Dallas is right in the middle of a state that is more GOP than LGBT, but despite its conservative location, Dallas has a queer scene hotter than a gogo boy twerking in church. The old saying goes, “Everything's bigger in Texas” and that is certainly true when you stroll down The Strip; one of the largest commercial gay districts in the country.
Located in the Oak Lawn neighborhood, The Strip is a stretch of LGBT bars and clubs. Basically, all you have to do is park your car (You need one of those in Dallas) at one end of Cedar Springs Road and bar hop; just hope you remember exactly where you parked when the sun comes up. The two Texas-sized bars on the Strip is the Round Up Saloon and S4. The Round-Up Saloon
has been on several “Best Gay Bars in the World” lists and one minute after you step inside, you’ll understand why. I don’t need to tell you that this place is a country-themed bar, but even if you don’t like the music, you’ll appreciate the cute cowboys that will teach you how to line dance and the wide array of tequilas served at the 12 bars throughout the location. S4 (a.k.a. Station 4)
is massive, we’re talking 24,000 square feet of party space that includes 14 service wells so you’ll never go dry, a dance floor with a sound system so loud your friends in San Francisco can hear it, a theatre that hosts some of the best drag and pop performers in the country, oh and you can also pretty much party all night. It’s open until 4 am, but drink service stops at 2. The crowd is really mixed; lots of straight folks come for college night on Thursdays, but make no mistake, this is a queer bar.
J.R.’s Bar and Grill
is one of the old dudes on the Strip, but it’s more like a Silver Fox, because this bar keeps getting a bit better (and bigger) with age. It’s one of the few spots on the Strip where the dance floor is poppin’ during the day time.
The most popular lesbian bar in Dallas is located on the Strip as well. Sue Ellen’s
has been a Dallas institution since 1989, but they’ve been at their current location since 2008. It’s the sister club to J.R.’s. If you weren’t around in the ‘80s, let me school you, the TV show Dallas was popular as fuck and these bars are named after characters on that show. It’s pretty much a girls-only place, so drop your gay boy BFF at another bar. If you or your gal pal are vegetarians (Let’s be honest here, one or both of you are.) there is an amazing queer-friendly veggie restaurant in Oak Lawn called The Cosmic Cafe
Sure, the Strip is the epicenter of LGBT culture in Dallas, but there are places outside of the Strip that are always packed, not to mention Dallas Pride brings queers from all over the South. It takes place in September, so you can definitely go if you went to a larger pride event in the summer.