Gay Fort Lauderdale &
Wilton Manors

Gay Fort Lauderdale has experienced a renaissance over the past decade thanks to the influx of many gay-owned businesses, male-only resort hotels, gay beaches and international events.

Fort Lauderdale is the perfect year-round gay escape!

Fort Lauderdale is a chilled out beach town with almost perfect weather, countless attractions and a gay scene that would put Miami to shame! The city has a relaxed vibe where everyone is welcome.

This is our insider gay guide to Fort Lauderdale featuring highlights from the gay scene of Wilton Manors to the best gay beaches, events and gay hotels.

The Grand Resort and Spa Gay Hotel

The Grand Resort & Spa

3 Star – Located in Fort Lauderdale, 10 minutes’ walk from Sebastian Street Gay Beach, The Grand Resort and Spa – All Male Spa Resort is a gay-owned-and-operated men’s resort. Wilton Manors is 7.6 km away. The resort has a clothing optional relaxation area and an excellent spa.

Pineapple Point

Pineapple Point

3 Star – Situated in Fort Lauderdale, 2.2 km from Fort Lauderdale Beach, Pineapple Point Guesthouse & Resort – Gay Men’s Resort features accommodation with free bikes, free private parking, a fitness centre and a bar.

The Cabanas

The Cabanas

Located minutes away from Wilton Manors, Cabanas Guest House is a beautiful, lush spa and resort in the heart of Fort Lauderdale. Cabanas is one of the best Gay Spa resorts in Fort Lauderdale with clothing optional areas.

Recommended Hotels in Gay Fort Lauderdale

The Pillars

The Pillars

4 Star – Boasting an exceptional location on Fort Lauderdale’s Intracoastal Waterway, moments from the area’s main sites, this elegant hotel offers luxurious rooms, modern amenities and a full-service spa.

With a private Water Bus stop directly on-site, guests at The Pillars Hotel can easily explore some of the area’s main sites.

The Dalmar

The Dalmar

1 km from Las Olas Boulevard, The Dalmar, Fort Lauderdale, The Dalmar has a beachside lounge area and a sophisticated rooftop bar. All rooms boast a flat-screen TV with satellite channels and a private bathroom. The hotel has a 24-hour front desk, an a la carte breakfast and free WiFi.

Most of the rooms offer a skyline view and have a clean modern design with an elegant yet glamorous finish.

The Marriott Harbor Beach Resort

Marriott Harbor Beach

Directly on the beach, a 25-minute walk to the gay beach, but perfectly located to stroll barefoot out of your room and onto warm sand. This Marriott brings some Floridian charm to the premises and offers guests handsome quarters and Intracoastal views and unbeatable beach access.

Guest rooms feature a flat-screen TV, desk, and seating area with floor-to-ceiling windows. Select Harbor Beach Marriott rooms feature a spa bath.

Gay Map of Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale Gay Bars

Fort Lauderdale’s gay nightlife scene is laid back, with a neighborhood-feel, casual yet friendly. Wilton Manors attracts locals from afar and tourists looking for fun.  Here are our top choices of where to party.

  • Gym Sportsbar– Floor-to-ceiling windows keep the parade outside in view, while inside, true to its name, large flat screen TVs broadcast current sports of all variety.
  • Village Pub – The two bar areas are separated by a large dance floor, and the place has great music. There’s sports memorabilia on the walls and athletic bartenders pouring drinks. The crowd is diverse, friendly, and the valet parking adds a touch of class.
  • Georgie’s Alibi – Very popular bar, Inside, the men usually range from their late-30s to their mid-60s, with a little wiggle room on both ends, giving the crowd a fun but well-mannered feel. Their happy hour promotions attract visitors from near and far!
  • Drynk Bar & Lounge -lounge serves a roster of unique cocktails and specialty martinis to sip indoors or on the patio. Comfortable furniture, soft lighting, and open windows make for a comfortable experience.

Gay Clubs


  • Ramrod – Fort Lauderdale’s main leather bar and is packed on Fridays and Saturdays from 10pm on. Other popular events include Bare Butt night, Pig Dance night, Caged Hunks, undie night and  Best Buns evening!
  • Hunters – with their wildly popular Fur Fridays (with $2 drinks!) and Classic 54 Sunday T-dance. Two-stories, with an often wild dance floor and smoking hot bartenders.
  • The Manor –  late night dance club. Head to this multi-club post-midnight (at the earliest) and get on the dance floor. The weekend is a Friday – Sunday affair, with the odd Thursday thrown in. It has several rooms to relax, dance and party.
  • Boardwalk – great place to come with friends. The cover is $10, the cokes are $6, and the private dances $25. The restaurant serves surprisingly good food.

