The Best Places to See Drag Shows in Metro Phoenix
Olivia Gardens hosts Naughty or Nice Bingo on Mondays at 9:30 p.m., and the Garden Variety Revue on Wednesdays at 9 p.m., at Kobalt Bar.
Being a devoted fan of drag can keep you plenty busy in metro Phoenix. From the raucous airings of RuPaul's Drag Race at Kobalt to the bedazzled bachelorette atmosphere of the Elements show at BS West, the Valley's drag queen scene is as vibrant as ever.
To help you keep it all, well, straight, we've assembled a guide to weekly drag performances happening at some of the best LGBT bars and nightclubs in and around Phoenix.
BS West hosts Stars Choice on Tuesdays, Elements on Fridays, and Showgirl Follies on Sundays in Old Town Scottsdale.
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BS West Scottsdale
7125 East Fifth Avenue, Scottsdale
This Old Town Scottsdale spot has been around since 1988 and continues to serve the 21-and-over crowd daily from 2 p.m. until 2 a.m. BS West is also a hotspot for weekly drag performances. Stars Choice is Tuesdays at 9 p.m., and features a talent-show atmosphere à la The Voice hosted by Kendra Katoure and DJ Coco St. James. The popular Elements show is Fridays at 10:30 p.m., and is one of the quintessential drag shows in the Phoenix area. Cast members include Kira Daniels, Saellah V., and Mya McKenzie. Billed as “Arizona's first all transexual follies revue," the brand new Showgirl Follies is every Sunday at 7 p.m. and features a mix of 1950s pinup, burlesque, and Vegas showgirl styles.
727 West Camelback Road
Since 1984, Charlie's Phoenix has been Central Phoenix's go-to country-themed (mostly) nightclub. Catch Pussy LeHoot and Friends at 8 p.m. on Sundays — and again with Pussy LeHoot’s Patio Show at 9:30 p.m. on Saturdays. Mondays bring the Strip Factor, an amateur strip contest, hosted by Claudia B. Charlie's also features Miss Gay Arizona winner Nevaeh McKenzie hosting High Heels & Halos on Wednesdays starting at 10:15 p.m.
Barbra Seville, Sasha Bratz, and Olivia Gardens performing at Kobalt Bar.
Tiffany Jane Brown
3110 North Central Avenue, #125
Tucked away in Park Central, Kobalt is “The Place to View the Race” – meaning RuPaul's Drag Race, obviously, when it airs at 7 p.m. on Mondays. As for live drag, Kobalt holds Naughty or Nice Bingo at 9:30 p.m. on Mondays and the Garden Variety Revue at 9 p.m. on Wednesdays. Both are hosted by resident drag performer Olivia Gardens. Other Phoenix performers to grace the stage at Kobalt include Barbra Seville, Sasha Bratz, and Celia Putty – who hosts Celia Putty’s Game Show every third Wednesday at 9 p.m.
4129 North Seventh Avenue
This Melrose District gay bar is a popular spot for drag in Phoenix thanks to a newly remodeled show room. Drag icon Barbra Seville is in heavy rotation at The Rock, hosting such weekly shows as Barbra Seville’s Girlie Show on Fridays and the Barbra Seville Show Saturdays – both at 10 p.m. The Rock also features Rock’n Bodies Review hosted by Aimee V Justice at 10 p.m. on Sundays, Lady Christian’s Trailer Trash Revue on the last Friday of the month at 10 p.m., and special events with Sherry Vine, Olivia Gardens, and more.
The Cruisin’ 7th Show Bar hosts weekly drag events like Nikki at Nite on Fridays at 10:30 p.m., and Lady and the Tramps on Saturdays at 10:30 p.m.
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3702 North Seventh Street
You’ve seen the classic sign while cruising down Seventh Street in central Phoenix. Open daily from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m., the recently remodeled Cruisin’ 7th Cocktail Lounge can seat 65 at the show bar, with standing room for an additional 20 to 30 patrons. C7 hosts special events as well as weekly shows, including free comedy nights like Camping Out with the Southern Belles every first and third Thursday at 9 p.m., Nikki at Nite on Fridays at 10:30 p.m., and Lady and the Tramps with host Lady Christian on Saturdays at 10:30 p.m.
Celia Putty’s Freaky Friday at starts at 9 p.m. at Plazma Bar.
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1560 East Osborn Road
Go Party at the P, as they say — especially when it's time to cap off that work week. Plazma Bar hosts the weekly show known as Celia Putty’s Freaky Friday at 9 p.m. The show features a rotating lineup of local drag stars. First Fridays feature Sasha Bratz, second Fridays feature Phaedra Devina Ross, third Fridays are with Coco St. James, and fourth Fridays are saved for Egypt. Special guests also include Lady Christian, Sophia Sinclair, and Holly Peno Popper. TGIF for sure.
1724 East McDowell Road
Open daily, and most holidays, from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., Karamba Nightclub is a dance club known for its Latin DJs, theme nights, and weekly shows hosted by local drag performers. Catch the Savannah Moussier Show on Tuesdays, the Karamba Girls show with Adriana Galiano on Wednesdays, the Ruby Reynolds Show on Thursdays, and the Diamond Show on Sundays. There's no cover for the shows, which start at 10:30 p.m.
Divas After Dark is hosted by Dianna K. Shane Fridays at 9 p.m. at the Twisted Peacock.
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The Twisted Peacock
3108 East McDowell Road
The Twisted Peacock features weekly drag shows each Friday night. Divas After Dark starts at 9 p.m., hosted by Dianna K. Shane, usually accompanied by Kiki Andrews and Sable St. James. Immediately following the divas is Twisted Peacock’s drag and male revue show, Freaky Azz Friday, starting at 10:30 p.m. Think of it as two shows in one.
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