The Dish on Drag Brunch

We're spilling the tea - here's why gay men can't get enough drag brunch in their lives.

HomoCulture Gay Culture Brian Webb

This article was published on January 11th, 2023

It’s no secret that the gays love brunch. It may be a stereotype, but it had to come from somewhere! It’s a fabulous start to the day, but not too early of a start. It’s a relatively child-free environment as well, which is a big draw for many. The dishes are bougie, and the boozy drink specials are hard to pass up! Brunch cafes are trendy and modern. You won’t catch a gay man in sweatpants sipping on an espresso martini here. They offer an amazing social environment and are often a safe space for many members of the LGBTQ+ community.

When drag brunches started to hit the mainstream and became more accessible, it was no surprise that this would be a go-to for a lot of trendy gays. Drag has become such an intrinsic staple of the LGBTQ+ community, so it’s only natural that drag shows and brunch would come together. Drag almost feels like a sport for a lot of gays, between reality shows like RuPaul’s Drag Race, newer shows like Drag SOS in the UK, and the overall community of both performers and fans. T-shirts with your favorite queen’s face feel like a sports jersey. Rooting for your favorite queen over a chilled mimosa is the perfect addition to your weekend.

Gays are prone to gossip and spill tea, and that can be just as prevalent in drag culture too, for better or worse. But that sharp, witty, and snappy energy that so many drag queens exhibit is something a lot of queer people embody themselves. Drag shows can bring that out of the best of us, making for an electric and fierce gossip session in between sets. Being surrounded by gorgeous queens in outrageously extravagant makeup and outfits sets the mood. 

Drag shows are full of vibrancy, fun, music, and a wonderful expression of gender and self. It’s a celebration of queer culture and has been a long-standing staple in the LGBTQ+ community. Starting your Sunday with a drag brunch can truly set the tone for the rest of the weekend. There’s so much positive energy to be found, and there are a lot of people who benefit from such a wonderful and exciting experience. 

Not to mention, not everyone can or is interested in staying up until 4:00am on a Friday or Saturday night out. Many people work over the weekends and tend to miss out on a lot of drag shows. Hitting up the local drag brunch still gets you the drag fix, all over a decadent charcuterie platter and crisp midafternoon cocktails. Nightlife isn’t for everyone, and not every gay is a nightclub regular. Sometimes a drag show at 11:00am is what you need to recharge your social-outing battery. 

A few important rules when it comes to drag brunch

  • Do not touch or get up and dance with drag queens during their performances 
  • Tip your queens generously; it costs a lot to look that cheap 
  • The more you drink, the better they look 
  • Have fun
  • It’s an LGBTQ+ space; respect; this isn’t white girl wasted time  

Have you ever attended a drag brunch before? Because if not, you’re truly missing out on a fun afternoon. A simple online search for “Drag brunch near me” will help you find local venues. Get out there, find your local scene, and dedicate your next mimosa to your favorite drag queen! 

Where’s the best place for drag brunch? 

If you are visiting Miami and Miami Beach, HomoCulture suggests booking drag brunch at R House Wynwood and at Palace in South Beach.

In the comments section below, tell us where you like to go or where you have had the best drag brunch of your life! 

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