Miami’s Hottest Gay Bars and Nightclubs

By Liz Cepeda | Aug 29, 2017
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Miami bars and nightclubs are always hopping — a 24-hour party every single day of the week.

It can be a bit difficult trying to decide what to do for the night, when there are so many options to choose from. Miami has an abundance of LGBTQ bars and nightclubs, so you’ll just have to figure out which one to hit first.

Wynwood

If you decide to make your way to the colorful Wynwood Arts District, Gramps is a hip spot to enjoy delicious local beers and fantastic cocktails. They play a variety of music ranging from rock to electronic music. You can sit inside with air conditioning or you can enjoy the natural breeze outside on the patio. The beautiful variety of plants throughout the patio will make you feel like you’re communing with nature. Some nights they have live bands and DJ’s performing either inside or outside and you’ll have a strong urge to dance once you walk through the door!

Along NW 2nd Avenue in Wynwood, you’ll find a variety of different bars including the speakeasy/nightclub in the back room of Coyo Taco restaurant. A few blocks north you’ll find Wood Tavern and Brick. These two are notorious gathering grounds for the LGBTQ community because they are a safe haven to party and enjoy your drinks. Next to Wood Tavern is Miami Mojito Company. This place is a hidden gem — a tiny tiki hut that only serves mojitos. You’ll feel like you’re at a beach bar on a Caribbean island as you sip a classic or passion fruit, tamarindo, blackberry or raspberry mojito, all made with fresh squeezed sugar cane (guarapo).

Downtown Miami

If you like music with heavy pumping bass, then check out Heart Nightclub in Downtown Miami, with three floors of heavy pumping bass and tantalizing lights. Heart is still fairly new to people who haven’t been to the Miami area in the past three years, since they debuted the club. A group of promoters, “Humans Alike”, were invited to work together with Heart to deliver an experience to remember. Their parties are a music lover’s breath of fresh air from modern club culture. If you’re down to watch the sunrise, Heart Nightclub’s patio is a great place, while jamming out to a techno DJ. Very close to Heart is The Hangar – an open warehouse-like space with a great light show and sound system; E11even Miami – open 24/7 with big-name DJs, LED screens, dancers on trapezes, burlesque performances; and Space — in business for the past 15 years and always striving to make their Saturday night to Sunday morning parties pumping from start to finish, most times ending at 3 AM.

Miami Beach

Twist, known as the best gay bar in South Beach 20 years running, attracts loyal locals and international tourists. Located on Washington Avenue, their motto is their mantra, “Never a cover, always a groove, 7 nights a week, every week of the year”. Professional bartenders, world-class DJs and hot dancers make Twist a “must do” when in South Beach. Another LGBTQ friendly nightclub in South Beach is Story. Spending a night there, you’re guaranteed to have a tale to tell your friends. From the moment you walk through the doors, you can feel the bass thumping throughout your body and the psychedelic light shows are quite mesmerizing. Unfortunately, the famous Palace Bar and Restaurant closed on July 4th due to renovations of the building on 12th Street and Ocean Drive. World-renowned for its live drag performances, it has been the veteran establishment of the Miami LGBTQ community. But don’t worry though, because they’ll be relocating somewhere close by soon!

Insider Tip: Many events in Miami have cover charges but you can always get in contact with a promoter. “Humans Alike” is a group of people who help promote upcoming events at Heart Nightclub and provide promotional codes to save money on the events. Who doesn’t want to save a few extra bucks to get into a club? Don’t forget that most clubs have dress codes; make sure to call to find out and remember, always dress to impress. Check them out @Humansalike on Instagram.

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