Sex Clubs

  • The Club Ft. Lauderdale One of the nicest bath houses in the country, The Club is popular for its extensive facilities, including a full gym, outdoor pool and deck area. It attracts a mixed crowd or all types, though most of the full-on sex happens in private rooms.
  • Slammer is a straight-to-the-point sex club, with slings and lots of public sex, but no showers. There’s a live DJ in the cage on Friday and Saturday night, and you can bring your own booze. Seedy, but it serves its purpose.
  • Club House 2 This is the sleaziest of the three sex clubs, attracting mostly an older, leathery crowd.

Gay Fort Lauderdale Events

Fort Lauderdale Halloween Party Extravaganza

Fort Lauderdale Halloween Party Extravaganza

From: Oct. 29.2021 - To: Oct. 29.2021
Fort Lauderdale Halloween Party Extravaganza Step into a world of decadence, deviant creatures, pulsating beats, free-flowing spirits, glamour, and kink. A place where you can be whoever you want to be
Wicked Manors Halloween

Wicked Manors Halloween

From: Oct. 31.2021 - To: Oct. 31.2021
Wicked Wilton is the premier Halloween event in Florida. It will all take place on the Drive in Wilton Manors, with Thousands of party goers

Fort Lauderdale Pride

From: Nov. 19.2021 - To: Nov. 21.2021
Fort Lauderdale Pride is an annual pride parade and festival. The main event and stage shows take place on Fort Lauderdale Beach.

The Leather Masked Ball

From: Nov. 26.2021 - To: Nov. 26.2021
The Leather Masked Ball ® is the premiere annual dance party and charity event in South Florida’s Leather Community.
Pig Week Fort Lauderdale

Pig Week Fort Lauderdale

From: Nov. 26.2021 - To: Dec. 05.2021
The Piggy lifestyle is back and coming at you full force in 2020. Bigger parties with men from all over the globe
RAM/Daddyland - Fort Lauderdale Thanksgiving Pig Weekend

RAM/Daddyland - Fort Lauderdale Thanksgiving Pig Weekend

From: Nov. 27.2021 - To: Nov. 29.2021
RAM/Daddyland - are the most anticipated gay parties taking place during the annual Fort Lauderdale Thanksgiving Pig Weekend.
Bears in Lauderdale

Bears in Lauderdale

From: Feb. 09.2022 - To: Feb. 13.2022
Bears everywhere head to Fort Lauderdale, Florida to end the summer with an over-the-top, six-day celebration comprising more than a dozen events.


From: Apr. 14.2022 - To: Apr. 17.2022
Bearsurrection Fort Lauderdale is set up to bring back the gay bear parties to the region and to establish a world-class bear event
Mad Bear Pool Party Fort Lauderdale

Mad Bear Pool Party Fort Lauderdale

From: Apr. 17.2022 - To: Apr. 17.2022
Bearsurrection brings Spain's hottest pool party to the shores of Fort Lauderdale during the Labor Day Weekend.
The Zoo Party, Wilton Manors Labor Day Weekend

The Zoo Party Wilton Manors Labor Day Weekend

From: Sep. 04.2022 - To: Sep. 04.2022
Bring out your "Animal Instincts" this Labor day weekend in Fort Lauderdale Bearsurrection's ZOO Party in association with the Eagle Wilton Manors.
Floatarama Fort Lauderdale

Floatarama Fort Lauderdale

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Floatarama Fort Lauderdale is a pride parade with a difference, a unique event that takes place off the water's of one of America's most popular and idyllic gay resorts.
Pride of the Americas

Pride of the Americas

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Greater Fort Lauderdale will be the host destination for the first-ever Pride of the Americas Festival in 2022.
SWEAT Fort Lauderdale

SWEAT Fort Lauderdale

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SWEAT Fort Lauderdale is Our favorite leather and fetish event taking place during Miami Winter Party! Let’s your inhibitions run wild at SWEAT
The Manor Pride Festival Wilton Manors

The Manor Pride Festival Wilton Manors

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Stonewall Wilton Manors Pride weekend festival. Enjoy the best sound & lighting with the world's top DJs, the sexiest GoGos and the hottest guys
Sailors T-Dance Fort Lauderdale

Sailors T-Dance Fort Lauderdale

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The Sailors T-Dance is the official after party for the annual Floatarama pride parade which takes place on the Saturday on the New river
RAM Party Fort Lauderdale Pride Kick off Party

RAM Party Fort Lauderdale Pride Kick off Party

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Enjoy the best pride kick off party in Fort Lauderdale with the RAM party at the Eagle Wilton Manors

