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Eric Crabtree

Volume 15/Issue 25


Tales of Steers and Queers from Texas

Holiday Greetings, Ambush worldwide readers, and welcome to the first column from the Capital City of the Lone Star State-Texas, known as AUSTIN. Home of the University of Texas, the world famous Congress Street Bridge Urban Bat Colony, The Famous 6Th Street, Hippie Hollow at Lake Travis where beefy men swim nude as well as a mass growing Mecca of companies in the computer industry, Austin is known as "Silicon Hills". As for our great state of Texas, the Native Indians had once coined the state, "Tejas", which settlers found the meaning as friendly. If you ever experienced a Texan, you will know that the men and yes, the women, are very friendly and are always horny. It has been said that there are only two things that come from Texas, either steers or queers. Well aren't we lucky, we have them both!

Since this is the first column from Texas, let me introduce you around my city to some of our great watering holes and places of interest in Austin for our Gay and Lesbian Family. Austin's Life hosts more than just the clubs;however, for this column, let's focus on its nightlife.

It is always hopping late night over at Area 52 located at 404 Colorado (cross st. 4th & Colorado), 512.474.4849. This is a great Mix Dance/ House Music Party Place to be. Lots of club kids keep this place grooving until the morning light. Open Late Weds - Sun 10pm till ???

Bout Time is located up on 960l N. IH-35 (cross st. Rundberg & IH-35), 512.832.5339. Bout Time is a mixed neighborhood "Cheers" type cruise bar and the only bar up on the IH-35 North Corridor. On December 13th, the Texas Gay Rodeo Association (TGRA) will be hosting a benefit show at 10:30pm for local charities. On Saturday, December 20th, Bout Time will feature their annual Christmas Show at 10:30pm hosted by the Capital City Queens featuring the world-famous, Ms. Universal Thang 1996, Ms. Bibi Gunn and guests. All proceeds from this show will go to benefit Project Transitions. Bout Time will also be hosting their own Customer Appreciation Party on December 22nd from 8-9pm. All Patrons are welcomed. Come out and say hi to the great staff at Bout Time and have a shot or two with Chaz, Monte, Carey, Gerry or get gonged by Ms. Paula for your best intellectual attitude given to her. A fond farewell is given to the voluptuous Ms. Pam Webster, who recently retired as the most popular Manager/Bartender. Lastly, Don't forget, Bout Time is the only bar in Austin, OPEN at 7am everyday Mon-Sat. Come on out for your morning wake-up with bartender, Tom Tolliver.

Chain Drive, a men's only leather bar, is situated at 504 Willow St. (cross st. 1st & Red River), 512.480.9017. The Chain Drive will be hosting their own Full Moon Contest on December 14th starting at 11:30pm. Come out and show your best full moon. On December 23, the Moist Jock Contest will get underway at 11:30pm. $50 Dollar gift certificates to City Grill will be featured for the winners. Lastly, don't forget to visit the Leather Chest inside the Chain Drive, open Wed. - Sat 8pm - 1am for all your leather, restraints or stocking stuffer needs.

Charlie's, located at 1301 Lavaca St. (cross st. 13th St.), 512.474.6481, is a Men's Dance and Cruise Bar. They also boast having the most free parking in town of any other bar. On every Thursday night, come out and see Jesse a.k.a. Ms. Nacha Type perform her show at Midnight. On Sunday's at 11pm, Charlie's hosts a show emceed by Austin's own Miss Gay America 1997, Ms. Lauren Taylor. Charlies's will be hosting their own Customer Appreciation Party on December 22nd from 7-8pm. All patrons are invited. On Christmas Day, come one, come all to Daddy Wayne's 12th Annual Christmas Day Dinner. The Bar opens at noon, and free turkey and all the trimmings will be served 1pm till 3pm. Deserts are welcomed. Lastly, Charlie's 1998 Calendar is on sale now featuring some of the hottest Austin Guys. The Calendar makes a great Christmas Gift for only $15. See any bar staff personal. All proceeds will benefit Aids Services of Austin.

The Edge-The Gay And Lesbian Dance Attitude Free/ No Drama Lounge Bar-is located at 231 W. 4th St., 512.480.8686. On Mondays it's known as Tragically Mondays with Retro spun all day and Happy Hour all night long. Tuesday is Taco Night from 6-9pm and Camp Lounge Night. There is a potato buffet on Wednesday from 6-9pm and Karaoke on Thursday's from 7-11pm. Fridays and Saturdasy get hopping and patrons Get Off with Dance music by Don Engle. On Sundays, The Edge features a $5 buy-in for $1 Wells and Domestics. Come out and live, Live On or At the Edge!

Country Edge, formerly Sister's Edge, is Austin's newest Gay and Lesbian All County Dance Bar and is located at 113 San Jacinto Street. 512.457.8010. County Edge is closed on Mondays, but gears up every Tuesday - Saturday from 5pm to 2am and on Sundays from 2pm till 2am. On Tuesdays come out for Dance Lessons from 6-11pm and have steak on Wednesday from 6-9pm. On Thursdays it is Classic County with Friday and Saturday as Dance Night and winding down (or is that up) on Sundays for Karaoke from 7-11pm.

