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6 Fierce Drag Experiences to Have in Las Vegas

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|by Krista Diamond |

These shows and spots offer no shortage of stellar entertainment

In 2018, the much beloved drag revue Divas closed after more than 25,000 performances on the Strip. Headliner Frank Marino, who was known for playing Joan Rivers, had performed on the Strip for 33 years. While the Strip has not been the same without this iconic drag show, there are fortunately a number of other options for visitors looking for a fabulous, campy, memorable drag experience. In Las Vegas, everything is wilder and sexier, and that same flair for the dramatic applies to the city’s drag shows. 

From brunch and a show to off-Strip bars with theme nights, here are six unmissable drag experiences to add to your Las Vegas agenda.

‘RuPaul’s Drag Race LIVE’ offers an in-person take on the hit TV show (Photo: The Flamingo)

‘RuPaul’s Drag Race LIVE’ offers an in-person take on the hit TV show (Photo: The Flamingo)

RuPaul’s Drag Race LIVE
RuPaul is a drag queen who needs no introduction, but if you aren’t familiar, watch a few episodes of RuPaul’s Drag Race and then buy tickets to see the show live in Las Vegas. Several nights a week at the Flamingo, RuPaul will bring drag queens to the stage for a raucous evening of entertainment. Expect to see winners from previous seasons and tons of Las Vegas sparkle.

Drag Brunch
Whether it’s a bachelorette, birthday, or just a random Thursday, Drag Brunch is one of those classic Las Vegas experiences that everyone should have. After all, what’s better than bottomless mimosas, a buffet, and drag queens? Head to Senor Frogs at Treasure Island for this recurring production, which features dancing, singing, comedy and a chance to have your photo taken with the performers after the show.

Drag Queen Bingo 
Place on 7th in Downtown Las Vegas has been hosting this under-the-radar and yet very Vegas drag production for quite some time now. Enjoy cocktails, cuisine, and drag queen hosts while you play bingo. The venue is a beautiful indoor/outdoor space and the event (held every Tuesday) is warm, welcoming, and tons of fun.

Flex Cocktail Lounge 
If you’re willing to head off-Strip and away from Downtown, you’ll find all of the best LGBTQ bars in the city, many of which host drag shows on a regular basis. One great option is Flex Cocktail Lounge. Located west of the Strip near Chinatown, this 24-hour bar boasts free admission, great cocktails, and dragaoke (aka drag queen karaoke) every Wednesday. There are also themed drag shows every Thursday, open auditions for drag performers every Saturday and other spectacular events on a regular basis. 

The Phoenix
Another 24-hour spot, The Phoenix serves up food, cocktails, slots, and drag queens. Look for drag brunches, hosted trivia nights, burlesque, karaoke, and themed events. You’ll also find ‘80s dance parties, bingo, and live DJs spinning the hits until late.

Piranha Nightclub
Piranha Nightclub promises the same luxurious experience that you’d find at a Las Vegas Strip nightclub in an off-Strip location on Paradise Road. If you’re looking for bottle service, a VIP experience, dancing, and occasional celebrity sightings, you’ll find all of that and more at Piranha. Expect to see some of your favorite stars from RuPaul’s Drag Race, including Yara Sofia and Kimora Blac. 

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