It’s the holidays and our calendar is beyond full of upcoming events on the nightlife scene: holiday parties, appreciation parties, programming changes and more. BT2 brings in JuJuBee. Highland changes up Thursday and Friday nights. Oilcan Harry’s has a customer appreciation party you won’t want to miss. Rebecca Havemeyer returns to Rain.
Please note that, as most bars and club haven’t finalized details about New Year’s celebrations yet, these events will be included in a special New Year’s edition of gAyTX Nights later this month.
One of the most popular girls from RuPaul’s Drag Race returns to Austin with a performance at BT2 in North Austin. BT2, 6607 N Interstate 35, Austin TX 78752. Saturday, December 12, 2015. 10:30 PM. 21+. $10 cover.RSVP on Facebook Get Tickets
A VERY PINK CHRISTMAS
The Austin Babtist Women present their annual “A Very Pink Christmas” benefit for the Breast Cancer Resource Centers of Texas. In addition to the Austin Babtist Women, this year’s show features performances by Tara and Kara Dion, Chanel Champagne, Victoria Weston, and Alexandra Mykels! BT2, 6607 N Interstate 35, Austin TX 78752. Sunday, December 20, 2015. 7:30 PM. 21+. $5 suggested donation.RSVP on Facebook
Cheer Up Charlie's
While not exactly nightlife, every Sunday, Cheer Up Charlie’s turns the parking lot in to a basketball court, ready for your Sunday pick-up games. All levels welcome. Bring your squad, bring your game. Drink specials: GAYTORADE (Gatorade cocktails with your choice of flavor). Cheer Up Charlie’s, 900 Red River St., Austin TX 78701. Every Sunday. 3-7 PM. FREE. 21+.RSVP on Facebook
New signage at Highland directs patrons to the entrance in the alley. / photo credit: Highland / Facebook
Finding the way in to Highland got a bit easier this month as new signage went up, pointing patrons to the entrance in the alley. Also, Highland will be collecting toys for their toy drive through Wednesday, December 16, 2015.
Highland has reworked their Thursday and Friday nights. The strip off on Thursday nights has been replaced by Double D Bingo, hosted by Lady Grackle Birdbreath and Cupcake starting at 7 PM, followed by Throwback Thursday Retro Mania, hosted by Lady Grackle starting at 10 PM. The cast for the Friday night drag show is getting a “makeover” and Highland is hosting Tucked, six weeks of competition to see who will make the lineup of the Friday night show.
MECA HOLIDAY SOCIAL
The Multi-Ethnic Chamber Alliance, comprised of host the 2015 Holiday Social, an evening of networking, music and refreshments provided by Eat Out In, featuring 250 businesses, civic leaders, and elected officials. Highland, 404 Colorado St, Austin TX 78701. Thursday, December 10, 2015.6:309 PM. 21+. FREE, no cover.RSVP on Facebook
#READNAKED CAMPAIGN KICKOFF
The Multicultural LGBT Literary Foundation of San Diego launches its 2016 calendar and #ReadNaked campaign to show that reading and literature can be sexy and fun and is essential for today’s young gay or bisexual man. Highland, 404 Colorado St, Austin TX 78701. Saturday, December 19, 2015. 9 PM. 21+. FREE, no cover.
The Iron Bear
C-RAIL'S BEARGASM PRESENTS NAUGHTY OR NICE TOY DRIVE
DJ C-Rail is back behind the decks, jell-o shots, photo’s with Santa and give-a-ways at the door. Bring a new/wrapped toy(s) and leave it at the front door as your cover and enjoy the night’s festivities. Donations benefit Glenn Eaddy’s Annual Toy Drive and Project Transitions. The Iron Bear, 121 W 8th St, Austin TX 78701. Saturday, December 12, 2015. 10PM. 21+.RSVP on Facebook
CUSTOMER APPRECIATION DAY
The Iron Bear family and crew celebrate the holiday season with a big THANK YOU to all their customers with a FREE HOT BUFFET starting at 5 PM, door prizes throughout the night and DJ ALPHA will be spinning your tunes 5-10 PM, then DJ Don Engle will be spinning Jurassic Disco 10 PM – 2AM. The Iron Bear, 121 W 8th St, Austin TX 78701. Friday, December 18, 2015. 3 PM. 21+. FREE.RSVP on Facebook
Stripper Circus is always a blast, with two deejays, tons of games and lots and lots of dancers. / photo credit: Chris Rodriguez / Oilcan Harry’s
On Thursday, December 17, Oilcan Harry’s will host a special edition of Stripper Circus for their annual customer appreciation party featuring a performance by Deborah Cox.
There’s a reason Oilcan’s won Reader’s Choice for Best Drag Show in the Austin Chronicle‘s 2015 Best of Austin and that reason is Sunday night. The Super Sunday Diva Show features two rounds of performances — 10:30 PM and again at MIDNIGHT — serving up some of Austin’s best drag performers and featuring a different queen from RuPauls’ Drag Race each week. This month: The Princess on December 6, Detox on December 20 and the House of Edwards on December 27. On December 13, OCH will host a special staff turn-a-bout show to benefit Kelly Kline’s Pink Santa Toy Drive.
AN AUSTIN PREP ACCESS PROJECT WINTER WONDERLAND
Ring in the holiday season with Austin PrEP Access Project and give the gift of sexual health to your community! Gogo dancers, silent auction, bachelor auction and more. Oilcan Harry’s, 211 W. 4th St., Austin TX 78701. Saturday, December 12, 2015. 6-10 PM. 21+. $20 for under 25 / $30 for 25 & up.RSVP on Facebook Get Tickets
OCH CUSTOMER APPRECIATION PARTY FT. DEBORAH COX
OCH & Stripper Circus are gonna put on a customer appreciation party this holiday season that you won’t soon forget, featuring a live performance by 12 time, #1 Billboard recording artist Deborah Cox before she returns to Broadway. Oilcan Harry’s, 211 W. 4th St., Austin TX 78701. Thursday, December 17, 2016. 10 PM. 21+. FREE.RSVP on Facebook
Rain on 4th
One of the original Boys of ATX, Dawson returns to the troupe of gogo dancers. / photo credit: Chase Martin / Rain on 4th
Rebecca Havemeyer returns to 4th Street for a special “Very Chili Christmas” Edition of her popular Shitty Kitty Big Ball Bingo.
Foreplay on Tuesday nights raps up this month, with the show finale on January 5, 2016 featuring Drag Class winner Colleen DeForrest and Emma Sis. This month’s regular schedule for Foreplay features Lady Grackle on December 8, Cupcake on December 15, the holiday cast party on December 22, and Kara Foxx Paris on December 29. The new Tuesday night show, “Two Girls, One Show” starts January 12, 2016.
SHITTY KITTY BIG BALL BINGO: A VERY CHILI CHRISTMAS EDITION
Rebecca Havemeyer returns with a special holiday edition of Austin’s original drag bingo. Two rounds, three games each: all free to play. Free Texas chili pies. 50/50 raffle benefiting one of Rebecca’s charity cases. Rain on 4th, 217 W 4th St, Austin TX 78701. Wednesday, December 9, 2015. 10 PM. FREE, 21+.Add to calendar RSVP on Facebook
V announced on Facebook that Monday’s Country Night has been cancelled.
gAyTX Nights is therepubliq’s monthly nightlife column that takes a look at what’s going on in Austin’s nightlife scene, with a focus on Austin’s gay bars and clubs. Bar owners/managers, email details about upcoming changes or special events to email@example.com to be considered for the next edition.