Rockets, oil, and football probably come to mind when someone mentions Houston, but the fourth largest city in the US has a vibrant LGBT community. Needless to say, you won’t have a problem hooking up with hotties in Houston.
Just because you’re in Texas, doesn’t mean you have to go line dancing, but who wouldn’t want to slap on a pair of cowboy boots and a sexy Stetson at the largest honky tonk queer bar in Texas? Neon Boots
is located in the historic Esquire Ballroom where country legend Willie Nelson got his start and huge names like Patsy Cline and Dolly Parton performed. Even if country isn’t your thing, Neon Boots has some amazing drink specials. Happy Hour is all day on Thursday and after a few $1.50 vodkas you’ll be boot scootin’ like a real cowboy.
Montrose is pretty much the only Gayborhood in Houston, but there are other pockets of queer paradise throughout the city. If your scene is more tailored suits than ten gallon hats, F Ba
is the spot to be. It’s Houston’s only upscale gay bar. Named after FashionBar in Singapore, F Bar features so many chandeliers you would think Sia wrote her famous song about this place. Sure, it’s a bit high end, but it’s not stuck up and pretentious; this is Texas after all. Guava Lamp
is another Montrose haunt. If you’ve never been there before, you’ll ask yourself, “What the hell am I doing in a strip mall?!”, but don’t let the location fool you. Guava Lamp is a popular spot for karaoke stars and wannabes and it’s a great starting off place for a night of bar hopping (It’s also popular with Ls from the LGBT community).
If you’re looking for a place to take your gal pal on a first date, Poison Girl
should be on the top of your list. The parking is atrocious (What do you expect in Montrose?) but this dive bar with craft cocktails and paintings of busty of pinups is worth it. Plus, you can flex your skills on the pinball machines out back.
If you don’t mind sweaty shirtless men and women, Houston’s Pride
has been going strong for over 35 years and is held on the third week of June.
Theo’s in Montrose is the best place for after hours Geek grub (Best Gyro in Houston, hands down.) and people watching. It’s open until 4 am 7 nights a week. If you’re still human by the time the sun comes up, you have to drag yourself (and maybe your hookup from the night before) to eat breakfast at Baby Barnaby’s
. There are several Barnaby’s locations, but I recommend the petite breakfast-only location in Montrose. It’s also extremely dog-friendly, so it’s the perfect cruising place for single dog moms and dads looking for a pooch-loving partner.
If you’ve had enough of the partying, check out the Menil Collection
. This art gallery located smack dab in the middle of a lush and peaceful park is always free and features a wide array of modern art, ancient African tribal carvings, and everything in between.
Houston might not have a huge LGBT scene like some major cities, but even in a place like Texas not all of us are size queens. It’s quality over quantity right?