Last updated on August 26th, 2020
If you are trying to locate the best gay and lesbian bars or clubs in Austin we have all the info you need right here. This LGBT nightlife guide will also cover things like mixed clubs, trans bars, drag shows, the main queer area of town and more!
On top of that the best LGBT dating sites will be mentioned, particularly some sites for those who are more interested in hooking up than getting too deep into a serious relationship at the moment. Plus we will mention all of the best LGBT pride events and meet ups we know about in this city.
Not all of you will be interested in going out to a lesbian or gay bar or nightclub to try and meet people near you so we will try to cover all the bases so that you can pick out which option you prefer.
Best LGBT Bars & Clubs In Austin
Let’s start this off with a list of the best mixed LGBT bars and nightclubs in Austin:
- Elysium at 705 Red River St
- Violet Crown Social Club at 1111 E 6th St
- Cheer Up Charlies at 900 Red River St
- BT2 at 6607 North I 35
- Rain at 217 W 4th St
- The Iron Bear at 121 W 8th St
- Highland at 404 Colorado St
- Sellers Underground at 213 W 4th St
- Oilcan Harry’s at 211 W 4th St
Best Gay Bars & Clubs
We are sure that many of you are here to find out about gay bars in Austin for men to meet men. Over the past decade we have done a great job of making the world a more inclusive place. These days most gay bars are actually mixed, and any of the above spots can easily lead to gay hook ups.
Best Lesbian Bars & Clubs in Austin
That same can be said for women trying to meet women at Austin lesbian bars. The mixed list should have plenty of options for you and if there are no cute girls around to hit on head out and find another place to try. You might want to try to keep up with the Guerrilla Queer Bar events.
Drag Shows & Trans Bars
We aren’t really to the point of having full on trans bars in Austin, but you can find drag shows that may help you locate ts near you at:
- Drag Class at Rain on Tuesday Nights at 9 pm
- Divas Show at Oilcan Harry’s on Sunday Night at 10 pm
- Latin Night at BT2 Austin on Sundays
- Drag Queen Bingo at Highland on Sundays at 7.30 pm
- Tasty at Sellers Underground on Tuesdays
- Twisted Thursday’s at Sellers Underground
- Butterfly at The Vortex
- Drag Shows at Elysium on Thursdays
- Barbarella on Tuesdays
We know the scene here pretty well, but not as well as the local experts. Our goal is to keep our lists as up to date as possible but we need your help to do so.
If anything on here is old news or if we left some place off that is a can’t miss please use the comments to let us know. Also, if you think any venues should be listed as solely places for men to meet men or women to meet women fill us in, thanks if you can help.
There really is not one main gay area or gayborhood here. The whole city is very forward thinking and you should be fine just about anywhere. You can also check out our posts on:
Weekly, Monthly, & Pride Events
Here are some of the best LGBT events that occur on a regular basis:
- Bobby Cook’s Ultimate Amateur Strip Off at Rain on Thursdays
- Walk This Way at Oilcan Harry’s on Thursdays 10 pm
- Skyveez Underwear Socials at The Iron Bear on 3rd Saturdays
- Werq with Diamond Dior at Sellers Underground on Wednesdays
- Guerrilla Queer Bar lesbian events
And these are the best pride events plus other LGBT events throughout the year like:
Best LGBT Dating Sites
Trying to find other LGBT people near you for dating or hook ups was a lot more difficult back in the day. Gay or lesbian bars were pretty much your only choice, but fortunately that isn’t how it is anymore.
We know that not everyone is in the same position as far as their status goes and there are probably people reading this who may not want to be seen at or have their photos taken at a gay bar.
Adult Friend Finder is the biggest hook up site on the planet and has been for damn near twenty years. Their top site for finding gay men near you to hook up with is Men Nation and you might be surprised at how many users it has in major cities like this one.
It combines all of the users on their numerous sites which are not only straight and LGBT but also include swingers and numerous types of kinks and fetishes. So if you want m4m hook ups use Men Nation, and for f4f hook ups use Lesbian Personals.
We also should tell you about the world’s top transgender dating site, MyTransgenderDate. Trans dating in Austin has never been as popular as it is right now as more ts near you are finally comfortable living the life they want to live.
Alright then, we have told you all about the Austin LGBT nightlife as best as we can. You know where to go to find mixed, gay, or lesbian bars and clubs plus drag shows to party with trans and all sorts of LGBT dating sites. We hope you make the most of the information at hand.