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Ramona Flume
Created byRamona Flume
Freelance Travel Writer & Editor

Austin for LGBT Travelers

Featured Guide
There might not be a designated "gay district" in Austin, but the Keep It Weird capitol city prides itself on the amount of young, vibrant LGBT community strongholds found throughout town. New gay-friendly bars, clubs and gathering places open every few months and the annual Austin Pride Festival and Queerbomb celebrations now attract record numbers. Head to downtown's Warehouse District for a wild night of clubbing, experience weekly happy hours and dance parties at popular East Austin haunts, take in a show at the ZACH Theatre or just sunbathe on the shores of Lake Travis at Hippie Hollow. 
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Hotel Saint Cecilia

This secluded luxury hotel, tucked just off South Congress Avenue, is the ultimate boutique destination to celebrate Austin's spirit in style. Owned by the local legend of hoteliers, Liz Lambert, the Saint Cecilia is an indulgent enclave of gorgeous cabana-style suites, exclusive pools and...

Heywood Hotel

This original 1920s Austin home turned boutique hotel is the best place to stay in and experience the city's lively east side. The design is fresh, casual and sleek, with modern and historical style, like the original long-leaf pine floors found in the lobby and downstairs guestrooms. Each of the...

ZACH Theatre

Austin's ZACH Theatre is in its 80th season, but the new Topfer Theatre, a 26,000-square-foot space just south of Ladybird Lake, has kept the local arts institution on the cutting edge. The indoor lounges feature views of the Capitol and a large open-aired plaza sets the scene for special events,...

Peché

Austin's first absinthe bar, specializes in over the fabled Green Fairy, with more than a dozen absinthe varieties and a lengthy "pre-Prohibition style" cocktail selection. The bartenders are experts, the decor is sophisticated and the dinner menu (changed daily) includes delicious...

Lipstick24

Lipstick24 is Austin's preeminent lesbian bar, but the downtown club has become a gathering place for everyone in the local LGBT community. Hang out in the casual outdoor patio, complete with an outdoor stage with weekly live music and entertainment. Lipstick also features a range of...

Hippie Hollow Park

Hippie Hollow Park, a clothing-optional park just out of Austin on the shores of Lake Travis, is a lasting hallmark of the local Keep It Weird culture. And the scenic shores can be enjoyed by anyone. Visitors can make their visit as private or as public as they'd like. The park's acreage covers a...

Cheer Up Charlies

This East Austin hangout is no-frills, but it serves a special purpose in the lives of local night owls from all walks of life. It's a democratic gathering place where vegans can find a vegan taco truck and goodies like handmade gluten-free chocolates. (They even have Kombucha on tap.) Music and film...

Hotel San Jose

Hotel San Jose is a quintessential Austin hotel with a soul. The chic modern oasis, located in the heart of the bustling South Congress neighborhood, San Jose offers intimate, artfully designed hotel rooms, as well as a picturesque courtyard that is open to the general public. Fabulous retail and...

Kimber Modern

Walking up the stairs of this chic boutique hotel, located just one block away from bustling South Congress Avenue, is like being swallowed up by the structure itself. Or more like slipping on an invisibility cloak. And that’s what Kimber Modern’s innovative concept of invisible service allows...

Rain

This warehouse district nightclub, which calls itself "Austin's upscale gay lounge," might not be as exclusive as its self-proclaimed title, but the dance floor is always crowded come weekend nights. Live DJs, dancers in cages and a light-up technicolor floor keep things interesting and there...