Sarasota Gay Bars – The Nomadic Boys

Author: , December 27th, 2018

Sarasota Gay Bars - The Nomadic Boys

Sarasota is a destination that most gay travellers to Florida are likely to overlook, opting for nearby St. Petersburg instead.

We’ll be very honest, before coming to Sarasota we knew very little about it. However, it turned out to be the hidden gem of our trip, a place we would definitely love to return to. As well as being the cultural capital of Florida with so many things to do, it also has a fun gay scene worth checking out, with annual events like the “Harvey Milk Festival” and “Sarasota Pride”.

Following our trip, we’ve put together our travel guide featuring the best gay bars in Sarasota, LGBTQ events, beaches and gay friendly hotels to stay.

Gay Bars of Sarasota

The gay scene of Sarasota is so small that even gay locals we met advised us to instead head to nearby St. Pete to party. This is no surprise given that St. Pete is 5 times larger than Sarasota. Despite its size, Sarasota still has a handful of places worth checking out for a fun gay night out:

Purple Rhino: this is Sarasota’s oldest gay bar with a really friendly atmosphere and some hilarious drag shows. We came here on a Saturday evening and saw a couple of shows, which you can see in our video below. On Sunday evenings, look out for their gay drag “Bingo Bash” event. Purple Rhino is located at 2920 Beneva Rd and is open daily from 4:40pm to around 10:30pm (later on weekends).

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at The Nomadic Boys

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Romantic Gay Sarasota – The Nomadic Boys

Author: , December 16th, 2018

Gay Sarasota - The Nomadic Boys

Sarasota is the arts and cultural capital of Florida. It has no fewer than 2 symphonies, an opera house, a world-class ballet company and many art galleries. That’s on top of the many beautiful powdery white sandy beaches like Siesta Key, as well as being the famous HQ of one of the world’s most eminent circus companies – the Ringling Bros.

Sarasota offers the ideal holiday for couples looking for a romantic weekend, or even for travellers who want to add on something different to their Orlando theme-park vacation. These are our 10 romantic things to do in Sarasota from our big road trip around Florida.

1. Watching the sunset together on Siesta Key beach
Siesta Key is perhaps the main reason most people will know about Sarasota. As well as being the title of a MTV reality TV show, this is also one of the best beaches in the US. For example, in 2017, it was ranked as the #1 beach in the US by Dr Beach and TripAdvisor also rates it as the #2 best beach in the US.

The reason why Siesta Key is so notorious is due to the fact that the water is so clear, clean and can be enjoyed throughout the year. In addition, the sand is powdery white, like icing sugar. This is because it is comprised of 99% pure Quartz, which means it is always silky in texture and cool to the touch, even on the hottest summer days. And if it couldn’t get any better, Siesta Key beach has spectacular sunsets every evening.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at The Nomadic Boys

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TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: The Ringling Museum

Author: , June 3rd, 2017

The Ringling

The RinglingWhen one thinks of the word  ‘Ringling’ most people think of the “Greatest Show on Earth” like the Circus. A trip down to Sarasota, Florida will put a new meaning to that word.  John N. Ringling of course was the founder of the Ringling Brothers Circus and with his brothers he did make it into the “Greatest Show on Earth” however there is much more to John N. Ringling than just his “Circus”. We call it ‘The Ringling in Sarasota’ and is located right on the beach of the Gulf of Mexico.

The RinglingThere are actually five main buildings at ‘The Ringling’. First is the main office complex with galleries, bookstore and is where you purchase your tickets. It also has the Center’s Education Art Library and Conservation Lab.

It also houses a very upscale dining room. The 2nd building is the Museum of Art. First stop after getting your tickets is to walk to the Museum of Art with 31 galleries filled with priceless pieces of art from Old Masters thru contemporary from throughout the world.  The exterior of the Museum is magnificent itself with statues and columns everywhere. One could easily spend a whole day just in the Museum of Art.

