Gay Miami Guide

Miami has all the ingredients for a world-class gay city, a cosmopolitan melting pot of culture infused with an intense Latin flavor. This is our Miami gay guide to the best gay bars, clubs, beaches, hotels and things to see and do on your next visit.

Gay Miami Guide

The Iconic South Beach – Miami

Miami has all the ingredients for a world-class gay city,  a cosmopolitan melting pot of culture infused with an intense Latin flavour. This is our Miami gay guide to the best gay bars, clubs, beaches, hotels and things to see and do on your next visit.

Known for its pastel art deco beaches, palm-lined boulevards and miles of sandy beaches., Miami attracts more than one million LGBTQ visitors a year and Miami Beach even has its own dedicated LGBTQ Visitor Center.

Miami is also home to some of the biggest gay events including the White Party and the Winter Party. If you are looking for a beach destination that likes to party, Miami is just the ticket.

Hotel Gaythering

3 Star – Miami’s “hetero-friendly” hotel with the catchy motto: “Why stay at a gay-friendly hotel when you can stay at a friendly gay hotel?” This hotel has become a unique meeting point in the city with the hotel bar proving especially popular.

Rooms are modern with a vintage touch, decorated with interesting art pieces.  After a long day exploring Miami, visit Gaythering’s on-site, clothing optional, self-service sauna.

AxelBeach Miami

4 Star – AxelBeach Miami South Beach – Adults Only in Miami Beach provides adults-only accommodation with a garden, a fitness centre and a bar. Buffet breakfast is available each morning served a ‘à la carte’.

Recommended Hotels in Gay Miami

1 Hotel South Beach

5 Star – This historic oceanfront hotel features a private beach area and on-site dining options. There are 2 swimming pools, including an adult exclusive rooftop pool, available at 1 Hotel South Beach.

Blanc Kara

Located in Miami Beach, Florida, this adult-only boutique hotel is just 3 minutes’ walk from the beach. A fully equipped kitchenette comes standard in each studio at Blanc Kara.

W South Beach

W South Beach

5 Star – Relax by the poolside at W South Beach, which features 2 on-site pools and a light fare bar and grille. Located in Miami Beach, this resort offers cabana rentals and beachfront views.

Gay Map of Miami

Miami Gay Scene & Neighbourhoods

Miami Gay Scene

Miami is considered one of the most gay-friendly cities in the world and the gay scene is in a constant state of flux. The Miami beach area still holds its allure and energy, but gay bars and restaurants have spread out across the city to the shores and the upper east side offering a more relaxed vibe.

Miami Gay Districts / Neighbourhoods

  • South Beach – the bustling home of the gay scene in the city with its epicentre at Collins and Washington Avenues and Alton and Lincoln roads. Miami Beach is a city on a barrier island, separated from Miami proper by Biscayne Bay. South Beach takes up its southernmost two miles.
    TIP – Businesses in Miami open and close frequently.  The hot Saturday night club this year may not be hot on the same nights or in the same ways next year.
  • Coconut Grove – directly south of downtown and east of Coral Gables, this area was the original home of Miami’s gay scene since the 1960s. Its prized location at the waterfront make Coconut Grove a busy destination year-round.
  • Miami Shores & Upper East Side – discover the Design District, Edgewater and Belle Meade with great bars, galleries, boutiques and restaurants offering impressive views along Biscayne Bay.

Miami Gay Bars

Gay Bars

  • Palace Bar– Going strong for almost 3 decades, Palace bar and restaurant is home to some great drag shows. Don’t miss Sunday brunch.
  • Bar Gaythering – The hotel bar is home to some great theme nights Hares and is just two blocks from Lincoln Road. Enjoy meticulously crafted cocktails like the “Milton Coupe” or ” Alexander Beaverhausen” in either your swankiest or in beach shorts – you decide. There’s something different going on every night of the week, from Karaoke Monday’s hosted by Fantasia to Bears & Hares Fridays @ Gaythering.
  • Gramps – Head to the colourful Wynwood Arts District, Gramps is a gay-friendly and hip Wynwood dance spot to enjoy delicious local beers and fantastic cocktails. They play a variety of music ranging from rock to EDM.
  • Azucar –High-energy gay Latin nightspot with a drag wars show, cabaret nights, dancers & music by DJs. just off Coral Way Azucar is a home for Miami’s Latin LGBT population. The curious should check out Sunday night’s sultry noche de cabaret.
  • WaterLOO – relaxed and comfortable vibe, stop by this newly opened lounge on Washington Ave. The space—which has a long bar along with comfy couch-like seating—feels like you could be hanging out in a friend’s living room. The party amps up on weekends.

