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Networking in LGBTQ Austin



Whether you’re looking for new customers, starting a new business, searching for potential collaboration partners or even looking for a new career — networking can be your key to new opportunities. Austin has several monthly events for LGBTQ and allied professionals looking to grow their business connections and social circles. From the Austin Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce’s monthly networking luncheons to the socially-oriented Gay In Austin, there’s plenty of chances out there to build new relationships and grow existing ones.

Austin Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce

The Austin Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce works to cultivate and promote the economic well-being of LGBT-owned and LGBT-friendly businesses in Central Texas through marketing, education and community development. In addtion to the Chamber’s primary services — the membership directory and community calendar — the AGLCC provides networking and educational opportunities for its members to strengthen the community and its businesses.

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AGLCC Networking Luncheon

AGLCC January 2015 Luncheon at Finn & Porter / photo credit: AGLCC/Facebook

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Held on the first Tuesday of each month, the AGLCC’s networking luncheon is geared towards business owners and professionals, both LGBTQ and allied, looking for potential leads for new business. The crowd is fairly mixed, industry-wise, and fairly large for a luncheon with 60-75 attendees on average, but depending on the venue that month could be higher.

The luncheon typically starts off with 30 minutes for check-in and networking starting at 11 AM. The programming starts approximately 11:30 AM with introductions. Attendees go around the room and have about 10-15 seconds to introduce themselves — where they work and/or what they do along with what a good lead is for them. While it can seem daunting to stand up in the middle of a crowd and talk about youself, it goes fairly quickly and is quite painless … plus, it’s a fun group and there are often many first-timers so newbies shouldn’t feel alone.

After introductions, while lunch is being served (and consumed) there is usually a speaker, but not always, members will be giving testimony throughout the luncheon while the attendees get in a little one-on-one networking. The luncheons typically end with the AGLCC board members giving a brief wrap up on upcoming chamber and community events.

The luncheons are $15 for members ($20 for non-members) when paid in advanced, online, before 8:30 AM on the day of the luncheon. Otherwise, it’s $25 for anyone who opts to pay at the door. This fee covers the cost of your meal and beverages.

Venue changes monthly. First Tuesday of the month. All ages. Advance registration: $15/members, $20/non-members. On-site registration: $25 (space permitting)

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AGLCC Networking Happy Hour

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On the third Thursday of the month the AGLCC hosts its networking happy hour. Like the Chamber’s luncheon, the crowd is evenly mixed and attendees will vary depending on venue and location. Unlike the luncheons, there is typically no programming other than a few announcements towards the end of the event. So whip out those cards and starting working the room. The happy hours are always free to attend.

Venue changes monthly. Third Thursday of the month. Age restrictions vary depending on venue. FREE.

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Gay in Austin

Gay In Austin, published by REATX Real Estate, is an online resource for gays who have recently relocated or are looking to relocate soon to the Austin area. The site is aimed at helping provide the tools for finding your way and establishing your new life in Austin through the blog, social events, real estate services, and vendor relations.

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Gay in Austin Happy Hour

November 2014 Happy Hour @ Highland Lounge / photo credit: Gay In Austin / Facebook

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Gay in Austin hosts a happy hour on the first Thursday of each month at a different venue. This event tends to be more of a social function rather than networking, but it does draw a large, primarily younger, professional crowd, including recent transplants. You’ll also find higher proportion of attendees from the creative and tech industries. The happy hours are free to attend. You can register online if you wish, but it isn’t required to attend.

Venue changes monthly. First Thursday of the month. Age restrictions vary depending on venue. FREE.

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Remember, these are just networking opportunities within our community. There are plenty of opportunities out there just waiting for you. If you’re nervous, bring a friend or see if someone you already know will be there. Sometimes just a friendly face is enough to calm your nerves. Events like these are just the beginning, so don’t forget: follow-up and connect.

For a current list of upcoming networking opportunities, check out our monthly networking post Rainbow Connections.

Chase is the Founder and Creative Director of, Host and Executive Producer of OutCast Austin, an award-winning LGBT weekly radio program on KOOP 91.7 FM in Austin. In 2011, he was named the Critics Pick for 'Most Gaybiquitous' in the Austin Chronicle's Best of Austin. In 2012, CultureMap Austin named him one of Austin's Top LGBT bloggers and he received the AGLCC's Chamber Award for Social Media Diva.

