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Looking for a gay ol' time? Twist might be the gayest thing on SoBe. "Never a cover, always a groove" is the motto. Hot dancers in nothing but underwear grace the bar. Drag queens rule the stage. With seven varying bars, three dance floors, and different music and energy in each, there's a whole lot more to explore than just your sexuality. It's OK, straight people, you're allowed in.


743 Washington Ave., Miami Beach

From the mind of SoBe nightlife impresario Chris Paciello comes an exclusive spot opened in 2016 where tastes are expensive and style is high. Paciello was a man about town in the roaring '90s, known for his magnetic ability to attract celebrities. And he's hoping Rockwell can bring some of that lush era atmosphere to Washington Avenue. #RockwellMondays have featured performances by 50 Cent, Lil' Kim, 2Chainz, Jeezy, and many others. It's not all about big-name DJs, but stars such as Lenny Kravitz, Lupe Fiasco, and Timbaland have been spotted here. This is the kind of place visitors dream of experiencing when they arrive at MIA.

Mango's Tropical Cafe

900 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach

If you're a tourist from the Caribbean or South America, this is probably the only club you'll go to for the duration of your stay. This is the place where salsa, merengue, and bachata reign. It's a true Miami experience. Here, the biggest reggaeton hits blast through pink and orange atmospheres, and any woman walking alone is bound to be swept up in a close gyration before she can reach the restroom. This is a spicy place where lovers entangle themselves between bass bumps, and live dancers entertain all manner of birthday girls and bachelorettes into the morning light. Don't miss the Celia Cruz tribute shows and Cuban congas. Is it a little cheesy? Yes, but honestly, why shouldn't it be?

Purdy Lounge

1811 Purdy Ave., Miami Beach

Sunday doesn't have to be the saddest night of the week — not when you head to this bayside bar for the last pinch of the weekend at Made You Look Sundays. Or visit the lounge Mondays for the superchill reggae night. There's a reason Purdy Lounge is still around despite neighborhood changes. This is one place in South Beach where you can feel free to be yourself.