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Gay Austin, Vol. 3, No. 1, September 1978 - File 009. 1978-09. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. February 17, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/gcam/item/584/show/575.

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Title Gay Austin, Vol. 3, No. 1, September 1978
Contributor
  • Kay, Kelly
Publisher Gay Community Services
Date September 1978
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
Place
  • Austin, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 5962538
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  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM) Digital Archive
Rights No Copyright - United States
Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Transcript 8 GAY AUSTIN September 1978 September 1978 GAY AUSTIN A Gay Night on the Town By SCOTT LIND YOU FEEL that thirst. Something to slake it, to cool it down. You're thirsty and restless. You want something to do. You've finished registering for classes, or maybe you late registered, or maybe you completed adds and drops, or it's the first night after class and the thought of remaining at home and attacking that Accounting textbook makes you . . . restless. You're gay. You wouldn't want to be any other way. Or you're a lesbian, and no straight frat guy's going to pull his macho power trip on you. To be like the others, to emulate Silly Willy or Betty Baptist, that isn't you. You have your own life to live, and you're determined to make 1t good. So you're restless. You want to meet people. What to do, you ask, what to do. And the answer as if by magic comes to you. But where, you might ask, where? This article Is not, I assure you, some absurd Coke commercial. Perhaps you've heard 1t on the radio, the Sahara Desert and all that. No, I am not some disembodied voice trying to sell you some Coke. I do not deal 1n that. Coke I am not downgrading. Far from it. Coke certainly has its place, at parties and such. But not here. To partake of this has little to do with gayness or stralghtness. Coke is thus consigned to the Sahara winds. THIS ARTICLE will relate: 1) where to go and 2) what to do once there. But first a word on Austin. Back some years ago, six to be exact, I wished to attend the exalted UT. Certain people warned me 1n advance that all sorts of devilish evil things inhabited that fabled land: hippie longhairs puffing weed, dealing all sorts of drugs. Card-carrying communists fomenting demonstrations against Nixon and a certain war. And most dreaded of all, monstrous ho-mo-sexuals seducing every young innocent in sight; these, I was told, I would have to watch out for because they came In various disguises. I took my informants' advice quite literally. I kept my eye out. And like those people said, these homosexuals were everywhere: marching to anti-Nixon demonstrations, advocating socialism and even smoking weed at various locales while others stayed home and attacked their Accounting textbooks. I discovered Barton Springs and Hippie Hollow, and most Importantly, found out that the Pearl Street Warehouse could be found nowhere on Pearl Street. Times have changed. Austin's gay bars now Include the Hollywood, the Austin Country, the New Apartment, the Private Cellar, and the Tap. We shall take a quick journey to these bars. So, 1n line with T.S. Elliot, "let us go and make our visit." THE HOLLYWOOD Located at 304 W. 4th St., the Hollywood is the place to go, particularly if you are a woman. It advertises itself as a women's bar, but if you are a man you also are cordially welcomed. This disco bar has plenty of room to dance and two levels of tables to sit down and talk. It has all the atmosphere and trimmings of a rustic, down home bar with all the urban, but tastefully subdued, modernity of lights and effect. A good sound system drums the disco beat, but you never feel overwhelmed, unless you wish it. DRESS IN your denims and feel at home drinking a longneck, juice or gin-and-tonic at the bar, before which looms a barback-to-celllng mirror that looks as if it had been there since the old days. Potential friends left and right of you. The ceiling is miles high and the spaces add to this feeling of laid-back comfort. Take a look at photographs of women as you enter. All you have to do 1s let the mood carry you. It'll take you to good times. Or play some pool at the corner of the bar. The cover charge on weekend evenings is good, as well, to you: 504 in these inflationary times is a comforting thought. Sorry, But no Coors sold here. Check this place out. It's on the up and up. The Austin Country: Inside and THE AUSTIN COUNTRY The AC still reigns as Austin's most popular disco. But it's more than that. Large and spacious it definitely is with three main areas. One area comprises the dance floor; expect to writhe along with the others surrounded by "sensurround sound", which means amplified bass and big, big speakers. For your enjoyment, check out the central bar area with brown carpeted floors and an area of steps at one wall with large pillows where you can flop after you have tired yourself out dancing. A big-screen TV lies at one corner of the pillows if you want diversion. A large aquarium demarks its separation from the third area reserved for pool freaks. When I say "pool," I don't mean a swimming pool, though that might be a good idea for later expansion. Being a disco freak myself, I have thought more than once of wishing to submerge myself in a pool so as to return to the dance refreshed. IF YOU DESCEND some stairs to the side of the dance floor, you'll find yourself outside listening to the twittering of birds in trees. Yeah, the patio's a good place to cool off. Cover charge has lately been increased to $1.00 six nights a week (closed Monday), and $2.00 for after- hours Friday and Saturday nights (2 - 4:00 a.m.). Check this place out. I promise you you'll go back, barring soneeconomic disaster. Drag shows Thursday evenings. Free beer Wednesday nights from 10 - 11:00 p.m. Other specials, too. Oh yes, you'll find It at the northeast corner of E. 7th St. and Red River. THE NEW APARTMENT Call it simply The Apartment, or attach the word "New" to it, and you arrive at the same place. You can find it at 29th and Rio Grande with a large, but not always ample, parking lot. It looks like a house with a fence fronting it (you go in through the back way). At the red light, it's there, right across from the Rome Inn. An eatery called the Lousiana Purchase looks as if it were attached to the Apartment. No cover charge, and It's open from noon to 2:00 a.m. If you're into leather (Austin still doesn't have a real leather bar yet), you can find like-minded and suitably attired people here. Overall, the dress is casual and fits with the dominant rough-hewn wood motif of the walls. THE 8AR HAS ample sitting space and you cannot Imagine friendlier people. The two pool tables in a separate room are always hopping. In another room sits a juke box for those who like country-western or disco. Another room houses those who like playing cards, though I do wonder how anybody can see whether they're holding a three of clubs or a king of hearts In such darkness. If you want some of that good ol' Austin air, just move to the back pr should one say, the front?) patio with your longneck or whatever you brought to drink. Don't worry if y0U have trouble finding parking space; you know what that means. You're destined to pass your time here in good cheer. Cheers. Check out happy hour 4 - 8:00 p.m. Check out other specials too numerous to name. continued on page 14
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