There’s no reason why you can’t have fun at night in Austin, even downtown, if you’re not of legal drinking age. There are a number of clubs that are 18+ at least several nights of the week, if not all the time. Most of them are gay and/or lesbian clubs, but they’re good spots to go to if you want to dance.
Alexandria Longville, a sophomore majoring in sociology at the University of Texas, recommended Kiss & Fly for Friday and Saturday nights. On Thursday nights, she said she has attended the amateur male strip-off contests at Rain on 4th. There are cash prizes and lots of college students usually in attendance, Longville said, “and if you don’t like the strip-off, you can still dance.”
Kiss & Fly is open Wednesdays through Sundays and is 18+ every day. Cover is $10 every night except for Saturday (when it’s $20) for those under 21, and the club is open until 3:30 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Rain on 4th is 18+ Wednesdays through Fridays.
Of the non-gay clubs, Longville recommended Karma. It has “really good energy, everyone’s dancing, [and] there’s just a good vibe.” The club is 18+ Tuesdays through Thursdays (with cover at $3, $5, and free, respectively, for everyone under 21) and on select weekends.
Here’s a link to a number of other gay/lesbian clubs and bars in Austin:
“The Most Popular Austin Gay Bars” by Emily Starbuck Gerson