Gay Clubs

  • Twist – Famous South beach club, Twist is actually 7 bars in one, each bar having its own atmosphere and décor. You can literally “bar hop” without ever leaving this two story club.   Located on Washington Avenue, their motto is their mantra, “Never a cover, always a groove, 7 nights a week, every week of the year”.
  • Score – Score remains the quintessential, gay nightclub experience for both locals and visitors.


Club Aqua Miami (2991 Coral Way), 24-hours, men’s club, gym, steam and saunas, Jacuzzi, private cubicles, outdoor pool, patio and maze. Free admission 24/7 for 18-24 year-olds, Friday DJs and dancers, Sunday afternoons complimentary poolside BBQ, with drinks.

Gay Miami Events

Wigwood Miami

Wigwood Miami

From: Feb. 04.2022 - To: Feb. 06.2022
One of the most fabulous events to strut into Miami is Wigwood, an annual fest of all things queer taking place each year in early February
Gay8 Festival - Miami Street Festival

Gay8 Festival Miami Street Festival

From: Feb. 20.2022 - To: Feb. 20.2022
Gay8 Festival Miami Street Festival, Miami’s famed Little Havana neighborhood hosts a LGBT Latino block party, This one day street festival is a must
Miami Winter Party

Miami Winter Party

From: Mar. 02.2022 - To: Mar. 08.2022
The Miami Winter party takes place during the end of January and the beginning of March each year and is an iconic six-day celebration of LGBTQ people

MASTERBEAT Miami Winter Party

From: Mar. 05.2022 - To: Mar. 06.2022
MASTERBEAT: Miami Winter Party one of the most famous names in circuit parties in North America, brings their event to Miami Winter Party!
Miami Gay Tea Dance

Miami Gay Tea Dance

From: Mar. 06.2022 - To: Mar. 06.2022
Celebrate Winter Party weekend with a difference on Sunday with "The Tea Dance", a Utopia production with a huge stage, world class DJ and an evening of great music, dance and love.
Horse Meat Disco, Miami Winter Party Weekend

Horse Meat Disco Miami Winter Party Weekend

From: Mar. 06.2022 - To: Mar. 06.2022
Utopia and Jake Resnicow present the Horse Meat Disco, an open air experience taking place during the weekend of the Winter Party
Calle Ocho Music Festival

Calle Ocho Music Festival

From: Mar. 13.2022 - To: Mar. 14.2022
For more than 40 years, crowds have flocked to Little Havana’s Calle Ocho (Eighth Street) in March to celebrate the Calle Ocho Music Festival
Miami Beach Gay Pride

Miami Beach Gay Pride

From: Apr. 01.2022 - To: Apr. 10.2022
Miami Beach Gay Pride takes place this September. The main parade makes its way through Ocean Drive. Pool Parties, High heel races and more take place.
Urge Miami Gay Memorial Day Weekend

Urge Miami Gay Memorial Day Weekend

From: May. 27.2022 - To: May. 30.2022
On the Sunday of the Memorial Day Weekend, two of Miami's biggest party brands are joining forces and bring you two infamous parties
Wynwood Pride Miami

Wynwood Pride Miami

From: Jun. 17.2022 - To: Jun. 19.2022
Wynwood Pride, Miami is a cutting edge pride festival attracting over 50,000 visitors over 2 days. The event takes place in the Wynwood Arts District
Urge Miami, Labor Day Weekend

Urge Miami Labor Day Weekend

From: Sep. 02.2022 - To: Sep. 05.2022
Celebrate Labor Day with the world's best DJs and the hottest guys in Maimi at the annual Urge Labor Day weekend.
Elevate Pool Party Miami Labor Day Weekend

Elevate Pool Party Miami Labor Day Weekend

From: Sep. 04.2022 - To: Sep. 04.2022
Enjoy a perfect end of Summer pool party in Miami with the team at Elevate. The Labor day weekend is one of the best weekends of the year on South Beach.
Climax Miami, Labor Day Weekend

Climax Miami Labor Day Weekend

From: Sep. 05.2022 - To: Sep. 05.2022
CLIMAX is Miami's Hottest Premier After Hours Circuit Party Event, Taking Place During Special Occasions and holidays. Their Labor Day After hours is one of the biggest events of the Summer.
Massive Miami, Thanksgiving Weekend

