JR’s Bar & Grill Houston, Guide & Review
Established in 1978, JR’s is an LGBTQ+ Houston staple—when folks come to town looking for a gay bar, they go to JR’s. The fact that closeted folks feel safe here speaks volumes, and after chatting up the friendly bartenders, it’s easy to see why. In an expansive space with a huge back patio and multiple dance floors, there’s plenty of room to let loose. The sights are just as lively as the sounds, too—JR’s is known for its super-cute go-go dancers who work hard for their tips. Save some of those bills, though, because, like any staple gay bar worth it’s salt (and sugar), drag shows are a regular feature.
JRs is the neighborhood staple bar with a relaxed atmosphere. The expansive space harbors three events at any given time, meaning a drag show could be going on in one room, while karaoke and a RuPaul’s Drag Race watch party are happening in the others. Outside is a scenic courtyard patio complete with a fountain and water misters for sultry summer days. Shoot some pool, or sip cheap booze with friends. There is always something to enjoy at this bar.
When locals think of gay bars in Houston, JR’s is one of the first to come to mind. This gay Houston institution is a chilled-out space with Southwestern-inspired decor, an expansive patio, and friendly vibes. Daily drink specials and affable barkeep explain JR’s fiercely loyal following. On a warm Houston day, there’s nowhere we’d rather be than on JR’s sun-dappled patio, cold margarita in hand. This Montrose hotspot is open daily from 12 pm-2 am.