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.
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
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
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
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 at The Starlight Room
Bar, LGBTQ Bar, American, $$$
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