Sober-ish Spaces for Dry January Hangs

Just because you’re not drinking doesn’t mean you have to stay home

So you’ve signed up for Dry January – the 2013 UK public health campaign that’s recently morphed into a pop-cultural phenomenon in the U.S. Whether you’re hoping to detox from a holiday bender, lose weight, or kick off a long-term life change, you’ve committed to taking on the first month of the new year stone cold sober. And we’re here for you.


At Gay Place, we know Austin takes its bar culture very seriously and that our LGBTQ communities sometimes fixate too much attention on the drinking side of nightlife. We also know how challenging that fixation can be for our sober siblings. Don't let that get you down or make you feel like a couch-troll under house arrest. As your one-stop guide for all things LGBTQ in and around Austin, we’ve rounded up a handful of events happening between now and Feb. 1 to help you keep your resolution and stay social.

Austin Film Society: Cinema of Resistance

This month AFS is screening BPM not once but twice. The film offers an intimate look at Paris’ chapter of ACT UP – the AIDS advocacy organization of the Eighties and Nineties – during the epidemic. It’s a topic near, dear, and important to queers. As for movie-going, this is a great way to be social without dealing with too much social pressure to drink – or make small talk.

Tue., Jan. 9, 7:30pm; Sun., Jan. 14, 7pm. AFS Cinema, $11.25.

Yes You Can! An Evening of Motivational Speaking

Revel in your new life choices and laugh at these ridiculous (and awesome) experts – including workout guru Erica Nix, Greetings From Queer Mountain co-founder Ralphie Hardesty, DJ and party-maker Ezra Edwards, and more. Mouthfeel hosts a night of comedy and feel-good fun. No alcohol required.

Fri., Jan. 12, 8pm. Museum of Human Achievement, $7.

Authentic Relating Games

A new, monthly game night created to connect members of the LGBTQ community by playing games designed to kickstart conversations sans liquid courage.

Sun., Jan. 14, 6pm. Guan Yin Tea House, free.

The Return of Homo Arigato

Mouthfeel and Young Creature are bringing back their queer indie film series starting with a January screening of the 2016 queer hit Kiki. Embrace ballroom culture while rewatching or falling in love with this flick for the first time.

Tue., Jan. 16, 7:30pm. Austin Film Society, $11.25.

Film Screening: Your Way Back to Me

Your Way Back to Me
aGLIFF, Austin’s queer film fest joins forces with Cine Las Americas to present a January screening of this award-winning documentary directed by local filmmaker Alexandra K. Dietz. The film offers insight into (her partner’s) Hannah Sheridan’s life as a Native American two-spirit who joined the Navy during “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

Wed., Jan. 17, 7:30pm. Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, $10.83.

Lizzy Caroloke

Lizzy hosts a couple of monthly karaoke parties throughout Austin, and we can't think of a better way to hang out and let loose than singing loudly with a bunch o' queers. Drinking is definitely not required.

Wed., Jan. 17, 6pm. Rio Rita, free.

Laganja’s Dance School

Too many people say they're too shy to dance without drinking. We say "no way," and this special class at Erica Nix’s Transform proves us right. Rupaul’s Drag Race star Laganja Estranja descends on Austin for a special dance/workout class. All levels welcome and encouraged to dance like it’s 1999.

Tue., Jan. 30, 7pm. Transform Fitness, $22.

For all of our listings visit the site, and don't forget – you don't need to drink to enjoy a good ol' fashion happy hour hang. Ask for a mocktail and cheers the new year!

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