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.
Mon., Feb. 19, 8pm
Duncan Fellows, Loafer, Magic Rockers of Texas
Tue., Feb. 20, 10pm
Rihanna Birthday Reign w/ DJ GirlFriend ATX
Wed., Feb. 21, 8pm
Marshall Stacks, Treatment, Jack Ferrara, Being Dead, Mary Bryce
Thu., Feb. 22, 9pm
High Church, Lightworks, BoomBaptist, DJ Boozwa
Fri., Feb. 23, 9pm
Palo Duro, Bee Caves, Young Tongue, Palm Daze
Sat., Feb. 24, 8pm
Joy Division tribute band, New Order tribute band
Mon., Feb. 26, 8pm
Popper Burns, The History Department, Dregs, Naked Tungs
Gotta dance? GirlFriend's February CUC residency will get ya to make moves. Tuesdays, 10pm. Free.
That Rihanna Reign just won't let up. GirlFriend pays birthday homage to our bad girl queen. Expect cake and backup beats from Nicki, Drake, Jay-Z, Beyoncé, and more. Tue., Feb. 20, 10pm. Free.
See FB for what's happening each weekend. It's all gone to the dogs at this epic queer and POC happy hour celebrating the 2018 Lunar New Year. Bring yer four-legged bestie to CUC for a doggo photobooth, on-site adoptions from Austin Humane Society, lit DJs, drink specials, drag, and more. Furry costumes strongly encouraged. Split over two Saturdays: Feb. 17 & Feb. 24, 3-9pm.
Gretchen Phillips and friends play cover sets from both Eighties idols. Sat., Feb. 24, 8-10pm.
Let off your Queer Dance Freakout steam at this politically inspired afterparty. DJs Bloodkisses, Dylan Reece, and Mouthfeel will keep the dance protest moving til night's end. Sat., Feb. 24, 9pm-2am.
Alt Girl Cinema teams up with the Nothing Song for a special screening of that movie that put Natasha Lyonne on the map and directed by Tamara Jenkins. Bonus: Shelby Hadden will introduce her latest short "Ms. Texas Senior." Bands Prom Threat and Hex Boyfriend play after. Sun., Feb. 25, 7pm. $3-5 suggested donation.
- 2017: Readers Best LGBTQ Club
- 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