Here's when and where to meet Atlanta's best drag kings and queens


Netflix's "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" reboot chose Atlanta for its first season, once again affirming the city's place as a center for LGBTQ life in the South.

While the new Fab 5 are all that, take in a different kind of fabulous: the best drag in town.

Whether you want something scandalous, sexy or laugh out loud funny, pull out those dollar bills and visit the best joints in town for drag shows that are sure to delight.

Meet the cross-dressing crew behind Rowdy Dowdy, an Atlanta arts collective

Don't forget to add a delicious side of 'RuPaul's Drag Race" to your forays out on the town best viewed with plenty of friends and a cold drink in hand.

So get that cash handy, brush up on your favorite Madonna tunes, and head into town for the best drag Atlanta has to offer.

Monday: Stars of the Century kicks off at 11:30 p.m. at Jungle, 2115 Faulkner Rd. NE, Atlanta (doors open at 10:30 p.m.) in their main room. Led by Niesha Dupree this show is a staple of southern drag.

Tuesday: Drageoke with Angelica D'Paige brings a new twist to a favorite gay pastime: karaoke, made better with drag. D'Paige graces the stage to lead the evening, 10:30 p.m. at Burkhart's.

»RELATED: Your insider's guide to the Center for Civil and Human Rights

Wednesday: Ruby Redd's Birdcage Bingo graces The Hideaway, 1544 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta, from 8:30 - 10:30 p.m., and, as the website says, "Leave your filters at the door, girls, because it's gonna get real." All proceeds go to charity. Twisted Broadway at Lips Atlanta, 3011 Buford Hwy., Atlanta is hosted by Edie Cheezburger. Billed as "outrageous, hilarious, campy" and sure not to disappoint.

Thursday: The House of Brooks starts at 11 p.m. Thursday's at Blake's, Blake's on the Park, 227 10th St. NE, Atlanta, hosted by the one and only Shawnna Brooks and featuring a revolving cast of performers. Dinner with the Divas grace's Lips Atlanta's stage every Thursday evening, featuring the best drag Cher, Madonna, Gaga and Adele you've ever seen. Bar opens at 7 p.m.

»RELATED: The 5 most romantic cities in the Deep South

Friday: Edie Cheezburger's infamous The Other Show runs in the cabaret room at the Jungle. The night kicks off with a "RuPaul's Drag Race" viewing party at 8 p.m., and The Other Show starts right after. Doors open at 7 p.m. Make sure to reserve a table for this must-see evening!

There is also the not-to-be-missed Femme Fatale show at Burkhart's, 1492 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta. Expect to be entertained by "Drag Race" alums and local Atlanta vixens. Shows starts at 11 p.m.

Blake's also has a fabulous "RuPaul Drag Racing" watch party at 8 p.m., hosted by Celeste Holmes as part of Celestial Fridays. Watch wanna-be drag queens and drag kings compete to win a spot performing alongside the best at Burkhart's Synergy Star Search with Monica van Pelt from 9:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

Saturday: Fantasy Girls — led by "Drag Race" alum Phoenix — is a hot show gracing the Jungle's cabaret room every Saturday night. Doors open at 8 p.m. Don't forget to reserve a table and head to the Jungle's main room for a little post-drag dance party.

Move-in ready: Here are 4 of Atlanta's best gay-friendly neighborhoods

Sunday: Start your Sunday with Dragalicious Gospel Brunch at Lips Atlanta, doors open at 12:30 p.m. Midtown Rouge — a play on Moulin Rouge — is a delightful show at 8:30 p.m. at Blake's. There is never a cover at Blake's, however you'll want to get there early to get a good spot in the crowd. At Burkhart's, Brigitte Bidet's Tossed Salad is sure to make your side hurts, so get your fill of wit and laughs starting at 10 p.m. Lips Atlanta cover charge ranges from $5 to $10. There’s also a food minimum. Check here for more details.

Check out some of the special shows you can only catch once a year, like the East Point Possums fundraiser for Lost-n-Found Youth or the Starlight Cabaret show (featuring the top drag queens and kings) every year during Pride. 


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Living

How were Mike Vick and wife Kijafa on the first two episodes of ‘Baller Wives’?
How were Mike Vick and wife Kijafa on the first two episodes of ‘Baller Wives’?

This was posted on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk It’s clear after two episodes of VH1’s “Baller Wives” that the drama is primarily among the women, the formula that works on these types of shows e.g. “Real Housewives of Whatever,” “Married to Medicine...
Venus Williams agrees to turn over phone records from day of fatal crash
Venus Williams agrees to turn over phone records from day of fatal crash

Tennis great Venus Williams has agreed to turn over her cell phone records to attorneys representing a family who is suing her in connection with a June traffic accident that claimed the life of a 78-year-old man. In a brief court hearing on Tuesday, lawyers for Williams and those representing the family of Jerome Barson told Palm Beach County...
‘Stranger Things’: end game could be just four seasons
‘Stranger Things’: end game could be just four seasons

This was posted on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk The Duffer brothers, creators of Netflix’s ‘Stranger Things,” told Vulture magazine that a third season is already assured and they may do fourth and that’s all, folks. “We’re thinking...
Carol Costello’s new HLN show debuted this week
Carol Costello’s new HLN show debuted this week

This was posted on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog Atlanta-based HLN is attempting to zig where CNN zags. While CNN obsesses over every move Trump, HLN is chasing after a different news audience, one that is less driven by politics and what happens in D.C. and generally more female...
Ludacris announces ‘LudaDay Weekend’ lineup, performance at Atlanta PGA Tour Championship
Ludacris announces ‘LudaDay Weekend’ lineup, performance at Atlanta PGA Tour Championship

Ludacris will bring some hometown pride to a couple of Atlanta events. Photo: TAYLOR CARPENTER / TAYLOR.CARPENTER@AJC.COM BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Ludacris will participate in the PGA Tour Championship coming to the College Football Hall of Fame on Sept. 18. The Atlanta rapper will perform during The Tour Championship, which celebrates the...
More Stories