Whether visiting for leisure or business, a trip to St. Pete/Clearwater puts people in the mood to celebrate. If you’re looking for a great place to hold a sun-soaked party, St. Pete/Clearwater has plenty of LGBTQ-friendly venues to choose from. Read our guide for suggestions on where you can hold an awesome event for your friends and chosen family. We have plenty of theme suggestions, fun activities, and cool locations guaranteed to make your party unforgettable.
Plan a Rainbow Dance Night at Enigma
1110 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, FL 33705
Open seven days a week, Enigma boasts a great sound system and light show that’ll add pizzazz to your dance party. This club is proud of its dedication to adding special touches for customers and its welcoming atmosphere for the LGBTQ+ community.
Relax, enjoy great tunes from the local DJs, and treat yourself to a specialty drink from the happy hour menu. Tell your friends to put on their dancing shoes and come in their most colorful clothes. The more hues they wear, the better for your rainbow theme! If you want to be a bit more extra with your theme, coordinate with the club to serve snacks in every color of the rainbow, like veggie crudites and macarons.
Host a Sun-Soaked Get-Together at Sunset Beach
9000 W Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island, FL 33706
Located at the southernmost tip of Treasure Island, near St. Pete Beach, Sunset Beach has a carefree, bohemian atmosphere and is one of the most popular gay beaches on the West Coast of Florida.
Surrounded by crystal-clear waves and soft sand, it’s the perfect venue to share a few cold ones with friends or even have a sing-along. Make your beach party special with fun finger food and a unique costume theme. For example, tell your guests to show up in their most glam, water-friendly pirate or mermaid getup.
Snap photos, share canapes and other delicious snacks from your picnic baskets, and don’t forget to put on some sunscreen!
Enjoy Drag Night at Blur Nightclub
325 Main St., Dunedin, FL 34698
Famous for Drag Queen Bingo nights, live music, and raucous karaoke, Blur Nightclub is a whirlwind of activity in the sleepy town of Dunedin northwest of St. Pete. Hold a private party here so you and your guests can dance, watch a drag show, and toast to an incredible night together!
Down to mingle with new people? Invite your friends to head to Blur on Friday night to catch the early DJ sets. It’s not too crowded by 9 p.m., so it’s the perfect time to meet new faces on the dance floor. Afterward, catch one of the drag performances, regularly held at 10:30 p.m. and midnight.
Unleash Your Inner Diva at Punky’s
3063 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, FL 33713
Punky’s is an LGBTQ institution in St. Pete’s, best known for its tasty fast-casual fare, happy hour deals, and live music. Plan a night out with friends when Punky’s is having a karaoke night. Cheer each other on, tuck into some hot wings, and raise your glasses – all that singing is going to be thirsty work.
Take it a step further by putting on fun costumes inspired by your favorite musicians and pop icons. Think Cher, Britney or Ariana – the sky’s the limit!
Travel Back in Time at Hamburger Mary’s
28910 US 19, Clearwater, FL 33761
Craving comfort food and a side of nostalgia? Break out the poodle skirts and put up those pompadours for a ‘50s Americana dinner with friends at Hamburger Mary’s. This gay-friendly, drag-themed chain prides itself on its inclusivity and tasty menu.
Order Mary’s Mac And Cheese Balls, beers, and the Love Me Tenders during any of their special events. This diner chain frequently holds Drag Queen Bingo, Diva Drag Brunches, and quiz nights that will keep you and your guests entertained!
Have a White Party Dinner at Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill
7 Rockaway St., Clearwater, FL 33767
Tell your friends to pack their breezy white summer eleganza for a day at Clearwater Beach. Your group can spend the day chilling by the water and lounging in the sun. Afterward, your group can dress up in all-white clothes and head to Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill. Be sure to order Frenchy’s famous Garlic Crab Fries – just take care not to get garlic butter on those immaculate whites before you snap photos together!
Frenchy’s is best known for its open-air dining featuring local seafood, live music, and incredible sunset views. Check its social media pages to find out which bands are playing before you drop by.
Throw a Glam Sleepover at The Fenway Hotel
453 Edgewater Dr., Dunedin, FL 34698
Sleepovers are the perfect party theme for small groups of old friends, providing a cozy atmosphere for catching up and exchanging the latest news. Throw on plush hotel robes, pop the champagne, and play fun games like Truth or Dare. This is an intimate and meaningful party idea that’s sure to have everyone reminiscing about the good old days!
Elevate the typical sleepover by booking suites at a historic hotel, like The Fenway in Dunedin. First opened in 1924, this incredible location is known for hosting many famous figures over the years, such as Arctic adventurer Robert Bartlett and lawyer Clarence Darrow.
Plan Your Event or Outing
Planning a party takes a little extra time and work, but you’re sure to have a blast with your friends and the local community. Thankfully, St. Pete and Clearwater has plenty of nightlife hotspots, gorgeous beaches, and cozy restaurants that will be perfect for hosting your LGBTQ event.
Simplify your planning by trying any of these fun ideas out. Most of all, don’t forget that, no matter how you choose to celebrate, it’s the company that makes a party truly special!
Content by Rachel Covello. Covello is the Publisher of OutCoast.com, an LGBTQ-focused destination marketing travel blog highlighting inclusive destinations in Florida in which to visit, celebrate, and live. Explore LGBTQ Florida on OutCoast.com to find the best rainbows in the Sunshine State.