Drag brunch at the Palace Bar
Miami's Nine Best Party Brunches
No need to wait until the sun goes down to find some of Miami's wildest and most popular parties. Every weekend, a handful of lively restaurants host brunch events comparable to a night at LIV.
From Coral Gables and Midtown to South Beach, Wynwood, and Aventura, you can drink bottomless cocktails, indulge in sweet and fried comfort food, and dance all day at these spots. Play it safe and call in advance for reservations.
1060 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach
Pitbull's recently opened Ocean Drive restaurant, iLov305, hosts See You Next Sunday Brunch & Bottles with live DJs, a special menu, and numerous drink specials. Look out for the sparkling blood orange mojito, blended with prosecco, orange light rum, and muddled mint leaves. Beginning at noon Sundays. Call for reservations.
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Pink Teacup Villa
1542 Washington Ave., Miami Beach
South Beach restaurant Pink Teacup Villa, owned by Hustle & Soul's Lawrence Page, hosts a recurring all-day weekend brunch complete with unlimited mimosas, a buffet lineup of Southern comfort food, and nonstop music. Highlights include buttermilk fried chicken and waffles, bourbon barbecue wings, and jumbo fried shrimp with parmesan grits. Noon to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Walk-ins only. Brunch buffet costs $38 and includes unlimited mimosas.
Nikki Beach 1 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach
Nikki Beach's weekly Sunday buffet brunch includes cocktails, rosé, and champagne, paired with unlimited bites and lively music and dancing. Make sure to swing by the bloody mary bar too, where you can create your own concoctions. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays. Brunch costs $50.
Transport yourself to the French Riviera at Bagatelle’s weekly Sunday brunch party. Dig into truffle pizza, a full crudo bar, and European-inspired sweets while sipping rosé-infused cocktails. In midafternoon, the restaurant closes its blinds to create a club-like atmosphere until brunch ends at 6 p.m. Noon to 6 p.m. Sundays.
At the Wynwood restaurant's popular weekend drag brunch, savor unlimited small plates brought to your table and continually replenished, as well as a choice of hearty entrées, including cinnamon French toast and truffled skirt steak and eggs. While you dine, watch live drag performances every 15 minutes. Seatings at 11:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m., and 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Brunch packages start at $40.
Visit any Tap 42 location, including Coral Gables, Midtown, and Aventura, for the restaurant's weekend brunch, which features drink specials and music. Enjoy favorites like the chicken and waffles; the hangover sandwich with avocado, a sunny-side-up egg, hash browns, and truffle aioli; and the chocolate banana French toast drizzled with warm maple syrup and powdered sugar. In addition to a $20 bottomless drink option, which includes mimosas, bloody marys, and Funky Buddha's Floridian beer, the restaurant also pours more than 40 beers on tap. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
Drag Brunch at Palace Bar in South Beach.
The Palace Bar's weekend drag brunches are mimosa-fueled events where drag queens dance on your tables and the performances spill out onto the street. There are four shows per weekend — each lasting two hours. The $45 brunch (excluding tax and tip) includes your choice of about four or five entrées and unlimited mimosas during the show. Sunday afternoons, stay for the Palace's famous T-Dance party at 4 p.m., when visiting DJs, go-go boys, and more drag queens take over. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Reservations are suggested.
Enjoy your biscuits and gravy while watching your favorite game on a 20-foot LED screen; then party in the pool at this Ocean Drive entertainment center. The à la carte brunch includes items such as Buffalo chicken and waffles ($14) and stuffed blueberry French toast ($14). Of course, traditional bar bites such as wings and burgers are also available. After brunch, chill at one of the Clevelander's bars or cool off in the pool. All day Saturday and Sunday.
1450 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
Señor Frog's famous Drag Brunch has versions in Las Vegas, New York, and Fire Island. The South Beach iteration features drag queens, South Florida's top female impersonators, and special guests from RuPaul's Drag Race — all providing an interactive, four-hour megashow every Sunday at 1 p.m. Expect to see lots of birthday groups and bachelorette parties taking advantage of the four-hour open bar. Grab an Uber, indulge, and don't make plans for the rest of the day. 1 p.m. Sunday. One brunch item and show general admission costs $19.95; Queen's brunch with food, open bar, and reserved seating costs $39.95; and Queen's VIP brunch with food, open bar, premium seating, and a photo op costs $69.95 via vossevents.com.
If you love to brunch, check out New Times' Out to Brunch, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 13, in Jungle Plaza, 3801 NE First Ave., Miami; newtimesouttobrunch.com. Tickets cost $37.50 to $70 via ticketfly.com.