For more than a century, even before Pride Month’s origin in 1969, gay bars have persevered around the world as a way for the LGBTQ community to connect and celebrate. Houston’s gay bars, in particular, have been a place where people can convene regardless of their identity and have played a key role in Montrose developing its reputation as the city’s “gayborhood.” While more safe spaces exist, gay bars are still a cornerstone in the community, while also being a prime place to enjoy a happy hour cocktail, a drag show, or a night of dancing.
And fortunate for Bayou City, Houston’s diversity, even among the LGBT community, means there’s no shortage of gay hangouts. Grab a beer and relax with friends at Robert’s Lafitte in Galveston, the oldest gay bar in Texas, or hit up the newly reopened South Beach in Montrose for a long night of drinks and dancing. Don’t forget the city’s more unique hotspots, like Michael’s Outpost, a cabaret and piano bar, or Pearl Bar, one of only two lesbian bars in Texas.
Whether you identify as LGBTQ or if you’re just an ally in for a good time, these 18 essential Houston gay bars are sure to be your new favorite neighborhood bar year-round.
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