Wilton Manors is the LGBT capital of Florida. After the US Census in 2010, the city was deemed the second largest gay city in the United States. Last year over 1.3 million LGBT visitors traveled to the greater Fort Lauderdale area.
During the day, the Gayborhood is a bustling LGBT business center; home to the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA), the Stonewall National Museum & Archives’ new Wilton Manors Gallery, and the Pride Center at Equality Park.
Once the sun sets, the boys pull off the business attire and into something, well, more comfortable to enjoy this jewel of Florida nightlife. Major events on the gay calendar include PrideFest, BeachBear Weekend, Stonewall Parade & Street Festival, and the Wicked Manors Halloween celebration. But there’s plenty of action the rest of the year.
1. Rosie’s Bar and Grill: Rosie’s Bar and Grill is the place to people watch and grab a bite before diving deeper into the scene. It is home to the seven-day happy hour and a menu with items such “Great Balls of Fire,” “Ivana Hooker” burgers, and “Pisa Envy.” Rosie’s is a lesbian hangout, making it an ideal spot to meet friends for a bite and a few drinks on the outdoor patio but maybe not so much cruising. There’s plenty of time for that.
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