Top 9 Places To Catch A Drag Show In San Francisco

Photo of Blake Montgomery
3 October 2016

San Francisco is home to more queens per capita than anywhere else on earth. You might think you only see them come out to play at Pride, but they’re serving it 24/7/365. Here are nine places to know if you want to catch a drag show in San Francisco.

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The Stud

Bar, Gay Bar, Pub Grub
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The Stud hosts a weekly ‘art and drag’ party that mixes the experienced More Family—Juanita More, VivvyAnne Forevermore, Glamamore, and others—with newcomers who add an irresistible enthusiasm and ‘Busted Queen’ aura to the performances. Audience members also participate, attending in drag. Open later than most of San Francisco’s bars, this is a party worth going to regularly.

Peaches Christ at The Castro Theatre

Park, Theater, Movie Theater, Theatre
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Peaches Christ takes campy, iconic gay films of all generations and makes them even campier with reenactments by drag queens. The cast is usually all drag queens, so every character is over the top, fighting for their turn in the spotlight. Find information about their latest show here.

Daytime Realness at El Rio

Bar, LGBTQ Bar, Pub Grub
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El Rio hosts several monthly gay parties, but every third Sunday is dedicated specifically to queens. This daytime party is raucous in the best possible way. A soiree where anything goes from 2pm until the sun sets and the party people move on in search of the next venue.


Bar, LGBTQ Bar, Nightclub, Cocktails, Beer
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Hosted by Heklina, the mother of SF drag herself, MOTHER melds Heklina’s legendary traveling performance Trannyshack, with the club drag show feel. Each week riffs on a theme, like High School Confidential, so you’ll keep coming back for a different drag every time.

Asia SF

Restaurant, Asian, $$$
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Technically, this is not a drag show because the performers are transgender women, but the dining experience will leave your jaw on the floor. Not only are the ladies of AsiaSF gorgeous, they’re friendly to the point that they’ll feed you shots and then put your dance moves to shame.

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