Be transported to a fantasy world that even the average Seoulite might not know about. Every weekend, these trans bars turn themselves into incredible performance spaces. Here, the hottest dancers are matched with good humor and incredible choreography. Here are the best trans shows in town, get in on the scoop and check them out
The top two trans shows
Historically a haven for the socially marginalized and longtime international tourist hotspot, Itaewon is befittingly the home of the gay community's best-known party scene. Located in the area nicknamed “Homo Hill,” Trance is the oldest gay club and also an iconic Itaewon venue. Trance hosts popular lip sync performances by transgendered unni ("big sisters" in Korean) on Saturday and Sunday nights, and operates as a regular bar on weeknights. A shimmering curtain hangs on the other side of the bar, transforming into the perfect performance venue once customers sit around the T-shaped catwalk. Sing Sing unni and the transgender community’s very own Ninano, both of whom are hostesses of the night, invite a host of showgirls on stage, amongst which Bee Mimi’s over-the-top performance is the main attraction of the night. This destination is a hidden gem for tourists and always receives rave reviews from out-of-towners.
Le Queen has been brought to the spotlight as an afterclub with all the offerings of a conventional club, plus drag show privileges. Their drag shows are renewed monthly, with two shows per night, one at 1am and another at 3am. Le Queen provides more bang for your buck, with a complimentary drink coupon after paying for entrance. During its’ post 4am afterhours, the rowdy crowd turns into a topless dancing spree that goes till the early morn (a real sight for sore eyes). Try their extensive cocktail menu and get drunk on Le Queen’s finest house music.