KTSW Loves: Friday Funktion at The Davenport

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Among the various bars and restaurants in San Marcos, there is one that stands out from all therest. The Davenport, near downtown, is widely known for its unique architectural aesthetics and specialtydrinks. KTSW Loves is highlighting The Davenport, as it an LGBTQ and minority-owned ledbusiness. While they had tons of events for Pride month, The Davenport continues to celebrate andembrace community and inclusivity all year long. With events like drag brunch and other pride-themedactivities happening every month, folks of all backgrounds are celebrated and have a space to feel a senseof safety and belonging.
The first location has been open for decades in the Houston area, but The Davenport San Marcos openedits doors in late July 2020. Since then, the bar has established itself as a goto spot for those after adaytime drink and bite to eat, to hear live music, dance to DJs, watch movie showings, and experiencethe vibrant nightlife. The Davenport has a very different vibe from all the other bars in town, both because ofits midcentury modern look as well as the general ambiance and feel. The building itself is located on abusy street corner a few blocks from the square, and with the large outdoor dogfriendly patio, it’s theperfect spot to people-watch.
The Davenport hosts various events like Latin night, drag brunches, both salsa and jazz nights andthe highlight of this article, is Friday Funktion. Friday Funktion is an event held on the last Friday of everymonth. It is an evening of food, drinks, vendors, live music, and a silent disco. I have personally been toFriday Funktion at the Davenport 4 times while living in San Marcos the last few years. It is absolutelyone of the most unique experiences downtown. My friends and I were driving around on a Friday nightlast summer and noticed a lively atmosphere at the bar. We went on The Davenport’s Instagram page andlearned about the event, with the mission to check it out the next month.
Friday Funktion is special because it draws in such a diverse crowd. There are people who go forthe vendors and drinks and others who go for the live music and silent disco. The Davenport is alsoknown for its wide variety in the food and drink menu, as well as their hand-crafted specialty cocktails. Iwas able to sit down with one of the consistent vendors for Friday Funtkion and learned all about thesecondhand shopping that is available at the event.
Bridgette Holak, the owner of Citrus Frog Vintage, has vended at Friday Funktion numerous times in the last year. Her shop specializes in clothes and accessories, but she told me that there is a variety of curated goods at the pop-up every month. The event is always pretty packed throughout the night because it is one of the few nightlife destinations in town that are open to 18+, giving all Texas State students an opportunity to join in on the fun. The silent disco is something that my friends and I always look forward to, as there’s really nothing like it anywhere else in San Marcos. There are 3 different DJs that share the stage, all spinning different types of music from techno to top hits to house. Once you walk in, you find a table with hundreds of Bluetooth headphones to pick up. The headphones can cycle through the three channels to listen to the DJ of your choice.
Friday Funktion is undoubtedly one of the most unique and memorable events held in San Marcos. Thecrowd is always full of energy and excitement, and the atmosphere is unlike any other bar in town. Thestaff, vendors, and DJs are all there to make sure everyone is safe and has a great time. It is a night myfriends and I look forward to every month. The Davenport always puts on awesome events, and FridayFunktion is a perfect example. With its eccentric and refreshing atmosphere and energy, Friday Funktionis unlike anything else in tow

Written by: Preethi Mangadu

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