Fabulous! Drag Queen Events in Los Angeles

Dreamgirls Revue | Photo courtesy of Hamburger Mary's WeHo, Facebook


The popularity of Emmy-winning Rupaul’s Drag Race has brought the art of drag to the masses. Lucky for us, Los Angeles boasts some of the most sensational, celebrated performers in the business, including Mama Ru herself. You can find weekly showcases with immaculate lip-syncing and dead-on celebrity impersonations, punk rock dance parties - even bingo, books and brunch, drag in LA does it all.

Marta BeatChu | Instagram by @imbeatchubitch

Queen B's - Redline



The Downtown L.A. drag scene in fuego, and a favorite stop on the DTLA circuit is Redline, which presents weekly drag events every Wednesday like Exposure Drag, Whore House with Saint Peter D'Vil, and Sabor with Robbie Oso. Every second Wednesday, Marta BeatChu hosts Queen B's, which showcases an assortment of brilliantly creative queens and you can’t help but have a fabulous time. Starts at 10pm, no cover. Pro Tip: Come to Redline early for their amazing happy hour (5-8 p.m.), have dinner, stay for the show, and make a night of it.

Legendary Bingo | Photo: Hamburger Mary's WeHo, Facebook

Legendary Bingo - Hamburger Mary's



If nightclubs aren't your jam, Hamburger Mary’s weekly Legendary Bingo is a fun evening with friends for dinner and cocktails. Hosted by a rotating cast of drag queens and surprise celebrity ball-callers, you never know who’s going to show up, but you’ll never be disappointed. Your $20 suggested 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. There's also an auction during intermission. Wednesdays at 7 p.m. & 9 p.m. Pro Tip: Arrive early! Parties of four or more can make reservations in advance by calling Hamburger Mary’s at 323-654-3800.

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BONKERZ! with Jackie Beat - Precinct DTLA



This not-to-be-missed, bi-monthly art and drag party includes visual artists and some of the most irreverent performers from all around the LGBTQ community. Produced and hosted by none other than the Doyenne of Drag Herself, Jackie Beat. Follow Jackie Beat on Facebook and Twitter for specific dates and details on her upcoming engagements. Doors at 9 p.m. 21+. Pro Tip: This party is a hot ticket. Arrive early to avoid long wait times for the door.

Mayhem Miller hosts Brunch Service | Photo: The Abbey, Facebook

Brunch Service - The Abbey



From its humble beginnings as a simple coffee shop, everyone is welcome at The Abbey, now known as the “Best Gay Bar in the World,” subsequently earning the L.A. icon its own reality show. Why not celebrate with a Drag Brunch? Hosted by Mayhem Miller, Brunch Service is served from 1-3pm and includes an amazing cast that performs throughout the beautiful venue. The menu is chock full of traditional brunch offerings and salads, boasting a bar selection that includes a tasty Bloody Mary and a $15 bottomless mimosa. Hit the gym later and stay for dessert, the pies are not to be missed.

Brunch with the Brunchettes | Photo: Hamburger Mary's WeHo, Facebook

BRUNCH - Hamburger Mary's



For those looking for more daytime diversions, the Weekend Drag Brunch at Hamburger Mary’s in WeHo is just the ticket. What goes better with bottomless mimosas and red velvet french toast (seriously, that exists) than drag queens? Gorgeous performers bring dazzle and delight to your morning - frequently featuring live vocal powerhouse Vicki Vox, LA’s sassiest bio-queen Wendy Ho, and Rupaul’s Drag Race favorites like Tammie Brown. Even Bernie Sanders had to stop by. Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m. All ages. Pro Tip: Seriously, make a reservation, and/or arrive early to get a good seat - WeHo, 323-654-3800. You can also make a reservation via their website.

SWEET!



