Drag shows and drag culture have changed the mainstream artistic, fashion and entertainment landscapes, especially over the past few years thanks to the success of hit show RuPaul’s Drag Race. Drag Queens are the stars that always bring glamour, aesthetics, vibrance and heightened feminine essence to the table, the stage and social media platforms. Cape Town’s drag scene is a huge part of the nightlife of the city, where straight and narrow individuals collide with the members of the rainbow. Fun, full of life and an experience you’ll never forget, here are some spots where you can catch a drag performance in Cape Town, have a gorgeous time even if there isn’t a show on the cards or stop by for a taste of inclusivity.
If you haven’t experienced a drag performance at Beefcakes, you’ve got yourself a ‘must-do’ item to put on your ‘experiences’ bucket list. Chiselled waiters, cocktails to knock your Saturday-best socks off and the thrill of drag queens in all their flamboyance? Beefcakes roars with life at their 50’s inspired spot, where you’re guaranteed to leave feeling a newfound zest within yourself.
Different drag queens perform throughout the week, from Lilly Slaptsilli and Manilla Von Teez to Princess Pop and Kitty De La Renza.
- Location: Sovereign Quay, 40 Somerset Rd, Green Point
- Website: Beefcakes.co.za
Sometimes we all need a little cabaret in our lives. Luckily for those of us in Cape Town, such a space lies right in the heart of the Mother City. Think inclusive performances, a classy space, personalised service and some of the best entertainment and artistry around.
- Location: 87 Bree Street
- Website: Gate69
3. Zer021 Rooftop | Castle Hotel
Ze021 began as a humble little tongue in Green Point ten years ago. Today, it’s one of the most iconic inclusive spots in Cape Town, sporting two locations to tickle your fancy. You can expect regular drag brunches, events and the special feature of ‘Queeraoke’ (karaoke) on Wednesdays.
- Location: Rooftop – 160 Sir Lowry Road, Buchanan Square, Foreshore | Castle Hotel – 36 Canterbury Street, Zonnebloem
- Website: @Zer021 Rooftop | @zer021 Castle Hotel
4. Pink Candy Night Club
If you’re looking to enjoy the presence of Drag Queens in one of the most vibrant and fabulous spots, Pink Candy welcomes you. As Pride Month is upon us, Pink Candy is celebrating with their own Pride Party on 26 February. Check out their website for more details below.
- Location: 120 Strand Street, De Waterkant
- Website: @pinkcandynightclub
5. Cafe Manhattan
If you’re going to venture to a gay bar, you definitely need to visit one of the golden favourites and longest established grandmasters of vibes. Cafe Manhattan is the spot to visit for a cheeky rendezvous where you can grab a drink, a bite, and a slice of life.
- Location:74 Waterkant Street, De Waterkant
- Website: Manhattan.co.za
6. The 2 Eves
Maybe you’re looking for one of the most inclusive spots in the Mother City with refreshing new energy as tasty as a tall glass of lemonade. Well, the newly established 2 Eves will steal your heart with its welcoming space, vibrance, food creations and shows.
- Location: Buitenkloof Studios 8 Shop 5, Kloof Street, Gardens
- Website: The2eves.com