Out's Favorite Spots To Play In Miami

2.21.2013

By Andrew Belonsky

South Beach is often referred to as the Gay Riviera, and it has drawn us to its shores more than a few times.

WATERING HOLES

The number and quality of gay bars in Miami Beach will make your head spin. There are of course luxe hot spots like Cabana Beach Club at Eden Roc, where locals and tourists alike dance the nights away to live music on the weekends. The snow white Mova definitely falls under the "posh" category, as do the prices for their speciality drinks, and Arkadia attracts those looking for an experience akin to that in LA - that is, lots of pretentious and possible celebrities. FDR Lounge at the Delano hotel is also on the upper side of the scale, as is the quiet, intimate Raleigh Hotel Bar, whose 40s-era mahogany bar sets the tone for a romantic night on the tone.

For a decidedly not romantic scene, check out the dance floor at Score Bar, a long-running night club known for its Tuesday night Latin party, and then there's always a late-night romp at Twist, a complex of five bars, each with their own mood, beat and men. There are strippers in the back, dancing up top, hip-hop downstairs and fresh air on the patio. This place has it all, as well as a wide selection of available men.
Those of you who want less flash and more realness, check out the Palace Bar on Ocean Drive, right across from the gayest part of the beach. It's not about posing here; it's about drinking, dancing and making new friends, just like at Lost Weekend, a reliable go-to for locals and downtown-leaning tourists who want a good drink and maybe a game of skee ball.

The Garage at Cooper Avenue adds some kitsch to the mix at this DJ-heavy warehouse space, and 721 Bar, a new addition to the scene, is a rocking good time during their Hype Fridays. The diviest dive in Miami, meanwhile, is an old standby, Mac's Club Deuce, where you're bound to run into some surprising faces, some famous and some not-so-famous.

But if you really want to get off the beaten path, why not buy a bottle of wine and head to South Pointe Park, sit by the beach and just enjoy the ocean view. It's simple, it's cheap and, honestly, when was the last time you had the chance to just sit and watch the ships roll in?

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