Massive Miami Thanksgiving Weekend

From: Nov. 24.2022 - To: Nov. 28.2022
Massive Miami is a Thanksgiving institution, one of the biggest gay events taking place during the holiday weekend in the USA.
Urge Miami Thanksgiving Circuit Festival

Urge Miami Thanksgiving Festival

From: Nov. 25.2022 - To: Nov. 28.2022
Urge Miami Thanksgiving Circuit Festival One of the world's most significant gay events boasts three massive nighttime events and the legendary beach party on the sands of South Beach
La Leche Beach Party - Miami Circuit Party Weekend

Thanksgiving Miami Beach Party, South Beach

From: Nov. 27.2022 - To: Nov. 28.2022
URGE beach party is one of the highlights of the gay thanksgiving weekend in the USA and it is set to become even bigger
The Official Friday Kick-Off at Basement

The Official Friday Kick-Off Miami Beach Pride

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Kick off PRIDE Weekend at Miami Beach's hottest and most iconic destinations: The Delano South Beach. Let loose inside the legendary basement club and celebrity hotspot
CommuniTea Dance, Miami

CommuniTea Dance Miami

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The Arsht Center’s LGBTQ+ Pride celebration, "CommuniTea Dance" is one of the big closing parties during Pride Month in Miami
Freedom Miami, 4th of July Circuit Party

Freedom Miami 4th of July Circuit Party

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Matrix and Urge, two of Miami's biggest party promoters present, Freedom Miami, the ultimate way to celebrate America's biggest holiday.
Guapo, Miami Summer Pool Party, Axel Beach Miami

Guapo, Miami Summer Pool Party, Axel Beach Miami

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Get ready for one of the hottest pool parties of the Summer as Miami takes center stage in July with the Guapo Pool Party.
Pride Dinner in Drag at the Miami Cardozo Hotel

Pride Dinner in Drag at the Miami Cardozo Hotel

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The entire two-hour show features musical performances, dance routines, comedy, plus a drag queen DJ to maintain the magical mood
Sweet Spot, Miami Beach Pride Edition

Sweet Spot Miami Beach Pride Edition

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Enjoy an epic rooftop pride party during Miami Beach Pride, with amazing views, great music and a fun vibe
Poolside at the Axel Beach Miami

Poolside at the Axel Beach Miami

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Poolside, is Miami's hottest bi-monthly party hosted by The Social T Dance at the stunning Axle Miami South Beach.
Heat - The Miami Beach pride

Soak - The Miami Beach pride Pool Party

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Soak The Miami Beach pride Pool Party Ranked one of South Beach's Top 5 Pool Party Spots, get ready for a massive production kicking off at 12pm
Legends Ball Miami

Legends Ball Miami

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Serve Strut and Sashay all night to the throbbing beats and melodic vibrations of the ballroom voguing scene
Secret Garden, Miami Beach Pride Edition

Secret Garden Miami Beach Pride Edition

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Jake Resnicow presents Secret Garden, an immersive open air experience taking place during the annual Miami Beach Pride
Urge Miami Pride

Urge Miami Pride

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Urge Miami Pride Each year the organsiers of URGE bring together the very best acts and DJS to present the big Saturday night party
Miami YOLO - Pride Pool & Patio Takeover

Miami YOLO Pride Pool & Patio Takeover

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Have fun in the sun and get slayed in the shade as Y&L Events Official Miami Beach Pride Main Event,MIAMI YOLO returns
Miami Beach Pride, Heat Pool Party

Miami Beach Pride Heat Pool Party

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Miami Beach Pride is the hottest ticket this September and there's no better way to cool down than a the HEAT Pool party
Miami Beach Pride Festival, Stage & Parade

Miami Beach Pride Festival, Stage & Parade

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Nowhere is this spirit and enthusiasm more apparent during Miami Beach Pride than at the extraordinary multi-day festival in Lummus Park.
Miami Pride, Official Closing Party

Miami Pride Official Closing Party

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Each year, the Miami Pride closing party ends a week-long series of events, parties and parades and sets the scene for the next edition
Score Miami Presents a Halloween Spectacular

Score Miami Presents a Halloween Spectacular

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Dress in your most sinful costumes for a night of debauchery as Score Night Club hosts its annual Halloween event. This year its MascORade!
Papa Party Miami

