|Miami Florida is not just home to the Golden Girls. It is home to some of the best and most beloved gay lifestyle and gay friendly establishments in the USA. Hell, they shot the birdcage with Nathan Lane and Robin williams there, it is a true gay haven.
Anyways, onto Gay Miami Florida and South Beach just across the bridge.
The Intercontinental Hotel at 100 Chopin Plaza
The Intercontinental is supposed to be a nice and fancy hotel, the problem is, the staff is rude and offensive. They are lazy and do not understand the meaning of customer service. I learned this both at the Boston and the Miami Hotels. The people I was with said the same thing about the Chicago hotel as well. Anyways, this one is cute. It is a bit older than other hotels, and the pillows are very hard which can cause your neck to hurt, but the rooms are relaxing, slightly modern and the rest of the bed is amazingly comfy. I probably wouldn't reccomend this hotel if you have alot of options. It will cost you more than it is worth and you will be treated pretty crappy. However, the showers are nice and you do geta seperate bathtub. It is your call but I would stay at one of the other hotels near by for the money it would cost you.
The hyatt is stereotypical as far as hotel rooms go. It is average and plain, but the staff is friendly. It is also priced reasonably for Miami. The other nice thing is that they thoroughly clean the rooms. I was very impressed with that.
The Hotel Delano
The hotel Delano is pricey like the Intercontinental, however, the rooms and bars are wonderfull and it is very gay friendly. You might have to pay $20 for a redbull and vodka, but at least you will be served with a smile and with an intelligent staff. I also enjoyed the way that the staff would guide you to what you needed. When you ask where the bathroom is, one of the hotel staff members walked me to where I could find it. With the lack of service at the other area hotels, the Hotel Delano is well worth the spend. They also didn't add the automatic gratuity onto everything like the Intercontinental did.
The Next Cafe
Next Cafe is right on Lincoln in the heart of South Beach. It is a short drive from the Versace Mansion and has a great menu. I think I counted over 100 dishes. The other nice thing is that everything is good. The desserts look killer as well. The staff is friendly and very knowledgable as well. They are happy to assist you, the food runners are also willing to get you a refill and get you whatever you need without the usual attitude. Everything we ate there was awesome. The prices are very normal for the neighborhood and I would strongly reccomend this place.
Bubba Gump's at Bayside
OMFG how tragic was this idea!!!!!!!!! The food was crap, our server was rude, they served me food I was alergic too and did not redo it or take it off the bill. I mean seriously, the server wa sa total Bitch!!!!! I was soo tempted to call the health department on this craphole. They didn;t even clean their bathrooms. The toilets were clogged to the top and the floors were disgusting. Out of the 50 or so of us there, maybe 10 left without an upset stomach. They are also the ones who didn't touch their food. Anyways, I guess this is what you get when heterosexuals pic a restaurant. The only good thing about Bubba Gumps in Bayside in Miami was the company I was with. Friends and people you work with (that you also enjoy) really make a bad situation tollerable, if not fun. This place should not be visited but I don't expect anyone reading these pages to go anyways.
There are tons of other great places to eat and get a nache like Touch on Lincoln, the Ghiradeli (chocolate) soda shop on Lincoln, If you are into large chains you can do the hardrock (food sucks but it is the hardrock Miami) Hooters and much much more... Miami is filled with local flavors, cuban and columbian influences and tons of hot men walking by.
Score was an odd club. We entered through an alleyway and up a large staircase. The top floor is for lesbians and they do their thing while the bottom floor is a nightclub for the boys. The music was great. It reminded me a bit of my old rave days and the drinks were surprisingly not overpriced. The clientel tried to give attitude, the problem is they were not used to a D.C. bitch so they were not able to get to me or my friend who came from Toronto. Score is a decent place to go, however it doesn't have the flash and flair you would expect from a south beach gay bar and dance club.
Twist on Washington is a staple in the gay community in Miami Florida. More than three seperate dance areas with different music. stippers and gogo boys in a room and bar seperated outside. Great music, friendly people, decent drink prices and clean bathrooms. Some people think it is shady but I thought it was lovely. It is a definite must visit if you are looking to party your ass off in a South Beach gay bar. These boys and girls know how to do it right!
Cameo is a straight bar, however it is well worth exploration. The men that go are hot, the club is a gay man's dream come true with giant Marilyn pictures and celebrities everywhere. The dj booth is a giant disco ball. The light show is phenominal, and the drinks are made strong. This club is a gay bar at heart, but the heteros took it over. The staff is very friendly and you should have a fabulous time if you go. You can also rent the sides of the club for a VIP section and order it to be filled with bottles of whatever liquors you would like. Cameo is a must on the South Beach and Miami club list.
Now, I didn;t make it to Space this trip, however the one in Ibiza is freaking incredible and this one is by far not a club to miss. It is also straight, however the music is pumping, the crowd is trendy and hot, the club's name is world famous and the overall feeling is great if you are an old skool party kid. The drinks are pricey and the staff is a bit stuck on themselves, however that is the price for the fabulous of Space. Check it out and have some fun there, because there are not many places left like this in the US. Space Miami is another definite must!
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