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Charlie's Austin - 14 Reviews - 1301 Lavaca St, Austin, TX - Bars, Pubs & Clubs Reviews - Phone (512) 474-6481

Charlie's Austin

1301 Lavaca St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 474-6481
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Charlie's Austin - Austin, TX
Charlie's Austin - Austin, TX
Charlie's Austin - Austin, TX


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For a while there, I was a "regular" at Charlie's restaurant. I was going to this club every Friday night even though, I'm straight. I throughly enjoy the music and cocktails. ...


This place isn't like the other bars in town but you have to give it some props guys. First off some of the staff are more interested in themselves it seems but check out Gerald i...

Wonderful people, wonderful place, LOVE IT 5/15/2008

For a while there, I was a "regular" at Charlie's restaurant. I was going to this club every Friday night even though, I'm straight. I throughly enjoy the music and cocktails. The bartenders rock and make great drinks! I love the courtyard when you want to get away from the dancefloor. The only reason I'm not going there as much is because I'm getting married and moving to Round Rock but if it wasn't for that, I'd still be there every Friday!!! LOVE CHARLIE'S! Pros: AMPLE PARKING, Great dance club, Great crowd, Great Services Cons: the bathrooms more

Best Alternative club & FREE Parking 2/11/2008

Charlie's has done a lot of growing up over its 24+ years of sreving Austins Gay population, But now that it is COOL to have Gay friends we get every one coming in.. We still have the Male dancers which are a blast for the bachlorett parties + the Drag shows Thursday & Sundays. Also if your short on cash you can enter one of our contest ( Wet Underwear MONDAY - Amateur Dancer TUESDAYS, or BEST CHEST MALE & FEMALE CONTEST SATURDAYS) this can tie you over until th Credit Card payment is posted.. 7100sf of fun and adventure with an outside patio for SMOKIING & drinking,,.Stop By Or Call 512-474-6481 or visit charliesaustin com We have also been voted BEST GAY CLUB IN AUSTIN & FRIENDLY STAFF, BEST DRINK SPECIALS, & Some other Fun things were said BUT Any Way THANKS FOR SHOPPING @ CHARLIES ! ! ! ! Pros: FREE PARKING GARAGE, CLOSE TO UT & ACC, GREAT SHOWS LOTS OF DIFFERENT AREAS TO PARTY Cons: Only one location more

Most diverse crowd in Austin 9/24/2007

Charlie's has been the oldest gay bar in Austin since a former city council member got Dirty Sally's, next to UT, closed down in the late 80s. Charlie's is friendly and about the only place in town that welcomes drag queens. It's the most ethnically diverse, too. Any of the other bars you will be pretty conspicuous if you are black or asian, and even hispanic is unusual. Austin is has a very racially segregated gay scene, but this is the one place in town that isn't true. Plus, you can pick up good ol' boys when the leg' is in session, since it's right down the street from the capitol building. I won't tell :-) Pros: Diverse, integrated, friendly Cons: no parking more

Oldest Gay Bar in Austin, Large part of the staff have been there over 10 years - Friendly and clean 12/16/2006

On any given night, Charlie's is always busy, especially on Tuesday and Friday. The staff is always friendly and drinks are the best and usually cheaper. Parking is great and free all the time. They don't have a great dance floor but the music is great. Everyone is always welcome at Charlie's along with all races of people. There are always a lot of hispanics but that makes it good. Charlie's welcomes hispanics, blacks, whites, drag queens, leather, cross dressers, anyone who is gay and a few straight people. Shows are always good and lately the dancers have been great. The staff is great and most of them have been there more than 10 years. Also, the place is always clean. Its an old building but they keep it up and have a full time janitorial staff. Also, they allow minors in the bar after 8Pm everyday. Great place to be. Pros: Parking - Reasonable prices - Friendly Staff - Cons: Rest rooms are too small - Dance floor OK but rough more

Charlie's 10/28/2006

Charlie's is fun and busy alot, they didnt get that way by having horrible dancers and poor service. I read this rude comment made about Charlie's and Manwatch Dancers and Marcy and everyone knows its that old stripper that got to fat for Marcy to book anymore and is now trying to take over her business. Anyways, there is good to find in everyone and any place if you look for it. more

worst place ever! 9/28/2006

This place is full of things people do illegally, drunks, bad outfits and drag queens. The staff is terrible and The Manwatch dancers are horrible. Marcy Fletcher is a real witch and she is there way to much. Pros: none Cons: everything, terrible music, gay country singer more

