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Houston

BLUR: Multi-level dance club featuring an upstairs lounge and balconies. Ladies enjoy Wet and Wild Wednesdays; 18-year-olds welcome Thursdays; Latin night on Sundays; happy hour 8-10 p.m.; free cover before 11 p.m. • 710 Pacific St. • blurbar.com.

CLUB 2020: Located downtown, this urban club features Clubbers Friday with male and female dancers. Its 6,400 square feet also offers theater-sized viewing screens and VIP rooms. • 2020 Leeland • 713.227. 9667 • club2020houston.com.

CLUB CRYSTAL: Find many of Inergy’s former staff and décor at this two-room Latin/hip-hop club. Sunday evening drag shows rule the roost. 6680 Southwest Freeway, next to Colorado • 713.278.2582 • crystaltheclub.com.

CROCKER BAR: This comfortably remodeled Montrose nightspot also offers karaoke on Tuesdays and Thursdays and extended happy-hour prices throughout the week. • 2312 Crocker • 713.529.3355.

GEORGE: Regulars rule at this comfortable neighborhood sports bar with dart boards and pool tables. Astros on all televisions, inside and outside; newly renovated patio; Steak Night with chef Michele Free on Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m. • 617 Fairview • 713.528.8102.

GUAVA LAMP: This trendy and friendly video and cruise bar gets busy during happy hour and stays busy till closing. Karaoke on Wednesdays and Sundays • 570 Waugh Dr. • 713.524.3359 • guavalamphouston.com.

HAMBURGER MARY’S: Tuesday and Wednesday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 4 p.m. to 2 a.m; and Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

EAGLE: Part of the Eagle worldwide family, it’s the definitive home to the man’s man. Leather, bear, jock or muscle, you’ll find them here! DJs every night, multiple patios and a leather/accessories shop inside the bar. Open noon to 2 a.m. every day. • 611 Hyde Park • 713.523.BIRD.

JR’S BAR & GRILL: This Montrose standard offers drag and strip shows throughout the week, karaoke Thursday and Sunday, plus pool tables and male dancers. 808 Pacific St. • 713.521.2519 • jrsbarandgrill.com.

MICHAEL’S OUTPOST: Jerry Atwood, Clay Howell, Neil Massey, Steve Wheaton, and Roger Woest take turns at the keys at this comfortable neighborhood piano bar. • 1419 Richmond Ave. • 713.520.8446.

NEON BOOTS DANCEHALL & SALOON: Houston’s only LGBTQ country dancehall is open Wednesdays through Sundays. Wednesday features Steak Night and Bingo; free dance classes on Thursdays and karaoke. 11410 Hempstead Hwy. • 713.677.0828 • neonbootsclub.com.

Pearl BAR: This LGBTQ-friendly lounge in the Washington corridor features daily highlights like open mic night, steak night, and drink specials. • 4216 Washington • pearlhouston.com.

RICH’S HOUSTON: Houston’s most iconic and largest LGBTQ dance club, with multiple levels featuring a video/show bar and a private VIP lounge. No cover before 10:30 p.m. • 2401 San Jacinto • 281.846.6685 • richsnightclub.com.

THE RIPCORD: This multi-roomed leather bar boasts a busy patio, especially on the weekends. The Forge shop is located inside the club. Saturday nights with DJ Tad Dvorak. • 715 Fairview Ave • 713.521.2792.

RUDYARD’S: The eclectic British pub is known for its craft beers as well as for the burgers. Most weekends you’ll find up-and-coming local bands rocking the house. 2010 Waugh Dr. • 713.521.0521 • rudyardspub.com.

SOUTH BEACH: Closed for remodeling.

BARCODE: With the longest daily happy hours in Montrose (8 a.m.-10 p.m.), this neighborhood watering hole is very popular. Drag shows Wednesday through Sunday; karaoke Mondays and Wednesdays. 817 Fairview • 713.526.2625 • tcsshowbar.com.

TONY’S CORNER POCKET: This comfortable club has one of the friendliest bar staffs in town. Amateur dance contests at 11 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Opens daily at noon. • 817 W. Dallas • 713.571.7870 • tonyscornerpocketbar.com.

VIVIANA’S: Happening weekend-only gay dance club with Latin DJs, singers, talent shows & Sunday strippers. • 4624 Dacoma • 713.681.4104.

Beaumont

ORLEANS STREET PUB AND PATIO: The place to hang for food, fun, and booze in a newly renovated pub, in good weather or bad. Open every night from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. • 650 Orleans • 409.835.4243.

Bryan/College Station

HALO VIDEO BAR: The only LGBTQ dance club in Bryan/College Station, this sleek spot is open Thursdays through Saturdays smack in the middle of Aggieland. • 121 North Main • 979.823.6174 • halobcs.com.

Galveston 

23RD ST. STATION: The bar features daily drink specials, and weekends are filled with pulsing music, hot dancers, drag shows, and a Sunday Tea Dance. • 1706 23rd St. • 409.621.1808.

ROBERT’S LAFITTE: The Island institution features a private patio with swimming pool. On Saturday and Sunday nights, the Ladies of Lafitte show takes the stage. • 2501 Avenue Q (at 25th) • 409.765.9092.

RUMORS BEACH BAR: Drink specials every night and daily day drinking specials starting at noon. Great drag shows Fridays through Sundays and karaoke Sundays through Thursdays at 8 p.m. Sunday Drag Bingo. • 3102 Seawall Blvd. • 409.497.4617 • rumorsbeachbar.com.

Spring 

RANCH HILL SALOON: With its two pool tables, 52-inch plasma televisions, and large dance floor, this popular northside spot also offers DJs Thursdays through Saturdays. • 247041 I-45N Suite 103 • 281.298.9035 • ranchhill.com.

THE ROOM BAR AND LOUNGE: This bar and video lounge has a laid-back atmosphere including daily drink specials, karaoke, free pool, drag shows, and live DJs several nights a week. • 4915 FM 2920 • 281.907.6866 • roombarspring.com.

Know of a bar or club we’re missing, or that needs updating? [email protected].

 

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John Wright

John Wright is the editor of OutSmart magazine. He has spent two decades in the mainstream and LGBTQ media. Most recently, he served as senior editor of Dallas Voice, and covered LGBTQ issues in the state Legislature for The Texas Observer. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Wright earned his bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Florida. He resides in the EaDo area of Houston, where he is currently remodeling a 1930s row house.
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