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Austin Planner 2019




January 26, 2019
JW Marriott Austin


February 2, 2019 / 7 PM
Multiple venues

February 20-24, 2019
Multiple venues

OUTsider, a transmedia LGBTQ+ festival, celebrates the bold originality and creative nonconformity of the LGBTQ+ communities through the presentation of provocative, overlooked and out-of-the-box film, dance, theater, performance art, music, writing and visual art.


March 8-17, 2019
Multiple venues

March 2019

Texas State Capitol Building


April 12-14, 2019
Circuit of The Americas

April 2019

Venue TBA

April 19-21, 2019
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Austin

HavenCon focuses on the LGBTQIA+ geek and gamer communities coming together annually in Austin TX to support each other and the industries we love!

April 2019

Venue TBD

April 27, 2019

Krause Springs

April 27, 2019

Pease Park


Memorial Day Weekend
May 25-27, 2019

Hippie Hollow Park


Floaters on the San Marcos River for the Big Gay River Float.
Floaters on the San Marcos River for the Big Gay River Float. Photo courtesy Chase Martin/therepubliq

June 2, 2019

San Marcos River

June 2019
Multiple Venues

Austin PRIDE presents its annual Stonewall Rally on the steps of the Texas State Capitol Building. Photo courtesy Chase Martin/therepubliq.

June 2019
Texas State Capitol Building


August 2019
Venue TBA

August 22-25, 2019
Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

Labor Day Weekend
August 30 – September 2, 2019

Hippie Hollow Park

Labor Day Weekend
August 30 – September 2, 2019

Multiple venues

Labor Day Weekend
August 30 – September 2, 2019

Multiple venues


October 4-6, 2019 – Week 1
October 11-13, 2019 – Week 2

Zilker Park

October/November 2019
Republic Square


November 1-3, 2019
Circuit of The Americas

November 2019

Venue TBA

November 14-17, 2019
Multiple venues


December 2019
Austin Saengerrunde

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Austin Eats: Late Night



Interior of the Star Seeds Cafe. Photo credit: @StarSeedsCafe / Facebook

Have you been out for a late night … you know … when you tell yourself, “one more drink” and the next thing you know, you hear them calling last call? Or maybe you catch a show at Bass or the Paramount and after the third curtain you come out to realize it’s been four hours. Or, my favorite, when your musician friend tells you to come check out his band and you find out they don’t go on for another two hours.

Chances are at some point you will want to get something to eat. But what if you’re not in the mood for IHOP and ***gasp*** don’t want to wait in the drive-thru line for Whataburger? Luckily, Austin has enough late night dining options so you can avoid the Rooty Tooty Fresh ‘N Fruity or decide between the fries and onion rings with your burger (but if you have to, always go with the rings).

We’ve collect a few of our favorite options below:

24 Diner

24 Diner located at West 6th Street and Lamar, next to Waterloo Records. Photo credit: @thebeardapproves / Instagram

600 N. Lamar Blvd. / 512-472-5400
Open 24 hours daily, except Wednesdays when it’s closed from 1 – 6 AM

Located next door to Waterloo Records at the corner of 6th Street and Lamar, this mid-century mod design hotspot is on homage to the classic diners of the ’50s with a uniquely Austin flavor. Serving chef-inspired farm-to-table, comfort food with seasonal organic produce. Breakfast served all day. Gluten-free menu available.

Recommended: Chicken & Waffles, Meatloaf, Bacon Gorgonzola burger, vegan hash

888 Pan Asian Restaurant

888 Pan Asian Restaurant on East Oltorf. Photo credit: @888panasian / Facebook

2400 E Oltorf St #1A / 512-448-4722
Open until 2 AM every day, except Sunday when it closes at 11:30 PM.

Located in the Willow Creek shopping center, off Oltorf, 888 Pan Asian has, as its name implies, a bit of many things Asian — Thai, Vietnamese and Chinese. It’s located in a strip mall, so don’t expect a high-class dining experience. There’s an extensive menu, it’s relatively cheap, and it’s your best, if not only, option if you’re craving a bowl of phở after 10 PM. Vegetarian options available.

