If Miami knows one thing, it's how to put on one hell of a drag show. You can catch some of South Florida's best performing all different styles for eager audiences from South Beach to downtown Miami. But before you venture out in search of charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent, keep this important rule in mind:
Bring cash and tip the performers.
Below is a list of some of the best shows in Miami. We've barely scratched the surface of what our town has to offer, and this certainly isn't an exhaustive list, but it's a fabulous place to start.
1. Drag Brunch at Palace Bar.
Catch Drag Brunch at Palace Bar every Saturday and Sunday.
Photo by Karli Evans.
South Beach's renowned Palace Bar, which recently reopened in a new location on Ocean Drive
, is undisputedly one of the top places in Miami to catch a show seven days a week. Your jaws will drop and your wigs will be snatched. One of the funnest
ways to spend an afternoon in Miami is at Drag Brunch at Palace Bar with some of the 305's fiercest queens every Saturday and Sunday. Drag queens dance on top of your table, spill onto the sidewalk, hilariously interact with hordes of tourists, and literally stop traffic on Ocean Drive. The whole experience is unreal. A cool $45 will get you an entree, a seat with prime views of the show, and bottomless mimosas during the performance. For early birds, the first show begins at 11:30 a.m. But if you can't bring yourself to roll out of bed before noon, there's a second seating at 2 p.m. For a taste of what goes down at the Palace, check out this insane
viral video of Elishaly
D’Witshes climbing to the top of a double-decker bus and impressively landing in a perfect split
. It's held
every Saturday and Sunday at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Palace Bar, 1052 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach; 305-531-7234; palacesouthbeach.com. Admission costs $45; call or visit OpenTable for reservations.
2. Counter Corner. Miami's best (and wildest) LGBT and Queer Party
Counter Corner at 1306.
Photo by Karli Evans
had a busy 2017. Outgrowing its original home at the Corner
, the free monthly party expanded and moved to the nearby venue 1306 in June. Counter Corner also celebrated its third anniversary in November. The party, hilariously hosted by Hialeah's Finest, Juleisy y Karla, prides itself on being a safe space for the Magic City's young, queer community and invites guests to experience "all the gender non-conforming fun you can handle" on its Facebook page
. Every third Sunday of the month, the city's loyal crowds pack the house for a night of sweaty dancing and drag performances. In addition to being an amazingly wild night with incredible music, Counter Corner scores major points for shows that take place on the venue's outdoor elevated stage, providing great views of the performances wherever you're standing. It takes place
every third Sunday of the month from 10:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. at 1306, 1306 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-377-2277; 1306miami.com. Admission is free.
3. Bareback Follies.
Grab dinner and catch a show at Brickell's El Tucán.
Photo by Monica McGivern
Susanne Bartsch's bimonthly Bareback Follies, a night of drag theater at El Tucán, was New Times' Best of Miami winner in 2017
, which is reason
enough for you to check out this show on the last Tuesday of every other month. The most recent Bareback Follies took place during Art Basel and featured performances by Violet Chachki, Brent Fraser, Amanda Le Pore, Joey Arias, Aquaria, Leonid the Magnificent, Sequida
, TP Lords, and Adora. Talk about an all-star lineup. The must-see Tuesday evening show happens twice per night, with performances at 8 and 10 p.m. Be sure to check El Tucán's site for tickets to the next show
. It takes place the last Tuesday of every other month at 8 and 10 p.m. at El Tucán, 1111 SW First Ave., Miami; 305-535-0065; tickets and dinner reservations available via eltucanmiami.com.
4. Double Stubble.
Dust off those moves and make your way to Gramps for some serious Studio 54 vibes. Resident DJs Mystic Bill, Hottpants, and Terence Tabeau rule the dance floor with primo disco beats. Dubbed Miami's best place to party on a Thursday
by New Times
, this free dance party in Wynwood is where it's at. Every week, catch two rotating drag performances on the outdoor tiki-hut stage-turned-runway hosted by Kurt Fowl. You can also find some of Miami's best LGBT and queer parties
at Gramps, like Bingo with Miss Toto on Wednesday nights. Be sure to grab your tickets
to the highly anticipated, second annual Wigwood
festival taking place February 2 at the Miami Scottish Rite Temple and February 3 at Gramps. Try it
every Thursday at 9 p.m. at Gramps, 176 NW 24th St., Miami; 305-699-2669; gramps.com. Admission is free.
5. Drag Mondays.
Kick your week off at Drag Mondays.
Photo by Jessica Gibbs
Mondays aren't always a drag, especially if you're spending them at one of the best bars in Miami Beach
, with host PartyKarloz, resident queens "The Eye Dolls," and DJs Deejay Smeejay and Scotty-J. Drag Mondays at this low-key spot on Española Way boast good vibes and friendly bartenders serving up half-off booze from 8 to 10 p.m., $2 PBRs, $3 Jager Spice shots, and $6 Absolut Vodka cocktails. Those who have to be functioning parts of society on Tuesday morning are in luck. The first show at Kill Your Idol starts promptly at 11 p.m. with a series of performances that carry on throughout the night. Pro tip: Be sure to grab a seat at one of the booths near the stage to get in on all of the glittery action. Every Monday from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. at Kill Your Idol, 222 Española Way, Miami Beach; 305-672-1852; sub-culture.org/kill-your-idol. Admission is free.