Papa Party Miami

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Eliad Cohen, one of the sexiest party promoters on the planet, brings his Papa Party to Miami Beach during big holiday weekends. The parties are always a sell-out success.
Urge Miami New Year's Eve Circuit Festival

Urge Miami New Year's Eve Circuit Festival

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Celebrate the arrival of the new year in style with thousands of hot guys from around the world on the hottest beach in the USA, Miami Beach
Dreamland Festival Miami, New Year's Eve

Dreamland Festival Miami, New Year's Eve

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Miami Beach circuit wars are about to begin as Dreamland comes to town to shake things up and bring a new level of opulence to Miami Beach.
IGNITE - Miami Winter Party

IGNITE - Miami Winter Party

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IGNITE Miami Winter Party delivers head-turning new DJ’s at an exciting all-new venue: Mr Jones upscale addition to the vibrant Miami nightlife scene
HEAT - Miami Winter Party

HEAT - Miami Winter Party

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HEAT Miami Winter Party with Hilton Wolman Events are amping it up with HEAT, returning to downtown Miami’s iconic Club Space.

UNDER ONE SUN Miami Winter Party

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UNDER ONE SUN EVOLUTION Miami Winter Party is one of the biggest parties to take place during the Miami Winter Party celebrations
Miami Winter Party

Miami Winter Beach Party

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The Winter Party Beach Party is the largest and most popular event every year, the crown jewel of Winter Party. It’s hard to describe the magic

Gay Restaurants in Miami

Miami has emerged as one of the most buzzed about foodie capitals in the country over the past few years. There’s plenty to choose from, which is no surprise given the city’s melting pot of cultures. Whether you’re in the mood for a classic Cuban dish, stone crabs, a fine dining experience curated by a world-renowned chef or a fantastic brunch hosted by drag queens – Miami has all your foodie cravings covered and then some!

Insider Tip: Many restaurants do enforce a dress code, so don’t be afraid to put on something shiny. You never know which celebrity, or two, you may run into.

Breakfast, Brunch and Lunch

  • Big Pink – South beach diner with good breakfast options or a late night bite. Reasonably priced.
  • For a coffee fix, there’s Panther Coffee. an award-winning coffee house featuring java from small farms around the world.
  • Yardbird Southern Table and Bar – Rustic outpost attracting foodies with inventive Southern comfort food & bourbon bar near South Beach’s bustling Lincoln Road. Brunch is the highlight here. Wash it all down with Yardbird’s house-made cinnamon bourbon, and it’s the perfect start to any Miami day.

Evening Dining in Style

  • Situated inside a Mediterranean-style villa with an adjoining garden, Casa Tua is a peaceful respite from the bustle of Miami Beach. The menu here is classic Italian.
  • Amara at Paraiso Upscale Latin fare is served in a chic dining room. floor-to-ceiling windows offer unobstructed views of Biscayne Bay.
  • The Matador Room inside the Miami Beach EDITION hotel. You won’t want to miss this high-end restaurant with seasonal menus inspired by Caribbean, Spanish, Latin and South American cuisines.
  • Estefan Kitchen – Star-powered destination for upscale Cuban cuisine in Havana-style surroundings with live music,  courtesy of Miami’s own superstars, Emilio and Gloria Estefan

Miami Dinner & Drag Shows

R House Wynwood Drag Brunch

The Palace South Beach

R House Wynwood Drag Brunch

If brunch is your thing, check out the outrageous R House Drag Brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. Hosted by Athena Dion, Miss Ultimate Miami Drag Queen winner, you’ll be entertained by a few of Miami’s best drag divas while enjoying an unlimited menu and bottomless drinks. Drag brunches usually sell out, so reservations are strongly recommended.

The Palace South Beach

A must-do experience is the weekend drag brunch at the iconic The Palace South Beach, located on Ocean Drive for more than 30 years.

They say, “Every Queen Deserves a Palace” and this dragtastic landmark is it, with a history of hosting the best drag queens in Miami and beyond. Palace offers shows daily from 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., but you really won’t want to miss the weekend brunches with mimosa specials, a delicious menu and the best drag performances happening all throughout your meal.

Miami Gay Beach

  • Daytimes are spent at Miami’s gay beach located on 12th Street and Ocean Drive, marked by two large gay pride flags. You will cross the road at Ocean Drive and walk on to the beach.  The sandy beaches and serene ocean view are also. Located in South beach, this location is only a 10-minute bus ride from City center.

