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Best spots to see drag

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Bars Lounges Midtown East

The place claims to be “the ultimate in drag dining,” and the staff is a sassy, flamboyant bunch. Still, it’s often heteros who pile in for office and bachelorette parties. Sip the Frankie, a potent mix of gin, SoCo, peach schnapps and 7-Up; watch impersonators of gay icons (Cher, Madonna) perform song-and-dance acts; or strut your stuff at Tuesday night’s Drag Karaoke.

XES Lounge

Bars Lounges Chelsea

This Chelsea lounge (pronounced “excess”) looks like the dream pad you’ll never own. Handsome touches include flawless hardwood floors, exposed brick walls, recessed shelves and a bi-level patio accented with potted bamboo. Watch drag talent like Peppermint and Mimi Imfurst upstage ; Wednesday nights mean screenings of Project Runway.

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Escuelita

Bars Lounges Hell's Kitchen

Gay and Latino is the dominant culture, the energy is infectious, the dance floor is hot, the drinks are weak and the lines to the men’s room are curiously long. You say you’re not into go-go boys, papi, but you’ll change your mind after a few moments in front of these platforms. On Freedom Fridays, everyone gets in free. Saturdays bring dance and live shows (2am), and such quality acts as La India and Dana International. You can’t not have fun.

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