Your guide to who's who and where to see them take the stage (almost) every night of the week

 

It's undeniable: Drag is all the rage across every pop culture platform. From "RuPaul's Drag Race" to Super Bowl commercials, there is a good chance you've met a fabulous drag queen or two from the comfort of your own home.

In Phoenix, we invite you to meet them in theirs.

"[W]e're fortunate enough to have more LGBTQ+ bars than you might find in other cities – most of which offer a platform for the art of drag," says Espressa Grandé, Miss Gay Arizona America 2019 and hostess of Thank Grandé It's Friday each week at Cruisin' 7th.

With so many shows, venues, styles and queens to choose from, we've created a daily drag guide to help you narrow it down. Of course, we've only scratched the surface here, but you'll find additional information on our Calendar of Events.
 

TUESDAYS

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Queer Agenda

Since arriving on the scene in February 2018, The Queer Agenda has been generating buzz within the drag world and throughout the community. Expect monster, ghoulish, villain and sci-fi drag themes that push the envelope and celebrate all forms of creative expression (think: The Boulet Brothers' reality show "Dragula," as opposed to "RuPaul's Drag Race").

Cover: No cover; VIP seating, $5
Showtime: 9:30 p.m.
Reservations: 602-264-1700
Stacy's @ Melrose
4343 N. Seventh Ave., Phoenix

 

WEDNESDAYS

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Karamba Girls Show

Join Fernanda Vargas, Mileena Dallas and special guests each Wednesday for The Karamba Girls Show at the city's most-festive danceteria. That said, prepare yourselves, because a drag show here inevitably leads to a night that will engage all your senses – the lights, ambiance, entertainment and "mucho baile." Not bad, for a Wednesday.

Cover: No cover
Showtime: 10:30 p.m.
Reservations: 602-254-0231
Karamba Nightclub
1724 E. McDowell Road, Phoenix

 

THURSDAYS

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Pipin' Hot Thursdays

Every Friday eve, Miss Arizona Gay Rodeo 2019 Piper M'Shay hosts her signature show at Charlie's Phoenix, our iconic country bar that's the official headquarters for the rodeo each February. Pop-up performances by Piper and friends will ease you into the weekend, which promises an entertainment-filled lineup as well.

Cover: No cover
Editor's Note: Bring your dollar bills, but leave your purses at home. No bags are allowed in the bar.
Showtime: 10 p.m.
Reservations: 602-265-0224
Charlie's Phoenix
727 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix

 

FRIDAYS 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Thank Grandé It's Friday

Hosted by Miss Gay Arizona America 2019 Espressa Grandé, T.G.I.F. features a rotating cast of co-hosts and guest performers. In 2020, Cruisin' 7th celebrates 43 years and, if the upgraded showroom and new "The Best Drag Shows in Town" mural are any indicator, this iconic venue will continue to be a drag staple for years to come.

Cover: $3 to enter the showbar
Showtime: 10:30 p.m.
Reservations: 602-212-9888
Cruisin' 7th
3702 N. Seventh St., Phoenix

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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4Some Revue

The queens of 4Some Revue, voted Best Drag Show by the Phoenix New Times at their previous location, have seamlessly found a new home – and fan base – at Kobalt, a karaoke bar that moved to a bigger, chic-er renovated space at the midcentury marvelous Park Central Mall in August 2018. Each Friday, Toothpick, Gigi, Luna, Joey, Salem and special guests bring gag-worthy looks (and moves to match) to the masses.

Cover: No cover; reserved seats, $4
Showtime: 10:30 p.m.
Reservations: 602-264-5307
Kobalt at Park Central
3110 N. Central Ave., Suite 175, Phoenix

 

SATURDAYS

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Barbra Seville Show

Join the Phoenix’s blonde bombshell and her rotating cast of starlets every Saturday night at The Rock. The Barbra Seville Show celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2019 and Babs is Phoenix gold (er, blonde). She's held various community titles during this award-winning show's tenure and is known for featuring local pageant royalty and well as out-of-town guests in her lineup. Spoil-us alert: She also hosts Barbra Seville's Girlie Show here on select Fridays.

Cover: $5
Showtime: 10 p.m.
Reservations: 602-248-8559
The Rock
4129 N. Seventh Ave., Phoenix.

 

SUNDAYS

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Stacy's Follies

Stacy's @ Melrose is home to the Miss and Mister Phoenix Pride 2019 titleholders as well as the Miss Gay Melrose America pageant queen, which means there's never a shortage of talent gracing this drag stage. If your perfect Sunday Funday starts with brunch, leads to a few cocktails on a glorious patio, the Melrose District is the place. Then sashay your way to this matinee show – complete with all the slaying you'd expect from a late-night show – and you'll still have time to get home before you turn into a pumpkin – or, to keep the party going, read on ...

Cover: No cover; VIP seating, $5
Showtime: 7 p.m.
Reservations: 602-264-1700
Stacy's @ Melrose
4343 N. Seventh Ave., Phoenix

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Pussy LeHoot & Friends | Latin Explosion with Adriana Galliano

Voted Best of the Valley by Phoenix Magazine for 2019, Charlie's Phoenix is the place to be for Sunday Funday entertainment. Arizona's longest-running drag show, Pussy LeHoot & Friends, kicks off at 7 p.m., followed by Latin Explosion, starring the dancing Latin dynamite Adriana Galliano, at 10:30 p.m. While you're there, be sure to enjoy the Phoenix weather on the patio. And no night is complete without Charlie's tacos – this authentic Mexican taco truck pulls up from 7 p.m. to 4 a.m. on Sundays.

Cover: $7 for women
Editor's Note: Bring your dollar bills, but leave your purses at home. No bags are allowed in the bar.
Showtime(s): 7 & 10:30 p.m.
Reservations: 602-265-0224
Charlie's Phoenix
727 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix

 

Stay tuned for seasonal and holiday events taking place on Mondays, and visit our Events Calendar for more additional drag shows and brunches, as well as information on other LGBTQ+ community happenings.

 

Editor’s Note: This information is subject to change. Last updated: February 2020.