Dance club

Best Dance Club 2021 | Bonham Exchange | Night life

Winner: Bonham Exchange

411 Bonham

(210) 224-9219

Superlatives like “legendary” and “iconic” are used too often these days to describe people, places and things that are arguably not extraordinary. The Bonham Exchange, however, undeniably deserves these terms. For starters, the downtown landmark is housed in a late 19th-century structure first used as a German athletics club. Ninety years after opening its doors, it has transformed into a completely different kind of club at the hands of visionary San Antonio developer and gay nightlife instigator Arthur “Happy” Veltman. Within older LGBTQ+ circles, everyone has a legendary story that takes place in the iconic location – whether it’s diving in a fishbowl of free ecstasy (which was legal until 1985) or seeing a live performance of the one of the many acts that have graced the Bonham scene, from punk pioneers the Ramones to drag queen herself, RuPaul. While school alumni may complain that the Bonham no longer feels as gay as it once did, the club’s open-door policy has no doubt contributed to its remarkable stamina as a safe space for fun. of all. Recently renovated during a 16-month COVID shutdown, the beloved melting pot is back on the premises and ready to serve budget cocktails, trashy disco, go-go dancers, drag divas and more.

2. Brass Monkey

2702 N. St. Mary’s St.

(210) 480-4722

3. HEAT Nightclub

1500 N. Main Ave.

(210) 227-2600