Three Standout Queer New Year's Eve Events

Because we all fought for our right to party this year

It's time. We’re all ready to kiss this year goodbye and good riddance, and Gay Place is here to help you do it in style. Whatever your poison or pleasure, there’s a New Year’s Eve event that gets you and your needs – fancy, affordable, or all-night dance-y. Check out our top picks below and see the full shebang on the Chronicle's New Year's Guide.

Celebrate with Fat Bottom Cabaret (Photo provided by Chola Magnolia)


9pm-2am, Dozen Street, $5 suggested donation
Everyone’s invited to dance the night away at Dozen Street, but cohosts (and infamous burlesquers) Nikki DaVaughn and Cuppy Garcia wanna make sure each and every attendee feels luscious and lavish while ringing in the new year. The cover says $5, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Garcia points out that the event supports Austin's POC communities and says she and DaVaughn planned Delicious "to end this crummy year on a high note and forget the state of the world for just one night.”

Expect a free toast of bubbly at the stroke of 2018, selfie photo booth, and a decadent dessert table provided by the babes of Fat Bottom Cabaret.

Next Level Trash

10pm-till late, Secret Location (follow on Facebook), $30 presale
If you’re looking to get a little rowdy and dance ‘til the sun comes up on January 1, this is the place to be (though, no, we don’t know where the actual location is yet, either). DJ Nymble Digitz calls it the best deal in town with an “all underground local scene and the best Austin DJs.”

While this rave-inspired par-tay carries the heftiest ticket price, club kids can expect an open bar, techno, and a super secret international guest for a mind-melting after-hours set.

Next Level Trash (Provided by DJ Nymble Digitz)

Iron Bear NYE

9pm-2am, Iron Bear, Free
An oldie, but a goodie. These guys are always down for a good time and we can’t think of a better time than New Year’s Eve. DJ Alpha hits the decks for dancing. If you want a party that won’t break the bank and promises some solid low-key fun with a helluva community this is the place to be.

Enjoy a free champs toast when the ball drops, validated parking, buff bears, and a lovely staff.

Still searching for the perfect fit? There’s loads more queer and queer friendly events happening all over town. See our full New Year’s Eve listings on our guide, and much more queer to-do at Gay Place.

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