Popular Gay-Friendly Things
To Do in Miami

LGBT

By: Gino Campodonico

Miami has emerged as one of the top travel destinations in the world, due in large part to our yearlong tropical climate, sultry beaches and energetic nightlife.

LGBT visitors have a lot of options to fill their itineraries while visiting the Magic City. Start your trip at the LGBT Visitor Center located inside the historic old Miami Beach City Hall. The center is a one-stop destination for helpful LGBT information and events.

Looking to relax on the beach? Check out the gay scene on South Beach's 12th Street Beach, marked by two large gay pride flags. The gay section of Haulover Beach Park, famed for it's clothing-optional policy, is 20 minutes north of South Beach, and is just as popular with locals as it is with tourists.

The Gay & Lesbian Walking Tour of Miami Beach, offered by the Miami Design Preservation League is another great source of info. The tours, which start at the Art Deco Welcome Center on Ocean Drive, take place the second Saturday of each month and highlight the contributions of gays and lesbians to the history of Miami Beach. 

Want more? Here’s a list of popular weekly events and parties that will help you make the most of your time in Miami.

Monday

Hotel Gaythering: Daily “Hoppy” Hour from 5 to 9 p.m. Enjoy $5 margaritas and other drink specials all night long. 1409 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach.

Kill Your Idol: Glitter Box Mondays is South Beach’s hottest gay Monday night party. Beats by DJ Zehno and DJ FR8-O, and drag shows by Boom Boom & Co. Drink specials: $1 PBRs, $2 jello shots, $4 vodka and Jack Daniels cocktails. No cover. 222 Espanola Way, Miami Beach.

Palace: Mondays Are A Drag! Weekly showcase of new queens hosted by Missy Meyakie Lepaige. $8 Absolut cocktails all night. 7 p.m. 1200 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach.

Twist: 2-4-1 Happy Hour from 1-9 p.m. everyday. Then it’s Pop Mondays! Join Nathan, the club’s longtime VJ, host, and bartender, for a night filled with the latest music videos featuring your favorite pop artists and more. No cover. 1057 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach.

Tuesday

Hotel Gaythering: Inner Space Yoga welcomes all levels for an evening of spiritual and physical fitness. Donations are encouraged. 7 p.m. 1409 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach.

Palace: Turn’t Up Tuesdays with Daisy Deadpetals. Special guest performers every week. 2-4-1 cocktails all night. 7 p.m. 1200 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach.

Score: Planeta Macho is one of, if not the most popular Latin party in Miami Beach. Hosted by Teresita La Caliente, this fiesta features music by DJ George Ferrero and Marco and his hot male dancers in the VIP Room. $6 rum and coke cocktails. Admission is $10. 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. 1437 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach.

Twist: Globoy Tuesdays features bartenders Yessie and Mikey, $5 Fireball shots, sounds by DJ Mika and eye candy by the Gaiety Dancers. No cover. 1057 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach.p

Wednesday

The Cabaret: Open Mic Wednesdays hosted by Emily Sheila. Guest performer sign up at 9:30 p.m. Performances by The Cabaret cast members throughout the night. No cover. 233 12th Street, Miami Beach.

Hotel Gaythering: Trivia Night featuring $2 PBRs, $3 Fireball shots and $5 Cinnamon Toast Crunch shots. First place wins a bottle to take home or $50 off their tab. 8 to 11 p.m. 1409 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach.

LGBT Visitor Center: “Yogay” class approaches yoga with lightheartedness. 7 to 8 p.m. Free. 1130 Washington Avenue, 1st floor, Miami Beach.

Palace: Champagne with the Stars hosted by Tiffany Taylor Fantasia. Celebrity impersonation night featuring your favorite divas and Veuve Clicquot specials. 7 p.m. 1200 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach.

Twist: Getting Fresh with TP Lords, one of Miami’s fiercest drag queens. Showtime is at 1 a.m. In Bar 5, party with Josefina La Globos and VJ host Yessie playing the latest salsa, bachata and regueton jams. Enjoy “La Fiesta de la Croqueta” comedy drag show at 2 a.m. No cover. 1057 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach.

Thursday

Azucar: Drag Wars hosted by TP Lords. A battle of Miami’s finest drag divas compete in different categories. Music by resident DJ Sushiman. Male and female go-go dancers. Drink specials all night. 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Cover charge varies. 2301 SW 32 Avenue, Miami.

Hotel Gaythering: Inner Space Yoga welcomes all levels for an evening of spiritual and physical fitness. Donations are encouraged. 7 p.m. 1409 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach.

Palace: Throwback Thursdays with Missy Meyakie Lepaige. Performances featuring hits from the 90s to now. Enjoy Doublecross vodka specials. 6 p.m. 7 p.m. 1200 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach.

Score: WTF Thursdays hosted by the Ferro Bros, this long running party keeps it fresh with new themes each week, crazy shows by Daisy Deadpetals and music by DJ Aulden Brown. Open bar from 10:30 to 11 p.m. $6 vodka specials. No cover. 10 p.m. 1437 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach.

