Members of the LGBT community are sometimes welcome at a number of straight clubs throughout Waco, McLennan and Bell counties. Just don’t get “too gay” or you’re liable to get shoved a little bit when you have a drink in your hand or tripped when you’re walking by some table or even called a fag. Hey this is still Central Texas and while it’s not always the case it has been known to happen.
The good news is, there are lots of LGBT bars and clubs in nearby Austin, Dallas and Fort Worth. A recent LBGT nightclub in Killeen closed after only a few weeks but Waco has one of the best LGBT nightclubs in Texas in Connect Nightclub which features shows, male dancers, special events and lots of fun for the whole community.
2812 N. 19th Street
Waco, TX 76708
This three-in-one nightclub has a larger dance club, a cruise bar that often has special nights for karaoke, Latin nights, and other specialty parties, and a packed patio that is a favorite with almost all its customers. Probably the best LGBT club ever seen between Dallas and Austin, all members of the LGBT community and their friends are welcome. EVENTS: Karaoke, drag shows featuring both drag queens and drag kings.
LGBT CAMPGROUNDS AND RESORTS
Central Texas has two great LGBT campgrounds within driving distance from Baylor and Mary Hardin Baylor. So whether you are a student (you must be 18), a professor or an alumnus, you are always welcome as these fun recreational areas.
THE HOMESTEAD AT 3218
3218 Canaan Church Road
Crawford, Texas 76638
254-486-0032 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily
Clothing-optional members-only retreat exclusively for gay & bi men. Located on a private farm in rural Crawford near Waco. The first phase of the retreat covers about two acres and features a two-story pool house containing five fully-furnished rooms with full kitchens; an 18′ x 36′ swimming pool; onsite parking; free WiFi and a Rec Center. Buildings include a video and game lounge; drink vending machine; clothes lockers; personal items lockers; a steam room; large, open shower room and restroom facilities; a bunk room with six roll away beds and lockers; seven hostel-style sleeping cubicles; and an outdoor sunning/smoking patio surrounded by a high-fence. Massages are available. The retreat’s second phase, will encompass an additional three acres accommodating about fifteen RV/travel trailer pad sites with utility connections and a central waste dump station and approximately ten camp sites. A third phase will transform an existing farm tool shed into a bar & grill serving three meals daily. It should open by Summer 2017. Only about 30 miles from Waco and Baylor, and about 40 miles from Belton and Mary Hardin-Baylor.
162 LCR 800
Groesbeck, Texas 76642
Rainbow Ranch is a gay and lesbian campgrounds near Groesbeck on Lake Limestone. It was voted the best weekend getaway for the past 8 years by readers of the Dallas voice. The campgrounds includes a 1600 square foot pavilion, designated campsites, cabins, RV hookups with water and electric, hot showers, a pool table, air hockey, big screen TV, swimming pool, nature trails, canoes, three fishing piers and a sand volleyball and basketball courts. Special events are held throughout the year. Only about 40 miles from Baylor and Waco, and about 77 from Belton and Mary Hardin Baylor.