Stonewall Pride Wilton Manors Street Festival

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the Wilton Manors Stonewall Festival, is held every year in June. This is a community-wide event that draws a diverse crowd of approximately 20,000 - 30,000
Wilton Manors, Fort Lauderdale 4th of July Weekend

Wilton Manors Fort Lauderdale 4th of July Weekend

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Celebrate the 4th of July in the gayest place in Florida, Fort Lauderdale. From circuit parties to parties in the park, there is something for everyone this 4th of July Weekend.
Flockfest Fort Lauderdale

Flockfest Fort Lauderdale

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Every year in July, Gay Fort Lauderdale celebrates "Flockfest", a unique and fun weekend of beach events and parties.
Megawoof Fort Lauderdale

Megawoof Fort Lauderdale

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The event is hosted by Tony DeSantiago along with the beefy gogo crew and hundreds of sexy bears all night
Gary Santis' Annual Black Fetish Party, Fort Lauderdale

Gary Santis Annual Black Fetish Party Fort Lauderdale

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Enjoy one of the largest gay fetish events in South Florida at the annual Black Fort Lauderdale Fetish Event presented by Gary Santis Events
Full Moon Party, Wilton Manors, Fort Lauderdale

Full Moon Party Wilton Manors Fort Lauderdale

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The Eagle Wilton Manors is one of the hottest venues in Fort Lauderdale attracting a wide mix of sexy guys for their signature parties, including the Full Moon Party Event.
Brüt Bunkr at Wilton Manor Eagle

Brüt Bunkr at Wilton Manor Eagle

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Brüt at the Wilton Manors Eagle is a pair made in heaven. NYC's longest running underground gear party makes its sweaty and sexy trip to the sunshine state.

Fort Lauderdale Gay Beaches

Sebastian Beach Gay Fort Lauderdale
  • Sebastian Street Beach- The Gay beach is where Sebastian Street meets A1A, near the Ritz Carlton hotel and next to the Fort Lauderdale beach.  You’re will find a small gay crowd here on any sunny day, and a large gay crowd on the weekends. By 4pm, the hotels cast a shadow on the beach, so go early!
  • Northeast 18th Street 18th Street Beach, – Not much farther north than the Sebastian Street Beach. Popular with local leather guys and bears.. It’s located at the intersection of 18th Street and Fort Lauderdale Beach Dr. (A1-A), Fort Lauderdale, at the North end of Fort Lauderdale Beach next to the dunes at NE 18th Street.
  • Haulover nude beach – located between Miami and Fort Lauderdale, Haulover is one of Florida’s most famous nude beaches.
  • Terramar Street beach –  located at the end of Terramar Street near the Royal Palm Resort and opposite the Atlantic Hotel. A quieter alternative to Seabastian beach

Gay Restaurants in Fort Lauderdale

Dining out – Gay Restaurants in Fort Lauderdale

  • Bubbles and Pearls – this is one of the best restaurants we ate at in Fort Lauderdale.  B&P is open daily from 5pm to 10pm (11pm on weekends).
  • Rosie’s Bar and Grill – best place for burgers before heading out to party in the Wilton Manors gay bars. Each week they produce a new Bow-Wow (Burger of the Week) and have a weekday happy hour from 11am to 7pm. Rosie’s is open every day from 11am to 11pm (midnight on weekends).

Classic Restaurants

  • D’Angelo – Italian tapas to satisfy the foodie in you when you’re looking for a casual lunch fix. close to Wilton Manors, it brings the gays out for dinner, so it can be a nice place to mingle and meet, too.
  • Capital Grille is an upscale steakhouse located near the Galleria mall, classic steakhouse elegance and the servers are top-notch.
  • Secret Garden at Pillars Hotel Classy harbor side restaurant offers you quintessential Floridian balmy elegance. Small menu, high end quality dishes.

Breakfast or coffee

  • Java Boys – (2230 Wilton Dr) There’s always a crowd here for their many varieties of coffees, hot and cold libations, and sweet treats.
  • The Floridian –  open since 1937, promises a hearty meal of omelets, pancakes, sausage and powdered-sugar French toast that are sure to fuel you with energy for the busy day ahead.
  • OB House – sample the baked pancakes, as they are heavenly. Great to share.

Top things to See and do!

