THE TAKEOVER: How Houston Became One of the Coolest Cities for Lesbian Nightlife
Houston Texas! Home of the Astros, Beyonce, and a lot of interesting queer women who have done a great job bringing nightlife to the forefront. To the surprise of many, Houston is one of the top cities to visit if you’re looking for queer nightlife in the form of all girl events. I bet you’re wondering how it got that way?
One of the most well known establishments in Houston geared towards women is Pearl Bar. Owned and operated by Julie Mabry, the brick and mortar club has become a staple in Houston culture. Julie has done a great job providing club goers with a diverse selection of entertainment ranging from steak night and drag king karaoke, to full out parties hosted by queer influencers and notable DJ’s.
Julie has done a great job bridging the gap between LA socialites and Houston royalty by way of collaborative events with brands/influencers such as Uhaul SF, Ambers Closet, DJ Vonkiss, Whitney Mixter and many more. She also hosts the official Houston Pride afterparty on the Saturday evening during pride each year which is FAB!
Speaking of Houston pride, did you know there are now TWO events taking place in the city? Last year the Woodlands Pride event kicked off their FIRST annual pride event for everyone who lives a little further up north. We are so proud to be hosting two pride events in Texas moving forward!
Houstons nightlife has been thriving for sometime now whether the rest of the US is aware or not. If you’re a queer person of color you’ve probably been making your rounds at events hosted by Nishia Da Diva for sometime now. She is the QUEEN of nightlife among the kids and has also served as a staple within the lesbian community here in Houston. Who remembers Tois, Divas, and girls night at 20/20? Aztecas anyone? Nishia has been the mastermind behind some of our favorite all girl events in Houston since before most of you even realized you were gay. She even has her own all girls three day event titled “Krave” that takes place during Houston Pride weekend. We love it!
Over the years a number of creatives and promoters have become immersed in the Houston scene widening the market and opening doors for new LGBTQ entities. Spectrum South was launched by two queer women (Megan Smith & Kelsey Gledhill) a few years ago with the hopes of bringing awareness to the LGBTQ community here in the south. Last year the duo successfully curated a number of events that were not only FREE (YASSSSSSS), but beautifully planned and executed. Outside of hosting events, Spectrum does a great job of promoting advocacy within the community. We’re excited to see what kind of amazing events this group comes up with in the future!
Kea Hunt of Spill tha Tea is another amazing media entity within the queer community. The Spill the Tea group hosts a Trifeca Fridays event once a month at Pearl Bar that is absolutely amazing and draws in a diverse crowd. Kea also owns a media company that works with a number of queer creatives on capturing video footage at their events.
Houston is notorious for having promoters who are big on forming collaborative efforts within the queer community. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t, either way club goers have a damn good time. Ashton Dior Entertainment always offers up super cool all girl events that cater to an upscale crowd. She’s been known to collaborate with like minded promoters providing us with events that cater to the lesbians AND gay men in Houston.
Lez Noire is the new kid on the block here in Houston! Founded by Houston based artist Joyous Hawkins, the members only group is being launched this summer to create a new space for queer women of color that is not only exclusive, but creatively curated. Her first event is a singles event on March 23rd here in Houston with TFF MAG! You can find out more about that event by clicking HERE.
Impulse Group Houston is also a FAB new entity within the queer community Houston that hosts a number of events catering to the LGBTQ community. Last year we attended their pool party at club Clé where we had an AMAZING time sipping cocktails and lounging in the cabanas. Impulse has a good number of women on their board of directors which helps them secure female attendance at each event. They’re a great group of people who work hard to bring social activism to the Houston scene.
Houston has become an amazing place for LGBTQ women to thrive and entertain. Recently dubbed as the “New Capital of Southern Cool” by GQ Magazine, the city is truly coming into it’s owning way that is beneficial for queer entertainment. TFF MAG is proud to be based here in Houston alongside a number of hard working, creative queer, female entities! Keep your eyes open for Houston in the years to come as we are truly becoming one of the greatest places in the country to explore lesbian nightlife!