Every drag queen needs a palace and in South Beach, you’ll find the grandest queens on South Beach at the Palace Bar, 1200 Ocean Dr. The performances spill over into the sidewalks at the Palace’s weekend Brunchic brunch, thrilling locals and terrorizing unsuspecting tourists. Throw in the hottest local and guest DJs and the Palace is definitely the destination on the busy Ocean Drive strip.
In Fort Lauderdale, the ladies of Lips, 1421 E. Oakland Park, definitely rule with shows six nights a week and the infamous Sunday Gospel Brunch hosted by Nicolette. Lady LaRouge hosts Dragalicious Tuesdays and Misty Eyez presides over Bitchy Bingo Wednesdays. On Thursdays, it’s Dinner with the Divas — Whitney, Dolly, Madonna, Cher and Bette — while Fridays and Saturdays are Glitz & Glam hosted by “the” Diva.
Fans can also catch an outrageous drag performance practically every night of the week at bars and clubs across the region.
On Sundays, Misty Eyez hosts the long-running Trannie Palace at Bill’s Filling Stations, 2209 Wilton Dr. in Wilton Manors, and on Mondays, Florida’s Own Dame Edna brings her unique style of comedy and singing to the Manchester Room at the Alibi, across the drive in the Shoppes of Wilton Manors. At the Village Pub, Misty Eyez, one of the busiest queens in town, hosts Dragicide Mondays, a wacky lip sync competition that tests both professionals and amateurs.
Fans of country queens can catch Lady Fancy at Scandals Saloon, 3073 NE 6th Ave. in Wilton Manors, and The Stable, 205 E. Oakland Park Blvd. Recently South Florida lost a drag legend when Auntie Mame died. She was a regular on Sunday nights at Boardwalk, 1721 N. Andrews Ave.
On the weekend, Latinas abound at The Manor, 2345 Wilton Dr., home of Noche Latina Saturdays, and in the Epic nightclub, many of the country’s biggest talents host themed parties every week, including many of the finalists of “RuPaul’s Drag Race.”