  • Bonnet House Museum and Gardens – historic and whimsical 1921 estate showcases five ecosystems worth of verdurous grounds and wild animals, a swamp, and a small art gallery. The Bonnet House gives visitors a glimpse of how the wealthy lived in Fort Lauderdale at the beach less than a century ago.
  • The Intracoastal Waterway by Water Taxi – runs parallel to the beach, home to Ft. Lauderdale’s many canals, waterfront mansions and yachts.
  • Hugh Taylor Birch State Park – 180-acre protected reserve is a public park to preserve the subtropical paradise within the bustling and growing city. You can walk or jog through the park or tour by Segway through the nature reserve, observing a selection of birds and tortoises along the way as well as incredible specimens of plants and trees.
  • The World Aids museum – Noteworthy and of its kind to chronicle the fascinating, eye-opening, and often heart-wrenching history of HIV/AIDS.
  • Stonewall Museum and Archives – Wilton Manors is home to the Stonewall National Archives, a collection of more than 5,000 LGBT items (T-shirts, posters, periodicals, etc.), dating back to the ‘60s and ‘70s. Highly recommended.
  • FAT Village Art Walk – Held on the last Saturday of every month, this is truly the best in the city and gets bigger and better each year. FAT (Flagler Arts and Technology) Village is a few blocks off Las Olas but worlds away. Hipsters and creative types come together fora night of open studios, performances, food trucks, music and more.
  • Air Boat Tour – Relive those James Bond movies and take an air-boat tour! Just a short drive from downtown Fort Lauderdale, Everglades Holiday Park hosts gator shows and an airboat tour across the vast swamp lands that is the Everglades.

Shopping in Fort Lauderdale

Las Olas Boulevard

Las Olas Boulevard is a shopper’s paradise.

Ft. Lauderdale is home to Sawgrass, one of the largest outlet malls in the country, popular among visitors and locals alike. It’s about a 30-40 minute drive from the beach or Wilton Manors — well worth it for discount-luxury shoppers. Beyond Sawgrass, you’ll find all of the usual suspects here, along with a few gay-specific shops for your gay-specific needs.

The long strip of Las Olas Boulevard is brimming with shops, restaurants, bars, and a handful of art galleries in between. Extending all the way to Las Olas Beach, you can easily peruse the popular thoroughfare before heading to the water.

Las Olas has a full calendar of events such as the Las Olas Art Fair and the Las Olas Food and Wine Festival, where artists and foodies indulge big time in their respective passions. The architecture is not to be sniffed at either, as Las Olas boasts Mediterranean influence and landscaped gardens.

  • Leather Werks (1226 NE 4th St) continues to serve the leather community with garments, accessories and play equipment.
  • Pride Factory (850 NE 13th St) men’s fashion, gym, swim and underwear, adult DVDs and novelties, lubricants, cards, CDs, pride gear and gay-themed movies; jewellery, bracelets, pendants and watches.
  • To the Moon (2205 Wilton Dr) candy, sweets and gourmet food from 80 countries, especially dark chocolate and licorice goodies; with over 90 types of dark chocolate bars and famous hard-to-find candy, this store is a heaven for those with a sweet tooth.
  • BALL Beachwear is the place to go for the the perfect outfit for your next pool party. BALL Beachwear stocks the brands such as of Sauvage, Ruff Riders and Nasty Pig, as well as their own swimwear line.
  • Mixing gay culture, high culture and the joys of retail is Gallery XO, located in Wilton Manors and presenting one of the largest gay art collections in the world.

Getting Around Fort Lauderdale

Broward County Transit offers an expansive system of buses covering many areas of the country. A one-way fare costs $2; an all-day pass is $5. The Tri-Rail commuter train stops at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and downtown Fort Lauderdale. A round-trip from Fort Lauderdale to Miami, for example, costs just $5 on weekends.

Even when the ocean is rough, the inland waterways are ideal for paddle boarding or kayaking. Hop-on, hop-off water taxis cruise the Intracoastal Waterway from Oakland Park Boulevard (just north of Wilton Manors) to 17th Street Causeway, providing a refreshing, affordable break from the city’s car culture.

Fort Lauderdale Weather – When to visit?

Fort Lauderdale is a busy year-round destination thanks to its sunny climate. Peak season is between December and April. Yes, anytime in that whole half of the year. The warm climate (between the high 50s and mid-80s) makes it an ideal getaway for anyone looking to escape bitter winter temperatures.

Fort Lauderdale Apartments

The Captain’s Quarters
5 Bedrooms

The Captain's Quarters apartment Fort Lauderdale

The Captain’s Quarters offers a fully air-conditioned apartment with a living room, fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher and washing machine, 1 bathroom with a shower and 5 Bedrooms. Free WiFi & parking

Alani Bay
2 Bedrooms

All units here are air-conditioned and feature a flat-screen TV, a living room with a sofa, a well-equipped kitchen with a dining area, and a private bathroom with shower, a hairdryer and free toiletries. Free WiFi

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