You’ll want to take pieces of the experience home with you, and you’re in luck—both places sell carefully selected local items from the mini-bar and apothecary in their gift shop. )Liz is also the owner of Jo’s Coffee which not only serves Stumptown Coffee and banging breakfast tacos, but its original location next to Hotel San Jose is also the site of many an Austin photo op and “a cool, sweet part of Austin’s LGBTQ history.”“The famous ‘I love you so much’ Austin mural is on the side of this cafe,” Doyle offered.
“The story being that a local musician named Amy Cook spray painted it on the wall after her and [Liz], her girlfriend, got into a fight.”The Urban Cowboy, a food truck owned by out trans man Chris Trapani offering what Donato called “the best hangover food in town—greasy tacos, beer mac and cheese, praline bacon sticks [and] avocado fritters.”Fourth Street is Austin’s unofficial gayborhood, lined with LGBTQ nightclubs and bars like city staple Oil Can Harry’s.
With these concerns in mind, I decided the best thing would be to compile a list of fail safe date destinations in Austin.Some film panels and meet-ups not to be missed: Queer Voices on and Off Screen and Virtual Life’s a Drag: Queering VR.If you’re looking for some local musicians to groove to during the week of live shows, out singer Gina Chavez will perform her salsa-pop at Maggie Mae’s on March 14 and soul rocker Emily Wolfe takes the stage at Trinity Hall at Old School on March 19.(When grabbing cocktails, look for Frot Vodka, a local LGBT-owned brand.)The women are guaranteed to be en masse at Cheer Up Charlie’s, Austin’s lesbian-owned venue that lends its stage to musicians and storytellers nightly.During SXSW, they’ll host Empress: Boss Babes ATX & Girl Friend Showcase among other cool can’t-misses.