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Houston’s 14 Essential LGBT Bars

Where to party all Pride Month long

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It’s Pride month, y’all. After the hellish year that was 2020, it’s fortunate that Houston has no shortage of bars and clubs that make it easier than ever to celebrate. The city’s pride parade won’t actually be held until later this year, but in the meantime, these establishments offer plenty of opportunities to party in a welcoming environment.

From drag shows featuring the city’s most talented queens to karaoke nights and neighborhood sports dives, these 14 essential Houston gay bars offer something for everyone.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. La Granja Disco Y Cantina

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5505 Pinemont Dr
Houston, TX 77092
(713) 518-6753
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Open Wednesday through Sunday, La Granja is home to drag shows, DJs, and so much more. Here, partiers can drink and dance the night away, or watch the drag shows that kick off every Sunday night at 10 p.m.

2. Neon Boots Dancehall & Saloon

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11410 Hempstead Rd
Houston, TX 77092
(713) 677-0828
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Show off a polished pair of boots and a 10-gallon hat at Neon Boots: the country western dancehall and saloon. Patrons will encounter plenty of country music and line dancing, but don’t be surprised to hear pop hits, Latin music, and variety. Those feeling frisky can hop on the mechanical bull for the full cowboy experience.

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3. Pearl Bar Houston

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4216 Washington Ave
Houston, TX 77007
(832) 740-4933
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Though open to everyone, Pearl Bar is the only spot in Houston geared toward queer women. Head to Pearl for drag king shows, steak and bingo nights, or a movie on the bustling back patio. Weekends offer dancing and DJs while past parties include the unforgettable Uhaul takeover which featured DJs and entertainers flown in from the west coast.

4. Papi's Houston Nightclub

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570 Waugh Dr
Houston, TX 77019
(713) 524-3359

Now located in the space formerly occupied by legendary bar Guava Lamp, Papi’s is keeping the tradition of drag shows and plenty of cocktails alive. Find regular drag shows on Fridays and Sundays, plus frequent events like guest entertainer appearances, karaoke, and more.

5. Tony's Corner Pocket

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817 W Dallas St
Houston, TX 77019
(713) 571-7870
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This delightfully divey bar with a truly creative moniker is home to friendly bartenders, plenty of dancers, and well-mixed drinks. Definitely bring plenty of $1 bills to tip the entertainers.

6. Crocker Bar

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2312 Crocker St
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 529-3355
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Crocker Bar is a dark, but inviting dive. Locals love the chill atmosphere, friendly bartenders, mixed crowd, and stiff drinks. The DJ’s play a mix of today’s hits and throwbacks to keep party goers dancing all night long.

7. RIPCORD

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715 Fairview St
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 521-2792
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Describing itself as the oldest leather bar for LGBT folks in Texas, Ripcord has been a fixture of Houston’s bar scene since 1982. Swing by during happy hour, which runs from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week, for $3 beers and $4 drinks made with flavored vodka.

8. George Your Country Sports Bar

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617 Fairview St
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 528-8102

George is a no-frills country sports bar. The divey space has a pool table, darts, and a jukebox. Catch a game on one of the TVs while cheering on your favorite team with the crowd of hometown sports fans.

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9. Hamburger Mary's

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2409 Grant St
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 677-0674
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Hamburger Mary’s serves up burgers, brunch, and drag queen realness. The witty menu includes a fried pickle appetizer named Britney Fried Spears, the LGBT (lettuce, guacamole, bacon, tomato), and Fried Twinks for dessert. For those looking to have a good time while supporting a good cause, Hamburger Mary’s hosts charity drag dinner and game night on Tuesdays.

10. Eagle Houston

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611 Hyde Park Blvd
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 523-2473
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This legendary Montrose bar, open since 1970, boasts worthy drink specials and plenty of entertainment options pretty much every night of the week. On Mondays, head to the Eagle for karaoke and cheap beer, or wait until Tuesday, when top-shelf tequila drinks are $5. There’s also plenty of snacks on the menu here, ranging from tacos and nachos to fries loaded with cheese, barbacoa, and more.

11. JR's Bar & Grill

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808 Pacific St
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 521-2519
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JRs is a laid back neighborhood bar. The expansive space accommodates drag shows, karaoke, and RuPaul’s Drag Race watch parties. Outside is a scenic courtyard patio complete with a fountain and water misters for sultry summer days. Shoot some pool, play a game of giant jenga, or sip cheap booze with friends.

12. Michael's Outpost

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1419 Richmond Ave
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 520-8446
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Open since 1998, this charming piano bar has cultivated a devoted crowd of regulars thanks to its cozy, intimate vibe. During the week, swing by for live piano, or head to Michael’s on the weekends, when drag shows take over the stage.

13. Robert's Lafitte

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2501 Avenue Q
Galveston, TX 77550
(409) 765-9092
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Tucked away off 25th street is Galveston’s best kept secret. Lafitte’s is the oldest LGBT bar in Texas. The tropical themed courtyard patio has a pool for patrons to enjoy. Islanders flock to this bar for the unassuming atmosphere, fabulous drag shows, and ice cold drinks.

14. Rumors Beach Bar

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3102 Seawall Blvd
Galveston, TX 77550
(409) 497-4617
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Rumors Beach Bar sits on Seawall Boulevard overlooking the Gulf. The sleek industrial space is illuminated at night with disco balls and multicolored lights. Enjoy the view of the water from bar’s upper deck or the view of the drag queens dancing on the stage.