Twist: Sabroso Thursdays! Latin night in Bar 5 hosted by Aquiles, sounds by the legendary DJ Adora and 2-4-1 drinks until 3 a.m. DJ Mika in the main room and Gaiety Dancers in the Bungalow Bar. No cover. 1057 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach.

Friday

Azucar: Cherry Pie Fridays hosted by Pandora Events for women who love women. Sounds by DJ Maximus 3000. Drink specials all night. 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Cover charge varies. 2301 SW 32 Avenue, Miami.

The Cabaret: Showcasing Miami’s best talent! Line-up changes weekly. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. No cover. 233 12th Street, Miami Beach.

Hotel Gaythering: Bears & Hares, the hotel’s weekly “animal house” party welcoming bears, hares, otters, cubs and all other beautiful creatures. 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. No cover. 1057 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach.

LGBT Visitor Center: Friday Cocktail Mixer is an opportunity for visitors and locals to meet. Free event also includes a complimentary cocktail. 5 to 6 p.m. 1130 Washington Avenue, 1st floor, Miami Beach.

Palace: Drag Madness with TP Lords. Wild t-dance with music by DJ Sushiman. Performances every 20 minutes – expect the unexpected. 4 p.m. 1200 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach.

Score: Filthy Gorgeous Fridays hosted by the Pennyback Boyz. Music and videos by DJ AB and VJ MAC with performances by Geraldine and Fernan Dcute. Open bar from 10:30 to 11 p.m. Cover charge varies. 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. 1437 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach.

Twist: Always Packed Fridays! The name says it all as this popular party kicks off the weekend with beats by DJ Maximus 3000. No cover. 1057 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach.

Saturday

Azucar: Sabados Lokos de Azucar hosted by Josefina La Globos and Teresita La Caliente with guests TP Lords, Concha and Aranxtha. Latin night party with hilarious drag shows. Get in free with a free drink before midnight. 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. 2301 SW 32 Avenue, Miami.

Discotekka: A Saturday night staple favored by young guys and girls hosted by Milancita. Shows by Poision Ivy, Sasha Lords, Lola Lotus and Marco Perez and his dancers. Sounds by DJ Sushiman and DJ Carlos G. 11 p.m. Cover charge varies. 950 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami.

Hotel Gaythering: Pop Yoga! Inner Space Yoga welcomes all levels for a morning of spiritual and physical fitness choreographed to pop music. Donations are encouraged. 10:45 a.m. 1409 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach.

House: My Rules Saturdays at Miami’s newest and hottest nightclub. A sexy night filled with surprises in a gorgeous setting meant to resemble a modern, sleek home. Dress to impress. Must have a “key” to enter. Doors open at 11 p.m. 1915 Northwest Miami Court, Miami.

Palace: Sabado Gigante Latin Brunch with Adora, Noel Leon, Tlo Ivy and special guests. Latin-themed menu, unlimited margaritas, drag shows and sounds by DJ Josh Riptide. Seatings: 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. $35 per person. Then at 4 p.m., join Tiffany Taylor Fantasia and guests for Saturday Night Bender! Addictive drag shows and beats by Cire Citron. 1200 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach.

Score: Saturday nights at Score offer a rotating line-up of the hottest DJs and wild themes. Open bar from 10:30 to 11p.m. Cover charge varies. Enjoy their first level video bar with no cover and drink specials all night. 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. 1437 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach.

Twist: Muscle Boy Saturdays! Hot men take it off in the Bungalow Bar while resident DJ Mika spins tribal and house music in the main bar. No Cover. 1057 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach.

Sunday

Azucar: Noche de Cabaret hosted by Josefina La Globos, Teresita La Caliente, Mariloly and Poison Ivy. Special guests Ninon D’Valua, Elishay and Gia Nicole. Cabaret night showcasing Miami’s Latin drag stars. 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. 2301 SW 32 Avenue, Miami.

Hotel Gaythering: Yappy Hour is for the dogs! Bring your pet to the hotel’s outdoor seating area and take advantage of the happy hour drink specials, while your dog enjoys a Doggie Gift Bag courtesy of PetCo. First Sunday of the month from 5 to 8 pm. 1409 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach.

Palace: Brunchic – South Beach’s infamous drag brunch! Do not miss this delicious brunch with a side of ultra fabulous featuring drag queens performing on Miami’s iconic Ocean Drive. Seatings: 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. $35 per person (unlimited mimosas included). 1437 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach.

Twist: Steamy Sundays! Take off your shirt in the Garden Bar for a free cocktail and later join Pussila’s underwear contest for a chance to win $100. DJ Paulie packs the main room and will keep you dancing until the morning. 1057 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach.

Insider Tip: Prior to your visit, websites such as MiamiandBeaches.com, GoGayMiami.com, and GayBizMiami.com are loaded with tips, calendars and recommendations for making the most of your visit. 

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