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A self-assured bastion of liberal
thinking, Austin has a laid-back
atmosphere. Things aren't dull, though,
as the edgy alternative arts
scene and famous live-music venues keep
things lively. It's all here in
the middle of the beautiful Texas hill
and lake country, a hot and
dreamy place where your inner clock may
slow a little, and your sleep
deepen a bit. The city motto 'Keep
Austin Weird' is instructive, so
leave the wristwatch at home.
Festivities at the biannual Splash
Days Weekend frolic in water and
sunshine, take place the first Sunday
May and again during the Labor Day
holidays, at the rocky shores of Hippie Hollow
Park on Lake Travis. Most
bars host gala events during
weekends preceding Splash, with
celebrated DJs on hand to get people
into the mood.
Broad acceptance in the general
community means there's no
distinctively gay district, so
establishments here are spread about
more than in most cities.
110 Carriage House
Inn (1110 W 22-1/2
St; 512-472-2333) downtown
convenience, restored wooden colonial,
Motel (1220 S Congress; 512-
1157) neon phallic logo
beckons: 'so close yet so far out.'
Jose Hotel (1316 South
renovated, central, hip vibe, patio bar
Bars and clubs
Time (9601 Interstate 35 N)
party bar with live music, campy
pool games, dancers.
Austin (1301 Lavaca) longtime
gay party center, sexy
dancers, outdoor patio, diverse and
Drive (504 Willow) Levi/leather
hangout, live punk and
alternative music, huge patio.
CP (113 San Jacinto Bl) aka
Cockpit,' mostly young
women, energetic crowd, friendly to
Harry's (211 W 4th St)
uninhibited collegiate men's dance
bar, blacklight underwear parties, open
(217 B W 4th St) energetic and diverse
crowd, Thursday 18+
male amateur strip, Sunday T-dance.
Cattle Company (305 W 5th St)
country-western dance bar,
karaoke, rock night, Sunday bear
Spurs (403 E 7th St) newest
neighborhood dance bar, Sunday BBQ.
Sol y la Luna (600 E. 6th) all-day breakfast, Mexican
(1300 S Congress; 242 West 2nd St)
two locations for coffee,
sandwiches, casual hangout with wi-
Fruit (512 Neches St; 108 E
North Loop Blvd) 'keeping Austin
kinky' with products for a body's
Lenders Video (1114 W 5th St)
gay videos, gifts, cards,
magazines, swimwear, underwear.
Saunas and gyms
Spa (5815 Airport Blvd)
workout and bathhouse
Gym (101 W 6th St) gay-popular
gym, close by many gay
From Austin-Bergstrom International
Airport, the 'Airport Flyer,' also
as Bus 100 departs every 10
minutes or so from the lower level and
downtown and beyond. For more, see
Face facts: you're going to need a car
to get around.
Pride is June
Pride 2009 (Austinpride.org)
will be held Saturday, June 6.
The following week, the Pride of Texas
Festival will take place
Saturday, June 14.
Look for top-notch performers like
Meshell Ndegeocello and the Pansy
Division, as well as food vendors and
The Austin Chronicle newspaper has the best general and gay listings, in print and online.
L Style and G Style are the twin gay lifestyle magazines for the area.