Cheer Up Charlies
900 Red River, Austin, 78701, 512/431-2133
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.
Sun., Sept. 24
Oozer, Critical Dad, Pleasure Venom, the Naked Tungs
Mon., Sept. 25, 9pm
The Gospel Truth, Moist Flesh, Ryan Rooney
Wed., Sept. 27, 9pm
Benefit to Movimiento Cosecha & Workers Defense Project w/ Talkies, Angry Beige, Semihelix
Fri., Sept. 29
The Banisters (LP release), A. Sinclair, Lola Tried, New Fame, Alex Riegelman
Sat., Sept. 30
Queer Up Charlies Pride After Party w/ Clark Price (of Honcho), Kathi, Louisianna Purchase, Zane Zena, Hentaii, Ruby Knight, DJs Dylan Reece, Mouthfeel, LoLo
Tue., Oct. 3
The History Department (EP release), Food Group, Jack Ferrera
Wed., Oct. 4, 6pm
Queercore Party: Curran Nault’s book release w/ Gretchen Phillips, the Homobiles, BLXPLTN, Dogs & Diamonds
It's that school daze season and GfQM is talking reading, writing, and arithmetic. Listen up. Ralphie Hardesty hosts with a special guest. Wed., Sept. 27, 9-11pm.
Good music for good causes. Wed., Sept. 27, 10pm. $3-5 suggested donation.
Yee-haw, y'all, this classic night of old school country jams is back by popular demand with DJ GirlFriend. Thu., Sept. 28, 9pm.
Just like ACL, but queerer ... and smaller ... and only one day ... OK – just trust us, will ya? DJ GirlFriend brings the queer music fest back for a new year! Sat., Oct. 14, 4pm-2am.
- 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