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Best Gay Clubs in Miami

You'll Never Get Enough Of Miami's 10 Best Gay Clubs


Despite Miami's rep for being one of the most gay-friendly cities in America (okay, we've got nothing on San Francisco, but we're still gayer than, say, Tuscaloosa), finding a good gay bar here can sometimes be a complicated dance. There are, of course, the usual haunts. The ones that have been around for decades, that everyone knows (even all our straight friends). Places like Twist on South Beach with a reputation for being a prime party spot for men who love men. 

But if you're just visiting, or even if you just came out and want to finally check out a few LGBTQ-friendly spots, it can be difficult, especially if you're searching for something a bit...different. That's why 10Best has scoured its resources for info on all the best places for the queer men and ladies and enbys who just want to go out and get a drink with other folks with whom they might have more in common. Gay bars for men are definitely easier to find than lesbian bars (sadly there are only occasional events dedicated for women-who-love-women but ladies nights at welcoming spots like Blackbird Ordinary suffice for now), but whatever your flavor, we've got something here for you. 


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It's a dance club. It's a bowling alley. It's a skating rink. It's a bar. It's Basement, and it's one of Miami's hottest places for a night of total debauchery and pure fun. Located inside the Edition Hotel in Mid-Beach, Basement is the literal basement of this posh, beachfront hotel. It's a popular spot for the 305's who's who, attracting the likes of celebs (think Drake and Wilmer Valderrama among others). World-class DJs are frequently found here as well (hello, Questlove!) As if all that weren't enough, the place is beautiful and perfect for a night of Instagramming. In short, it doesn't really get much better (or more Miami) in town than spending a night in the sea-level city's only real Basement.

Recommended for Gay Clubs because: While not a dedicated LGBT+ space, plenty of queer folks can be found drinking, dancing, skating, and bowling the night away at this sexy club.

Priscilla's expert tip: Check the calendar for events (there's literally something going on here every night). You just might get to see an amazing performance by a guest DJ or rub elbows with a celeb.

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Now in its 34th year, the Palace is the first and only gay restaurant and bar on Ocean Drive. Located at 1200 Ocean Drive in the heart of the Art Deco District, Palace has entertained countless men and women for decades. In February 2011, Palace commissioned the creation of a Rainbow Pride flag, which was presented to the City of Miami Beach GLBT Business Enhancement Committee at the Palace's anniversary event on February 3rd. Palace's legacy of infamous weekend drag shows, Sunday "Brunchic," luscious libations and mouth-watering burgers prevails today. Whether gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual or straight, Palace is the place to be on South Beach.

Recommended for Gay Clubs because: Palace Bar has had many ups and downs but has remained a legendary LGBTQ+ space in Miami for over 3 decades, proving its worthiness.

Priscilla's expert tip: Too busy for drag on the weekend? Check out their new brunch on Mondays from noon to 2pm!

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What was once one of South Beach's hottest gay clubs for over 20 years is no more. At least, not in the way it used to be. While this Magic City fixture no longer has a permanent home on Washington Ave, it still exists--sort of. When hard times prompted Score to shut its doors for good, the brand reinvented itself to become a gay nightlife experience, taking part in a variety of venues all across the Magic City. From parties hosted at the Clevelander's rooftop, to dance nights at Studio D, to appearances at annual festivities like Miami Swim Week, Score is still very much the party to hit up for men who love men.

Recommended for Gay Clubs because: One of Miami's longest running parties for men who love men has transformed into a nomadic experience we dig, staying fresh and oh, so hot.

Priscilla's expert tip: Follow Score on social media to stay up to date on where the party will be this week.

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One of the best casual hipster-esque lounges in Miami, Blackbird Ordinary offers its patrons a fully stocked bar with expert bartenders who mix your favorite drinks to perfection. DJ's provide the music on most nights while local funk and reggae bands and other national acts set the scene on others. There's a dance floor for those with the appropriate skills set. Blackbird goes out of its way to make its visitors feel like regulars, even if its their first go-round. They have pool tables, spacious comfortable booths, and even board games to entertain you while you wait for your meal. If you enjoyed this space when it was called Transit Lounge, you'll definitely dig the Blackbird.

Recommended for Gay Clubs because: Queer ladies love to frequent Blackbird on Tuesday nights for Yes Ma'am, a ladies night with free drinks and fun that's unrivaled in the city.

Priscilla's expert tip: Ladies should especially come here on Tuesdays for free booze 10pm-1:30am.

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You've never been to a better Latin drag club than the oh-so-memorable Azucar Nightclub. This ultra-hot gay Latin nightclub is just the place to go to enjoy the best drag entertainment off of South Beach. Thursday nights are Drag War nights and the best queens come to battle it out for the prize, not to mention the bragging rights. If you're looking to get a lot of dancing in though you'll want to drop by on a Satuday night for Sabados Locos con Azucar. For those looking for a slightly more composed evening, you can always come by on Noches de Cabaret, where you'll enjoy a comedy and well-choreographed performance by Poison Ivy, Teresita "La Caliente", Josefina "La Globos" and the Queen of Comedy, Mariloly. There's just no way you'll get out of Azucar without having had the grandest of times.

