Cheer Up Charlies
900 Red River
The fun, gay uncle of the Red River bar and live music scene, Cheer Ups is one of the most cheerful, inviting, and beloved venues on the block. Featuring random rainbow art, unicorns, and funkiness all around, the vegan bar serves a creative blend of cocktails (kale lime gingerita), as well as local beers, organic teas, and kombucha on tap. Outside, the limestone-dressed stage remains home to a variety of eclectic events, from crafts nights to karaoke, Peaches to John Legend.
Thu., March 30, 10pm
Otis the Destroyer, Bantam Foxes, Wildfires, Empty Shells
Sun., April 2, 9:50pm
Indoor Creature, Drug Head, Mugger
Tue., April 4, 9pm
The Diamond Center, Krista Van Liew, River Jones (Sweet Shine), Sister Rays
Thu., April 6, 9pm
Basketball Shorts (tour kickoff) w/ Mean Girls, Stretch Panic, Michelle & Them
Sat., April 8, 2pm
Water Protector Wakeup Tour feat. One Tribe Movement, Billy Morgan & more
Sat., April 8, 8pm
Growl (LP release) w/ Popper Burns, the Halfways, the Two Lips, Tasi
Sun., April 9, 9pm
Graffiti Trials, Wcrd, Many Birthdays, Methadrone
Happy fourth birthday you crazy queer storytellers! Celebrate with live screen printing from Fine Southern Gentleman, and stories by Carina Magyar, Andrew Horneman, Eboni Staten, and more. This month's topic: We are. Wed., March 29, 9pm-12mid. Free.
Spend some day-time hours sipping cocktails and listening to Austin activist, Fatima Mann and Tarik Daniels. Vendors and free STI and HIV testing will be onsite. Sat., April 1, noon-5pm.
Dude dating app meets man party. Beats by L.A.'s Mateo Segade and "late night delights." Sat., April 1, 9pm. $5.
Papi Churro hosts a Queerbomb (June 3) fundraiser with a night of burlesque, aerial aweness, humor, Fat Bottom Cabaret, and DJ set by Mouthfeel. Come for the photo booth, stay for the spanking booth. Sun., April 2, 7pm-12mid. $5 suggested donation.
- 2016: Readers Best LGBTQ Club
- 2015: Critics Best Pseudo-Healthy Cocktail (The Golden Ticket at Cheer Up Charlies)
- 2015: Readers Best Scenester/Mover and Shaker (Maggie Lea)
- 2015: Readers Best Bar
- 2015: Readers Best LGBTQ Hangout
- 2015: Critics Best "i love you so much" Sequel ("teen fags run this hood")
- 2014: Readers Best Scenester/Mover and Shaker (Maggie Lea)
- 2014: Readers Best New Club (Cheer Up Charlie's)
- 2014: Readers Best LGBTQ Hangout (Cheer Up Charlie's)
- 2013: Readers Best LGBTQ Hangout (Cheer Up Charlie's)
- 2012: Readers Best LGBTQ Hangout (Cheer Up Charlie's)
- 2011: Readers Best LGBTQ Hangout (Cheer Up Charlie's)
- 2010: Readers Best LGBTQ Hangout (TIE: Rain on 4th; Cheer Up Charlie's)
- 2009: Critics Best Cart of Vegan Luv (Cheer Up Charlie's)
Southwestern mini-chain features an array of salads, soups, and botanical cocktails.
2201 College Ave., 512/852-8791