A growing resource of mostly Houston LGBT history, with considerable statewide information



Houston Gay Bar History & Matchbooks

Houston Bars, Baths, Etc - 1974
Houston Bars - 1964

Galveston Gay Bars & 360° Photos 
Galveston Bars, Through the Years

Individual Bars

Bacchus & Bacchus II   
Badlands / Truckstop 
Baja Sam's, Rooster's, Mothers   
The Briar Patch
Barn, Pacific St, Blur & the bars of 710 Pacific
Brazos River Bottom (BRB)
Catch One   
Chances (& New Barn)  

Chicken Coop  (plus Cesar's Palace, Fame Disco, Twins)
Circus Club / Peppermint Palace
Club 2020 / Club L2  
Club N'somnia   
The Copa  

The Cove Disco 
The Deep
Depository II & Light Company  
The Drum, Locker & Chutes ...the Bars of 1732 Westheimer 
The Eagle Houston    
EJ's and Inside/Outside
The Exile
The Galleon


George Sports Bar (& Bricks II, Past Time)  
The Gold Room
JR's Bar & Grill  
Just Marion & Lynn's
Kindred Spirits
Kon-Tiki Club (Galveston)
The Loading Dock   
Mary's, Naturally
Miss Charlotte's Dance Hall & Saloon / Saddle Club  
Montrose Mining Company & the bars at 805 Pacific Street
Ms Stake II, Women's Bar
Neon Boots Dancehall & Saloon
Officers Club, Farmhouse & the bars at 2700 Albany
The Old Plantation
Parade Disco / Chases  

The Pink Elephant 
The Red Room  
Roaring 60's    
Robert's Lafitte, Galveston  
Round Table  
Silver Bullet & Silver Phoenix  
The 611 Club   
Soixante Quinze, or 6015  
South Beach
Studio 13 
Triangle Bar & Grill 
The Usual  
Velvet Hammer
Wagon Wheel, Late 1930's 

And some Bathhouses
Club Houston   

Midtowne Spa
The 2306 and Arena Baths

And a Private Club
Meat Rack



Bar Raids  
Bar Fires & Arson  

Article on Texas Bar History
   in Houston and Dallas, Texas Triangle, 7/17/97

Article on Houston Bars, TX Triangle, 11/80
General Article 1985, on the Bars as part of the community, and the organization HOBO

Mapping Montrose's Gay History, an excellent article on the work of Dr Brian Riedel charting the changes

Cruising Grounds: Seeking Sex and Claiming Place in Houston, 1960-1980 By Dr Brian Riedel

Dallas/Fort Worth


Frank Caven owned many, Many bars in Dallas and Houston, and sold the Houston ones in 1986. This book is of ads from his Dallas bars, with a few elsewhere, 1980s-1990s. It was found in the DJ booth of the Rose Room in Dallas, and I thank Kerry Shatzer for loaning it to me. It's 300 pages, in three parts.
PDF1   PDF2   PDF3

Dallas / Fort Worth Articles about Gay Bars

Still Not Over the Rainbow - Todd Camp

A Photo History of Dallas' Gay Bars of the 1970s - P Bosse

Photos of Dalla s Bars, 1981 - JD Doyle

Houston Bar Matchbooks


And, some pre-Numbers (straight) history

3400 Montrose Place 401

The second Bullet matchbook was for their poppers business, 3400 Montrose Place #401

Misc Others, Texas


Dallas Matchbooks, Courtesy Todd Camp

I collect gay matchbooks from Texas, but not really from other areas,
so the ones below I just happen have...thought I'd share them

Matchbooks from Other Cities
San Francisco


New York City



Kansas City / San Diego / New Orleans




Los Angeles / Colorado Springs / Miami


  Below, in their 1982 ad The Hole remembers bars of bygone days