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Splash Bar, Panama City Beach, Florida


Splash Bar, Panama City Beach, Florida
photo by Andrew Collins
Panama City Beach may be best known as one of the world's top hetero spring break destinations, but it's also home to one of the more popular gay beach clubs (it's actually across the street from the sea), Splash Bar (6520 Thomas Dr., 850-236-3450). This festive spot isn't big, but there's a good size dance floor inside and an expansive covered, tropical-themed patio that extends out back. Splash has male dancers on weekends, drag shows, and rocking spring break parties during the student season (late February through early April). It's one of only two gay bars in the region, and the other - the Fiesta Room - is in downtown Panama City, about a 20- to 30-minute drive away.

Splash Bar is across Thomas Drive (Hwy. 392) from the Coral Reef condo towers, at the corner of Raven Street, about 2 mi after you cross the Thomas Drive bridge over Grand Lagoon.

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