Fridays are the Best Nights 9/2/2003

Ppl go here for the $1 well drinks on Friday's. The bar can get crowded on some Friday's so be prepared. The music is Top 40/ R&B/ Latin House. The Sunday night drag show is also excellent. Pros: $1 well drinks on Fri, Low Attitude, Drag Shows Cons: Dark more

Waste Of Time And Money 4/11/2003

I just turned 21 and was excited about hitting all the clubs other than the only one I could get into before my birthday and most bars were cool with me but one wasn't...Charlie's was way mean to me, starting at the door where my ID was way overchecked while my friend who was UNDERAGE just rolled in, inside there was not much of a crowd (you'd think they'd welcome a cute young guy) and the bar staff were slow to come around, the DJ was playing tunes like we were in Mexico City and when I finally got a bartender, he was rude and the drinks were weak. I know that I am cute and I couldn't believe that this bar treated me so weak. Cleaning would create an improvement. Maybe Monday is just a slow night. Pros: parking, location Cons: staff, drink making more

What are ya'll doing? 3/20/2003

For the past few years EVERYTIME I come in here some great staff member has been released and this year it's the same thing. This place isn't the cleanest or the trendiest and what it does have going for it is it's staff, stop letting them go! more

Sort Out Your Drama Charlie's 1/10/2003

Last night I went to Charlie's for my birthday and due to some drama they have with the fire marshall was ushered in through the patio door that they use to take out the trash, then my friends and I were herded into a line by the patio and led around towards the side bar, when we were about 15 people away from finally paying our cover we gave up and snuck through the kitchen area. After getting inside we had a couple drinks and left as we were over the drama of getting inside. This bar is fun at times (rare times) but I refuse to have to be led around like that because they can't sort out thier drama. What a bad start to a Friday night. Abandon hope all ye who enter here... Pros: parking, location to UT, DJ on Friday Cons: management, staff, no crowds more

Not All Bad... 1/10/2003

This place isn't like the other bars in town but you have to give it some props guys. First off some of the staff are more interested in themselves it seems but check out Gerald in back, Carl on the patio, and Joel who seems to float for great service and fun personalities. Also I'll admit it's dead on Mondays and Wednesdays and some Saturdays and that it's hit and miss on Sundays and Thursdays BUT Tuesday this is the only game in Austin, CUTE young crowd, fun show, and on Friday the drink special can't be beat and it's quite crowded. Tons of safe parking also help. This place is not as bad as everyone makes it out to be. It could be cleaner though. Pros: Fridays, Tuesdays, Parking more

Local Favorite 11/29/2002

Charlie's has been around for ever and everyone who goes there has been there since. But if you want to party with the locals. This is the place to go. Very, Very mixed crowed and lots of customery gay crusing. One of the favorites at Charlie's is there Margaritas. Dance is always good after midnight. Pros: Great Crowd, Good location, Great Music Cons: smokey, small, no where to sit more

#1 PARTY BAR IN AUSTIN 11/16/2002

AUSTIN #1 PARTY BAR GAY OR STRAIT, & now they are 18+ except on Friday..Now that parking in the 4th street area has gone up to $8 or more it is nice that Charlie's has a lot that is FREE every nigth. Also there are a lot of great changes at Charlie's like they open every day at 11am & remodled the kitchen, hired a full time chef to serve lunch and dinner 7 days a week,11-2p & 5-9p plus all the dancers and shows every night. A newly remodled patio to have a drink and a smoke. All in All they have it going on every night. Pros: FREE PARKING -FOOD-SHOWS_PATIO-DANCERS-NEAR UT & ACC-GREAT STAFF Cons: Only one location in Austin more

Not a bad train wreck... 5/16/2002

If you need to inject a little sleaze in your evening, here's your chance. The crowd at Charlie's seems to very quite a bit night by night, but, it can be fun if you're with the right company. Amateur strip night is tragic and wildly-entertaining. more
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  • In Short
    The crowd consists mostly of 18-and-over guys of all shapes and sizes--even some college kids taking in the party atmosphere. The entertainment includes pool tables, video games and a dance floor, plus a lively patio outside that's often the site of random cookouts. Special events are scheduled for every night of the week, whether it's drag shows, pool tournaments or amateur strip contests. The crowd is slightly more diverse when the grill is serving up its tasty bar fare with burgers, chili and nachos available Monday through Wednesday from 5pm-10pm.

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