Recommended: Phở, Orange Chicken, Pineapple Fried Rice


Chinatown’s downtown location off West 5th Street. Photo credit: @chinatowndowntown / Facebook

107 W 5th St / 512-637-8888
Open until 2 AM Fridays and Saturdays.

Chinatown’s downtown location is a staple of late night dining in Austin … especially being just a block from 4th Street. Food and service can be hit or miss, depending on your experience and expectations, but as long as you can tolerate karaoke with your meal, Chinatown can help you with your late night Chinese fix.

Recommended: Calamari, Crab puffs


Frank on Colorado Street, in the heart of the Warehouse District.

407 Colorado St / 512-494-6916
Open until 2 AM Fridays and Saturdays.

Located in the heart of the Warehouse District, Frank has an offering of hot dogs and artisan sausages that will satisfy just about any carnivorous craving … and enough of a gluten-free and vegan offering that you can bring that non-meat eater along. Be sure to try the new specials each week. Gluten-free and vegan menu available.

Recommended: The Notorious P.I.G., chili cheese waffle fries, Frank Frito pie, Lil Smokie corn dog bites, chocolate covered bacon

Kerbey Lane

The original Kerbey Lane Cafe opened in a small house on the eponymous street back in 1980. Photo credit: @KerbeyLaneCafe / Facebook

3003 South Lamar Blvd / 512-445-4451
2606 Guadalupe St / 512-477-5717
4301 West William Cannon Dr / 512-899-1500
Open 24 hours daily. Note: Original & Westlake locations are not open 24 hours.

While the original location on the eponymous street, along with the location in Westlake, are not open 24 hours, there are four other Kerbey Lane locations in Austin to choose from if you want to get your fix for Kerbey queso. For those not familiar with Kerbey Lane, think old-school diner with an Austin flavor. Get your breakfast basics with the Kerbey Lane Combo — two eggs, two half size pancakes, fruit, bacon & all-natural sausage. Got a craving for comfort foods? Try the bacon-wrapped meatloaf or the Chicken fried steak. Breakfast served all day. Gluten-free and vegan menu available.

Recommended: Kerbey queso, daily pancake special, Kerbey Scramble

Magnolia Cafe

The Magnolia Cafe on South Congress has been feeding Austin since 1988. Photo credit: @magnoliaaustinsouth / Facebook

2304 Lake Austin Blvd / 512-478-8645
1920 South Congress Ave / 512-445-0000
Open 24 hours daily

Magnolia Cafe is an Austin institution. It started out as Omelettry West at its Lake Austin Blvd location back in 1979 and was rebranded Magnolia Cafe in 1987. In 1988, it expanded to its location on South Congress Avenue. Both locations get really busy, especially after last call on the weekends as the bar crowd begins the mass exodus from downtown. Just put your name on the list and wait. Serving sizes are larger than most and the pancakes are HUGE, so order accordingly. Breakfast served all day. Gluten-free and vegan menu available.

Recommended: Mag mud, Eggscape, Eggs Zapatino (Eggs Benedict, but covered in queso!), T. Rex or Popeye omlette, Magna Cristo sandwich

La Mexicana Bakery

La Mexicana Bakery in South Austin, off South First Street. Photo credit: That Other Paper / Flickr

1924 South 1st St / 512-443-6369
Open 24 hours daily

This unassuming spot off South First Street features a panaderia that serves up breakfast tacos — all day, all night long. Grab a few to go or order from the menu and take a seat if you’re looking for a heartier meal — huevos rancheros or migas. After your meal, grab a few pastries from the case for the next morning … or maybe just later that night.

Recommended: breakfast tacos, tres leches cake, empanadas

More Home Slice

More Home Slice on South Congress. Photo credit: @homeslicepizza / Facebook

1421 South Congress Ave / 512-444-7437
Open until 3 AM on Fridays and Saturdays

If you’re craving pizza after a night out, head down to SOCO, aka South Congress, for Home Slice’s take-out place, More Home Slice. Located in the building next door to their dine-in location (next to Stag), you can grab a slice of pizza until 3 AM on the weekends. There is a limited selection … usually cheese, pepperoni, Margherita and two specialty pizzas … but these are their best sellers and after one bite, you’ll understand why.

