JR's Bar and Grill

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JR's Bar and Grill
File:JR's Bar logo, Houston.png
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Address804/808 Pacific Street
Houston, Texas
United States
Coordinates29°44′48″N 95°23′25″W / 29.7468°N 95.3902°W / 29.7468; -95.3902Coordinates: 29°44′48″N 95°23′25″W / 29.7468°N 95.3902°W / 29.7468; -95.3902
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Website
jrsbarandgrill.com

JR's Bar and Grill is a gay bar in Neartown,[1] Houston, in the U.S. state of Texas.[2][3][4] Charles Armstrong is the owner.[5]

Description[edit]

In an overview of the city's gay landmarks, Joey Guerra of the Houston Chronicle said JR's hosts dancers, drag performances, and karaoke and wrote, "It's a no-fuss place to congregate".[6] Drag shows included Que Calor featuring Latin queens on Mondays, Charlie's Angels on Tuesdays, Millennial Dolls on Wednesdays,[7] the amateur event So You Think You Can Drag on Thursdays, and The Super Sunday Show, as of 2020.[8] Xtra Magazine's offers the following description of the bar: "very popular, hot young professional crowd, heart of gay Houston, karaoke, martinis, drag shows, amateur strippers and go-go boys".[9]

History[edit]

Jr's was established in the late 1970s or 1980s.[10] The bar has hosted and supported the Montrose Makers Market.[11] JR's operates on Thanksgiving and Christmas.[12][13]

Reception[edit]

Clint Hale included JR's in the Houston Press's 2017 list of the ten best bars in Montrose.[14] The bar was also named readers' choice for the city's best gay bar in 2019 and 2020.[15][16] In 2018, JR's ranked number 40 in a list of the nation's most popular gay bars, based on attendance estimates for the last quarter of 2017.[17]

In Eater Houston's 2019 and 2020 lists of the city's "essential LGBT bars", Baylea Jones wrote, "JRs is a laid back neighborhood bar. The expansive space accommodates drag shows, karaoke, and RuPaul’s Drag Race watch parties. Outside is a scenic courtyard patio complete with a fountain and water misters for sultry summer days. Shoot some pool, play a game of giant jenga, or sip cheap booze with friends."[18][19] JR's was a finalist in the 'Best Drag Show Bar', 'Favorite Bar to Shoot Pool', and 'Favorite Community Bar' categories in OutSmart's 2019 "Gayest & Greatest" list.[20] JR's was a finalist in the following categories for the magazine's 2020 Readers’ Choice Awards: Best Drag-Show Bar, Favorite Community Bar, Favorite Men’s Bar, Favorite Place to Watch Male Dancers, Club or Restaurant with the Best Happy Hour, Club or Restaurant with the Best Martini; the bar won in the Favorite Bar to Shoot Pool category.[21][22]

In Thrillist's 2020 overview of "Houston’s Most Important LGBTQ Bars", Kathryn Way wrote, "Established in 1978, JR’s Bar & Grill is a staple of gay Houston; when people come to town and want to visit a gay bar, they go to JR’s. The fact that closeted folks feel safe here speaks volumes, and after chatting up the friendly bartenders it’s easy to see why. An expansive space with a huge back patio and multiple dance floors, there’s plenty of room to let go and find the vibe that best suits you. The sights are just as lively as the sounds, too: JR’s is known for its super-cute go-go dancers who work hard for their tips. Save some of those dollars, though, because like any staple gay bar worth its salt (and sugar), drag shows are a regular feature."[23]

References[edit]

  1. Neartown Super Neighborhood Archived 2020-06-04 at the Wayback Machine; the Neartown Association now shows the super neighborhood boundaries as of 06/04/2019 Archived 2021-06-07 at the Wayback Machine and previously had its own boundaries circa 2008 to 2018 (Retrieved October 20, 2008)
  2. "JR's Bar & Grill". Houston Press. Voice Media Group. Archived from the original on 2021-03-03. Retrieved 2021-06-06. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  3. "JR's Bar & Grill". Thrillist. Group Nine Media. Archived from the original on 2021-06-07. Retrieved 2021-06-06. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  4. "Best Gay And Lesbian Bars In Houston". CBS Houston. 2011-10-03. Archived from the original on 2019-03-30. Retrieved 2021-06-06. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  5. "Reopening the Montrose Bars". OutSmart. 2020-06-03. Archived from the original on 2021-03-02. Retrieved 2021-06-06. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  6. Guerra, Joey (2015-09-24). "Houston's gay landmarks". Houston Chronicle. Hearst Communications. ISSN 1074-7109. Archived from the original on 2017-12-24. Retrieved 2021-06-07. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  7. "What's New in... LGBTQ Houston, Texas". Passport Magazine. Archived from the original on 2021-01-02. Retrieved 2021-06-07. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  8. Guerra, Joey. "Here are 6 places to see great drag in Houston". Preview | Houston Arts & Entertainment Guide. Archived from the original on 2020-10-24. Retrieved 2021-06-07. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  9. "Your Comprehensive Guide to Gay Travel in Houston". Daily Xtra Travel. Archived from the original on 2021-06-07. Retrieved 2021-06-07. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  10. Year of establishment:
  11. "LGBTQ Artist Launches an Outdoor Artisan Market in Montrose". OutSmart Magazine. 2021-02-11. Archived from the original on 2021-02-25. Retrieved 2021-06-07. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  12. Rozycki, David (2015-11-24). "Houston's 10 Best Bars Open Around Thanksgiving". Houston Press. Archived from the original on 2020-12-03. Retrieved 2021-06-07. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  13. Viggiano, Brooke. "51 Houston Bars That Are Open on Christmas Day". Thrillist. Archived from the original on 2017-10-04. Retrieved 2021-06-07. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  14. Hale, Clint (2017-05-04). "Houston's 10 Best Bars in Montrose". Houston Press. Archived from the original on 2020-12-04. Retrieved 2021-06-06. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  15. "Best of Houston® 2019: Best Gay Bar". Houston Press. 2019-01-15. Archived from the original on 2021-02-27. Retrieved 2021-06-06. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  16. "Best Of Houston® 2020: Best Gay Bar". Houston Press. 2020-01-03. Archived from the original on 2020-12-06. Retrieved 2021-06-06. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  17. "Four Houston Gay Bars Listed Among 50 Most Popular Nationwide". OutSmart. 2018-02-06. Archived from the original on 2019-03-29. Retrieved 2021-06-06. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  18. Jones, Baylea (2018-06-18). "10 Essential LGBT Bars In Houston". Eater Houston. Vox Media. Archived from the original on 2020-11-09. Retrieved 2021-06-06. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  19. Jones, Baylea (2018-06-18). "Houston's 15 Essential LGBT Bars". Eater Houston. Archived from the original on 2020-11-09. Retrieved 2021-06-07. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  20. "Gayest & Greatest 2019: Entertainment & Nightlife". OutSmart. 2019-10-07. Archived from the original on 2021-02-24. Retrieved 2021-06-06. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  21. "OutSmart's 2020 Readers' Choice Awards Winners". OutSmart. 2020-10-02. Archived from the original on 2021-03-04. Retrieved 2021-06-07. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  22. "Gayest & Greatest 2020: Entertainment and Nightlife". OutSmart. 2020-10-02. Archived from the original on 2020-10-22. Retrieved 2021-06-07. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  23. Way, Kathryn. "Houston's Most Important LGBTQ Bars". Thrillist. Archived from the original on 2021-06-07. Retrieved 2021-06-07. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)

Further reading[edit]

  • "JR's Bar and Grill". Houston LGBTQ Exhibits (Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University).

External links[edit]


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