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1. La Granja Disco Y Cantina

5505 Pinemont Dr, Houston, TX 77092

Open Wednesday through Sunday, La Granja is home to drag shows, DJs, and so much more. Here, partiers can drink and dance the night away, or watch the drag shows that kick off every Sunday night at 10 p.m.

5505 Pinemont Dr
Houston, TX 77092

2. Neon Boots Dancehall & Saloon

11410 Hempstead Rd, Houston, TX 77092
Neon Boots Dancehall & Saloon/Facebook

Show off a polished pair of boots and a 10-gallon hat at Neon Boots: the country western dancehall and saloon. Patrons will encounter plenty of country music and line dancing, but don’t be surprised to hear pop hits, Latin music, and variety. Those feeling frisky can hop on the mechanical bull for the full cowboy experience.

11410 Hempstead Rd
Houston, TX 77092

3. Pearl Bar Houston

4216 Washington Ave, Houston, TX 77007

Though open to everyone, Pearl Bar is the only spot in Houston geared toward queer women. Head to Pearl for drag king shows, steak and bingo nights, or a movie on the bustling back patio. Weekends offer dancing and DJs while past parties include the unforgettable Uhaul takeover which featured DJs and entertainers flown in from the west coast.

4216 Washington Ave
Houston, TX 77007

4. Papi's Houston Nightclub

570 Waugh Dr, Houston, TX 77019

Now located in the space formerly occupied by legendary bar Guava Lamp, Papi’s is keeping the tradition of drag shows and plenty of cocktails alive. Find regular drag shows on Fridays and Sundays, plus frequent events like guest entertainer appearances, karaoke, and more.

570 Waugh Dr
Houston, TX 77019

5. Tony's Corner Pocket

817 W Dallas St, Houston, TX 77019

This delightfully divey bar with a truly creative moniker is home to friendly bartenders, plenty of dancers, and well-mixed drinks. Definitely bring plenty of $1 bills to tip the entertainers.

817 W Dallas St
Houston, TX 77019

6. Crocker Bar

2312 Crocker St, Houston, TX 77006

Crocker Bar is a dark, but inviting dive. Locals love the chill atmosphere, friendly bartenders, mixed crowd, and stiff drinks. The DJ’s play a mix of today’s hits and throwbacks to keep party goers dancing all night long.

2312 Crocker St
Houston, TX 77006

7. RIPCORD

715 Fairview St, Houston, TX 77006

Describing itself as the oldest leather bar for LGBT folks in Texas, Ripcord has been a fixture of Houston’s bar scene since 1982. Swing by during happy hour, which runs from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week, for $3 beers and $4 drinks made with flavored vodka.

715 Fairview St
Houston, TX 77006

8. George Your Country Sports Bar

617 Fairview St, Houston, TX 77006
George Your Country Sports Bar/Facebook

George is a no-frills country sports bar. The divey space has a pool table, darts, and a jukebox. Catch a game on one of the TVs while cheering on your favorite team with the crowd of hometown sports fans.

617 Fairview St
Houston, TX 77006

9. Hamburger Mary's

2409 Grant St, Houston, TX 77006

Hamburger Mary’s serves up burgers, brunch, and drag queen realness. The witty menu includes a fried pickle appetizer named Britney Fried Spears, the LGBT (lettuce, guacamole, bacon, tomato), and Fried Twinks for dessert. For those looking to have a good time while supporting a good cause, Hamburger Mary’s hosts charity drag dinner and game night on Tuesdays.

2409 Grant St
Houston, TX 77006

10. Eagle Houston

611 Hyde Park Blvd, Houston, TX 77006

This legendary Montrose bar, open since 1970, boasts worthy drink specials and plenty of entertainment options pretty much every night of the week. On Mondays, head to the Eagle for karaoke and cheap beer, or wait until Tuesday, when top-shelf tequila drinks are $5. There’s also plenty of snacks on the menu here, ranging from tacos and nachos to fries loaded with cheese, barbacoa, and more.

611 Hyde Park Blvd
Houston, TX 77006

11. JR's Bar & Grill

808 Pacific St, Houston, TX 77006

JRs is a laid back neighborhood bar. The expansive space accommodates drag shows, karaoke, and RuPaul’s Drag Race watch parties. Outside is a scenic courtyard patio complete with a fountain and water misters for sultry summer days. Shoot some pool, play a game of giant jenga, or sip cheap booze with friends.

808 Pacific St
Houston, TX 77006

12. Michael's Outpost

1419 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77006

Open since 1998, this charming piano bar has cultivated a devoted crowd of regulars thanks to its cozy, intimate vibe. During the week, swing by for live piano, or head to Michael’s on the weekends, when drag shows take over the stage.

1419 Richmond Ave
Houston, TX 77006

13. Robert's Lafitte

2501 Avenue Q, Galveston, TX 77550

Tucked away off 25th street is Galveston’s best kept secret. Lafitte’s is the oldest LGBT bar in Texas. The tropical themed courtyard patio has a pool for patrons to enjoy. Islanders flock to this bar for the unassuming atmosphere, fabulous drag shows, and ice cold drinks.

2501 Avenue Q
Galveston, TX 77550

14. Rumors Beach Bar

3102 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77550
Rumors Beach Bar/Facebook

Rumors Beach Bar sits on Seawall Boulevard overlooking the Gulf. The sleek industrial space is illuminated at night with disco balls and multicolored lights. Enjoy the view of the water from bar’s upper deck or the view of the drag queens dancing on the stage.

3102 Seawall Blvd
Galveston, TX 77550

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