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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 on a regular basis — 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.

MONDAY

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+

WEDNESDAY

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+

SUNDAY

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+

Chase is the Founder and Creative Director of therepubliq.com, 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 Sports

Austin is full of healthy, active people and the LGBTQ community is no different. Whether you’re an athlete looking to play in an organized league or just want to hang out with like-minded individuals, there’s a place for you in one of Austin’s growing list of LGBTQ sports leagues, groups or clubs.

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Austin is full of healthy, active people and the LGBTQ community is no different. Whether you’re an athlete looking to play in an organized league or just want to hang out with like-minded individuals, there’s a place for you in one of Austin’s growing list of LGBTQ sports leagues, groups or clubs.

If you’d prefer to join a group to run or cycle with rather than alone, there’s a group for you. Looking for team sports? There are plenty of those, too. Austin has no shortage of groups to join and the list continues to grow as these like-minded individuals come together and discover more shared interests.


BASKETBALL

Austin Gay Basketball League marching in the Austin Pride Parade September 2015. Photo credit: Josh Martinez

Austin Gay Basketball League

PO Box 40252, Austin TX 78704
info@agbl.org
agbl.org

The Austin Gay Basketball League was created to provide a welcoming environment to all lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people who are interested in playing basketball, building friendships, and giving back to Austin’s community. AGBL promotes an athletic environment free of discrimination. LGBT-friendly basketball players are encouraged to come out and join as well. Beginners are always welcome!

The AGBL hosts both a winter season, with games on Friday nights, starting in January and a summer season, with games on Thursday nights, starting in June. Both seasons run between 6 to 8 weeks. Each season features three divisions based on player skill level — recreational, competitive and advanced. All divisions are co-ed. All new players are required to attend a rating session to assess their skills and get assigned to the appropriate division. Cost to register is $60-$65, depending on when you sign up. 

The league hosts open play of pick up games between seasons at the First United Methodist Church’s Family Life Center. The gymnasium is located upstairs. Check out the league’s Facebook events page for upcoming open play nights, which are typically divisions specific. Cost for open play is $2 which is donated back to the church for the use of their space. Additionally, the league also hosts skills sessions throughout the year.

The league also hosts several social events throughout the year, including a uniform social before the seasons start where players pick up their t-shirts and meet their teams as well as post-game social after each seasons’ games. 

The AGBL is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and welcome any volunteers or donations. Volunteers can help with game night operations and assisting in social events.

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BOWLING

The Austin Pride Bowling League meets Tuesday nights at the Dart Bowl in northern Central Austin.
The Austin Pride Bowling League meets Tuesday nights at the Dart Bowl in northern Central Austin. Photo credit: Austin Pride Bowling League / Facebook

Austin Pride Bowling League

pridebowlingATX@gmail.com
facebook.com/groups/AustinGayBowlingLeague/

Formerly known as the Austin Gamblers, the Austin Pride Bowling League has been the city’s LGBTQ bowling league for over thirty years. Since 1986, the league has worked to promote a sence of community while providing a great social and sporty outlet for those that particpate.

The league starts in the fall with games played at the Dart Bowl in north Austin on Tuesday nights from 8:30-10:30 PM. The league lasts for 30 weeks. Costs include a one-time fee of $23 for USBC membership (paid on the league’s first week) and then $16 weekly for bowling fees.

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24sep8:30 PM10:30 PMAustin Pride Bowling League8:30 PM - 10:30 PM Dart BowlCategories:BowlingAges:All Ages

CYCLING

Queer Ride hits the road every Wednesday night.
Queer Ride hits the road every Wednesday night. Photo credit: Queer Ride / Facebook

Queer Ride

queerride@gmail.com
queerride.org

facebook.com/queerride/
facebook.com/groups/QRATX/

Started in Austin in 2011, Queer Ride is a weekly inclusive social ride that aims to be the most fun, inclusive, care-free, no-drop social ride for queer folks and allies.

Meet up every Wednesday at 7 PM at the South gates of the Texas State Capitol on 11th St facing Congress. Wheels down at 7:30 PM for a 10-15 mile ride.

Queer Ride rides AS traffic and NOT AGAINST it. Riders avoid sidewalks as much as possible, stop at red lights, yield the right of way, and don’t block extra lanes at intersections. Riders share the road with all vehicles. 

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25sep7:00 PM10:00 PMQueer Ride7:00 PM - 10:00 PM Texas State CapitolCategories:CyclingAges:All Ages


DODGEBALL

Dodgeball may have traumatized you as a kid, but now it’s making a comeback. So much so that two groups are hosting social dodgeball seasons.

The Gay Dodgeball Austin Summer 2019 Champions NOT IN MY FACE. Photo credit: Gay Dodgeball / Facebook.

Gay Dodgeball

gaydodgeball.com/austin.html
facebook.com/groups/1610312579031698/
austingaysports.leagueapps.com/leagues/dodgeball

Started by the same organizers, Gay Dodgeball is Gay Kickball’s sister organization, so you’ll see lots of crossover and coordination between the two groups. In addition to Austin, Gay Dodgeball operates nationally with outposts in 16 other cities, including Dallas and Houston.

Gay Dodgeball has hosted winter and summer leagues with season length dependent on the number of teams/players registered — expect between 6-8 weeks. Games are played on Monday nights out at Austin Sports Center from 7 – 9 PM. Players fees vary from $60-$80 per person, depending on when you register. Fees do not cover uniforms which are ordered separately. Players/teams have the option to reusing their old uniforms if their team colors haven’t changed.

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Varsity Gay League

varsitygayleague.com/austin/
facebook.com/groups/VGLAustin/

Varsity Gay League started on the West Coast back in 2007 and has grown in to one of the largest all-inclusive LGBT recreational sports leagues in the country, offering year-round outside-the-box activities, games and sporting events with a focus on fun. Everyone is welcome, regardless of their experience. VGL has since expanded beyond California and started in Texas in late 2016 and in Austin in early 2017. In Austin, Varsity Gay League offers both a dodgeball and kickball league.

VGL Austin recently kicked off dodgeball league play during the fall season which include seven weeks of league play. Games are played on Thursday nights out at Austin Sports Center from 7:30 – 9:30 PM. Players fees vary from $55-$65 per person, depending on when you register.