The Palace Bar & Restaurant in Miami Beach, FL

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Palace, the iconic gay restaurant and bar on Ocean Drive that is world-renowned for its live drag performances, will be re-opening at 1052 Ocean.

Palace was a long-time popular haunt for celebrities — Andy Cohen, Nene Leakes, and Perez Hilton have been spotted dining outside the eatery, and in the old days Luciano Pavarotti, Elton John, Madonna and Princess Diana were frequently spotted at the restaurant.

Steve Palsar launched Palace in February 1988. Miami was a much different city and at that time there were no other restaurants on the Drive. Everyone thought Palsar was crazy to introduce one, but he did. Palace opened at 1200 Ocean Drive — Palsar’s “little slice of heaven,” as he called it — and it would usher in a whole new era that would eventually lead to cafes up and down the street.

When we interviewed Thomas Donall right before the closing at the original location he said: “The truth of the matter is that this situation presents us with a fantastic opportunity to grow, we’re going to find a new place that has the same character but offers a bigger performance space that better suits the needs of our changing community.” What Thomas said months ago has become reality with the new location. It was a pleasure to sit down with Thomas again for this interview.

When you found out that the original location of Palace would be coming to an end did you consider not relocating or was relocating the only option?

I really tried to stay in the property and work a deal out, but I just couldn’t. It was also going to take a year and a half to finish the property, and I knew I couldn’t be closed that long, so I immediately started looking for the new location.

When did you find the new location for Palace?

I have been going up and down Ocean Drive for months, and I finally found our new home at 1052 a few weeks ago.

How hard was it to keep the location a secret?

Very difficult, as I wanted to transfer everything first before announcing, but the word got out quick.

How is the new location better than the old location?

We have a lot bigger deck in the front for the shows and it has a huge awning so there are no umbrellas to inhibit the girls. The inside opens to the outside with all glass doors. It’s one of the best locations on Ocean Drive for the Palace.

Who are some of the girls, we have come to know and love that will continue to be on the Palace cast?

Missy, TP, Tiffany, and Elishaly are the four major girls we will have back.

Are you bringing in new girls?

We are going to be having several new entertainers trying out so we can get some fresh girls for our new team.

What’s ahead for the iconic Palace?

We are going to be working on different shows, we are installing a Boid Sound System, which will be fabulous, an all-new lights system and as I said it’s a much bigger space. This is a much freer open space and I am sure the South Florida community will love it!

We have a 20 year lease so Palace is set here for a long time.

For more information on the Palace, go to: PalaceSouthBeach.com.

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The Palace's Opening Weekend
The Palace Bar celebrated the opening of their new location at 1052 Ocean Drive with fabulous parties and fierce shows.
 
The Palace Closing Block Party
The Palace Bar hosted their final Block Party at 1200 Ocean Drive on July 4, 2017. The party started off with the legendary Brunchic and continued with amazing shows, Go Go boys and massive crowds.
 
Sunday Brunchic at The Palace
The Palace Bar is Miami Beach's gay, beach, and drag show destination. Sunday Brunchic, hosted by Noel Leon, is a South Beach staple with hot boys and traffic stopping entertainment.
 
Saturday Latin Brunch at The Palace
The Palace Bar is Miami Beach's ultimate drag show destination. Saturday is Latin Brunch with hostess Noel Leon, live music, hot & spicy drag shows and plenty of hot boys.
 
The Palace's 29th Anniversary Party
The Palace Bar is Miami Beach's premiere drag show destination on South Beach.  They recently threw an extravaganza for their 29th Anniversary with hostess Tiffany Fantasia and shows by drag sensations Pussilla, TP Lords, TLo Ivy, Melissa Hilton, and Athena Dion and many others.
 
The Palace Celebrates TP Lords' BDay Bash
The Palace Bar is Miami Beach's gay, beach, and drag show destination on South Beach.  They recently hosted a birthday party and 20th Anniversary of drag party for their girl TP Lords.

 
Sunday Brunchic at The Palace
The Palace Bar is Miami Beach's gay, beach, and drag show destination. Sunday Brunchic is hosted by the Tiffany Fantasia and is a South Beach staple with hot boys coming from the beach and great traffic stopping entertainment.
 
Friday Night Tea Dance with Harmonica Sunbeam
The Palace Bar is Miami Beach's drag show destination. Friday Night Tea Dance is hosted by Missy Meyakie LePaige with T.P. Lords and Fanstasia Royale. NYC's very own Harmonica Sunbeam recently made a special apperance!
 
Sunday Brunchic at The Palace
The Palace Bar is Miami Beach's gay, beach, and drag show destination. Sunday Brunchic, hosted by Missy Meyakie LePaige, literally stops traffic during the show!
 
Sunday Brunchic at The Palace
The Palace Bar in Miami Beach is the ultimate drag show destination. Sunday Brunchic is hosted by Tiffany Fantasia Phillips and features performances that literally stop traffic.
 
Sunday Brunchic at The Palace
The Palace Bar is Miami Beach's hottest drag show destination. Sunday Brunchic is hosted by Tiffany Fantasia and one of South Beach's most popular and entertaining shows. It literall stops traffic!
 