Other Gay Beaches

  • If 12th street isn’t enough for you, there is also a gay section of Haulover Beach Park, part of the notorious Haulover nude beach. This ultimate tanning experience is just 20 minutes north of Sobe and is just as popular with locals as it is with tourists.

    Haulover Beach, a private 1.5 mile strip along the Miami coast also has a .4 mile clothing optional area located in the northern side of the beach. The beach is found between lifeguard towers #12 and #16.You will know you are there form the posted signs. TIP – Bring your picnic basket to enjoy a seaside picnic with your friends or stop by the Grand Beach Hotel restaurant, just a hop over the bridge in Surfside for some al fresco dining of light bites and tasty cocktails as you listen to the soothing sound of the waves breaking over the shore.

  • 3rd street beach is a little different from the rest, as it’s not usually a gay beach. 3rd street beach is a “Brazilian” beach filled with hot Latino men, which act as a gay magnet. If you’re looking for a beach with a nice view, 3rd street beach is the way to go. A picture-perfect portrait with clear waters, soft sands, and gorgeous hunks. 3rd street beach is located a few blocks north of 12th street beach. The drive is roughly 8 minutes, or a 30-minute walk to the city center.

Top things to See and do!

Miami is home to an arts and culture scene with a unique diversity that mirrors its residents. World-class museums, theatres, street art, movie houses and festivals keep locals and visitors mesmerized and engaged year-round.

  • Experience Miami’s innovative art culture at Perez Art Museum Miami, better known as PAMM, a flagship in Miami’s art scene, perched on Biscayne Bayfront.
  • Tour the landmark Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. This 34-room mansion features acres of immaculate, European-style gardens dotted with antiques, fountains, and statues.
  • Visit one of the world’s largest privately owned art collections, head to The Rubell Family Collection, a gallery that has changed the face of the Wynwood district.
  • Catch a memorable Instagram moment at the home of “the greatest street art ever seen in one place.” The Wynwood Walls are life-size murals, street art and graffiti from both emerging and well-known artists.
  • Escape the city and head to the tranquil Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden,  84-acres of tropical plants and trees, including flora and fauna that can only survive in South Florida.
  • Stroll along Espanola Way, a pedestrian-only street showcasing the original charm of the 1920s Miami.
  • Discover the tastes, sights and sounds of Cuba in Miami’s vibrant Little Havana district.

Shopping in Miami

  • Lincoln Road Mall, a few blocks off the beach, is a world-famous entertainment promenade in the heart of South Beach.
  • The seasonal Antique and Collectibles market, which is open on select Sundays from October through May.
  • Housed in a gorgeous, historic Art Deco building, on Collins Avenue, you’ll find The Webster for high-end fashion items.
  • Flagship Base store stocks creative apparel, albums, books, scents and other gifts in Wynwood. This hip spot carries brands like Herschel Supply Co., Boy Smells, Comme Des Garçons, Kidrobot and more.
  • In Midtown Miami is Creative Male, a men’s apparel store. Creative Male is a unique boutique store offering a tremendous selection and range of products from clothing, novelty tees, men’s jewelry and even personal lubricants.
  • The Miami Design District has fully transformed into a luxurious destination for shopping reminiscent of Fifth Avenue in New York or Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills.

Getting Around Miami

Public transportation in Miami is reasonable; its elevated Metrorail and Metromover train systems can make commuting possible without a car. Most of the hotels, restaurants and clubs at South beach are within a walkable distance.

  • If you plan on traveling outside South Beach (and we recommend you do), you’ll definitely want to rent a car. Miami is very spread out and if you want to shop, go to the beach, wine and dine, and see the sights, having your own vehicle makes your trip much easier.
  • Miami International Airport is located eight miles northwest of downtown. The Miami Beach Airport Express Bus (Route 150) makes traveling between the airport and South Beach a breeze. The service is fast, easy, and convenient. For less than three dollars each way, passengers ride aboard 40-foot buses equipped with luggage racks, comfortable seating, and air conditioning.
  • Taxis charge a flat rate of $32 to South Beach and $21.70 to downtown. There is no charge to share a cab.

Gay Miami – When to visit?

  • Miami is very hot from  June to August which is considered low-season in the city, but perfect for those who want to hit the beach during the day and dance late at night!
  • February to April is the high season. High profile events such as The Circuit Party, Miami Beach Gay Pride (April) and the Winter Party (March) fill the city with gay visitors from around the world.
  • From September through to mid-January the weather is mild, making Miami a great winter gay escape.

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