If these walls could talk, they’d tell you how becoming Miami’s #1 LGBTQ+ bar and restaurant was no small feat. But after three decades of unforgettable parties — including South Beach’s righteous heyday as a ‘90s gay mecca — Palace was bound to become a legend. After all, “Every Queen needs a Palace”, and we’ve been home to the most glamorous performers and drag queens in all of South Florida since 1988.
In February of 1988, Steve Palsar launched the original Palace at 1200 Ocean Drive. Miami was a much different city at the time. It was older, grittier, gang-ridden; as depicted on TV’s Miami Vice, which happened to be shooting on Ocean Drive when Palsar first came upon 1200 Ocean Dr., his “little slice of heaven,” as he called it. There were no other restaurants on the drive at the time and everyone thought Palsar was crazy to introduce one, but he did. Palace was the first on Ocean Drive and would usher in a whole new era that would eventually lead to cafes up and down the street.