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Top 9 Places To Catch A Drag Show In San Francisco
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Top 9 Places To Catch A Drag Show In San Francisco

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Updated: 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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Beyoncé tribute at The Stud | © Queerty SF
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The Stud

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.

The Stud Bar, 399 9th St. San Francisco, USA +1 (415) 863 6623

Upcoming: the Drop Dead Gorgeous reenactment. Image via Peaches Christ’s Facebook page
Upcoming: the Drop Dead Gorgeous reenactment | © Peaches Christ
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Peaches Christ at The Castro Theatre

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.

The Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St, San Francisco, USA +1 (415) 621 6350

The Dream Queen Revue and the Hot Boxxx Girls—Aunt Charlie’s Lounge
The Dream Queen Revue and the Hot Boxxx Girls | © Aunt Charlie’s Lounge
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Aunt Charlie’s Lounge

Aunt Charlie’s is a piece of gay history. The queens here can tell you about every decade, fad, and trial the gay community has experienced since this place opened. They also put on a mean show, which changes nightly.

Aunt Charlie’s Lounge, 133 Turk St, San Francisco, USA +1 (415) 441 2922

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Daytime Realness at El Rio

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.

El Rio, 3158 Mission St, San Francisco, USA +1 (415) 282 3325

Mother—SF Oasis
MOTHER | © SF Oasis
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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.

Oasis, 298 11th Street, San Francisco, USA +1 (415) 795 3180

Asia SF
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Asia SF

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.

Asia SF, 201 9th St, San Francisco, USA +1 (415) 255 2742

Sunday’s a Drag Donna Satchet—Starlight Room
Sunday’s a Drag Donna Satchet | Starlight Room

Sunday's a Drag at The Starlight Room

Bar, LGBTQ Bar, American, $$$
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The Starlight Room
The Starlight Room | © Michael Beaton / Flickr

Sunday’s a Drag at The Starlight Room

Drag queens look incredible during the daytime, so why not roll with it and order a mimosa? Donna Satchet hosts a fabulous drag brunch at The Starlight Room that will leave you tipsy and ready to party all through the day.

The Starlight Room, 450 Powell St. San Francisco, USA +1 (415) 395 8595

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Tue - Thu:
6:00 pm - 12:00 am
Fri - Sat:
5:00 pm - 2:00 am
10:30 am - 2:00 pm
© Fauxgirls
© Fauxgirls
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Fauxgirls at the Infusion Lounge

Now in its 14th year, Fauxgirls is one of the longest running drag shows in history. It also proclaims to be San Francisco’s best drag dinner show. Stuff your face and your bra.

Infusion Lounge, 124 Ellis St, San Francisco, USA +1 (415) 421 8700

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Rupaul’s Drag Race Tour at The Cafe

Every Monday, come see one of the girls from TV face to face at The Cafe. They’ll spill the T on all that happens in each episode and perform a lip sync you’ll never forget. Not bad for a Monday night in the Castro.

The Cafe, 2369 Market St, San Francisco, USA +1 (415) 523 0133