Recommended for Gay Clubs because: For those wanting quality drag entertainment en EspaƱol without having to drive all the way out to SoBe, this is the spot to be at.

Priscilla's expert tip: You'll want to check out Priscilla La Reina Del Desierto perform here at least once.

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When work is done and you're looking for someplace to play, a place where you can drink and maybe enjoy some trivia or karaoke or even the occasional lecture, Gramps is where you want to be. This more-than-just-for-hipsters enclave has it all, which explains why it's become not only one of the most popular spots in Wynwood but both the destination and default of barflies from all around Miami. Live music is commonplace on weekends, and there's also Bingo and a Ladies Night throughout the week. Drinks will run you about the same as most well-frequented spots but you can always catch drink specials during happy hour.

Recommended for Gay Clubs because: Stop by on Thursday nights for Double Stubble, featuring drag shows hosted by Karla Croquetta, plus drinks, dancing, and queer folks having a ball.

Priscilla's expert tip: Check the events calendar on Facebook to find out what's going on for the week, then plan your visit(s) accordingly.

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"Oh, sweet, sweet liberty," is the kind of thing you'll be uttering once you're three cocktails in at this hip cocktail bar that's been making a name for itself since opening last year. The SoBe watering hole is more specifically located in the Collins Park area of the sunny tourist destination. It's one-part casual, two-parts sexy, and oh, so very boozy. Order up a Collins Park (a magical concoction of Ford's gin, orange blossom, creme de peche, lemon juice, egg white, and match ) because, hey, you're in the neighborhood and do as the locals, right? Or peruse the extensive menu and do double-takes at the Basic Bitch and What What, respectively. Get yourself a fancier-than-usual Cuban torta or go straight for the skirt steak because you're on South Beach and YOLO might still be a thing. And of course, enjoy the well-curated tunes here that offer salvation in audio form (just don't forget to send me a thank you card from the bar).

Recommended for Gay Clubs because: Start your mornings with at one of the best, fabulously queer drag brunches in town, every first Sunday of the month at Sweet Liberty.

Priscilla's expert tip: If you're not convinced, come by during happy hour where drinks are cheap and oysters are just 75 cents a pop.

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Club Boi has been a staple of South Florida's gay nightlife since 2002 and has dominated the scene ever since. Saturdays are when they shine with Sexy Saturdays, an Urban and Caribbean-centric party unlike any other. This party definitely stands out from other gay nights around town and provides a safe and erotic club atmosphere with strippers, a friendly and efficient bar staff, diverse crowd, and an energetic and unique mix of Hip Hop, Reggae and Dancehall, R&B, Latin, House, and Old school beats. Formerly located inside SoBe's Score club, Club Boi's current home is in at The Villa Nightclub.

Recommended for Gay Clubs because: Club Boi brings hip-hop, reggae, and latin music to the forefront, making it stand out from other popular local gay clubs.

Priscilla's expert tip: If you've only ever been to Club Boi when it was up on 79th street, it's time for you to visit again.

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Queer folk looking for a laid-back bar with delicious, well-crafted cocktails the likes you find at many other South Beach and Wynwood-area spots will find just what they're searching for at the Bar at Hotel Gaythering. Hotel Gaythering, Miami Beach's only gay hotel, is the locale for this wonderfully relaxed alternative to the EDM pumping, velvet-rope-lined, dress code-enforced gay clubs found throughout the rest of the city. Also found here is a wide selection of quality craft beers (but then what great bar doesn't have a good beer list these days?) as well as themed nights to add a little extra to your bar-going experience. Wednesday nights is trivia night, enjoy 90s tunes on Thursday evenings, and find your share of bears on Fridays for Bears and Hares night.

Recommended for Gay Clubs because: It's got all the makings of a great gay bar: hand-crafted cocktails, a sweet beer list, theme nights, and lots of LGBT patrons.

Priscilla's expert tip: Bring your most knowledgeable friends on Wednesdays and get $50 off your bar tab if you win trivia night!

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Ever so popular with the gay community in the 305, this South Beach club has been keeping the party going for nearly two decades now, and they don't seem to be showing any signs of slowing down. This multilevel complex features seven bars (some indoors, some out), each with a different theme or vibe, including a tiki bar, a salsa room, a hip-hop room, a pop room, and more, ensuring that there's something for everyone here. The dance floors here are always packed, making them the perfect place for dancing the night away or even finding a new (dance) partner. Best of all, there's never a cover!

Recommended for Gay Clubs because: Twist is unmatched in size and extravagance, and also happens to be the longest running gay club in Miami. Credit where credit is due.

Priscilla's expert tip: Don't leave without checking out all the different theme rooms, you might miss something you'll love!

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Meet Priscilla Blossom

Pris Blossom is a freelance writer and feminist mama with a love for travel, writing, music, film, yoga, museums, cultural anthropology, and her awesome kid.

Read her words at PrisBlossom.com

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