There’s nothing like Southern hospitality and Houston’s nightlife has plenty to go around for the LGBT community. Now that the city has survived one of our nation’s worst hurricanes, it’s time to take to the streets and enjoy these open-for-business bars. Here are our picks for the most delectable, fun, and frisky places to visit in Texas: Oxheart has food to die for, Neon Boots will give you a good old-fashioned ho-down, and JR’s Bar and Grill has all the hot men.
Oxheart opened in 2013 and quickly emerged as the frontrunner in the race to redefine the city’s dining scene. It attracted a review from the New York Times and is a lovely, unfussy place with a come-as-you-are attitude, which means neither my friends, looking handsome and dapper in their crispy sport coats, nor I, dressed in t-shirt and jeans look out of place. (1302 Nance St,. Tel: 832-830-8592. www.oxhearthouston.com)
An old honky tonk formerly called the Esquire Room that once hosted the likes of Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, and Willie Nelson, Neon Boots is now an out and proud country western bar where the ladies and fellas line dance and do the two step in same-sex couplings amidst a sprawling setting of pure kitsch that includes leather sofas in the shape of cowboy boots and signage that reads: “save a horse, ride a cowboy!” It’s not for everyone, but kind of awesome. (11410 Hempstead Rd. Tel: 713-677-0828. www.neonbootsclub.com)
JR’s Bar and Grill
Houston’s #1 neighborhood gay bar for over three decades. Where there is Never A Cover, JR’s Bar & Grill is open 7 days a week. Being Houston’s yearly awarded #1 Gay Bar, we set the bar so high no other bar can reach it. JR’s has the hottest male dancers and the friendliest bartenders. Come on in and see for yourself! (808 Pacific St. Tel: 713-521-2519. jrsbarandgrill.com)
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