Houston's Top 10 Gay Bars, Clubs & Icehouses

As our sister blog Eating...Our Words does, from time to time Rocks Off will be giving your our picks for the top taverns in various Houston-area neighborhoods. Of course, the lines can be porous, but here anything with a TABC license that cannot reasonably be considered either a restaurant, coffeehouse or live-music venue is fair game.

blur_bar.jpg

10. BLUR BAR

Blur definitely lives up to its name, thanks to the three bars this giant club houses within its music-bumping walls. This place hides tons of nooks and crannies, so if you're not up for watching the impromptu Beyonce dance-off (yes, those happen here, often), you've got plenty of places to escape the chaos on the upstairs dance floor.

Most of Blur's diverse patrons are there to dance their pretty little asses off, so if you're not, you'll probably have one of the balconies all to yourself. But we suggest you at least try to bust a move, because the dance floor gets so packed there's not a chance anyone else will notice if you've got two left feet.

710 Pacific, 713-529-3447, blurbar.com

tcs.jpg
9. TC'S PREMIERE SHOW BAR
Want to check out one of the best drag shows the city has to offer? TC's has definitely earned that "Show Bar" moniker the old-fashioned way -- their shows are damn near legendary at this point. The crowd is always so friendly, too. There's no pretentiousness here; it's just a bar with an extremely talented group of performers and customers who appreciate that. Oh, and the drinks are dirt-cheap, but that's just a bonus when you have shows this fabulous.

817 Fairview, 713-526-2625, Facebook page

the_usual.jpg
8. THE USUAL PUB
Air hockey? Check. Picnic benches? Check. Dog-friendly? Check and double-check. The Usual is a comfortable place for everyone to hang out, no matter what your orientation, a little like Cheers with better decor and a better beer selection. It's casual, gay-friendly, and the Internet jukebox provides endless possibilities. In short, we could live there, especially with the selection of microbrews.

5519 Allen, 281-501-1478, theusualpub.com


List continues on the next page.

Location Info

Map

Guava Lamp

570 Waugh, Houston, TX

Category: Music

South Beach

810 Pacific, Houston, TX

Category: Music

F Bar

202 Tuam St., Houston, TX

Category: Music

Michael's Outpost

1419 Richmond, Houston, TX

Category: Music

JR's Bar & Grill

808 Pacific, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Montrose Mining Company

805 Pacific, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Meteor Urban Video Lounge

2306 Genesee, Houston, TX

Category: Music

The Usual - CLOSED

5519 Allen, Houston, TX

Category: Music

TC's Show Bar

817 Fairview, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Blur

710 Pacific, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Neon Boots Dance Hall and Saloon

11410 Hempstead Highway, Houston, TX

Category: Music

My Voice Nation Help
19 comments
slowdancer
slowdancer

Today's latest star bar is tomorrow's drug pit. Maybe. I remember when the 611 was a standing room only  HOT Saturday night bar. Now its a drug pit. Mary's was once HOT place. But it finally collapsed. Michel's  is well on its way to becoming a drug pit; others have already succumb. Other bars use shuttles to move patrons from point A to B  (thank you JR's) which is great for receipts but doesn't really built long-term loyalty,  Some bars do what they can to weather the locust-like drug periods; E.J.'s is one, George's Sport's Bar is another, but given the fickle and migratory nature of the gay bar crowd (Oooh Look! -- A new bar this week!!) the only way to keep a good thing going is for the loyal patrons to go and weather the storm... which they do. Anyone judging the "top 10" gay bars in Houston based on silly reviews by rags like HP will never have a clue about the gay bar scene and what makes it work. Or not work. I could be wrong. Perhaps Neon Boots will still be around in 5 or 10 years but somehow I doubt it. It's all flash right now. But always remember, the brightest candle burns twice as fast. Personally, I prefer a long slow burn to a hot white light.

texaswrangler
texaswrangler

EJ's is trash.... and Neon Boots turned out to beat these clubs hands down considering its #3 in liquor sales in Houston gay bars.

justinaguyer
justinaguyer

Odd that EJ's did not even get a mention, considering the fact that they are 1 of Houston's longest running gay bars and hold more charitable events.

BobbyFreshpants
BobbyFreshpants topcommenter

What about George? Cleanest bar in Houston! 

justinaguyer
justinaguyer

EJ's is one of Houston's longest running gay bars! They hold a TON of charitable events to help support the local community. Vodka and happy hour specials every day and nearly ALL day! 

plutoplaneta
plutoplaneta

what about EJ's? Come on Neon Boots hasn'e even open yet? NO way. have you even been to The Usual? I have and I can't count how many times they have been out of liquor.

People Listen to me---EJ's rocks!! $1.00 vodka's on Saturdays and they have the L lounge upstairs ( pool tables plenty of room inside and outside nice safe parking lot) and they have drag shows on Fridays and Free HIV testing and they work alot with charities. Seriously ever since Chances closed it's all about EJ's-- and sometimes George's

gaymed123
gaymed123

Karaoke singers are literally HAND selected. Chances of someone singing who isn't a frequent patron, slim to none. Their karaoke SUCKS!! I'll go to JRs or F Bar. You either love Guava or you hate it. I hate it. Still much room for improvement.

slowdancer
slowdancer

@texaswrangler EJ's is one of the oldest bars in Houston's gay community. And measuring a bar;'s value by bar receipts alone is a pathetic metric. Let;s see if NB is so braggadocios in 2-3 years once the honeymoon "new-meat" phenomenon has worn off. If it disappears because it's receipts went bye-bye, you might want to stop by EJ's afterwards and ask them the secret to staying power. The cute new guy on the block is always the cockiest, and usually the first to leave town with everybody's credit cards.

slowdancer
slowdancer

@texaswrangler@justinaguyer EJ's was leasing on Richmond years before it moved to its location on Ralph where it leased and then finally bought it's current location. It predates 611. 611 came along during the Miss Kitty's era. It's old, but EJ's predates it. :) The only bar in the Montrose   that predated EJ's was Dirty Sally's and it was predated by Mary's. 

Now Trending

Houston Concert Tickets

From the Vault

 

Loading...