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One of the most asked questions of therepubliq by visitors: Where are the lesbian bars?

Unfortunately, since Lipstick24 closed back in March 2013, Austin has been without a dedicated lesbian bar. This isn’t a new problem. Lesbian bars here in Austin just don’t seems to last very long. Fortunately, there are several groups and promoters in Austin who are filling the gap, creating events curated specifically for queer women.

I started this list several years ago, in response to travelers coming to Austin who messaged therepubliq wanting to know where the ladies when went to party. I’ve kept it updated over the years, because, like everything else in Austin, things change.

This shouldn’t be considered a comprehensive guide to lesbian Austin, by any means; but, it’s a start and it’s been helpful to several people in planning their travels to Austin. If you have anything you’d like to contribute to the guide (tips, resources, promoters, events), email me at chase@therepubliq.com and I’ll include it in the next round of edits.


SHOPPING

BookWoman

5501 N Lamar Blvd, Ste A105, Austin TX 78751
512-472-2785
bookwomanaustin@gmail.com
ebookwoman.com
facebook.com/bookwomanaustin

BookWoman has been an Austin institution since it started out as a collective in an upstairs space down on The Drag back in 1975. Today, it sits in its current location on North Lamar, one of the few remaining feminist bookstores in the country.

Not just limited to books, you can find plenty of gift ideas at BookWoman, including jewelry, t-shirts, totes, knick-knacks and more. Plus, they host events year-round — readings, book clubs, live music and more.


SOCIAL

Austin Lesbian Coffee House

meetup.com/AustinLesbianCoffeeHouse

Austin Lesbian Coffee House is a MeetUp group for women (transgender women included) who identify as lesbians. It is also one of the few MeetUp groups in Austin that still relatively active.

According to the group’s ‘What we’re about’ section on MeetUp, “If you are at present an active bisexual, we wish you every happiness, but this group is not for you” …. “Because this group is intended to serve the needs of lesbian women, no men or straight women are allowed at any of our events.”

Austin Lesbian Game Night

facebook.com/Austin-Lesbian-Game-Night-117457598904993/

If you’re up for board games, the Facebook Group Austin Lesbian Game Night hosts a monthly game night, typically the last Saturday of the month, at Emerald Tavern Games and Cafe in North Austin, near Research Blvd (Hwy 183) and Burnet.

Lesbians Who Tech & Allies

lesbianswhotech.org
facebook.com/lesbianswhotech

Lesbians Who Tech is a global community of queer women in or around tech and the people who love them. The Austin chapter hosts networking events throughout the year.

SpeedAustin GayDate

866-WE-SPEED
info@speedaustingaydate.com
speedaustingaydate.com

Relatively new to Austin, SpeedAustin GayDate is part of a 50-city global network of speed dating events. They host a semi-monthly lesbian speed dating event at Academia, down on 4th Street.



PROMOTERS

Faye Fearless

events@fayefearless.com
fayefearless.com
facebook.com/fayefearless

Faye Fearless hosts several events, covering a wide range of subjects, throughout the year; but two are dedicated to queer self identified women & non-binary folks in Austin.

First is the annual Lez Prom, typically held in February, around Valentine’s Day. Second is Nautickle, a “Naughty Lesbian Boat Party” that is open to queer identified, women loving folks. Faye also hosts a queer version of Nautickle that is open to all queer folks.

Lesbutante and the Boss

lesbutanteandtheboss@gmail.com
lesbutanteandtheboss.com
facebook.com/thelesbutanteandtheboss

Kelly Frances West and Michelle Solorzano Daly aka Mitch, respectively Lesbutante & the Boss, host several events curated for gay womxn. The events are trans-inclusive and all LGBTQIA+ and allies are welcome at the events.

Currently, they host a monthly ladies night down on 4th Street at Sellers Underground on the second Friday of each month starting at 9 PM. They also hosts several events throughout the year, including the official women’s party during Austin PRIDE in August as well as events during South By Southwest (SXSW) in March.

QueerGirl Austin

queergirlevents.com
facebook.com/queergirlevents

QueerGirl, a nationwide events company that hosts high-energy parties that “embody the style and feel of the next generation of queer women,” recently launched in Austin with Andrea Hinojosa heading up operations in the Texas region.


Where The Girls Go/ATX

facebook.com/wherethegirlsgoatx

Led by Sarah Marloff from the Austin Chronicle‘s Qmmunity (formerly The Gay Place), Where The Girls Go/ATX creates “new queer (grrrl) dance parties & trans-positive, all-gender-inclusive, anti-isms/ists, pro-makeout spaces”.

In August 2015, the Austin outpost of the monthly Guerrilla Queer Bar led by local founder Richard MacKinnon, held it’s final ‘invasion’ — #179. Since then, Where The Girls Go/ATX has hosted several events under the “Guerrilla Queer Bar” banner, albeit intermittently..



EVENTS

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Chase is the founder and Creative Director of therepubliq.com, former 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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