Queer Things to Do

Queer Things to Do in Houston This Weekend: New Year’s Eve Edition

Your weekly roundup of LGBTQ happenings.

Thursday, December 30

Steak Night at George
At 6:30 p.m., Free Grillin’ and George Country Sports Bar present their weekly Steak Night. Pre-order your choice of steak, chops, or seafood with sides, and pick it up when it’s ready.

Thirsty Thursday
At 10 p.m., go to Papi’s for their new show Thirsty Thursdays starring Jessica Paris Lauren and featuring new special guests weekly. Reservations are recommended for the show.

Friday, December 31

New Year’s Celebration at Pearl
At 7 p.m., Pearl Bar kicks off its New Year’s Eve celebration with music from DJ Chaney and DJ Drea all night long. The event includes a complimentary champagne toast at midnight as well as free NYE swag. Admission is $10 at the door.

NYE at Axelrad
At 7 p.m., Alexrad’s laid-back New Year’s Eve celebration will include a live performance by local transgender rapper Uncle Tino. The free event features delicious cocktails, live music, visual installations, hammocks, and pizza. 

Uncle Tino (photos by Frank Hernandez @the_creativetx for OutSmart Magazine)

New Years Party at JR’s
At 8 p.m., JR’s Bar & Grill presents its New Year’s Eve party with a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. The free event also includes New Year’s hats, headbands, and more. 

Flashback New Year’s Eve Drag Show
At 8 p.m., Bar Boheme presents a Flashback New Year’s Eve Drag Show featuring the ladies of their Sunday Drag Brunch show performing to music from the ’80s, ’90s, and ’00s. Table reservations are required and are $45 per person, which gives you access to the holiday buffet.

New Year’s Eve at ReBar
At 9 p.m., celebrate the New Year at ReBar with special guest DJ Stephen Jusko on the main stage and DJ Mel Frausto on the patio. This event is hosted by ONDI and features a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. To guarantee entry, purchase your $20 tickets here.

LaRue Takeover
At 8 p.m., Papi’s presents a New Year’s LaRue Takeover hosted by Reign LaRue and featuring the LaRue family. There will be a complimentary champagne toast at midnight, and reservations are recommended. 

Balls Deep
At 10 p.m., Ripcord presents Balls Deep, their annual New Year’s Eve Glow Party with a cash balloon drop, a champagne toast, and performances by Adriana LaRue, Amaya Jackson Ross, and Kalani Ross Kahlo. 

Saturday, January 1

Montrose Art Market
At 6 p.m., BUDDY’S Bar hosts its monthly Montrose Art Market. The event will showcase crafts, paintings, wall art, and fashion accessories created by local artists.

At 7:30 p.m., head over to Michael’s Outpost for EyeCons, a celebrity-impression revue hosted by Blackberri with performances by Chloe C. Ross, Lana Blake, Violet S’Arbleu, and Hu’Nee B. There is no cover for this event.

At 8:30 p.m., go to ReBar for ReBarlesque, a burlesque show hosted by local drag queen ONDI. Full dinner and cocktail menus are available, and reservations can be made here

Sunday, January 2

Sunday Service
At 11 a.m., ReBar presents its weekly Sunday Service Drag Brunch hosted by Houston’s bearded beauty Blackberri. Reservations are recommended for the drag-show performances at noon and 2 p.m. Make a reservation here.

Sunday Funday Bingo
At 2 p.m., go to Michael’s Outpost for Bingo. Fun prizes will be available, and it is free to play.

2022 New Year Who Dis
At 8 p.m., head over to Pearl Bar for New Year Who Dis, their extended New Year’s celebration and pajama party featuring DJ Chaney on the turntables all night. Cover is $5 after 8 p.m.

Want your LGBTQ Houston event listed in our weekend roundup? Email staff member Adriana Salazar at [email protected]


Adriana Salazar

Adriana is a contributing writer for Outsmart magazine. She currently attends the University of Houston and is a print media journalism major who is also minoring in LGBTQ studies. She hopes to spread awareness of LGBTQ-related issues to the Houston area.
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