Fort Lauderdale, one of the most diverse cities in Florida, is experiencing a hotel boom. Evidenced by six new lodgings that opened in 2020; 10 in 2021; and another seven anticipated to open in 2022.
GayCities recently checked into the W Fort Lauderdale, a swanky beachside stay, and we found all the gay fun nearby to put on your radar.
We must start with the Gay Elephant in the room: you cannot visit Fort Lauderdale without making a trip (or a few) to Wilton Manors. If there has ever been a gayborhood created with fun and convenience in mind, Wilton offers an entire land strip of gay bars and clubs located a couple of feet from one another. Local favorites include Georgie’s Alibi Monkey Bar, Hunters Nightclub, the Eagle, Johnson’s (if you want to experience the art of naked go-go dancers), and where everybody ends up (and SoFlo’s most well-known club), the Manor.
No Man’s Land
Looking for a date night spot where your date won’t be stolen? Avoid the Venus Fly Trap that is Wilton Manors and take them to No Man’s Land, where the lighting alone is intimate and dark enough they won’t be able to see beyond your face at the table. The venue markets itself as a refuge from the ordinary, and its wide selection of creative libations, small plates, and vintage design channeling the romance of the renaissance makes No Man’s Land a hidden gem to invite potential lovers.
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