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10 Best Drag Shows in Metro Phoenix

Celia Putty primps backstage at Kobalt Bar.
Celia Putty primps backstage at Kobalt Bar.
Janessa Hilliard

More campy than classy and more theatrical than trendy, what was once an underground club staple for the gay and lesbian crowd has become a multi-night affair drawing crowds of every persuasion. At first blush our fair -- er, beige -- city may not seem like a hot spot for hairsprayed wigs and luscious lashes coupled with (fake) T and (real) A, but if you know where to look -- and we do -- you'll find plenty of places doubling as a drag queen's paradise.

We criss-crossed the Valley and found 10 of our favorites, one for every night of the week -- and then some.

See also: Sharon Needles on RuPaul's Drag Race and Arizona's Gay Community

Naughty or Nice Bingo

We get it, Mondays are pretty much the worst. It's the beginning of the workweek and your weekend feels like it flew by. Enter Apollo's Lounge -- and bingo, surprisingly -- to put an end to boring Monday night plans.

Yes, bingo tends to be regarded as a choice game for those of the wrinkled or purple-haired variety, but anyone who says they don't love shouting out of turn and playing for stakes (even if they aren't very high) is probably lying. Mondays at the lounge are home to viewing parties of RuPaul's Drag Race (whose most recent season just wrapped) followed by Naughty or Nice Bingo at 9:30 p.m. Desiree Demornay takes the mic, calling out numbers alongside jokes for a chance to win a variety of bar prizes.



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