For one of the top LGBT destinations in the country, travelers may find that gay nightlife is a bit limited in Miami. Fort Lauderdale, just an hour north, is actually home to much greater number of bars and clubs for the LGBT community in South Florida. But more isn’t always merrier, and visitors interested in mingling in Miami have more than a few standout options to choose from for a fabulous night out. You can find everything from hip dance parties to famous drag shows at these gay bars and clubs in Miami.
For the Hipster: Gramps Bar & Music
In artsy Wynwood, Gramps Bar & Music is a popular hipster bar that draws a mixed crowd every night. The bar goes officially gay on Wednesday and Thursday nights, however, when it hosts queer bingo and dance parties.
For the Big Night Out: Score
Miami’s iconic gay nightclub, Score moved from its original home on Lincoln Road to Washington Avenue in 2013. At the new location, South Beach tourists and Miami locals converge for an epic night of dancing — mostly to house and electronic music.
For Variety: Twist
Twist is actually seven bars in one, spread across two floors and an outside area. Wander from room to room and find the scene that’s right for you. There’s Latin music upstairs for salsa dancing, pop music outdoors (with music videos), and go-go dancers in a back bungalow-style bar.
For a Pool Party: Vagabundos at Hotel Vagabond
The retro Vagabond Hotel on Biscayne Boulevard has hosted Vagabundos (a monthly LGBT pool party) since 2015. For six hours, a reliably friendly crew of guests splashes around to a playlist of circuit beats with drinks from a poolside cocktail bar.
For the Cocktails: Bar Gaythering
Although it’s sometimes host to rowdy parties, Hotel Gaythering’s bar and lounge is usually a relaxing spot to enjoy a drink without the pulsing rhythms found at almost every other South Beach hangout. Chat with a mixed bunch of hotel guests and locals while you sip one of the bar’s eight signature cocktails, like the popular Fiona Le Fleur. It’s a refreshing, sweet blend of vodka, orange flower water, Angostura bitters, almond, and lemon.
For the Future: Palace
The legendary Palace shut its doors on Ocean Drive on July 4th, ending a three decade run of dancing, drinking, and loud-and-proud drag shows, which often spilled onto the street. Forced out by new building owners, the bar plans to reopen. Where and when remains to be seen, but we hope soon. After all, the bar’s motto declares that “every queen needs a palace.”