The RinglingThen a leisurely walk to the Gulf of Mexico to tour John and Mable’s Mansion. With 4 floors of magnificent European furniture, oil paintings, bronzes, crystal chandeliers, fine china and silver, it is breath-taking to see.  Located directly on the Gulf of Mexico with views to remember forever.

While you are there, visit the Bayfront Gardens. This is one of the most beautiful gardens that we have seen. It is as much ‘real art’ as one can witness. It is a true living treasure with plenty of statuary under the magnificent banyan trees and roses everywhere!

The RinglingAs you take another leisurely walk to the Circus Museum you will see the parade wagons, the posters, the glittering costumes and the cannon that shot performers through the air. It will surely bring back a lot of memories for you when the circus would come to town and you and your family would rush down to see it.

The 5th building is the beautiful historic Asolo Theater which is housed next to the main building. They have dramatic performances there that is a ‘must see’ for visitors.The theater has a remarkable history and you can read all about it at  https://www.ringling.org/history-historic-asolo-theater It actually dates back several hundred years and was brought over to the United States years ago and re-assembled.

The RinglingThey have two places to dine at “The Ringling”…… a very lovely sit down restaurant in the main building and an outdoor dining option close to the Museum of Art. Next time that you are in Florida, forget Mickey Mouse and visit the ‘Ringling’ instead. You won’t be sorry as this is a tremendous Museum to visit and one that you will remember forever.

The Ringling Museum is the largest museum in Florida.  They are located at 5401 Bay Shore Road in Sarasota. They are open daily, 10 AM -5 PM and Thursdays until 8 PM.  Their phone number is 941.359.5700 is www.ringling.org/   They have plenty of free parking.

When we visit museums and art galleries we always like to give praise to special people. At the ‘Ringling’ we want to praise Robin Findlay and Alice Murphy in the front office and to Mary Schreck who was one of the finest tour guides that we have ever encountered in all of our travels from coast to coast. She was extremely professional and informative about the Mansion.  Everyone in our group was extremely pleased with her knowledge and she answered all questions perfectly.

Don and RayAlways remember to have fun when traveling, meet new people and talk to everyone!

TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD is written by Donald Pile and Ray Williams, Award-winning, Celebrity travel columnists who write for gay publications from coast to coast (And now legally married).

Proud members of the IGLTA. You can email them at gaytravelers@aol.com and visit their website at http://gaytravelersataol.blogspot.com/

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Harvey Milk Festival Returns to Sarasota Next Weekend

Author: , May 9th, 2014

Harvey Milk Festival 2014Sarasota – Five years ago a small festival in downtown Sarasota caught the attention of music acts around the country. In 2014, the Harvey Milk Festival is set to be the largest event ever in the festival’s history–so much so that it extended the hours of its main festival by two hours to midnight.

“I’m a musician myself and I’m a promoter,” says festival organizer Shannon Fortner. “I do bookings so that’s my forte and this kind of combines my activism with being a musician and promoter.”

The festival honoring politician and civil rights activist Harvey Milk was the brainchild of Fortner, who wanted to create an event recognizing the late San Francisco official’s large involvement in the civil rights movement but also recognizing his love of the arts.

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Gay Travel: What to Do in Sarasota, Florida

Author: , December 19th, 2010

From The Curious Traveler:

I’m moving to Siesta Key and staying with the folks in November. Is there a “gay” area of Sarasota like Halsted St. in Lakeview in Chicago?
—Mark, Chicago, IL

Editor: While there is no gay “section” comparable to Halsted St. in Chicago, Sarasota’s LGBT community is known for making their own fun.

In addition to Passport’s article in August 2006, Gay in Sarasota (www.gayinsarasota.com) is a wonderful resource. Sarasota has a history of gay bars opening and closing faster than you can order a drink, so it’s best to find out current LGBT hangouts from the locals.

Full Story from Passport Magazine

Click here for gay travel resources in Sarasota & Central Florida.