The Entremet dessert at Common Bond is a colorful celebration of Pride Month. Photo by Common Bond Photography.
It’s the time of year when certain bars and restaurants proudly hoist rainbow flags and add colorful cocktails and cheerful dishes to menus in support of Pride Month. In addition, many are donating a portion of June sales to AIDS Foundation Houston , The Montrose Center , Montrose Grace Place and other charities that support the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) community. These organizations provide resources, counsel, medical services and general assistance to community members and their families.
Angel Share, 924 Congress: June charities include two Pride-related organizations: Free Mom Hugs and The Montrose Center. Celebrate the one-year anniversary of this charity bar on Sunday, June 12, and sample its proprietary Whistlepig 10 year Single Barrel Rye. The barrel was selected personally by Angel Share owner Mary Ellen Angel.
Arnaldo Richards’ Picos, 3601 Kirby: Book the Pride Table via RESY for any time in June, and Pico’s will donate 20% of the total check (before tax and tip) to Montrose Grace Place. Picos is also donating $1 from each Pride cocktail sold during June to The Montrose Center. Choose from On The Lanai made with black rum, aged rum, passionfruit juice, fresh orange and lime juices and Topo Chico, and Baby Mojito Buckets made with Bacardi superior, mint, lime juice and agave served in a tiny Bacardi bucket with an upturned miniature bottle of Topo Chico.
Axelrad, 1517 Alabama: Visit this sprawling beer garden popular for groups, and order the Frozen Coconut Limeade, which comes garnished with a miniature rainbow flag. The drink is made with coconut rum, fresh lime juice and Coco Lopez cream of coconut. A 9-ounce serving is $7.50 and a 16-ounce serving is $12.50. The bar is donating 20% of proceeds from the cocktail to The Montrose Center.
Bagel Shop Bakery, 9724 Hillcroft and 5422 Bellaire: Is there a more cheerful way to start your day than with a Rainbow Bagel? Perhaps, but this month, patrons of the bakery can enjoy an extra perk: the bagels, which are regularly priced $2.50, are just $1.50 each. Use the savings on specialty cream cheeses such as pimento olive, sprinkles, chocolate chip and honey nut.
Barnaby’s Cafe, multiple locations: Celebrate Pride year-round with a generous slice of Rainbow Cake. The festive dessert is made with vanilla sponge cake and creamy vanilla frosting. It is $8.50 per slice.
Cambrian Coffee, 9461 Hammerly: This Spring Branch shop and bakery is donating all proceeds from the sale of three special Pride products to Tony’s Place . Pins inspired by the company’s logo and designed by artist Sylvia Smith are $10 each, rainbow craft soaps are $6.50 each and stickers are $2.50 each. While you’re there, pick up hot or iced coffees and teas, and British-inspired baked goods such as sausage rolls and scones.
Clé Houston Lounge, 2301 Main: Pride Houston 365 is hosting “Soaked”, the official Houston LGBT+ Pride pool party. Highlights include live entertainment, DJs, food and drink specials, dancers, games, prizes, hookah and more. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door, with daybed and cabana pricing from $450 to $650. Visit the event page for more information.
Common Bond, multiple locations: Six candy-colored layers of cake come together in a limited-edition entremet dessert from this popular local bakery chain. It is held together with cream cheese icing and finished with whipped cream, white chocolate pearls and an edible gold fleck accent. A portion of each $7 dessert will be donated to The Montrose Center.
Daily Gather, 800 Sorella Court and Dish Society, multiple locations: Dine at any of these restaurants from Five 12 Restaurant Concepts on Monday, June 20, and mention you are there for Pride Spirit Day. The parent company will donate 20% of your bill to The Montrose Center. Online orders count towards the donation, too, when using code PRIDE22 at checkout.
Dessert Gallery, 3600 Kirby: Purchase four Pride-themed desserts all month at this long-running pastry shop popular for luscious, decorated treats:
The kid-friendly Pride Cookie Decorating Kit includes four shaped butter cookies, two icings, two sprinkles and two spreaders. It is $10.
