From famous nightclub visionary Mark Lowe, House nightclub is a concept like no other. From a sexy-driven food menu, to the high-end liquor selections, surrounded by a club of visual surprise in every corner, House is not for the average “club goer.” As described on their website, they are an “AOE” (Anything On Earth) establishment, meaning they will provide whatever you desire. This is a serious club scene, with enforced dress codes, themed nights, and people that experience life in extraordinary ways. Fridays is “My House” night, which tends to be more “straight” and Saturdays is “My Rules” night, which is more “alternative.” The entire concept surrounds “being at home” you have to register for a “House Key” at their website to guarantee entrance. If you're new to such concepts, and you do happen to get a key, you should be prepared to experience an evening of sight and sound, trend and transcendent.
— Dennis Jozefowicz
2301 N.W. 32nd Ave., Miami
“Lo major de la noche,” has gone through a name change. Azucar used to be called Club Sugar before it took up a more, ahem, Latin twist. Mmmm, mmm! This sweet venue is a nice place to hang out and flirt with a fun cutie. It is open later than its contenders, with a 5 a.m. closing time Wednesday through Sunday nights. Revelers can dress casual, socialize and kick back without dealing with too much pretention in this friendly club. The drag shows offer over-the-top drama, audiences are sure to be amused.
— Andrea Richard
8201 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
Want to sing with your buddies but can’t find a venue with an extensive song list? Eros Lounge provides an impressive sound library for its Wednesday night karaoke bash. Every Wednesday at 8 p.m., participants can sing to their hearts’ content.
Also, on the calendar are bingo nights, drag shows, film screenings and TV-show viewing events. Happy hour features 2-for-1 drinks on the daily.
The Floppy Rooster
7018 N.W. 72nd Ave., Miami
This all-nude gay strip club and lounge is located within minutes of the Miami International Airport. Need to wind down before taking a flight? Come by here for a smashing good time, baby. The venue’s motto “No bull. Just rooster,” is a playful take on what occurs on any given night. The place is open 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Thursday through Sunday, and is known to heat things up when the buff and tone gentlemen shake it and grind it on stage. Now, flex those biceps!
Palace South Beach
1200 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach
“Every queen needs a palace.”
When you want a night on the town in the ever pumping and hopping SoBe, Palace Bar is your best bet. This venue boasts a nightclub, American-style restaurant, and a bar with fine cocktails. Patrons can score breakfast, lunch, dinner, and brunch here, and dine indoors or al fresco. Now in its 26th year, Palace is the first and only LGBT bar/restaurant on Ocean Drive. And this sultry venue is located just a few steps from 12th Street beach where the gay crowd is known to frequent. Drag queens perform nightly dinner shows and entertain on Sundays for a “Brunchic” shindig.
-- Andrea Richard
1057 Washington Ave., Miami Beach
For 21 years, Twist has been the “it” spot to go hard all night. With seven full bars and multiple rooms on two floors, customers can hit the dance floor, video bar, garden bar, bungalow, and enjoy the go-go dancers. DJs work the decks for different vibes throughout the complex, from hip-hop to Latin to EDM. For drinks, every day, Happy Hour is from 1 to 9 p.m. with two-for-one specials on everything, as well as two-for-one call and domestics from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Thursdays. And the best part of it all? Their tagline says it all: never a cover, always a groove.
-- Christiana Lilly
950 N.E. Second Ave., Miami
Shirts off. Booty out. Hands up in the air. This downtown Miami dance club holds no bars when it comes to partying. Hip-hop is played here along with a slew of live-musical acts and infamous DJs. This hotspot hosts a Wednesday night bash “Mekka” featuring “new male meat” along with a drag contest and 75-cent drinks before 1 a.m. And, of course, the after hours fiesta “La Puta Nota” is known to sauce things up on Fridays. It begins at 4 a.m. and rattles on until 11 a.m. where ladies get free admission. The bar has a 23-hour liquor license so, come here, knowing you can party on and on.
-- Andrea Richard
1437 Washington Ave., Miami Beach
The rocking nightclub, the brainchild of Billy Kemp and Luis Morera -- just celebrated its 16th anniversary (sharing a birthday with the one and only Madonna). Originally located on Lincoln Road, a year ago the club moved off the strip onto Washington Avenue, increasing in size with a massive dance floor, state-of-the art sound equipment, a full bar, and a constant flow of entertainers. “We have all the components to make us a real night club,” Morera said. Each night has a different music theme -- Latin, hip-hop, open format, underground, etc. -- with matching drink specials. Behind the bar, they’re most known for their large assortment of mojito flavors. Add in drag queens, go-go dancers, impersonators and other entertainers, and guests are in for a wild night.
-- Christiana Lilly
1060 NE 79th St., Miami
Opened in 2002, this party spot boasts a sexy good time for gay and bisexual black men and women. Club Boi’s website states an ‘adult content’ warning before visitors can click through. This is no place for minors! But for those looking for high-energy dance music and a night on the prowl, this is the place to come. Hear music lineup featuring the best in hip hop, dancehall, Latin, House, R&B and so on. But that’s not all. Sizzling nude male stripper nights are sure to entice. The club allows for ages 18 to enter and play; but the 21-year-old and older crowd can enjoy the booze.