Palette Magazine

GYM Sportsbar in Wilton Manors is a classic sports bar for the LGBTQ community

By John Dangaran

Illustration: Jamal Campbell

Sometimes you can’t explain why your favorite bar is your favorite. It could be the crowd, the happy hour or the staff, but for whatever reason, you know what to expect and you’re comfortable with it. When it comes to sports bars, they come in all stripes, and South Florida has quite a few where you’re guaranteed to find a cold drink and a good game on TV any day of the week. One of them may even become your new favorite spot to have a beer and enjoy a game among friends you haven’t met yet.


Daily Exercise

GYM Sportsbar Fort Lauderdale brought new meaning to the idea of a South Florida gym last August. But there’s a lot more kicking back and relaxing than working out that takes place here.

Right on the corner of NE 7th Avenue and Wilton Drive, this GYM is owner Rick Schmutzler’s third effort at his winning concept. The first opened its doors in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood and was soon followed by an equally popular spot in West Hollywood Los Angeles.

A classic sports bar — just with a predominantly gay clientele — it features darts, poker nights and, of course, plenty of large-screen, high-definition TVs in an open, airy space — courtesy of the large windows that face Wilton Drive. Not only is the set up welcoming, it also works well during play offs and other high-profile games that bring in a larger crowd.


Pub Grub

The full kitchen prepares a casual menu that includes burgers, fries and wings. And guests can also count on regular drink specials on Funday Mondays, 2fer Tuesdays, Wellness Wednesdays, Thirsty Thursdays and a number of other themed nights.

While most patrons come in to sit back, grab a drink and watch a game or two, they can also choose to plug in on the popular N.E.R.D. (Nocturnal Electronic Recreational Deviance) gaymer nights, which offer drink specials and video game madness.