The SF drag scene – listing the best bars
The drag bars in San Francisco are second to none, with decked-out queens on display in superb acts, showing plenty of attitude as they strut their stuff on the catwalks. There are so many places to choose from, and yet, being choosy will leave you happier at the end of the night. Here are some of the best in town from MyCityWay.
Aunt Charlie’s: Surreal in a cool way with high bars of hotness and talent that includes the awesome bartenders and Hot Boxx Girls. A disco in the old-school sense of the word and the cheap alcohol adds to its charms. 133 Turk Street, (415) 441-2922
Marlena’s: Old-school and superb with the ladies singing Tammy Wynette and Patsy Cline, this Hayes Valley spot has no cover. The show starts at 10:30 on Saturday nights, but get there at 9:30 for good seats). 488 Hayes Street, (415) 864-6672
Esta Noche: The queens are such a pleasure. They dress so well and dodge them stumbling boys even better! Their drag shows every night and nice Latin pop from the console. A beer is $2.50, so go grab one and find your comfy corner. 3079 16th St, (415) 861-5757.
Underground SF:One of Castro’s most simple and notorious spots. Here you’ll find the queens all drunk and the men occupying the stage and on the bar by the end of the night. 424 Haight Street, (415) 864-7386
TrannyShack: Tuesday nights here see packed floors and onlookers in shock. It’s famous or let’s say infamous, so go here only if you’re not shy! A documentary on this place was called “Filthy Gorgeous: The Trannyshack Story,” so you can guess.
Asia SF: On the yuppie side but has good reviews to its credit, this place is more like a restaurant where drag and tranny ladies play host and put up an impromptu performance every now and then. 201 9th Street, (415) 255-2742
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