The Palace – the iconic gay bar known for its drag performances – is planning an Ocean Drive comeback. The popular gathering spot for Miami Beach’s LGBT community has been closed since July 4th after losing its lease at 1200 Ocean Drive where it had been for nearly 30 years. The building, which was recently purchased, will undergo renovations.
This week, The Palace posted a message on its Facebook page that said an announcement on a new location is imminent: “NEWS ALERT! Sorry we haven't been posting much lately. We have been VERY busy getting things in order for our NEW permanent home on Ocean Drive that we will be announcing in two weeks.”
In the meantime, the Palace will “host a temporary tea-dance party to bring the magic back to Ocean Drive for the time being” Saturday, August 19th at the Clevelander.
On April 20th, the Palace released a letter in which it said, “The Palace Bar is the foundation for what has become one of South Beach’s legendary and iconic LGBT meeting places, 1200 Ocean Drive. The pride colored cross walks and honorary street sign are proof of the City’s support and endorsement of the community and value it brings to South Beach. Though the 1200 Ocean Drive location may be undergoing changes, Palace itself will not be closing its doors permanently … The truth of the matter is that this situation presents us with a fantastic opportunity to grow … We plan on continuing to be a beacon of support for our community, a sanctuary, and a melting pot for many years to come …”
Image: The Palace, Facebook