The Palace's Orlando Benefit
The Palace Bar on Miami Beach recently hosted a night of remembrance for the Orlando shooting victims. Attendees observed a moment of silence, performers donated their tips, and 49 Japanese lanterns were released.
 
Sunday Brunchic at The Palace
The Palace Bar is Miami Beach's drag show destination. Sunday Brunchic is hosted by Missy Meyakie LaPaige and is a South Beach staple! Traffic literally stops to catch the show.

The Palace Celebrates 28 Years
The Palace Bar is Miami Beach's gay, beach, and drag show destination on South Beach. They recently threw a party for their 28th Anniversary with hostesses Missy Meyakie LePaige and Tiffany Fantasia as well as featured shows by Melissa Hilton and many others.

Valentine's Brunchic at The Palace
The Palace Bar is Miami Beach's drag show destination. Sunday Brunchic is hosted by Noel Leon and featured shows from: Missy Meyakie LePaige, Melissa Hilton, Shanaya Bright, and TLo Ivy.

Sunday Brunchic at The Palace
The Palace Bar is Miami Beach's gay, beach, and drag show destination. Sunday Brunchic is hosted by Tiffany Fantasia and is a South Beach staple with hot boys coming from the beach and great traffic stopping entertainment. Comedic and Flight Attendant Icon Pam Ann dropped in with some friends to check out the show.
Sunday Brunchic at The Palace
The Palace Bar is Miami Beach's gay, beach, and drag show destination. Sunday Brunchic is hosted by the Missy Meyakie LaPaige and is a South Beach staple with hot boys coming from the beach and great traffic stopping entertainment.
Sunday Brunchic at The Palace
The Palace Bar is Miami Beach's gay, beach, and drag show destination. Sunday Brunchic is hosted by the legendary Tiffany Fantasia and is a South Beach staple with hot boys coming from the beach and great traffic stopping entertainment.
Sunday Brunchic at The Palace
The Palace Bar is Miami Beach's gay, beach, and drag show destination. Sunday Brunchic is hosted by the stunning Noel Leon and is a South Beach staple with hot boys coming from the beach and great traffic stopping entertainment.
Sunday Tea Dance at The Palace
The Palace Bar is Miami Beach's gay, beach, and drag show destination. Sunday Tea Dance is hosted by T.P. Lords and is a South Beach staple with crazy drag shows as well as hot boys coming and going to the beach.
Sunday Brunchic at The Palace
The Palace Bar is Miami Beach's gay, beach, and drag show destination. Sunday Brunchic is hosted by the legendary Tiffany Fantasia and is a South Beach staple with hot boys coming from the beach and great traffic stopping entertainment.
Sunday Brunchic at The Palace
The Palace Bar is Miami Beach's gay, beach, and drag show destination. Sunday Brunchic is hosted by Noel Leon and is a South Beach staple with hot boys coming from the beach and great traffic stopping entertainment.
Palace's Saturday Latin Tea Dance
The Palace Bar is Miami Beach's gay, beach, and drag show destination on South Beach. They host a Saturday Latin Tea Dance with hostess Noel Leon and DJ Sushiman Lords.
Sunday Brunchic at The Palace
The Palace Bar is Miami Beach's gay, beach, and drag show destination. Sunday Brunchic is hosted by Noel Leon and is a South Beach staple with hot boys coming from the beach and great traffic stopping entertainment.
The Palace Celebrates 27 Years
The Palace Bar is Miami Beach's gay, beach, and drag show destination on South Beach. They recently threw a party for their 27th Anniversary with Hostess Joanna James as Joan Rivers with shows by Tlo Ivy and many others.
Sunday Tea Dance at The Palace
The Palace Bar is Miami Beach's gay, beach, and drag show destination. Sunday Tea Dance is hosted by T.P. Lords the birthday boy DJ Sushiman that is a South Beach staple with crazy drag shows as well as hot boys coming and going to the beach.
Champagne with the Stars Wednesdays at The Palace
The Palace Bar is Miami Beach's gay, beach, and drag show destination on South Beach. Wednesdays are Champagne with the Stars Wednesdays with Hostess Tiffany Fantasia and feature bottles of Veuve Clicquout.
New Years Eve Party at The Palace
The Palace Bar on Miami Beach hosted a New Years Eve Party that took over some of Ocean Drive that featured fabulous drag shows, champagne, and great food.
The Freedom to Be Different Party in Wynwood
The Palace Bar on Miami Beach sponsored the Freedom to Be Different Party. The event kicked off with the premier of Dmitry Zhitov's movie South Beach on Heels followed by a party with cast members, was hosted by Elaine Lancaster, and featured DJ Tracy Young, DJ Maximus 3000, and Lady Bunny.
Sunday Brunchic at The Palace
The Palace Bar is Miami Beach's gay, beach, and drag show destination. Sunday Brunchic is hosted by Missy Meyakie LePaige with shows by TLo Ivy and Shanaya Bright is a traffic stopping South Beach staple.
Sunday Tea Dance at The Palace
