The NYC drag queen guide

The best drag queens in the world call NYC home. See legendary divas at drag shows and LGBTQ nightlife events in NYC.

Sasha Velour
Photograph: Tawni Bannister

It's no surprise to us that the current golden age of drag starts right in NYC. RuPaul's Drag Race icons like Sasha Velour and Bob the Drag Queen hang their hats in the city, and the influential Bushwig festival has gone from Bushwick to cities like Berlin, London and Mexico City. We've got everything for you here, from DIY backroom gay bar drag to VIP stage shows. Come through! 

NYC drag queen guide

The drag stars of Bushwig 2018 have arrived
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The drag stars of Bushwig 2018 have arrived

On a sweltering Tuesday afternoon in July, nine of New York's most worshipped drag performers stomp onto the Myrtle/Broadway stop for Time Out's photoshoot. Naturally, they spark commentary and double takes from just about every commuter on the platform. But this sweaty stunt is rather common for the queens and kings of Bushwig, the drag music festival toasting Brooklyn's DIY, experimental queer art and party culture.

Charlene is taking over the planet
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Charlene is taking over the planet

 If you’ve seen a drag show in Brooklyn over the last few years—at beloved dives like the Rosemont, Metropolitan or Macri Park—you’ve likely been drawn to a hard-partying powerhouse in a flimsy bikini and Timberland boots. The mononymous trans performer and activist is the living embodiment of the Brooklyn drag aesthetic: Raw, low-budget, highly self-aware. 

The best New York City drag shows and events
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The best New York City drag shows and events

New York is, without question, the world capital of the drag arts. Gender-bending superstars from Bob the Drag Queen to Bianca Del Rio have honed their craft on NYC stages, and the scene shows no signs of slowing. These days, you can catch drag queens (often for free) every night of the week onstage at gay bars throughout the boroughs (and in Fire Island), and even on Broadway stages with shows like Kinky Boots serving fierce performances. We've rounded up the best performances to see. Go get your life!

We asked NYC drag queens to tell us some of the most outrageous things they've seen on the job
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We asked NYC drag queens to tell us some of the most outrageous things they've seen on the job

We asked some of our favorite drag artists to share some truly sickening memories from over the years

Sasha Velour talks touring the world as winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race
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Sasha Velour talks touring the world as winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race

After ruling over the NYC drag scene as one of most cutting-edge queens, Bushwick native Sasha Velour stepped her gig up to the global stage when she won the ninth season of RuPaul's Drag Race in June. Since then, she's toured the world, continued to host her spectacular monthly show Nightgowns at National Sawdust, and found new ways to innovate drag shows onstage. We talked with the New Yorker of the year about her spectacular 2017. 

The best New York City drag queens
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The best New York City drag queens

Bow down and worship as we run down the most fabulous, hilarious, and sickening drag queens to call NYC home

The state of NYC drag, according to two dope queens
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The state of NYC drag, according to two dope queens

We brought together two stars—one pioneering vet and one white newbie—to survey the city’s changing drag landscape

Meet the cutting-edge performers changing NYC drag
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Meet the cutting-edge performers changing NYC drag

Get to know the gender-bending artists redefining drag as we know it—right here in the art form’s HQ

Bob the Drag Queen on her year as America’s Next Drag Superstar
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Bob the Drag Queen on her year as America’s Next Drag Superstar

The RuPaul’s Drag Race season eight winner shares her very honest opinions on Trump, season nine and getting arrested

Feast your eyes on these images from RuPaul's DragCon NYC
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Feast your eyes on these images from RuPaul's DragCon NYC

Elyssa Goodman was at the convention to capture the extravaganza

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Drag Race's Courtney Act talks fall fashion trends and reality TV​
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Drag Race's Courtney Act talks fall fashion trends and reality TV​

So You Think You Can Drag at New World Stages
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So You Think You Can Drag at New World Stages

Queens on Thrones: Drag queens invade NYC bathrooms
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Queens on Thrones: Drag queens invade NYC bathrooms

8 headphone-worthy songs from RuPaul's Drag Race graduates
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8 headphone-worthy songs from RuPaul's Drag Race graduates

LIVE from the NYPL’s spring season will host RuPaul, Per Petterson and more
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LIVE from the NYPL’s spring season will host RuPaul, Per Petterson and more

The ten most eye-catching stars in drag
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The ten most eye-catching stars in drag

Drag Bingo with Murray Hill and Linda Simpson at XL
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Drag Bingo with Murray Hill and Linda Simpson at XL

Bushwig at Secret Project Robot
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Bushwig at Secret Project Robot

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