Emergency measures in the wake of Covid-19:
Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed an executive order to ban gatherings of 10 or more and dining-in restaurants, effective March 20th. Gyms were closed, along with bars.
On May 1st the the extended executive order expired as retail stores, restaurants, movie theaters, malls, museums and libraries were allowed to operate at 25% capacity.
Abbott hopes to see barbershops, hair salons, bars and gyms open "on or no later than mid-May."
Located in the Texas Panhandle, on the major east-west highway I-40, Amarillo is often called the “Yellow Rose of Texas.” This small city is a regional powerhouse, known for cattle ranches, shipping and manufacturing. It’s not a beautiful city, but the natural setting is a big draw. The nearby Palo Duro Canyon is known for its stunning Lighthouse Pinnacle, the second largest such rock formation in the country.
The local gay community is small but welcoming.
Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport is is about 7 miles east of downtown.
A car is usually your best bet for getting around this sprawling city. The city operates the ACT bus service. See the City of Amarillo website for info about this and other city services.
Media & Resources
The Amarillo Globe-News has general public news and events listings.
The Amarillo Museum of Art has a collection of modern and Asian works, and ongoing exhibitions.
For map locations and website links to these businesses, and more, see our gay Amarillo listings pages.
Bars and Cafes
212 Club (212 SW 6th Ave) seven nights neighborhood bar; amateur strip contests, weekend drag shows.
Kicked Back (521 SE 10th Ave), everyday neighborhood bar, karaoke, live music, pool tables and HD videos, men/women, dancing.
806 (2812 SW 6th Ave) mixed coffeeshop/cafe and bar/lounge with live music, daily to midnight.
R&R Bar (701 S Georgia St), neighborhood hangout, varied crowd, summer patio, pool tables, jukebox.
CLOSED: Sassy's, and Whiskers.