The Palace Bar is Miami Beach's gay, beach, and drag show destination. Sunday Tea Dance, hosted by Tiffany Fantasia Phillips, is a South Beach staple. Bravo Television personality Andy Cohen dropped by with Showtime's The Big C actor John Benjamin Hickey to enjoy the show and grab a bite to eat while in town.
Sunday Brunchic at The Palace
The Palace Bar is Miami Beach's gay, beach, and drag show destination. Sunday Brunchic is hosted by Tiffany Taylor Fantasia and is a South Beach staple with hot boys coming and going to the beach.
2014 Pink Flamingo Awards Announcement at The Palace
The Palace Bar on Miami Beach hosted the 2014 Pink Flamingo Awards Nominee Announcement Party. The party was MC'd by TP Lords, and featured the Palace Girls and Hot Go Go Boys.
Sunday Brunchic at The Palace
The Palace Bar is Miami Beach's gay, beach, and drag show destination. Sunday Brunchic is hosted by Noel Leon and feature shows by South Beach on Heels costars TLo Ivy and Shanaya Bright as well as hot boys coming from the beach.
Sunday Tea Dance at The Palace
The Palace Bar is Miami Beach's gay, beach, and drag show destination. Sunday Tea Dance is hosted by T.P. Lords and is a South Beach staple with crazy drag shows as well as hot boys coming and going to the beach.
Sunday Tea Dance at The Palace
The Palace Bar is Miami Beach's gay, beach, and drag show destination. Sunday Tea Dance is hosted by T.P. Lords and is a South Beach staple with crazy drag shows as well as hot boys coming and going to the beach.
Sunday Brunchic at The Palace
The Palace Bar is Miami Beach's gay, beach, and drag show destination. Sunday Brunchic is hosted by Noel Leon and is a South Beach staple with hot boys coming and going to the beach. Real Housewives of Atlanta star Derek J stopped in for the show with some friends.
Movies on Ocean Wednesdays at The Palace
The Palace Bar is Miami Beach's gay, beach, and drag show destination on South Beach. Wednesdays are Movies on Ocean with Hostess Noel Leon where they showed the cult classic Priscilla Queen of the Dessert and every table got free popcorn!
Sunday Tea Dance at The Palace
The Palace Bar is Miami Beach's gay, beach, and drag show destination on South Beach. Sunday Brunchic and Tea Dance is a South Beach staple and featured the legendary Tiffany Fantasia with a drag shows that stopped traffic.
Sunday Tea Dance at The Palace
The Palace Bar is Miami Beach's gay, beach, and drag show destination on South Beach. Their Sunday afternoon Tea Dance is a South Beach staple with hot boys as well as legendary drag shows that can stop traffic.
Sunday Tea Dance at The Palace
The Palace Bar is Miami Beach's gay, beach, and drag show destination on South Beach. Their Sunday afternoon Tea Dance is a South Beach staple with hot boys as well as legendary drag shows that can stop traffic.
The Palace Celebrates 26 Years
The Palace Bar is Miami Beach's gay, beach, and drag show destination on South Beach. They recently celebrated their 26th Anniversary with a night full of shows and lots of love.
Sunday Brunchic at The Palace
The Palace Bar is Miami Beach's gay post-beach and drag show destination. Located on Ocean Drive, their Sunday Brunchic is a South Beach tradition with hot boys and legendary traffic stopping drag shows.
Sunday Brunchic at The Palace
The Palace Bar is Miami Beach's gay, beach, and drag show destination on South Beach. Sunday Brunchic is a South Beach staple with hot boys coming and going to the beach as well as legendary drag shows that can stop traffic.
4th of July Party at The Palace
The Palace Bar is Miami Beach's gay restaurant, bar, and drag show destination. They hosted a 4th of July Party featuring the talented Missy Meyakie LaPaige, TP Lords, and DJ Charlie Rojas.
Sunday Brunchic at The Palace
The Palace Bar is Miami Beach's gay, beach, and drag show destination on South Beach. Sunday Brunchic is a South Beach staple with hot boys coming and going to the beach as well as legendary drag shows that can stop traffic.
Miami Beach Gay Pride Festival at The Palace
The Palace Bar on Miami Beach helped celebrate 2013 Miami Beach Gay Pride with a block party that featured a variety of DJs, Drag Queens, and tons of hot boys and girls!
Block Party at The Palace
The Palace Bar in Miami Beach hosted a Post Winter Party Block Party with tons of hot boys, fierce drag queens, and hot music.
The Palace Celebrates 25 Years
The Palace Bar in Miami Beach celebrated it's 25th Anniversary with singer Chaise Candie, a procolamation by the city, and of course a steady stream of our favorite Drag Queens.
The Palace
The Palace Bar is Miami Beach's gay, beach, and drag show destination on South Beach. For over 24 years The Palace has become a mainstay for tourists and locals who enjoy delectable bites, stiff drinks, and, of course, Palace’s fabulously frocked fellas.
Sunday Brunchic at The Palace
The Palace Bar is Miami Beach's gay, beach, and drag show destination on South Beach. Sunday Brunchic is a South Beach staple with hot boys coming and going to the beach as well as legendary drag shows that can stop traffic.

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