Monday, April 22, 2024

Las Vegas dazzles with drag offerings

Las Vegas provides an oasis for one of our favorite and time-honored forms of entertainment to thrive, drag!

Las Vegas has historically been a home for female impersonators and drag artists of all types. In fact, some historians estimate that drag has been a staple of Las Vegas nightlife for approximately 100 years! Today, many bars and venues in Las Vegas have made a point of incorporating world-class drag entertainment into their offerings.

RuPaul Reigns!

RuPaul’s Drag Race LIVE! | Photo: Denise Truscello

Immerse yourself in the glamour and epic artistry of the phenomenon that is the RuPaul drag franchise at RuPaul’s Drag Race LIVE!, an original production based on the Emmy Award-winning reality drag show competition that made countless queens household names. Co-directed by drag legend RuPaul and award-winning choreographer and filmmaker Jamal Sims, you will not be disappointed as a dazzling lineup of drag queens channel their inner Vegas-worthy “showgirls”! The rotating roster of stars include Aquaria, Asia O’Hara, Derrick Barry, Eureka O’Hara, Jaida Essence Hall and Jorgeous strutting their stuff in the opulent surrounds of Flamingo Showroom. 

RuPaul’s Drag Race LIVE!

Earlier this summer, the team celebrated its 500th performance of the most sickening eleganza extravaganza in Las Vegas history. The occasion was marked by a special appearance by RuPaul, who greeted the sold-out crowd and made a special cameo appearance during the show’s infamous slap game.

With over-the-top costumes, visually stunning sets and jaw-dropping performances, RuPaul’s Drag Race LIVE! serves the audience a drag experience like they’ve never seen before. Audiences are guaranteed a different experience each night, with a fabulous show featuring six different stars.

The show takes place Thursday through Monday at 9:30 p.m. with an additional 7 p.m. show on Fridays. Tickets start at $49, plus applicable tax and fees, and are available for purchase here

While you’re at Flamingo Las Vegas, don’t forget to pay a visit to RuPaul’s Werk Room, the retail outlet designed just like the workroom in RuPaul’s Drag Race LIVE!. This is where you can meet the performers, shop for curated gifts and merchandise, and indulge in a makeover!

Drag Me to Brunch!

Drag brunches are popular amongst the LGBTQ+ community and Las Vegas offers some extra-glitzy and gourmet ways to start and slay all day!

Get your fiesta on at Treasure Island – TI Hotel & Casino for their Voss Events Drag Brunch. Enjoy a delicious Mexican brunch with unlimited cocktails at Señor Frog’s as you watch over-the-top performances by RuPaul’s Drag Race queens and Las Vegas’ top female impersonators. Choose from general admission buffet brunch with unlimited mimosas or a VIP ticket including buffet brunch with a full open bar and a meet and greet with the queens!

For drag on a more intimate scale, head over to The Garden, a chic LGBTQ+ lounge bar located in the Arts District in Downtown Las Vegas. The Garden Bottomless Brunch is billed as the best drag brunch in town with bottomless craft cocktails and delicious food. Other drag events at The Garden include Drag Bingo, and SHADE, a supportive and fun showcase for up-and-coming drag queens before they slay their way to stardom! Check out The Garden’s calendar of events here.

The Garden

Drag Yourself to a Gay Bar

In fact, Las Vegas’ best gay bars also put on a drag performance, though it’s a completely different ambiance, so head over to Las Vegas’ premiere country-themed gay bar, Charlie’s Las Vegas, to check it out! Monday is karaoke night with Amora Dior Black, Thursday is drag bingo with Titz ‘n’ Leggz, and Friday is Drag Warz hosted by Katana St. James. The drink specials are unbeatable, and each weekend boasts even more drag events such as Sickening Sunday starring Charlie’s Las Vegas, Angelz. They’re open late, so it’s a great place to keep partying! 

Voted best LGBT Bar by Las Vegas Weekly Readers, and voted 3rd Best Gay Bar in the US by Yelp, The Phoenix Bar & Lounge offers high-energy drag shows that sparkle under the club’s state-of-the-art lighting and sound system. As a dynamic, modern, vibrant venue in the heart of Las Vegas, this is a must visit!

Now Open: Queen Las Vegas

There’s a new queen on The Strip!

Q Group Hospitality and LGBTQ+ nightlife impresario Eduardo Cordova, creator of Las Vegas’ The Garden and other venues, have opened the highly anticipated Queen Las Vegas, a chic, mid-century modern style boutique hotel, restaurant, gaming lounge and nightclub located on Las Vegas Boulevard.

Billed as “the gayest destination on The Strip!” Queen Las Vegas, now open to the public, made its debut with a grand opening on Labor Day Weekend featuring RuPaul’s Drag Race LIVE! alum Shangela, media personality Perez Hilton and Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman. 

Ongoing, Queen Las Vegas will offer high-end brunch, dinner, and day and nightlife experiences with Californian-inspired cuisine from Executive Chef, Natalia Delgado. Enjoy signature Queen cocktails inspired by iconic drag queens and LGBTQIA+ music legends including Lady Gaga, Freddie Mercury, Beyoncé and Prince.

And of course, Queen Las Vegas will join the competition and offer Queen’s Drag Brunch, the ultimate drag show with a full RuPaul’s Drag Race LIVE! cast of characters ready to put on a mesmerizing performance. 

Now, queen, it is your time to shine and plan a fabulous trip to Las Vegas to experience all the above, plus incredible cuisine from acclaimed chefs, world-class production shows, exciting sporting events and games, and so much more. Click here for all your Las Vegas trip planning inspiration.

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