Weekend With The Boys - The Gay Boys!

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By: Ian Maloney

Who among us doesn’t need a weekend get away with your gays? A boy’s weekend in the sunshine is the perfect place to catch up and reconnect with your BFFs and make sure you get all the Vitamin D you can handle!

Here is a boy’s weekend itinerary that will take you from South Beach to Wynwood in search of that famous Miami nightlife while mixing in a healthy dose of culture and sunshine to make a quick visit unforgettable.

Friday: Day 1- Keep it local in Miami Beach

Check-in time: Hotel options abound in Greater Miami

Decide the vibe that your group is feeling, then check out our list here. You can customize your search to easily find any needs. If you want to “stay gay” don’t miss the Hotel Gaythering. With great year-round rates, handsome industrial design, adults-only and a men’s spa onsite, Hotel Gaythering is currently the only gay-owned and operated hotel in Miami Beach.

First Stop: Samsara Cabaret at the Faena Hotel

Head over to the Faena Hotel where Samsara Cabaret is guaranteed to blow your mind! With over the top vocal performances, high-flying acrobatics and enough skin to titillate and excite everyone, the Faena has spared no expense to bring an amazing, original show to life in their theatre. Take a selfie with the Woolly Mammoth on the hotel’s patio for a #FoundInMiami moment!

Night Cap: Twist it is!

Finish your first night in Miami Beach with drinks and dancing at Twist, a Miami Beach mainstay, voted one of the top ten (#8) gay bars in the country. There is NEVER a cover at Twist but with seven bars there is sure to be plenty to look at until the wee hours of the morning.

Insider’s Tip: Head back to the Gaythering for their Bears & Hares Friday night party with late night happy hour starting at 10 p.m. Don’t worry if you aren’t a bear or a hare, the party welcomes everyone and the drinks are just like we like our men — strong!

Saturday: Day 2 - Art and Architecture Everywhere

Early Morning Stretch: Get the day started with an early morning yoga class

Try Maham Yoga at 10th and West Avenue in Miami Beach or if you’re lucky you can join a pop up yoga class happening at South Pointe Park located in Miami Beach’s trendy SoFi (South of Fifth) neighborhood. New World Center also has a monthly outdoor yoga class.

Art Deco Walking Tour: Presented by the Miami Design Preservation League

Art Deco walking tours leave daily at 10:30 a.m. from the Art Deco Welcome Center at 10th and Ocean in Miami Beach. This 90-minute tour will help you get your bearings in Miami Beach and will ensure you leave with a better understanding of what exactly “Art Deco” is and why Miami Beach has one of the largest collections of Art Deco buildings anywhere in the world. LGBTQ version of the tour available every second Saturday of the month!

Beach Day: Catch some rays

Spend the afternoon on the iconic 12th Street “Gay Beach” in Miami Beach! Check out other gay beach options in Miami.

Dinner and Culture: Exploring Wynwood

Miami’s avant-garde art scene is anchored in Wynwood, an old industrial neighborhood that has been completely overhauled with art galleries, public art spaces, delicious restaurants and a vibe to match other artist enclaves around the world. The area is located in the city of Miami about eight miles west of South Beach.

Food + Art + Music: R House Wynwood

A dining must if you are in the neighborhood. R House serves up farm to table delicacies worthy of an Instagram post or two! Reservations are highly recommended.

Art On the Move: Get your steps in

After dinner check out Wynwood Walls or just wander the streets admiring the murals that have popped up on virtually every single wall in the neighborhood. Plan your trip on the second weekend of the month for Wynwood’s Art Walk when the entire community takes to the streets to show off the best of the neighborhood.

Saturday Nights: Made for dancing

Get your groove on at Miami Beach’s iconic nightclub Score, which now survives as a “popup” club and continues to search for a permanent home. Check Score out on social media or visit their website to find out where the party is during your visit. Twist is open until 5 a.m. all weekend and as mentioned before, never has a cover. Like any good nightclub, the later it gets, the more crowded, so pace yourselves, it could be a long night!

Bonus: For any late night munchies check out the 11th Street Diner beside Twist or get your Cuban fix at Puerto Sagua at the corner of 7th and Collins.

Sunday Funday: Day 3 – Wrap it up right

Early Morning Workout: Sand it down

Get the girls up early and jog to Muscle Beach in Lummus Park (9th Street on the Beach) to work out Miami Beach style — in the bright sunshine, right in the sand!

Morning Art: Artechouse (Art + Tech + House)

For your daily dose of culture this morning, head over to Artechouse between 7th and 8th on Collins Avenue in South Beach for a state of the art exhibit called XYZT: Abstract Landscapes by French artists Adrien M & Claire B. This traveling installation consists of ten digital exhibits projected on various screens or the floor that encourage visitors to interact by touch and movement. In the words of Artechouse’s founder and art director Sandro, "Certain things words just cannot describe ... they must be seen and experienced.” This is, without a doubt, one of those things!

Every Queen Needs a Palace: A brunch like no other

For the past 31 years, Miami Beach’s drag queens have held court at the Palace, which has undergone a major change for the better after moving two blocks south to its new digs at 1052 Ocean Drive. Sunday Brunchic at the Palace is legendary and is THE place to be on Sunday Afternoon. Showtime is 2 p.m. (there is also an 11 a.m. show) and includes unlimited mimosas and a pitcher for the table. Get the camera and your $1 bills ready, ‘cause these queens are ready to work! After the show, wrap up the weekend high above the Palace. Head up to the new pool bar on the 6th floor and enjoy the calming ocean breeze along with plenty of eye candy.

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