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NOTE: This is an archive article. For an updated and expanded Houston article click DailyXtraTravel
Text below is an edit of May 2009
Hipper by far than you might
Houston is a welcoming place where
it's virtually impossible to remain a
stranger for long. The small-town
feeling contrasts with a soaring
skyline, world-class arts, and cuisine
as sophisticated as that found
Houston's gay community is
located largely in the Montrose area.
Here you'll find many shopping, dining
and cruising opportunities. The
Galleria on the West Side, minutes from
Montrose is a great place for
A car is a must for getting around
Houston's sprawl. But if driving,
observe the posted speed limits. Police
here are vigilant.
(4003 Hazard St; 832-279-6367) artwork,
veranda, panoramic views, healthy
(501 Lovett Blvd; 800-779-5224)
District location, near gay
pool, hot tub.
Sycamore Heights B&B (245 W
18th; 713-861-4117) Houston
Heights neighborhood, five miles from
Bars and clubs
(611 Hyde Park Bl) great conversation,
buffets, garden patio.
Pacific, at Crocker) nightly 18+ dance
hip-hop to reggaeton music, amateur
Bottom (2400 Brazos St)
country-western bar with dancing,
uniquely Houston crowd.
Cousins (817 Fairview St) small
club with drag shows.
(2312 Crocker) new Montrose sports
strip and talent contests, free wi-
Decades (1205 Richmond Av) small
neighborhood bar, devoted
regulars, pool tournaments, friendly
Ralph St, at Westheimer) local
strippers, four bars, huge patio,
dancing, and pool games.
Fairview) sports bar, pool tables,
(570 Waugh) video bar/martini lounge,
young and hip
crowd, enthusiastic karaoke.
JR's Bar and
Grill (808 Pacific St) movies,
martinis, male dancers, amateur
strip contests, hot crowd.
(1022 Westheimer) cozy men's watering
hole, festive patio
bar with dark nooks.
(2306-08 Genesee) young and attractive
high-energy video lounge.
Michael's Outpost (1419 Richmond)
sing-along piano bar.
Company (805 Pacific) bears,
friends, stripper cowboys, patio, pool
(715 Fairview) famous
cruisy crowd lingers weekend after-
(810 Pacific) glamorous two-level dance
nights, drag shows, after hours to
Pocket (817 West Dallas)
downtown patio bar with
view, known for weekend amateur strip
Anita's Bar &
Grille (2409 Grant St) late
hours, drag-queen brunch,
great burgers, weekend shows, nice
(2607 Grant St) burgers to seafood to
Sunday brunch, Montrose location.
Cafe (602 Fairview St) lunch,
dinner and big
hearty breakfasts in Montrose.
Vietnamese Restaurant (2409
Blvd) Asian cuisine, American
(1985 Welch St) delicious gourmet
cuisine, award-winning chef, casual
Leather (711 Fairview Av)
leather and rubber clothing and
accessories, another location inside
Center (2409 Grant St) gay
books, posters, media, DVDs,
Spa (3100 Fannin St) cruising
pleasures, patio, steamy
caverns, dry sauna, indoor pool,
Houston (2205 Fannin St) gym
with free weights, machines,
personal trainers, full bathhouse
Museum District encompasses
18 museums, art
centers and galleries. A $34 City Pass
gives you nine days to check
them out at half price.
Theatre (615 Texas Ave) hosts the latest
Hobby Center (800 Bagby St) presents
uniquely Houston performing arts
Houston Grand Opera (510 Preston
the place for hitting high Cs.
Check out Houston
Voice, abOUT Magazine and Outsmart
Magazine. Queer Voices, on 90.1
FM Mondays from 8 to 10pm, is all-gay
Houston's George Bush Intercontinental
Airport has Metro Airport Direct
shuttle buses every half hour for $15
the Downtown Transit Center.
From there the Red Line Metro light
trains carry you to 15
stations within the city center. For
more, see Ridemetro.org.
Pride is June
Houston Festival Day, held on
June 27 in the Montrose
neighborhood, has plenty of food and
music. There's a night parade on
Westheimer Road. For more, see