Recommended: Margherita pizza, Sausage pizza

Star Seeds Cafe

Star Seeds sits next door to the Days Inn, in the shadow of the I-35 upper deck. Photo credit: @StarSeedsCafe / Facebook

3101 IH-35 Frontage Rd / 512-478-7107
Open 24 hours daily

While the infamous list of things you shouldn’t do is gone, Star Seeds Cafe, albeit a few changes in management and a remodel later, is still around as vague reminder of the Austin of times long gone. A favorite hot spot for locals and visitors in the know, Star Seeds can be a bit intimidating, especially at night … given its location in the shadow of the I-35 upper deck. Don’t expect anything fancy, but it’s a solid option when you’re craving a chicken fried steak or cheese burger at 4 AM. Late night, you’ll most likely run in to service industry folks coming off their shifts downtown and students with its proximity to the UT campus.

Recommended: Eye Opener combo, chicken fried steak, chicken wrap

El Taquito

El Taquito’s Austin location on East Riverside Drive. Photo credit: El Taquito website

1713 East Riverside Dr / 512-851-8226
Open Mondays til 2 AM, Tuesdays-Thursdays til 3 AM, and Fridays-Sundays til 4 AM

Austinites love their tacos and El Taquito is one reason why. Located off East Riverside, this place is open late … like really late … 2-3 AM during the weekdays and til 4 AM on weekends. So after you’re done downtown, head on over to Riverside Drive. It can be hard to find at night, especially if you’re not familiar with the area. Coming from I-35, turn right on to Old East Riverside Drive across from Baby Acapulco’s, just past the intersection for Lakeshore Drive. Saturday nights get pretty busy after last call, so expect a wait, but it will be worth satisfying that taco craving.

Recommended: Al Pastor tacos (add pineapple), bistek tacos, queso fundido


Teji’s Austin location on The Drag across from the University of Texas campus. Photo credit:

2100 Guadalupe St, Ste B / 512-215-0307
Open every day til 3 AM

What do you do if it’s 1 AM and you’re craving Indian food? Head down to campus and the Austin location of Teji’s. Located on the south end of The Drag, it fills in the Indian niche in the cluster of Asian restaurants between MLK and 21st Street. And given it’s location across from the University of Texas campus, most customers tend to be students. Prices are very reasonable given the large portions. Give yourself more time if you order anything from the tandoor, especially if it’s busy. Vegetarian options available.

Recommended: naan (any/all of them), chicken tikka masala (especially if you’re new to Indian food or don’t like spicy food), tandoori chicken, chicken biryani.

Texas Chili Parlor

The Texas Chili Parlor in the shadow of the Texas State Capitol building has been an Austin institution since 1976. Photo credit: Facebook

1409 Lavaca St / 512-472-2828
Open every day til 2 AM

Located just a couple blocks away from the capitol building, the Texas Chili Parlor has been serving Austin since 1976. And there’s a reason why it’s endured for so long. During the day, it can get pretty busy, as it fills up with state workers from the Capitol Complex, and even more so when the legislature is in session. While it’s pretty much your only late-night option in the area … service can be hit-or-miss … their chili is pretty spot on.

Recommended: XX chili, Frito pie,

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Austin Karaoke



Karaoke, hosted by Danny Pintauro, at Rain on 4th / photo credit: Chase Martin / therepubliq

While most of the LGBTQ bars and clubs in Austin are best known for their dance nights on Friday and Saturdays; these hotspots are open throughout the week … and in most cases … every day of the week. It’s during these mid-week nights that you discover the trinity of Austin’s weekday bar scene — drag, poker and KARAOKE!

While karaoke in the LGBTQ scene has been around forever and every gay bar has hosted a karaoke night at one point or another, the current lineup of karaoke nights and hosts seemed to have found their respective niches within the community. Karaoke in Austin has a loyal corps of followers, so chances are you’ll see familiar faces and hear some familiar voices when you hit up one of these karaoke nights.

