Sarasota's OUT Award winners:
FAVORITE LOCAL LGBTQ ANNUAL EVENT: Harvey Milk Festival
FAVORITE LOCAL NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION: ALSO Youth
FAVORITE LOCAL LGBTQ ACTIVIST: Nate Quinn
FAVORITE LOCAL HAIR SALON: d. cole hair design
FAVORITE LOCAL FITNESS CENTER: CRUNCH
FAVORITE LOCAL REALTOR: Robert Krasow Realtor with Michael Saunders & Company
FAVORITE AREA MUSEUM OR GALLERY: The Ringling
FAVORITE AREA ATTRACTION: Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium
FAVORITE LOCAL RESTAURANT: Clasico Sarasota
FAVORITE LOCAL BARTENDER: Hunter Vance
FAVORITE LOCAL BAR: Barrel 87
FAVORITE LOCAL LGBTQ NIGHTCLUB/BAR: Elevate - Level 2 at Starlite
FAVORITE LOCAL HOTEL: Aloft Sarasota
FAVORITE LOCAL TRAVEL AGENCY or AGENT: ALandCHUCK.travel
FAVORITE LOCAL COFFEE SHOP: Pastry Art
FAVORITE LOCAL HAPPY HOUR: Barrel 87
FAVORITE LOCAL PERFORMING ARTS VENUE: Manatee Performing Arts Center
FAVORITE LOCAL ACTOR: Brian Craft
FAVORITE LOCAL ACTRESS: Corinne Woodland
FAVORITE LOCAL MUSICIAN/BAND: Eduardo Correa
FAVORITE LOCAL SOCIAL MEDIA PERSONALITY: Mattyson Barksdale
FAVORITE LOCAL PHOTOGRAPHER: Barbara Banks
FAVORITE LOCAL DRAG PERSONALITY: Brianna Summers
FAVORITE LOCAL ADULT NOVELTY STORE: Giggles Sarasota
2017 OUT ICON AWARD: Beneva Fruitville
Trixie Liemont, show director at The Purple Rhino is at it again with a new night that pays homage to “BUMPERS” a popular gay night in the 90’s. “It was a place that everyone got along” Trixie explained. “There was no drama and thats what I’m trying to do with BUMP”
BUMP will offer its guests a large dance floor with a lighting system, early Drag shows, pool tables, VIP rooms and more located at Skybar Sarasota!
“I’m excited to be bringing Sarasota a KICK-ASS LGBT night and provide people with a fun and safe, friendly place with tons of stuff to keep them drinking and partying.”
Barrel 87’s new Sink or Swim night starts tonight as well. “Business is business” Trixie said. “I want everyone to get along and have a good time and people want something new, different and fresh and that's what I'm going to provide them! A nice, fun, friendly atmosphere where everyone gets along and there's no drama. I want people to come watch a great show and have fun and dance! That's what BUMP is all about - having fun!”
Catch Trixie’s new weekly night ‘BUMP’ - TONIGHT! Doors open at 8 PM and showtime is at 10 PM. 1927 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota.
You can also check out Barrel 87’s new Sink or Swim night debuting tonight in Gulf Gate. 6587 Gateway Ave, Sarasota
Where will you go tonight? Comment below!
This weekend marks one of our favorite bars in Sarasota celebrating 1 year under new ownership. Last year Barrel 87’s owner Brian Zickafoose sold his bar to Joseph Allen, Curtis Thomas, and Hunter Vance. The three have been working non-stop over the last year to give Barrel 87 a facelift. They have since updated the interior, added new lighting and sound and one of their biggest accomplishments - acquiring a full liquor license!
Today, Barrel is know as one of the most popular LGBTQ bars in Sarasota! Part owner and bartender, Hunter Vance, wrote on social media “It's because of you, the LGBT community, that we still have a place to meet, drink and feel safe” and we couldn’t agree more! Our community is strong and we hope that between sarasotaOUT.com and bars like Barrel 87 our community becomes even larger! So make sure you come out and unite this weekend to help make Barrel 87’s celebration bigger than ever! Visit our calendar for a list of events going on a Barrel 87 and throughout Sarasota!
By Joel Pozo