705 Red River
Bela Lugosi may be dead, but his memory lives on here. Opened in 2001, the 500-capacity Red River institution remains the shadowy mecca for local goths 18-and-up, and upholds the city’s legacy as a former industrial rock capital. It’s also developed its own peerless reputation for neo-folk, neo-goth, and techno. Scene heavyweights like Combichrist have been known to divert tours through Texas just to stop by. During SXSW, it’s the established home of the beloved Japan Nite celebration of music from the shadow of Mount Fuji.
Halloween weekend starts with GQB! These queers are taking over Elysium's creepy haunts and costumes are nearly required. Spooky playlist curated by DJ GirlFriend. Thu., Oct. 27, 7-11pm. Free.
DJs, costume contests, tarot card readers and a horror-filled performance show are just a few things to fear at this dance party. With music by DJ Czech One and DJ Dren Pasht, Helloween will be the goriest event on Red(rum) River. Fri., Oct. 28, 9pm-2am. $5 (21+), $7 (18+).
Austin's most terrifying have joined forces to create one hell of a Halloween party. They've got DJs Dren Pasht and Czech One with performances by burlesquers Ruby Lamb and Sabor Insanity. And drag yer hearts out to Louisianna Purchase, Zane Zena, and Honey St. Claire. Fri., Oct. 28, 9pm. $5 (21 and up), $7 (18-20).
- 2008: Readers Best Place to Dance
- 2007: Readers Best Dance Club
- 2006: Readers Best Dance Club
- 2006: Readers Best Bartender (TIE: Duc Dinh at 219 West, Emily at Elysium)
- 2005: Readers Best Dance Club
- 2004: Readers Best Dance Club
- 2003: Readers Best Dance Music Club
- 2002: Critics Best Retro Game Rooms