Even if you don’t feel comfortable performing, they’re usually pretty fun to hang out, giving these clubs more of a neighborhood bar feel. “Anytime someone with no confidence or who is too afraid to sing finally gets up there and just goes for it! That makes me so happy,” says Danny Pintauro, who hosts karaoke at Rain on 4th, adding “it’s about having fun up on stage, whether you sound like Bocelli or a dying cat, I don’t care! I just care that you’re having an amazing time!”

Currently, four of Austin’s LGBTQ bars host a karaoke night — Highland, The Iron Bear, Rain on 4th and Sellers Underground. All four are located downtown, in or around the Warehouse District. If you don’t go out often or are visiting Austin, don’t be disappointed that there is no one out when you show up at the start of karaoke night. Austin is a late night town, so things usually pick up until a couple hours in. Be patient.


Martinis & Karaoke with Danny Pintauro

Karaoke, hosted by Danny Pintauro, at Rain on 4th. Photo credit: Chase Martin / therepubliq

Kick off the week with Martini Monday down in the Warehouse District at Rain on 4th as 80s child TV star Danny Pintauro from Who’s the Boss? hosts karaoke every Monday night from 10 PM til close. Grab a $6 you-call-it martini from your favorite bartender for some liquid courage and to help you pick a song. “My crowd is fun, silly, and dedicated!” says Danny. “We have a mix of singers, people who just enjoy listening to the singers, tourists, and random fun people who are passing by and hear the music!”

You can sign up by either going through his catalog, old-school-style with four thick binders to browse through. He hasn’t updated them in a bit so new songs may not be listed. Chances are that he has the song. Just write it on a slip and ask him when hand him your selection. You can also download the Songbooks Online app and explore Danny’s extensive database of songs from the convenience of your phone. Plus, you can even send in your requests through the app. Use show code: XPT593

Rain on 4th, 217 W 4th St, Austin TX 78701. Every Monday, 10 PM – 2 AM. FREE. 21+


Planet Fabulous Karaoke with Murrah Noble

Karaoke at The Iron Bear with Planet Fabulous Karaoke. Photo credit: Planet Fabulous Karaoke with Murrah Noble / Facebook

Just up the street from the Warehouse District at The Iron Bear, Murrah Noble and Planet Fabulous Karaoke hosts the first of two karaoke nights, on Wednesdays from 9:30 PM to 2 AM. When asked to describe her typical crowd, Murrah says it’s “anything BUT typical. My shows attract the best singers, including the theatre folks and the Gay Men’s Chorus, and every time I think one event will become my favorite, then someone turns around and tops it!”

The Iron Bear, 121 W. 8th St., Austin TX 78701. Every Wednesday, 9:30 PM – 2 AM. FREE. 21+


Late Night Karaoke with Diamond Karaoke

Highland Lounge in the Warehouse District kicks off Sunday Funday karaoke, right after their weekly Texas Hold’em tournament, every Sunday night from 9 PM til close. Hosted by Diamond Karaoke, this is the first of two LGBTQ karaoke spots on Sunday nights. Diamond Karaoke offers up “68,500 different songs, from pop to country to standards to musicals and much more” to choose from. You can also browse and requests songs through the SongbookDB app (for Android users only). There is also a mobile-friendly web version if you’re an iPhone user or just don’t want to download the app.

Highland Lounge, 404 Colorado St, Austin TX 78701. Every Sunday, 9 PM – 2 AM. FREE. 21+

Planet Fabulous Karaoke with Murrah Noble

Karaoke at The Iron Bear with Planet Fabulous Karaoke. Photo credit: Planet Fabulous Karaoke with Murrah Noble / Facebook

Just down the street from the Highland Lounge, Murrah hosts the second of her two karaoke nights at The Iron Bear to help you close out your weekend every Sunday from 9:30 PM to close. It’s also an excellent time to take advantage of that Sunday Funday day drinking-enabled courage and just let loose. Murrah tells us “the best ones are ALWAYS when interpretive dance is included, or a bunch of drunk hot guys suddenly channel the Backstreet Boys … or the Spice Girls!”

The Iron Bear, 121 W. 8th St., Austin TX 78701. Every Sunday, 9:30 PM – 2 AM. FREE. 21+

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