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.
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.
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.
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.