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A guide to gay bars in Miami

Searching for the city’s best gay bars? Miami has plenty of LGBT hotspots for a fun night out with your guys and gals.

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A fun night out doesn’t mean going on a bender at one of the best South Beach clubs. Consider a different approach to going out (perhaps thinking beyond what’s happening at the best Miami parties and club nights) and explore the city’s LGBT scene at these great gay bars. Miami has more to offer the queer community than what you’ll find in South Beach, so don’t be afraid to venture into the mainland and even Broward. 

Gay bars in Miami


Rosie's Bar and Grill

This Wilton Manors institution is perfect for a drink, dinner and even a rowdy Sunday brunch—the kind that extends well into the evening. The culprit? Rosie’s wide assortment of cheekily named cocktails and colorful ambiance. The music could use a boost but the lively crowd and campy vibe more than makes up for it. Reservations are encouraged even if you’re just popping in for a drink.

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Wilton Manors

Broken Shaker


For a fun place that’s casual enough for a weekday drink and quiet to allow for conversation, head to the Broken Shaker. The hotel bar doesn’t subscribe to labels and is known for its eclectic crowd of locals and tourists. Anything goes at this outdoor watering hole, offering a solid selection of cocktails and a beautiful garden that’s perfect for a date. 

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Verdict at Yuca

Yuca on Lincoln Road is known for its delicious Cuban fare and rousing salsa parties, but things change on Friday nights when Verdict takes over. LGBT nightlife legend Tony Ferro hosts the late-night bash while DJ M headlines, spinning swift house beats and classic Paulina Rubio-style ballads that promise to make all cute Miami boys shake it. No cover to drink and dance the night away.

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Georgie's Alibi

Georgie’s Alibi is one of those rare, special places where you can simultaneously watch a drag show, have great cocktails and eat a decadent brunch. If multi-tasking isn’t your thing, Georgie’s late-night scene might suit you—think Broadway tunes and beautiful drag queens. The longtime gay hangout is a favorite among locals of all ages.  

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Progress Bar South Florida

This modern bar, formerly known as New Moon, used to numerous lesbian nights in the then-budding Wilton Manor area of South Florida. But with a new name and new management come a change in theme—think boys, boys, boys! Order a drink from sexy shirtless bartenders and a crowd that’s more good looking than not. “Circuit Saturday” is super fun, but don’t miss the many drag performances that happen throughout the week. You may even catch a fierce competitor from RuPaul’s Drag Race.

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Wood Tavern


Come one, come all to Wood Tavern, Wynwood neighborhood bar where everyone is welcomed. We’re not putting labels on the crowd save to say it’s fun and alternative—think the coolest cats in Miami. Pop in for a cheap drink, zero attitude and lots of people watching. 

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Everything about this bohemian backyard bar feels fluid—from the easy vibe to the flowing wine to the changing musical acts that perform daily. It’s friendly to people from all walks of life and persuasions (there’s even a rumor that ex-cons man the outdoor grill), plus the set-up is surprisingly uncomplicated for a Wynwood bar. Grab a bottle of wine or craft beer from the fridge, pay at the counter and take your drink outside to any open table or mismatched lawn chair. 

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