Puerto Vallarta Gays Best Of Awards 2023 Winners Unveiled

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In a celebration of inclusivity and diversity, the inaugural of Puerto Vallarta Gays Best Of Awards 2023 will soon crown its champions, showcasing the vibrant tapestry of the LGBTQ+ community in the heart of Mexico.

From hotels to drag queens, activists to bartenders, the winners for the first ever Puerto Vallarta Gays Best Of Awards 2023 will be celebrated at a special networking and mixer event on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2024 at BeefCakes Bar from 5 to 8 p.m.

Among the winners is Jet De La Isla, founder of the Facebook group “Puerto Vallarta Gays: Everything Gay You Need To Know”, who was recognized for his contributions in the realm of Best Gay Boat Tour and OnlyFans of 2023.

Jet De La Isla
Jet De La Isla

Reflecting on the significance of the awards, Jet De La Isla said, “These awards serve as a testament of talent and passion within our community. Each winner represents a unique facet of the LGBTQ+ experience, contributing to the paradise that makes Puerto Vallarta a gay mecca.”

The journey to these accolades commenced in mid-December 2023 with the call for nominations across 45 categories. Following the nomination phase, the top three contenders in each category were selected, prompting the community to cast their votes for their favorites.

Among the distinguished winners were establishments like Hotel Mercurio, lauded as the Best Gay Hotel, and La Noche, crowned as the Best Cocktail Bar. The accolades extended to individuals as well, with Daniel Lozano Lugo earning the title of Best Influencer and Mizz Peaches reigning supreme as the Best Drag Queen.

“This recognition is not just about individual achievement; it’s about acknowledging the collective efforts of our community to create spaces where everyone feels seen and celebrated,” said Mike Owens, owner of Studs Bear and Leather bar and the winner of Best Bear Bar.

Studs bear bar staff
The staff of Studs Bear and Leather Bar.

From iconic venues like Pacho’s Ranch to emerging talents like trans leaders, Gemelas De Vallarta, the diversity of winners underscores the rich spectrum of experiences within the LGBTQ+ community. Through their dedication and passion, they continue to pave the way for a more inclusive future.

“As I saw the winners list for the first time, I was truly moved to see such remarkable talents and leaders rightfully earning recognition in their respective categories. It’s moving to count myself amongst them, knowing that many are not just successful individuals who follow their passion, but also cherished friends and neighbors within our vibrant community. Sharing in the collective celebration of our leaders and role models, has been an incredibly fulfilling experience for me personally, all thanks to our ever growing online FB community.”  De La Isla said. 

The winners are:

Best Gay Hotel
Hotel Mercurio

Best Cocktail Bar
La Noche

Best Gogo
Alex Zolanski

Best Stripper
Juan Pablo King @ La Noche

Best Influencer
Daniel Lozano Lugo

Lalo Gil - Photo by Oscar Almeida.
Lalo Gil – Photo by Oscar Almeida.

Most Influential
Lalo Gil


Best Male Strip Club
Sixty Nine (69)


Best Gay Club
Pacho’s Ranch

jets photo

Best Gay Boat Tour
Jets: Private Boat Tours & Naked Beach


Best Photographer
Oscar Almeida – Out & About


Best Gym
The Big Apple Gym

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From a recent gay mixer at Let’s Pho. Photo by Oscar Almeida.


Best Gay Owned Restaurant
Let’s Pho

Queer Of The Year
Queerboy1

Best LGBT+
Waiter Jorge @ Mercurio

blondies
Blondies

Best Happy Hour
Blondies


Best Tacos
Poncho’s takos

1 p.m. - Pride with Us Amsterdam Featuring Mizz Peaches
Mizz Peaches

Best Drag Queen
Mizz Peaches

Chef Roman Ventura
Chef Roman Ventura – photo by Jerry Jones

Best Gay Chef
Roman Ventura

Ryan Donner
Ryan Donner

Best Gay Realtor
Ryan Donner


Best LGBT+ Hair Stylist
Christian Junco

Foto: Paco Ojeda Modelo: Santiago Flores Copyright 2021 by Mercurio Swim
Foto: Paco Ojeda Modelo: Santiago Flores Copyright 2021 by Mercurio Swim

Best SwimWear Designer
Mercurio Swim

Trans Leader Of The Year
Gemelas De Vallarta

Paul Crist
Paul Crist – photo by Oscar Almeida.

Best Activist
Paul Crist

Best Fashion Store
Angel’s Store

Best Fashion
Mizz Peaches

Edward Lucker @ Cantrina Cantina
Edward Lucker – La Catrina Cantina

Hottest Bartender
Edward Lucker – La Catrina Cantina

Casa Cupula continues its 20th year anniversary celebration with the opening of a new expanded pool and party area. The expansion is part of some 20 improvement projects that the hotel has planned over the upcoming year.
Casa Cupula, Best Pool Club. Photo by OAPV.

Best Pool Club
Casa Cupula

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Best Bear Bar
Studs

Beers, Boys and Burgers at Hotel Mercurio
Beers, Boys and Burgers at Hotel Mercurio


Best Drag Brunch
Mercurio’s Beers, Boys & Burgers


Best LGBT+ Art Gallery Galeria
Robles Vallarta


Best LGBT+ Manager
Juan Ramon Marquez @ Blondies

Best Show
Boy’s On Fire

Mark Rome, owner of The Palm. Photo by Oscar Almeida.
Mark Rome, owner of The Palm. Photo by Oscar Almeida.

Best Act Theater
The Palm Cabaret (Mark Rome)


Best Actor
Sebastian Coronel


Best Voice
Diego Guerrero

Gay Puerto Vallarta Paco
Some of the current staff of Pacos. Photo by Oscar Almeida.

Best Drag Bar
Paco’s Ranch


Best Dance Bar
Industry (Javier)


Best Beauty Spa
Aqua For Men

Jet De La Isla - Best OnlyFans. Photo provided.
Jet De La Isla – Best OnlyFans. Photo provided.

Best OnlyFans
Jet De La Isla @jetsOnly

Best DJ
DJ Trevor @ Studs

Best Gay Couple
Alex & Oscar – Starboys

Best LGBT+ Coffee Shop
The Coffee Shop

Best Night Club
Paco’s Ranch

Out and About PV Magazine team - (left to right) Jerry Jones, Oscar Almeida, Rande Lee, Gerwin Rutten. Not Pictured Marco Encinas.
Out and About PV Magazine team – (left to right) Jerry Jones, Oscar Almeida, Rande Lee, Gerwin Rutten. Not Pictured Marco Encinas.

Best LGBT+ Magazine
Out & About PV


Chacal Of The Year
Juan Pablo King

Information to Know:

Puerto Vallarta Gays Everything Gay Awards 2023 

Special networking and mixer event 

Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2024 

5 to 8 p.m.

BeefCakes Bar

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