When people think of gay friendly places in Texas, Austin, Dallas and Houston come to mind. Dallas might be the most gay-friendly city, according to Time magazine. Austin might have the biggest LGBT population, according to a Gallup poll. Houston has lots of gay-friendly businesses. But San Antonio is an LGBT-friendly city in its own right.
The city has the largest number of same-sex couples raising kids. It also has a thriving LGBT Chamber of Commerce. San Antonio has plenty of social events and businesses that welcome the gay community with open arms.
San Antonio has two neighborhoods that claim to be the city's gayborhood. Tobin Hill recently underwent considerable revitalization and earned status as a historic district. The area happens to be home to some of San Antonio's most popular gay bars too. The Main Avenue strip is lined with restaurants, clubs and bars that cater to the LGBT community.
Sparky's Pub has earned a reputation as a place to enjoy a great glass (or bottle) of wine. The bar and restaurant runs regular drink specials, usually lasting from early evening until closing. It's also got a decent food menu and two outdoor patios.
Owned by the same company that owns Sparky's, the Heat is a multi-floor dance club on Main Avenue. Along with DJ nights, the club hosts regular drag shows and dance revues.
Located to the north of Tobin Hill, the Towers on Park Lane provides shuttle service to shops and stores throughout the city. It also provides valet parking and a garage for residents who prefer to drive themselves throughout town.
The King Williams District was the city's first designated historic district. It's also the city's second gayborhood. Popular bars and restaurants in the neighborhood include The Friendly Spot, Madhatters and Liberty Bar.
Pride San Antonio started in 2004. The organization's goal is to embrace diversity, celebrate community and recognize the contributions made by members of San Antonio's LGBT community. Although the group started out hosting an annual festival, the number of yearly events it holds has since grown. The yearly Pride festival and parade still takes places in June or July of each year. The organization also hosts the QFest Film Festival and Beer Bust. The film festival takes place in October each year. Films from all over the world are screened during.
Beer Bust is a weekly event run by Pride. It takes place on Sunday evenings at Club Essence. A highlight of the event is dirt cheap beer, such as 16 ounce pours of Bud Light for just 50 cents.
The San Antonio LGBT Chamber of Commerce aims to funnel the $4 billion buying power of the city's LGBT community into businesses that are LGBT-run or LGBT-friendly. The organization was founded in 2008. It provides consumers with a list of local businesses and offers support to areas businesses.
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