The Forum-The Best Men's Dance and Cruise Bar-is located at 408 Congress Ave. (cross st. 4th St.), 512.476.2900. The Forum just recently celebrated their 1 year anniversary with their White and Gold Party. On every Wednesday Night, it's "Back to the Boathouse," with music from the 80's and very early 90's. Optional buy-in provides patrons with $1 wells and Rolling Rocks and $3 calls. On every Thursday night, The Forum conducts their own Star Search Show including Christmas Night. Amateurs will compete for the weekly $100 prize and place in January 1st Finals worth $400 in cash and prizes. On December 21st, The Capital City Men's Chorus Christmas Concert will perform with guest performances by Judy Arnold of Dream Girls, Nathan Garcia of Ester's Follies and Alvin Grant and Murrah Noble. This concert is a fundraiser benefiting CCMC. While funny things may happen on the way to The Forum, many men have "changed" daily during the Happy Hours with Kindell. Come out and say howdy to him and the rest of the gang and don't forget to kiss, pinch or was that slap the asses of managers Matt and Jaffa when you visit. They'll love ya for it! Lastly, welcome New Orleans and now Austin's Famous Symone as the newest bartender / shot master. She is always ready to serve you a shot or was that attitude. Just make her smile!

OilCan Harry's is located at 211 W. 4th Street (cross st. 4th & Colorado), 512-320-8823. - Oil Can Harry's was voted the #1 Gay Cruise Bar again in Austin by the readers of the local Austin Chronicle. OilCan's just recently hosted their own Trailer Park Christmas Trash Party and what a wild and trashy time it was. On December 14, OilCan's will be sponsoring the original Full Moon Tee' Party where brave bare-asses can win $250 in Cash for their best full moon starting at 11pm. Come and party with some of the cutest bartenders such as Steve, J.D., Josh, Mike, Matthews, Edward, Terrance, Tom, Bill, Scott a.k.a. Scooter, James, Matt, Scott #2 a.k.a. Forrest, Mike and Todd. They will guarantee to pour you or perhaps show you a good time!

Rainbow Cattle Company-The Only Gay Owned and Operated County Bar in Austin-is located at 305 W. 5th St. (cross st. Lavaca), 512.472.5288. Rainbow Cattle Company, a.k.a. RCC will be hosting a Christmas Show Fundraiser benefiting local charities on Sunday December 14th featuring the Austin Baptist Women at 9pm. Also, come out and see their brand new ShuffleBoard Table and shuffle with the beat of the music. One bartender not to be missed is the sexy Michael Daniels who can really cook some great dishes, has the cutest smile and can sing?? Check him and his dishes out on Friday and Saturday Happy Hours.

Over and above Austin's New York Deli, Katz, which by the way, never closes, you will find Top Of The Marc NightClub located at 618 W. 6th St. (cross st. 6th & Rio Grande), 512. 472.9849. The Top of the Marc has hosted Super Shows headlining on Monday Nights local Divas portraying famous celebrities such as Lauren Taylor as Bette Midler, Scarlett Leigh as Cher, DeeDee Davis as Dolly Parton, Kelly Kline as Selena and Shawn Michaels and Heather Thomas as the Dueling Reba McEntires. Show times are at 8:30pm and the money goes to local worthy causes and charities.

Midtowne Spa, The Gentlemen's Club, is located at 5815 Airport Blvd., 512.302.9696. Midtown offers all the fine amenities you have come to expect. Unwind in their large outdoor hot tub, or take a steam bath, or sweat it off in their dry sauna. Experience it! Midtown's upcoming events will include on Saturday, December 13th,the Heart of Texas Bears hosting a Party. On Christmas Day all locker rentals are only a buck from 6 to 9pm. Midtowne offers free and confidential HIV Testing on the 15th and 29th of December from 7-9pm. On every Monday at 11pm. and every Friday at 12pm there are Male Dancer(s) for your delight. Lastly, make sure you don't miss out on Midtowne's Flashlight Party December 27th. The Party starts at 11 pm and lasts till 5am. Free miniature flashlights will be given away to seek out your fun!

The Interfaith Care Alliance and AIDS Services of Austin will be hosting their 13th annual Holiday Dinner for an evening of food, companionship, and entertainment on Saturday, December 13 from 6-9 p.m. at the St. David's Episcopal Church - Sumner Hall located at 304 E. 7th Street.

Holiday Rhapsody, a gala event benefiting the HIV Wellness Center will be hosted on Sunday, December, 14 from 6-10 p.m. at the Texas Union Ballroom. A feast of holiday caroling and a silent action of fabulous gifts are to be had by all. Tickets in advance may be obtained for $20 - general admission by contacting the HIV Wellness Center at 512-467-0088, or $25 at the Door.

Ambush Magazine 2000 has been distributed bi-weekly throughout Austin for the past three months with a circulation of over 1,000 issues every two weeks. The magazine itself has a worldwide distribution of over 650,000. If you have not been receiving your issues or would like to advertise in this publication or even better, the 1.5 Million Hits a Month Fantastic web sites of Ambush, please contact me at Ambush Headquarters by calling 1-800-876-1484. Media Kits are available upon request for those wishing to advertise. If you would like to publicize your upcoming events, run an advertisement, services, festivals, fundraisers and the like for the December 26, 1997 Issue - January 9, 1998, please contact me and I will do my best to add your events. We are also looking for pictures from your events or holiday happenings. Please submit all information, copy and pictures to me before the end of Monday, December 15, 1997 to be featured for the last issue in 1997.

That's all for now folks. Have a safe and very Happy Christ mas and remember it is better to Give, or was that Receive this holiday season? Adios, Eric

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