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715 Fairview Ave.
RIPCORD is proudly celebrating 36 years in business, making it the longest-lasting gay bar in Houston! Don’t miss RIPCORD FETISH FRIDAY for great music from the ’80s, ’90s, and 2000s. “EFFIN Bingo” is every Thursday night. RIPCORD is now using TabbedOut, the mobile bar tab app.
This comfortable club located in the Heights is a convenient alternate to inner-Montrose haunts. Patrons journey past the comfy seating and romantic lighting to find a spacious patio where they sometimes fire up the barbecue grill.
1537 N. Shepherd Drive
BAYOU CITY BAR & GRILL
This always fun party bar is open Monday – Saturday from 7 – 2am and Sunday from 11 – 2am and serves fantastic food from 11am – 9pm every day. Fifty-cent wing specials on Tuesday and Thursday pack the house. “Let Us Entertain You” with our Sunday drag performances. Party promotions nightly. Crawfish served every Sunday 11am – 9pm.
2409 Grant Street
This multi-level dance club features a patio upstairs lounge and balconies that overlook Pacific Street. Ladies enjoy Wet and Wild Wednesday, 18-year-olds are welcome on Thursday, resident DJ Lorenzo spins Wednesday–Saturday nights, DJ Pollo spins Karumba Latin night on Sunday. Happy hour 8–10pm; free cover before 11pm.
710 Pacific Street
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 Street
If you miss the now-closed Inergy, you’ll find many of its former staff, management, and décor at this two-room Latin/hip-hop club. Sunday evening drag shows rule the roost.
6680 Southwest Freeway, next to Colorado
Resident DJ Johnny spins on Friday and Saturday nights at this comfortably remodeled Montrose nightspot that also offers karaoke on Tuesdays and Thursdays and extended happy-hour prices throughout the week.
2312 Crocker Street
Award-winning DJs spin nightly at this “boutique nightclub” that offers elegance without arrogance and features a stage, dance floor, VIP area, glass-encased quiet bar, and attractive patio. Tuesday and Sunday drag shows feature frequent special guests.
202 Tuam Street
Regulars rule at this comfortable neighborhood sports bar, just like most other neighborhood sports bars in town. But George’s occasional benefit drag show makes it a wonderful, campy alternative. Sports Saturdays start at 3pm with dart and pool tournaments; Steak Night is Sunday, 3–7pm.
617 Fairview Street
This trendy and friendly video and cruise bar gets busy during happy hour and stays busy ’til closing. Karaoke on Wednesdays and Sundays, sometimes offering prizes, always packs the place.
570 Waugh Drive
Part of the Eagle worldwide family, originating in 1970, this neighborhood watering spot is the place to cruise and dance. Featuring DJs on the weekends and the birthplace of the hit remix team Dirty Disco. Multiple patios and always a party. Featuring a 29-degree pour and 12 beers on tap. The inside leather shop is open the same hours as the bar. Mon.–Fri. 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., Sat. & Sun. noon–2 a.m.
611 Hyde Park Blvd
JR’S BAR & GRILL
With house emcee Kofi, OutSmart’s Gayest and Greatest reigning drag champion, this Montrose standard offers drag and strip shows throughout the week, karaoke Thursdays and Sundays, plus pool tables, male dancers, and award-winning cocktails.
808 Pacific Street
Jerry Atwood, Clay Howell, Neil Massey, Steve Wheaton, and Roger Woest take turns at the keys at this comfortable neighborhood piano bar.
1419 Richmond Avenue
NEON BOOTS DANCEHALL & SALOON
Houston’s only LGBT country dancehall is located in the historic Esquire Ballroom and opens Wednesday–Sunday. The new outside patio and stage are open. Wednesday features Steak Night and Bingo. Free dance classes on Thursdays and Karaoke. Saturday night the dance floor fills with the best C&W . . . check their website for all specials, events and times.
11410 Hempstead Highway
This LGBT-friendly lounge is open under “familiar” management in the Washington corridor. Daily highlights range from open mic night to steak night to appearances by DJ Kittie and DJ Ben Phoenix from KRBE. Drink specials and more.
4216 Washington Avenue
Houston’s most iconic and largest LGBT dance club with multiple levels featuring a video/show bar and a private VIP lounge. Originally built to be the Studio 54 of the south, Rich’s boasts world-renowned DJs and entertainers! No cover before 10:30. 2401 San Jacinto
This well-kept, multi-roomed leather bar for men and their friends boasts a busy patio, especially on the weekends. The Black Hawk Leather shop is located inside the club, providing BDSM essentials.
715 Fairview Street
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 Drive
This mega-dance club is a frequent winner of OutSmart‘s Gayest and Greatest awards, with DJ Eddie E spinning on Fridays, and DJ Joe Ross playing pop & dance music videos on Saturdays. No cover before 11pm.
810 Pacific Street
With the longest daily happy hours in Montrose (8am–10pm), it’s no wonder this neighborhood watering hole is so popular. Owner Tim Pugh says TC’s has built quite a reputation as the perfect spot to celebrate special occasions. Other big draws are the drag shows Wednesday–Sunday and karaoke Monday & Wednesday.
817 Fairview Street
TONY’S CORNER POCKET
This comfortable club located close to downtown has one of the friendliest bar staffs in town, both inside & outside at its patio bar. The raised stage where local charities perform also features an amateur dance contest each Thursday, Friday, & Saturday at 11pm. Opens daily at noon.
817 W. Dallas Street
This club appeals to fans of Latino music and drag alike.
4624 Dacoma Street
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 7pm–2am.
650 Orleans Street
HALO VIDEO BAR
The only LGBT dance club in Bryan/College Station, this sleek spot is open Thursday–Saturday. Smack in the middle of Aggieland, “our venue is always packed with the hotties,” the owners promise.
121 North Main Street
23RD ST. STATION
A new face on the Island bar scene is here. The bar features a neighborhood-bar feel with octane. Drink specials daily and the weekend is filled with pulsing music, hot dancers, drag shows, and a Sunday Tea Dance.
1706 23rd Street
A neighborhood bar, the Island institution attracts a colorful crowd of regulars and travelers. The private patio includes a swimming pool. On Saturday and Sunday nights, the Ladies of Lafitte show takes the stage.
2501 Avenue Q (at 25th)
RANCH HILL SALOON
With its two pool tables, 52-inch plasma televisions, and large dance floor, this popular northside spot also offers DJs Thursday–Saturday.
247041 I-45N, Suite 103
THE ROOM BAR AND LOUNGE
One of only two LGBT hangouts in North Houston/Spring, this bar and video lounge has a laidback atmosphere where everyone is welcome and everyone is friendly to each other. The Room Bar and Lounge offers something for everyone, including daily drink specials, karaoke, free pool, drag shows, and live DJs several nights a week.
4915 FM 2920
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