Cheer Up Charlies
Dubbed as Austin's best new alternative LGBTQ and friends hangout space, Cheer Up Charlies is a no frills kind of place where all walks of life are welcome. Despite its minimalism, Cheer Up Charlies offers vegan and organic options--like Kombucha on tap--that you'd never expect to see sitting next to well-vodka and PBR in a dive bar, but this is Austin and Austin capitalizes on the atypical. It may no longer be on the Eastside, but look for the magic to continue being made on Red River.
You may not notice right off the bat, but you can order handmade vegan chocolates at the bar that earn high praise. DJs often play vinyl on Saturday nights and, during festival season, Cheer Up Charlies is a hotbed for unofficial shows.