Time to have some fun. Austin isn’t just weird during the waking hours, after all. If you want to get a little naughty and enjoy what the denizens of the city have to offer, you have to check out Austin’s bustling LGBT nightlife.
Midtowne Spa 5815 Airport Blvd. (512) 302-9696 Warming up to enjoying Austin in your birthday suit? Keep things hot with a trip to Midtowne Spa, Austin’s prominent bathhouse. Guests are welcome for a small fee, and you’ll get a chance to meet a whole other side of Austin’s LGBT crowd.
Oil Can Harry's 211 West Fourth St. (512) 320-8823 Seven short years ago, OUT named OCH one of the 50 best gay bars in the world – and the 24-year-old institution is still going strong. There’s plenty to love, from its location in the Fourth Street gayborhood to its genuine Austin vibe. Fun event nights – including and especially the Thursday night strip contest – will keep you guessing as to what might be next around the corner.
Rain on 4th 217B West Fourth St. (512) 494-1150 Self-described as “Austin’s upscale gay lounge,” Rain on 4th, also located in the gayborhood Fourth Street district, looks as though it might be found in L.A. before Austin. But that sexy sensibility translates well with Austin’s younger crowd, who can often be found flocking to this nightclub. The creative cocktails, many of which give a nod to local landmarks and hidden gems, are a highlight.
The Iron Bear 121 West Eighth St. (512) 482-8993 For those with a bit rougher taste than the martinis of Rain, The Iron Bear will fulfill your needs. Come find an otter, a chaser, a daddy and everything in between at this neighborhood bar that’s run by bears for bears. Whether you come for the beer or beer bellies, this is the LGBT nightlife spot with the fullest flavor.