Inclusive, welcoming, and hipper than hip, Cheer Up Charlies is easily one of Austin’s most cherished LGBTQ+-friendly bars. Glitter and rainbow art abounds, Kale-Lime Margaritas and kombucha are served alongside well whiskey and PBR, and the vibe feels more like a friend’s backyard hangout than a bar scene. During SXSW, Cheer Ups (as it’s affectionately known) is one of the best places to catch unofficial shows.