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Don’t forget your dollar bills.
Rachel Low

11 Houston Bars With Epic Drag Shows

Sing and dance along to these dazzling drag performances

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Don’t forget your dollar bills.
| Rachel Low

There is no shortage of live entertainment in the city, but few shows rile up a crowd like an epic drag performance at one of Houston’s beloved bars. With flashy costumes, glitzy make-up, and top-notch talent belting out some of the greatest hits of all time, it all but guarantees a festive night out.

From boozy weekend brunches in Montrose to late nights out Downtown, here is where to catch Houston’s local celebrity queens and kings performing in must-see drag shows around town.

This map has been updated to remove Rebar, which will be temporarily closing after its last drag brunch held on Sunday, August 20. The newest addition is Champman & Kirby’s month drag brunch.

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Pearl Bar

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Pearl Bar offers drag entertainment of all varieties. Beyond its traditional drag shows featuring the city’s most iconic kings and queens, the bar offers Queen karaoke on Tuesday nights, H-Town Kings comedy night every Wednesday, and drag bingo, steak nights, and a live DJ on Thursday nights.

Hamburger Mary's

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After outgrowing its home in Montrose, Hamburger Mary’s has reemerged at its new locale Downtown, where bar bites, burgers, and drink and shot specials are enough to entice. The ladies of Hamburger Mary’s, however, are what dazzle audiences with catchy songs, colorful costumes, and artful makeup at various events including a rotating cast for its Shenanigans performance on Fridays and drag brunches and diva parties on Saturdays. Check its calendar of events for a full lineup of shows you won’t want to miss. Reservations are recommended.

Chapman & Kirby

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This Downtown bar transforms into a stage with an electrifying monthly drag brunch show. With showtimes at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. on the set day, those 21+ and up can enjoy the performances, along with a brunch buffet, select craft cocktails, and bubbly flights, plus optional bottle service. Upcoming shows are scheduled for August 19, September 16, October 21, and November 18.

A drag queen performs holds dollar bills while performing in front of a crowd at Chapman and Kirby. Rachel Low

RIPCORD

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This decades-old gay bar has its Snatch’d late-night drag shows, hosted bi-monthly on Tuesdays at 10:30 p.m. for guests 21 and up, plus a LaRue Takeover full of drag performances every third Tuesday of the month at 11 p.m. The best part — this bar is come-as-you-are, with no cover charge or dress code.

Sundays at Boheme are for drag brunches. With seatings at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. and a $35 cover charge, diners can enjoy music from a live DJ, access to the show, and the restaurant’s robust breakfast buffet. Reservations are required.

BUDDY'S

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Houston’s iconic gay bar offers plenty of drag festivities to keep you entertained, and every day gives something new. Prepare for your work week with Sunday’s Theme Queens live singing show at 8 p.m., or visit on Tuesdays for an interactive drag trivia at 7 p.m. followed by karaoke at 9:30 p.m. Stay in the know by following their website and Facebook page.

KIKI Houston

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Watch as The Show of Shows performers lay it all out on the stage in this “lavish” drag show. Hosted on Fridays around 11 p.m., the performances help kick off a night of fun, but that’s not the only time you’re bound to see breathtaking drag. Karaoke nights, themed tributes, and viewing parties abound, so keep up with its Facebook pages to stay up to date.

South Beach Houston

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It’s showtime every Wednesday for MILLENIALDOLLS. At 11 p.m., the longtime group of Houston performers take over the newly revamped South Beach nightclub in Montrose. The iconic gay bar’s dynamic light installations and whimsical dance floor offer an exhilarating backdrop for single and group performances.

Social Beer Garden HTX

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This lively Midtown hangout offers nightly entertainment like burlesque shows, open mic night, and silent disco, but a standout among them is the bar’s Saturday drag show. The 3 p.m. Saturday “Slay All Day” show is free to all guests and features performances from a revolving list of queens from around the country, plus a live DJ set and bottles of champagne for mimosas at a bargain ($20).

Michael's Outpost

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This divey neighborhood haunt and piano offers weeknight karaoke nights, whimsical weekend drag shows, and tons of theatrics. Venture in on Friday at 7:30 p.m. for its “Modern Nostalgia” performances that celebrate the music that defined the 20th century, or opt for its Saturday night “Eyecon” drag show, where performers embody some of their favorite celebrities. Keep up with social media to learn about decade theme nights, and be sure to make reservations, or arrive early — Michael’s Outpost has limited seating.

