The must-see shows at America’s most iconic cities
Ready, steady, go! Drag races have started to pop up on stage all over the EE.UU. After Ru Paul’s Drag Race gaining ever growing popularity, Queens have stepped into real life scenarios and they promise to entertain. Drag shows around America are gaining a voluptuous fan base and there are more and more spots in main cities that present drag shows as their main attraction. Fun will be too difficult to scape, so much so that it might step on your heels, no matter how tall! Here are some of The Best Drag Shows in America’s Big Cities that you better don’t miss!
If you are looking for drag shows in America, Los Angeles is the place to be. RuPaul himself host some shows in this Californian city. Sensational weekly showcases with superb lip-syncing and the most extravagant looks are, combined with brunch, dinner or even bingo, some of the possibilities L.A. and its drag show have to offer.
Wigs & Waffles, The Standard DTLA
Wigs & Waffles Drag Brunch is a show that launched in March 2019 and takes place every Saturday at The Standard. Maebe A. Girl (which by the way, is the first drag queen elected to public office in Californian history) and Indica Sativa will be the perfect hosts of a performance full of special guests and bottomless bloody marys, mimosas, coffee or juice. Ticket costs 45$ and offers, unlimited brunch and drinks, doors open at 12 and the show will get going at 12,45pm. What else would you need at midday besides drags and brunch?
→ 550 S Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90071, USA
New Queens, Redline
Redline presents rotating weekly drag events every Wednesday like Exposure Drag, Pinche & Friends, and SABOR. Located at the hottest drag area, this Downtown L.A. spot presents new queens with different contestants and themes every week, which are actually up for a prize of 100$ and a grand prize of over 500$! This location, as Wigs & Waffles, offers a sunday brunch during their show Eat It! And sets itself as one of the most varied Drag Show locations. There is no excuse not to assist!
Legendary Bingo sets itself apart from any drag show in the city. As an option for a fun evening with friends for dinner and cocktails, Hamburger Mary’s show is hosted by a rotating cast of drag queens and surprise celebrity ball-callers. Its suggested 20$ donation benefits a different local charity every game, and gets you nine rounds of bingo and a bonus round with chances to win some fabulous prizes. No matter who is hosting, or how many rounds you win, you are surely going to be entertained.
→ 8288 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046, USA
New York City
The Big Apple is surely the world’s capital of drag shows, and home to some of the most important performers on the business. From Bob the Drag Queen to Bianca Del Rio, all drag’s dreams are to host a show in this cosmopolitan city and guest sure enjoy them! Often even for free, you can catch drag queens every night of the week onstage at gay bars throughout the boroughs and even on Broadway stages. New York never sleeps neither do their drags disappoint, grab a pen and write down the following spots!
Littlefield is one of Brooklyn’s premier performance and art venues hosting nightly live music, comedy, art, dance, variety, private parties, and of course drag shows. Queens Horrorchata, Charlene and the other icons of Brooklyn drag will be the ones responsible for the most entertaining night you could imagine at this low-priced monthly kiki. Loaded with celebrity impersonations an good amounts of scenario drama, the show is starting!
→ 635 Sackett St, Brooklyn, NY 11217, USA
Two days a year, the most exciting time of the year arrives to NY. Bushwig brings the best drag performers to the Knockdown Center, offering an array of both outrageous and innovative performances, looks and dancing. A quick name dropping; Sasha Velour, Aja, Horrorchata, Charlene, Merrie Cherry, Untitled Queen… Are some of the hosts that come into play during the event and will surely hit the stage with entertainment and community love. An appointment not to miss if you have the chance!
→ Knockdown Center, 52-19 Flushing Ave, Maspeth, NY 11378, USA
Laurie Beechman Theatre at the West Bank Cafe
The Laurie Beechman Theatre is located downstairs in the West Bank Cafe. This charming & comfortable 100 seat cabaret venue has been the home of some of the best Broadway & Cabaret performers for over 30 years! As a more classical option, this establishment’s basement is a hidden gem packed with round tables, a bar and a postage-stamp-sized stage where singers, comedians, burlesque and drags are ready to entertain. There are no advance sales so be sure to get your spot, seat back, and enjoy the show!
→ 407 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036, USA