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Our Miami Beach Pride Guide!

By Luisa Jimenez

Miami Beach has been a gay mecca for decades. Before Madonna and Versace decided to relocate to the 305, the LGBT community had already staked their rainbow flag on Miami Beach. And whether you’re gay, straight, an ally, or even the doomsday freaks with the signs (we don’t fault you for showing up every year... wink, wink) we encourage you to celebrate Miami Beach Gay Pride the “Jacober Creative Way.” 

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Here we break down our favorite ways to Prep, Party, and Peace Out for the week.

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Prep:


Equinox – Fact: at some point you’ll want to go shirtless (blame the heat). Take a cue from Olympic medalist Gus Kenworthy, this year’s Grand Marshall, and perfect that physique at Equinox. The Beach’s primo health club has views for days, a bumping soundtrack, some fitness things, and the steamiest steam room in all of Miami!



 PrideGuide2018-6-PENGUIN.jpg Penguin — If the words “Miami Beach Gay Pride” don’t inspire you to update your wardrobe, we’re not friends. This Lincoln Road mainstay strikes the perfect balance between casual and polished. We love the Miami brand for its clever graphics and brave use of color. Remind you of anyone?



 PrideGuide2018-7-AQUA.jpg Aqua di Parma – Here's a recommendation for our more hirsute brothers: head to Brickell City Centre for Aqua di Parma’s uber-luxe take on your traditional cut and shave. Lather Up!


 PrideGuide2018-STANDARD-2 (1).jpg The Standard Spa – Cut carbs in the chicest way possible and dine al fresco at the Lido Bayside Grill. Polish off a tasty vegan “Impossible Burger” (sans bun) while sipping on some Frosé, and let the beautiful sunset views distract you from the lingering hunger. Don’t forget to stock up on diminutive swimwear and other festive accoutrements for sale at The Store. Then, have Miami Beach’s coolest lesbian concierge, Crispy (she of the salt and peppa’ dreads), direct you to your detox massage.


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Party...


The Palace – Life’s a drag, but when you’re a man in a dress, and performing at this iconic Ocean Drive club, it’s never been more fun. Recently relocated, The Palace is a great place to stop in for a bite, people watch, and of course, enjoy their memorable drag brunches. Make yourself at home during the parade, and watch the non-stop street party take flight as day turns to night.

 

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Perez Art Museum – Pride weekend should have a little culture thrown into the mix, and the Perez is just the fix. With an emphasis on work from the Caribbean and Latin America, the museum reflects Miami’s cultural pluralism. Closing the deal is the free admission on Thursday, April 5, when a Pride-themed celebration on their bayside terrace promises to be the place where all the sophisticated LGBT types will be dropping by.


 

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Ocho Bar at Soho House – This 8th floor rooftop taqueria and plunge pool at the always chic SoHo Beach House in mid-Beach, is a cool, adults-only private club with breathtaking ocean views. Fun and breezy, with pretty out-of-towners and margaritas, what’s not to love? Befriend a member and make your entrance.

 

PrideGuide2018-3-TWIST.jpg Twist – The classic South Beach Gayborhood haunt, where having a rowdy good time with a diverse Miami crowd is a guarantee. In an age of online hookups, virtual friends and internet shopping, Twist is the real deal – unpretentious but hip, sexy but welcoming. There’s no cover at the door, save your dollar bills and make it rain inside.


 PrideGuide2018-4-PARADE.jpg Pride Parade – The 10th Annual Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade on Sunday, April 8, is the can’t-miss culmination of the week. Pick a group to march with, a float to sashay behind, or simply line Ocean Drive and cheer on the crowd. After you’ve shouted your gay hearts out (allies also welcome), stay on into the night for a multi-block party like no other.

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Peace Out...


Puerto Sagua – You pumped, marched, twirled, and sipped your way around town. Now celebrate the end of the weekend with a dose of tostones con mojo de ajo or a great bistec de palomilla. Cuban food done right and simply is Miami’s bread and butter, and one of our classics is Puerto Sagua, a humble Beach mainstay. It’s tacky, it’s delicious, and it’s real.


 PrideGuide2018-8-1111.jpg 1111 Lincoln Road – Finally, you’ll need a PG selfie to share with mom. The impressive parking garage designed by Herzog de Meuron at 1111 Lincoln Road will be lit for Pride Week in rainbow colors in tribute to victims of Orlando’s Pulse nightclub shooting. We recommend taking the stairs (we know) to the 7th floor, where you’ll get a majestic view of Miami Beach. Don’t forget who sent you, tag us @JacoberCreative!

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