Grand Prize

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Every Wednesday from 9:30 p.m. to midnight, Grand Prize hosts the Dollhouse in its upstairs lounge. Along with a DJ, a lineup of drag queens perform for guests. The bar also offers happy hour food and drink specials like $4 Deep Eddy’s and $6 happy meals from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. to midnight.

Pearl Bar

Pearl Bar offers drag entertainment of all varieties. Beyond its traditional drag shows featuring the city’s most iconic kings and queens, the bar offers Queen karaoke on Tuesday nights, H-Town Kings comedy night every Wednesday, and drag bingo, steak nights, and a live DJ on Thursday nights.

Hamburger Mary's

After outgrowing its home in Montrose, Hamburger Mary’s has reemerged at its new locale Downtown, where bar bites, burgers, and drink and shot specials are enough to entice. The ladies of Hamburger Mary’s, however, are what dazzle audiences with catchy songs, colorful costumes, and artful makeup at various events including a rotating cast for its Shenanigans performance on Fridays and drag brunches and diva parties on Saturdays. Check its calendar of events for a full lineup of shows you won’t want to miss. Reservations are recommended.

Chapman & Kirby

This Downtown bar transforms into a stage with an electrifying monthly drag brunch show. With showtimes at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. on the set day, those 21+ and up can enjoy the performances, along with a brunch buffet, select craft cocktails, and bubbly flights, plus optional bottle service. Upcoming shows are scheduled for August 19, September 16, October 21, and November 18.

A drag queen performs holds dollar bills while performing in front of a crowd at Chapman and Kirby. Rachel Low

RIPCORD

This decades-old gay bar has its Snatch’d late-night drag shows, hosted bi-monthly on Tuesdays at 10:30 p.m. for guests 21 and up, plus a LaRue Takeover full of drag performances every third Tuesday of the month at 11 p.m. The best part — this bar is come-as-you-are, with no cover charge or dress code.

Boheme

Sundays at Boheme are for drag brunches. With seatings at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. and a $35 cover charge, diners can enjoy music from a live DJ, access to the show, and the restaurant’s robust breakfast buffet. Reservations are required.

BUDDY'S

Houston’s iconic gay bar offers plenty of drag festivities to keep you entertained, and every day gives something new. Prepare for your work week with Sunday’s Theme Queens live singing show at 8 p.m., or visit on Tuesdays for an interactive drag trivia at 7 p.m. followed by karaoke at 9:30 p.m. Stay in the know by following their website and Facebook page.

KIKI Houston

Watch as The Show of Shows performers lay it all out on the stage in this “lavish” drag show. Hosted on Fridays around 11 p.m., the performances help kick off a night of fun, but that’s not the only time you’re bound to see breathtaking drag. Karaoke nights, themed tributes, and viewing parties abound, so keep up with its Facebook pages to stay up to date.

South Beach Houston

It’s showtime every Wednesday for MILLENIALDOLLS. At 11 p.m., the longtime group of Houston performers take over the newly revamped South Beach nightclub in Montrose. The iconic gay bar’s dynamic light installations and whimsical dance floor offer an exhilarating backdrop for single and group performances.

Social Beer Garden HTX

This lively Midtown hangout offers nightly entertainment like burlesque shows, open mic night, and silent disco, but a standout among them is the bar’s Saturday drag show. The 3 p.m. Saturday “Slay All Day” show is free to all guests and features performances from a revolving list of queens from around the country, plus a live DJ set and bottles of champagne for mimosas at a bargain ($20).

Michael's Outpost

This divey neighborhood haunt and piano offers weeknight karaoke nights, whimsical weekend drag shows, and tons of theatrics. Venture in on Friday at 7:30 p.m. for its “Modern Nostalgia” performances that celebrate the music that defined the 20th century, or opt for its Saturday night “Eyecon” drag show, where performers embody some of their favorite celebrities. Keep up with social media to learn about decade theme nights, and be sure to make reservations, or arrive early — Michael’s Outpost has limited seating.

Grand Prize

Every Wednesday from 9:30 p.m. to midnight, Grand Prize hosts the Dollhouse in its upstairs lounge. Along with a DJ, a lineup of drag queens perform for guests. The bar also offers happy hour food and drink specials like $4 Deep Eddy’s and $6 happy meals from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. to midnight.

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