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discover Gay Florida about the rooms, which are impeccably designed in the "urban chic" style, complete with bright colors and beautiful artwork, especially in the executive suites. Relax at the Evangeline spa, have a drink on the rooftop, and then decide which wine you'd like to take home in their exclusive wine shop! (Don't forget to stop at Chocolate Pi, the hotel's pâtisserie.) (1207 S. Howard Ave., Tampa, 855829-2536) Flamingo Resort

nightlife is based here. A little backstory: Ybor City is an area of town that used to be wellknown for its cigar manufacturing, and is now a nightlife hub for Tampanians both gay and straight. The area on 7th Avenue from Centro Ybor down to 14th Street is a budding area for LGBT-owned and LGBT-friendly businesses called the GaYBOR District. In this area, you will find Hamburger Mary's Tampa, which serves up fierce drag and other fun events like bingo and talent night, all alongside some great food, drinks and ample customer service. If you'd like to drink a few beers and enjoy a sports bar atmosphere, complete with multiple TVs tuned to sports networks, stop by Hamburger Mary's Pub House, right next door. Southern Nights Tampa

Also, consider staying at the nearby Flamingo Resort, a nightclub complex and resort geared specifically to the LGBT traveler, with six themed bars, a dance club, and guest rooms of all sizes. It is located 30 minutes from downtown Tampa at 4601 34th St. S. in south St. Petersburg. For more information, call (727) 321-5000 or visit flamingofla.com.

WHERE TO PLAY Tampa Pride

Tampa Pride is the largest LGBT pride event in the city limits, and is held every year in March. Next year's date has already been decided (March 25, 2017); to learn more about Tampa Pride, visit tampapride.org. The local LGBT service organization is Metro Wellness and Community Centers. Based in St. Petersburg, the organization also staffs a Tampa office on 7th Avenue adjacent to the Hampton Inn in Ybor City. For more information, including updates regarding their upcoming gala on September 10, visit metrotampabay.org. Speaking of Ybor City, a lot of Tampa's LGBT

Walk down 7th Avenue and the first gay bar you will see is The Honey Pot on the left-hand side. A high-energy dance club, the owners routinely bring international DJs to spin for the crowds. Further up the street and back on the Centro side of the street is Bradley's on 7th, a neighborhood bar featuring friendly bartenders, a spacious dance floor, and popular drag shows each Friday and Saturday hosted by Joey Brooks. Next door to Bradley's is Liquid Tampa, which is a dual-story nightclub featuring a dance floor, drag stage, bars and seating on the main floor. Many RuPaul's Drag Race queens make their Tampa debuts at Liquid. One block away, on the other side of the street, is Southern Nights Tampa. The Orlando favorite opened in Tampa in the spring of 2015, and it has quickly become a popular venue. It features a dance area, a smoking lounge, and lots of sexy go-go dancers. City Side

There are two LGBT bars in Tampa outside Ybor City: City Side, a lounge featuring a