While Miami, and Key West, and more recently Fort Lauderale and Orlando- are the more popular gaycation destinations in Florida, Tampa offers open parks, pioneering gastronomy, cultural venue and a relaxed pace of life. That’s without even counting the hip GaYbor district where all of the Tampa’s hottest nightlife is – gay and straight.
Add to the mix the miles of waterfront and sandy beaches of Gay St Pete’s next door – which we have separated into another article-, sexy boys, a sultry subtropical climate + affordable prices and Gay Tampa is on to a winning combinati
While not the most liberal city in Florida, Tamp still has a very active and visible LGBT community – and gay travelers are unlikely to experience any issues, especially in the tourist-popular areas. The long Gulf Coast just begs you to explore it – perhaps as part of a larger gay Florida road trip – but Tampa has enough gay bars, clubs, bath houses and hipster-ness to keep you busy for at least a few days. Trust us, you won’t regret choosing Gay Tampa as your next gay holiday destination no matter where your interests lie!
Are you relocating? This guide will help travelers discover the queerer side of the city. However, if you are lucky enough to be considering a move here, we recommend getting in touch with a local gay realtor. They can happily give you no-obligation advice and all the information you'll ever need to know about your new city. And if you then want their help to find your dream home, you are guaranteed fair, equal, and honest representation. No surprises or awkward conversations necessary!
Being gay does not define which attraction most of us will want to see in each city, and generally, gay tourists will simply want to check out the top things to see in Tampa during the day! Tampa is a safe city, and gay people here need not take any more extra precautions regarding public displays of affection than they would in other large US cities.
We highly recommend hiring a car and getting out and discovering all of the glorious nature of the Florida Gulf Coast which is right on Tampa’s door-step. However, if you opt to stay just in the city there is still plenty of art galleries, hipster neighborhoods, contemporary architecture, beautiful green spaces and gay venues to keep you entertained during your stay – whether you’re lucky enough to be in town for a day, week, month or even longer!
Gay Nightlife in Tampa Florida
For those looking to go out and party, you will be happy to hear that Gay Tampa has a vibrant gay scene centered in the old town area “GaYbor District.” A coalition of gay and gay-friendly bars nightclubs and restaurants on one strip that has sprung up over through a grass-roots movement over the last decade, the GaYbor is the best place to discover the gay nightlife in Tampa.
A former cigar-rolling district with Latin roots, a night out in the GaYbor is perfect for dancing the night away in style with Britney, Ariana, and Cher. Nightlife is Florida, in general, is somewhat upscale, so dress-to-impress and be prepared for a long night: It’ might not be Bogota, Medellin or Guadalarja but the party starts late and goes all night long.
Bradley’s on 7th – A popular gay bar open 365 days a year with no cover and plenty of divas, drinks, and dancing. Daily Happy Hour til 9 pm with 2 for 1 on everything drag hosts and a social atmosphere. Bradley is one of the oldest bars in Tampa’s “Gay-Bor-Hood,” and even without their sexy go-go boys we would still go (but seriously, keep the boys!)
Ybor City Wine Bar – An upscale wine bar with fun snacks, deserts, inside seating and a patio overlooking the gay Tama scene on 7th Avenue. Perfect for meeting up and enjoy a sophisticated start to a night out.
Reservoir Bar – A simple dive bar in the heart of the Tampa gaybourhood. Cheap shots, professional bartenders and pool tables. A mixed hipster/gay crowd frequent this hole-in-the-wall bar in Tampa.
Honey Pot – Our favorite gay club in Tampa with large dance floor, great drink specials before 11, hot and steamy atmosphere and a young crowd. Fun events every night of the week with the most popular Tampa lesbian night: “Tease Saturdays” complete with rainfall shower. A variety of other events including onesie dress up, Masquerade and glow parties.
South Nights Tampa – An unapologetically client and utterly fabulous gay club in Tampa. Drag talent shows, colossal dance events, go-go dancers, cocktails and plenty of queer spirit. Whats not to love? They also have a sister club in Orlando if your heading that way.
The Castle – This underworld club within a gothic ‘castle’ has 3 different areas for music, a dungeon bar, over bar and fun courtyard. There are fun events 5 nights a week from Future Pop Thursday’s to Friday darkness. Everyone is welcoming in this queer-friendly environment, but it is gay-popular and not a gay club. Imagine a tropical Prague fetish dungeon or clubbing with goth Dracula and you might start to get the idea…
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