If these walls could talk, they’d tell you how becoming Miami’s #1 LGBTQ+ bar and restaurant is no small feat. But after three decades of unforgettable parties — including South Beach’s raucous heyday as a ‘90s gay mecca — Palace was bound to become the stuff of legend. After all, every queen needs her palace, and we’ve been home to the most glamorous drag queens in all of South Florida since 1988.
However, Palace simply wouldn’t be the iconic venue it is today if it wasn’t for Thomas Donall, who single-handedly saved it from slow decline when he took over in 2007. “I wasn’t sure I was up for the task,” he admits. “But I knew I could rebrand the place and have it do great things for the LGBT community.”
Today, Palace remains a vital haven for South Florida’s queer community and diverse visitors from around the world who love our now-infamous Drag Brunch, which introduced regular T-Dances and on-the-street shows. The free block parties we throw during Pride and White Party are so large that the city shuts down the street to accommodate our exuberant crowds. But perhaps most importantly, Thomas Donall helped ensure that Palace gives back to the community. To date, we’ve contributed more than $2 million to causes like Task Force, Miami Pride and Meals on Wheels.
In 2009, the LGBT Community Committee for the City of Miami Beach allowed Palace to decorate the corner street sign and crosswalk with rainbow colors, marking our location as a South Beach landmark and a meeting place for the LGBTQ+ community. And in 2016, Palace hosted a special ceremony honoring victims of the Pulse nightclub tragedy. Over the years, such events have helped highlight our message of equality and cemented our status as an LGBTQ+ safe haven, thanks in part to our location directly across from South Beach’s most popular gay beach.
After a short hiatus, Palace Bar reopened at a new location on Ocean Drive and is once again home to glittering queens and drag performances. Today, everyone is invited to experience the incomparable hospitality and entertainment of Miami’s most inclusive bar and restaurant, three decades in the making!