Gay Clubs

Successfully finding a gay club in an unfamiliar city can be trying. That's why 10Best has sought out the top candidates in Austin, detailing their clientele, music, and atmosphere. We let you know which ones cater to gay men or lesbians, what kinds of shows and entertainments they host, and what tracks the DJs spin. To tap into one of the most popular clubs in the area according to 10Best readers, head to Rusty's. It's a telling example of what you can expect when you go out in Austin.



A country-style nightspot in downtown Austin, this gay bar's reputation as one of the friendliest watering holes in the city is a well-deserved status. The bartenders are amicable and attentive, and the diverse patrons are as respectful as they are fun-loving. Plus, a variety of weekly events enables bar-goers to chow down during the "Beer Bust & BBQ," shimmy like a pro on Latin night, belt out some karaoke or party Texas-style with country dancing.

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Warehouse District
Oilcan Harry's

A well-loved landmark amongst gay clubs in Austin, Oilcan Harry's attracts a fun-loving crowd with special events like Wednesday 80s night with $1 drinks, Friday amateur male strip contests and Sunday Funday with $1 mimosas to keep the party rolling. Perhaps the most raved-about element of OCH is the sweet, sassy and oh-so-adorable staff that serves up stiff drinks at reasonable prices. Also, the outdoor patio offers a relaxing respite from the always-packed dance floor.

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A low-key local hangout in Austin, this gay bar's top priority is exuding a warm, welcoming atmosphere for the delightfully diverse crowd to enjoy. Comfortable and unpretentious, 'bout Time is the perfect place to enjoy drinking (cheaply) and chatting the night away, with spirited sand volleyball matches thrown in for a fun change of pace. Let your hair down, throw a few back and jam to stellar music in the company of kindhearted party-loving patrons.

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One of the most inviting gay clubs in Austin, Charlie's is a beloved go-to nightspot for partiers of all sexualities and ethnicities, brought together by a desire to drink, socialize and shake what their mamas gave them. The oldest surviving gay bar in the city, Charlie's offers endless entertainment, including gorgeous go-go dancers, pool tables, a festive outdoor patio and Tuesday steak night featuring tasty $6 steak dinners followed by an amateur strip contest.

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While Austin area gay bars often feature a charming, laid-back ambiance, Kiss & Fly is more of a high-energy dance club, perfect for a raucous night out. With three different levels, six full bars and a lively patio, there are plenty of places to get your party on before the irresistible beat of Top 40 tunes draws you to the Warehouse District's largest dance floor. Affordable drinks and eye candy cage dancers complete the scene.

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