Written by Josue Santiago Friday, 09 July 2010 00:00
This year, Score Bar, a staple on South Beach's Lincoln Road celebrates 12 years of providing quality nightlife to the gay and lesbian community of South Florida. It joins a select few gay establishments with such longevity. It's secret? An intense love and labor put into the business by its team and its loyal patrons. We took a moment with Luis Morera from Score to share a little of their story and future plans.
How did “Score” begin and where did the name come from?
In 1997, two former owners of Uncle Charlie's in NYC decided to move to Florida due to the large and growing gay community in South Beach. Once here, they saw the need for a gay bar and seized that opportunity with a venue on Lincoln Road. During that time, and continuing on until today, going out is something most people look forward to and part of that is meeting and flirting with someone special to “score”.
For how many years has Planeta Macho been running and how did it start?
It has been going for 11 years thanks to the consistent support of the Latin community. It was created to offer them a place to call home. For those that aren't of Latino descent, this party was also gives locals and tourists a taste of what our culture is about. Today, you can still experience the best in Latin Music, cameo appearances by world renowned Latin artists, shows by Miami's best female impersonators and a second level lounge hosted by Ricardito La la la and his hot male entourage.
Which non-profit organizations has Score supported and why?
To name a few, we have supported the Task Force, Care Resources, SOBAP, Equality Florida and Pridelines. We try to support as many as we can to reach the different aspects that play an important role in our community.
What are some unforgettable moments for Score?
There have been so many. I remember how our legendary Sunday T-dances caused crowds to line up on Lincoln Road and when we celebrated Danny Tenaglia's Birthday despite low expectations of a DJ of his caliber to spin at a local gay bar. I also recall when Latin Artist Iris Chacon had an amazing performance that no one expected at her age and when Lady Gaga made her appearance earlier this year and spoke about our club in all of her Miami acts.
What are some future plans for Score?
We continue to work on bringing the best entertainment and keeping our location fresh. We decided to expand and create a sister company, SCORE Productions, to produce parties in various locations. We also continue to work on promotions that help make it easier for locals impacted in this tough economic climate.◄