What started as a fun pop up at the Sweet! candy megashop in the Hollywood & Highland complex, became permanent and ”will continue as long as Ru wants it to.” Shop specialty handmade chocolate treats like RuPaul’s new dark chocolate, almond, Nutella and cinnamon bar, as well as candles, books, music and gifts curated by Mama herself. A display of dresses is also on view, rotating every 6-8 months, coinciding with DragCon, which returns to the L.A. Convention Center May 24-26, 2019. 

Dreamgirls Revue | Photo courtesy of Hamburger Mary's WeHo, Facebook

DREAMGIRLS REVUE - Hamburger Mary's



Arguably the longest running drag show in Southern California, for three decades DREAMGIRLS REVUE hosts some of the most stunning celebrity impersonators and showgirls around. Catch Rupaul’s Drag Race alum such as Chad Michaels, Raja, Delta Work, Morgan McMichaels and others on the Dreamgirls stage. Tuesdays at 10 p.m. in Weho. Pro Tip: Much as with Legendary Bingo, reservations at Hamburger Mary’s are always a good idea. These shows are packed. Parties of four or more can make reservations in advance by calling Hamburger Mary’s or visiting the website. 

Photo: Exposure at The Offbeat, Facebook

EXPOSURE - The Offbeat



One of the most exciting, unpredictable nights of drag in L.A., EXPOSURE presents themed shows at The Offbeat, featuring an expansive lineup of new and veteran performers. It's a fun, chill space with shockingly inexpensive drinks, and the taco truck parked outside is always a welcome find. Mondays at 10:30 p.m. No cover, 21+. Pro Tip: Plan to carpool with a designated driver, or share a Lyft with friends, as parking can be challenging around York Boulevard.

LIP SERVICE - The Abbey

LIP SERVICE - The Abbey



Hostess Allusia brings you a Monday night favorite, LIP SERVICE at The Abbey. THE Abbey, you know… that bar/restaurant that everyone’s heard of, and has its own reality show? Yes, THAT Abbey. It’s a gorgeous bar, filled with gorgeous people and a dazzlingly gorgeous show, featuring some of L.A.’s finest performers, and probably some familiar names from TV. Mondays at 9:30 p.m. 21+. Pro Tip: Parking around The Abbey (and Weho in general) can be no fun. Plan to take a Lyft or carpool with a designated driver.

Showgirls at Micky's | Photo: Showgirls WeHo, Facebook

SHOWGIRLS - Micky's



If you’re a die hard fan of RuPaul’s Drag Race this is THE show to catch. Hosted by RPDR alum and fan favorite Raven, SHOWGIRLS is a high energy, dance-tastic, visual extravaganza that will have you cheering, clapping and throwing dollars on the stage before you even know what happened. Guest performers almost always include a couple of the ladies of Rupaul’s Drag Race fame so devotees of the show may get to meet their favorites - live, and in the powdered, padded flesh. Mondays at 10:30 p.m. 21+. Pro Tip: You’ll get up close and personal with the performers on the stage. Avoid the front row unless you’re ready to be part of the show.

Queen Kong at Precinct | Instagram: @pinchequeen

QUEEN KONG - Precinct DTLA



A MONSTER of a show, Queen Kong every Friday at Precinct is a glorious hybrid of dance and drag, with the bone rattling energy of a stadium concert. The hosts, the spectacular Boulet Brothers, present a staggering array of performers on the fringe of the traditional drag world - you won’t see celebrity impersonations here - at least not one you could tell your mom about. Pro Tip: Wadding up dollars and tossing them onto the stage is the easiest way to tip - careful not to hit the performer! 21+. 

Photo: Drag Queen Story Hour

Drag Queen Story Hour



For kids and kids at heart, there's a new creative book and art activity in town, "where playing dress up is real." The Drag Queen Story Hour, created by feminist author and performance artist, Michelle Tea (and Radar Productions), is a regular event for the 6-and-under-set in New York and San Francisco public libraries and is still searching for its home here in L.A. Look for it to pop up at the WeHo library and Stories Cafe, but follow on Facebook for updates.