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Raising the Bar: Upcoming Events at Some of Houston’s Favorite LGBT Hangouts



Join co-hosts Morena Roas and J-Metro as they host “The Floor Is Yours,” an LGBT open mic night in Houston! This event allows LGBT artists of all kinds—singers, dancers, comedians, magicians, poets, and more—to showcase their talents in a welcoming atmosphere. This free event promises good vibes and tons of fun. Sign-up starts at 8 p.m. followed by the show at 9 p.m. Drink specials include $3 wells, $2 shots, and a reverse happy hour starting at 11 p.m.

What: “The Floor Is Yours” Open Night Mic

When: Mondays, 8 p.m.

Where: Guava Lamp, 570 Waugh Dr.

Details: guavalamphouston.com


Enjoy a world-famous crawfish recipe that’s 50 years in the making! Taking out or dining in, there’s no denying that Bayou City has the absolute best crawfish in Montrose. Catch DJ Papi spinning the best dance and disco music, plus the “Let Us Entertain You” drag shows at 1 p.m., 3 p.m., and 8 p.m. Drink specials include $7 carafes of mimosas, $8 Bayou Punch pitchers, $2 frozen margaritas, and $1.75 vodka. On April 8, April birthdays get a free party with no cover and a reserved section, plus a bottle of 3 Olives vodka to get things started. Come out on April 17 for the Porsche Paris benefit show featuring $1.75 vodkas, menu specials, and, as always, the famous crawfish.

What: World Famous Crawfish Boils

When: Sundays through June, 11 a.m.–9 p.m.

Where: Bayou City Bar & Grill, 2409 Grant St.

Details: For the April Birthdays event, call 713.522.2867 to reserve. Valid for parties of 10 or more. More info: bayoucitybar.com


Join Neon Boots, Houston’s #1 award-winning LGBT country and western bar, on Thursday, April 7, at 7:30 p.m. for an amazing wine-tasting featuring their newest selection of Californian, Argentinian, and other regional wines. Free dance lessons on the huge dance floor are also included! Guests can also relax out back on the custom-built multi-level patio complete with an outside bar. This free event is open to everyone, so bring your friends for a night full of fun! Neon Boots is open Wednesday through Sunday.

What: Wine Tasting & Dance Lessons

When: April 7, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Neon Boots Dancehall & Saloon, 11410 Hempstead Rd.

Details: neonbootsclub.com


Join the National Leather Association Houston (NLA-Houston) in celebrating 25 years of Pride in Leather! This event is a collaborative effort between NLA-Houston and several of the community’s finest organizations. Spring Iniquity: A Leather Fest will include a leather history display, demonstrations of leather play, educational opportunities, vendors, and some of your favorite festival foods. $10 registration includes a commemorative lapel pin and invitations/notices to upcoming events. $25 registration includes all the perks of the $10 registration plus admittance to the educational opportunities offered during the weekend. Ages 21+.

What: Spring Iniquity: A Leather Fest

When: April 8–10

Where: RIPCORD, 715 Fairview St.

Details: nlahoustontx.org


Madonna. She’s been a Virgin and a Material Girl, a Beautiful Stranger, and a Rebel Heart. She’s the unapologetic bitch who remains the blueprint for every female pop star. Celebrate every incarnation of the icon at Madonnarama, South Beach’s nonstop night of Madonna remixes, videos, and M classics. DJ Wess (from Town Danceboutique in Washington DC) will take you there, just like a prayer. This event is one of the top five parties of the year, with one-of-a-kind remixes from every superstar DJ around the world. View custom-created Madonna videos that have never been seen—nor will be, except at South Beach.

What: Madonnarama

When: April 23

Where: South Beach, 810 Pacific St.

Details: No cover before 10 p.m. with VIP text. Text SOBE to 46786 to become a text VIP member. More info: southbeachthenightclub.com


Join the Human Rights Campaign for a sizzling hot celebration of women at the annual HER HRC event. Come support HRC Houston with your best ’90s gear and throw it down, house-party style! This special event, hosted by Whitney Mixter of The Real L Word, will include a battle of the DJs with Houston’s hottest female talent, a party-games tournament with prizes, and a sexy burlesque show. Drink specials, delicious food, as well as door prizes, will be available. All proceeds benefit the Human Rights Campaign and the organization’s fight for LGBT equality.

What: Who’s House Party Is It? HER House Party

When: April 24, 2–7 p.m.

Where: Pearl Bar Houston, 4216 Washington Ave.

Details: Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. All proceeds are donated to the Human Rights Campaign and include an annual HRC membership. Please contact [email protected] with any questions. More info: pearlhouston.com


Club 2020 Houston—just east of the city lights of downtown Houston—welcomes all party-goers to their “Splash” Pride Saturday Night Live on May 7. “Splash” Saturday Night Live will feature some of the best female/male entertainment in the city and exotic male cage-dancers from across the nation! The spacious multi-level venue features a 40-ft. bar and plush VIP section that provides a panoramic view of the club. Club 2020 has three of H-town’s “baddest” DJs and VJs under one roof mixing the hottest beats! Doors open at 10 p.m. and close at 4 a.m. You must see it to believe it!

What: “Splash” Pride Saturday Night Live

When: May 7

Where: Club 2020 Houston, 2020 Leeland St.

Details: club2020houston.com


Make your way to the Ministry Pride Party just blocks away from the Pride parade! Park, walk over, and enjoy dancing, drag shows, DJs, vendors, and more! Free and open to the public. Ages 18+.

What: Ministry’s Pride Party

When: June 25, 1–4 p.m.

Where: Ministry, 709 Franklin St.

Details: ministryhouston.com


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