DR Delicacy, 4120 Directors Row, Suite A: The Pride Picnic Basket from DR Delicacy contains everything you need to create an exquisite meal al fresco in June. It is available through June 29, and costs $74.80. In honor of Pride Month, the company is donating a portion of proceeds from each basket sale to AIDS Foundation Houston. The basket feeds four people, and contents include 10 specialty goods chosen by luxury foods purveyor and DR Delicacy CEO Diane Roederer, such as stuffed olives, truffle potato chips, Iberico chorizo salami, truffle nuts and more. Shop in-store or online .
Dumpling Dudez: In addition to the Pride Rainbow Dumpling & Beer Pack noted below in collaboration with Eureka Heights Brewing Co., this shop is also offering independent specials for pre-order and virtual experiences. Now through June 30, shop the Rainbow Store, and the company will donate 50% of net proceeds during Pride Month to The Montrose Center. Choose from official Dumpling Dudez aprons available in seven colors for $20 each, and a rainbow snapback hat for $28. There is also a Virtual Rainbow Dumpling-Making Experience (with or without Eureka Heights Brewing Co. Lavender Cream Bunny Ale) that takes place via Zoom on Sunday, June 19 from 3 to 5 p.m. It is $60 without the beer and includes dumpling dough in seven colors, enough filling to prepare 15 to 20 dumplings in two flavors, a rolling pin, one Dumpling Dudez pocketed apron and a rainbow sticker. The option with beer is $75. Visit the website for more information.
Eureka Heights Brew Co., 941 West 18th: As noted above, this Heights brewery is partnering with Dumpling Dudez for a special beer and dumpling deal. The Pride Rainbow Dumpling & Beer Pack is $40, and available for pre-order only ($47.69 after taxes and order fees). It includes a four-pack of 16-ounce cans of Lavender Bunny Cream Ale, and one dozen rainbow dumplings from The Dumpling Dudez in colorful hues: red and orange Tradish Delish Dumplings with pork, leek, and shiitake mushroom; yellow and green Vegan Curry Mash; and the blue and purple KPOP, a bulgogi bacon cheeseburger flavor. The ready-to-bake dumpling pack is $25 for one dozen. Note that all dumplings must still be cooked, and instructions are included. Place orders online through June 16 for pickup June 17 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the brewery.
Houston Cider Co., 1125 West Cavalcade: It’s time to stock up on the annual, limited-edition Prider cider, available just for Pride Month. Find this semi-sweet, raspberry-lemonade cider at the cidery, or on alternating Sundays at Heights Mercantile Market and Rice Village Farmers Market . It is also available for delivery. The six-pack is $12, and on Fridays, the taproom special includes a pizza or snack board plus a cider for $12.
Karbach Brewing Company, 2032 Karbach: Head to this large beer garden northwest of the Heights for an Official Pride Market on Sunday, June 5 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The family-friendly event includes DJs, drag queens, food trucks, vendors, contests, games, giveaways and more. Admission is free, but RSVP is required. Visit the event page for more information and to RSVP.
Kenny & Ziggy’s New York Delicatessen, 1743 Post Oak: From June 19 through 25, owner Ziggy Gruber is donating 10% of all sales from his rainbow cookies and cake to Covenant House Texas . These off-menu goodies include New York-style cookies layered with marzipan, raspberries and chocolate ganache for $17.95 per pound, and a 10-inch-round, 12-inch-high cake for $5.95 for a slice or $50 for a whole. While these can be purchased year-round (cake requires advance notice), the donation is applied to just one week this month.
Kickin’ Kombucha, 5420 Lawndale: This Houston-based destination for inventive kombuchas is offering three ways to help support The Montrose Center during June.
La Calle Tacos & Tortas, 401 Gray, 909 Franklin and 3321 Ella: This hip and cheerful restaurant serves a variety of Mexico City street foods such as tacos, tortas, chicharrones, elote and more. In honor of Pride Month, guests can order the Rainbow Piña Colada that blends watermelon, strawberry and mango purées and costs just $4.99 all day, every day.
La Grange, 2517 Ralph: This Montrose mainstay hosts the annual Pride “Recovery” Brunch, and this year it is Sunday, June 16 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $45, and include a meal plus two drinks. Additional drink tickets are $15 each. Visit the event page for more information.
