10 Best Drag Shows in Metro Phoenix

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Janessa Hilliard
Celia Putty primps backstage at Kobalt Bar.

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.


Location Info

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Apollo's

5749 N. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Karamba

1724 E. McDowell Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

BS West

7125 E. Fifth Ave., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Music

Kobalt

3110 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

The Bar on Central - CLOSED

718 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

The Rock

4129 N. 7th Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Charlie's

727 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Cruisin' 7th

3702 N. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music


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39 comments
princess_danelly
princess_danelly

I'm looking for a drag king show... Anyone have any ideas?

John Phoenix
John Phoenix

Dude, you need to edit it again. This time try using some punctuation and fix the spelling error. Probably one of the people working out at your locale gym could help.

Rob Zemeida
Rob Zemeida

Thanks. Helps people avoid these things

David Quinze
David Quinze

Phoenix is number one for gays these days all those porn sites that call it home now this wow probably one of them working out at your locate gym

Eddie Omega
Eddie Omega

Should I be thanking for actually posting about phoenix drag or upset it's taken this long

Andrew Youn
Andrew Youn

There are more than 10 drag shows in Phoenix?

Mimi Faye
Mimi Faye

Amy Leigh BW might be helpful!

Keri Mosier
Keri Mosier

Robin Banks this may be of interest to you

Kyo Ono
Kyo Ono

Where the fuck is my wallet? Have you guys seen it? O I found it, whats a dra show by the way im lazy and dont have time to read te entire post. Ps its hot outside what is it like 100?

Courtney Marie
Courtney Marie

Heather Rachel we need to go to one of these. It wld be all kinds of fun

Kylee Smith
Kylee Smith

Stupidity should be illegal but Mike you're still here. Seriously you're ignorant! Grow the fuck up. You don't like it, don't comment.

Kat Rethi
Kat Rethi

If you have nothing but negative things to say go somewhere else.

Mike Jones
Mike Jones

That's disgusting. It should be illegal.

Kylee Smith
Kylee Smith

Eric you're rude! If you don't like it, scroll past. Its ignorant people like you who teach our future generation to hate. Grow up

Eric Owens
Eric Owens

Nic Lindbergh I don't give a fuck go feel your mother

Nic Lindbergh
Nic Lindbergh

If you're going to use a derogatory term, at least learn to spell it. Jackass.

Quentin Dampier
Quentin Dampier

Eric you know you love it. If you dont why entertain the post?

Kat Rethi
Kat Rethi

Egy Pt check this out I've seen you at two of these shows!

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