

Bear, Dancing, Karaoke

As the name suggests, The Iron Bear is primarily a place for Austin's bear community, but its doors are open to anyone. It's a space to relax and make friends with no drama or attitude, as laid-back staff create a welcoming atmosphere. Enjoy cold beer on tap and chat with butch guys at the bar or join the (often topless) crowds on the dance floor. Live DJs make sure there's always something going on for you to enjoy

Recommended gay friendly hotels in Austin

As an LGBTQ+ traveller to Austin, it's important to stay somewhere welcoming and that's great value. Treat yourself to a luxury hotel or stay budget and spend what you save on partying! Check out GayMapper recommendations for gay friendly hotel deals in Austin, Texas. You can support GayMapper by checking out our hotel deals as this helps us to keep the site updated with all this useful information!

Tours & Experiences in Austin

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