Maize, 14795 Memorial: Executive chef Fabian Saldana has developed two menu selections for his Pride menu this year: the Taste the Rainbow cocktail and red snapper with purple shrimp broth and rainbow pico de gallo. Maize is donating $1 from each $16 cocktail and $3 from each snapper plate sold to AIDS Foundation Houston.
Michael’s Cookie Jar, 5330 Weslayan, 1864 Fountainview and 711 Louisiana: Chef/owner Michael Savino is donating 10% of all Pride cookie sales to The Montrose Center Hatch Youth Program. Decorated Cookies are available in a choice of three designs or a combination of “Happy Pride,” rainbow-striped heart and “Loved” heart. These are $27.70 for a half-dozen and $59.40 for a dozen. The Pride Care Package is $30 and includes one each of M&M, sugar, confetti and Double Chocolate M&M cookies and topped off with a “Happy Pride” cookie.
There are also sleeves of mini cookies and shortbreads. Pride Mini Hearts and Pride Smiley Faces are $12.95 each for a sleeve of six, and Pride Flag Shortbread cookies are $16.50 for one dozen. Shop in-store or order online for pickup and local delivery.
Reserve 101,1201 Caroline: Throughout the month of June, a portion of proceeds from each Old Fashioned sold will be donated to The Montrose Center. As one of the bar’s top-selling cocktails, the donation is expected to be a sizable number. The cocktail is made with whiskey from Beam Suntory , a premium spirits producer that advocates for social diversity and inclusion.
Rosie Cannonball,1620 Westheimer and Montrose Cheese & Wine, 1618 Westheimer: T hese sister-businesses will donate $1from each bottle of their June rosé to The Montrose Center.
Saint Arnold Brewing Company, 2000 Lyons: In recognition of its pastry chef, Dawn Prater, this iconic Houston brewery is donating a portion of sales from a special Pride dessert to The Montrose Center. The Funfetti Cupcake comes topped with buttercream frosting and rainbow sprinkles, and is available all month at the beer garden and restaurant.
Southern Star Brewing Company, 3525 North Frazier: The brewery’s Pride Party is on Saturday, June 25 from noon to 10 p.m. and features live music from Safe Distance and Ian Dartez , and food truck TeaGu Cafe . Visit the calendar page for updated information.
The Original Ninfa’s, 1700 Post Oak and 2704 Navigation: The restaurant will donate $1 from every $13 cocktail sold to AIDS Foundation Houston. Fill up on classic Tex-Mex dishes such as fajitas, tamales and tacos. Wash it down with an icy Watermelon Mojito made with fresh watermelon, Bacardi white rum, lime juice and fresh mint.
Traveler’s Table, 520 Westheimer: Visit for Pride-inspired brunch dishes and drinks June 24, 25 and 26. Specials include Fruity Pebble French Toast, Tropical Fruit Toast and Loud & Proud Cocktail.
Urban South-HTX, 1201 Oliver: Revel in the Heights with a Pride kick-off party complete with food, brews, pop-up shops from HTX Market and live entertainment. The party is on Saturday, June 4 from 2 to 6 p.m. The brewery is releasing three new drinks for the occasion: the fruited sour Beaming with notes of raspberry, blueberry and strawberry; Triple Spilled: Rainbow made with Smoothie Skittles in peach, banana, strawberry and guava; and a non-alcoholic Proud Punch, which is a carbonated beverage flavored with orange, pineapple and cherry. DJ Uri will spin throughout the day alongside drag performances by Angelina DM Trailz , Alyanna IV Bones and Kalani Ross Khalo . Food vendors include Blank Flag Project, Tilde Means Tilde and TeaGu Cafe . A portion of proceeds for the event will be donated to The Montrose Center. For more information, visit the event page .
Urban Eats, 3414 Washington: This hip restaurant, bar and gourmet food shop is donating $2 for every $7 Frozen Pride Cocktail purchased June 6 through 30 to The Montrose Center. The swirled drink is made from the restaurant’s existing Sunset Tequila Frose´ and Mango Peach Sangria, and finished with festive garnishes including a pride flag.
In addition, Urban Eats is participating in “Dining Out For Life” on Wednesday, June 8, which benefits the AIDS Foundation. As a silver level sponsor for the event, the restaurant is donating a portion of proceeds from the full day from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. to the cause.