As if brunch could possibly be more fun. A favorite meal of the weekend for many gets turned up to 11 with the addition of drag queens strutting their stuff. The wildly popular event, featuring incredibly glammed-up performers lip-synching to a disco soundtrack, pops up around town on a regular basis. Some spots, like the Country Club, feature the hijinks every weekend. Others, like Artisan Cafe, offer regular monthly opportunities to spend those dollar bills. And sometimes it’s just a pop-up experience, so best to keep your eyes peeled on Instagram and your dollars handy.Read More
8 Drag Brunches to Liven Up Any Sunday in New Orleans
Fun and fabulous goes over easy
Artisan Bar and Cafe
This low-key pub on the edge of the Marigny offers a rollicking party starring Vanessa Carr on the first and third Saturdays of the month, two shows a day. Artisan Bar’s Mama Honey’s Drag Brunch features a rotating cast of lovelies, along with a tasty Southern comfort menu featuring the likes of shrimp and grits and chicken and waffles.
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Mag’s, a friendly neighborhood gay bar on the edge of the Marigny triangle, is taken over by Diva Royale New Orleans Friday and Saturday for dinner shows and Sunday for brunch — pay $30 in advance for the show, $60 for the food package. Who knows what they’re serving for eats, but that also seems beside the point. The real reason to go to this drag “franchise” running everywhere from Honolulu to Key West is the celebrity impressionists, conjuring stars like Madonna, Dolly, Celine, Liza, Adel, Whitney, Britney, and Beyonce. No tickets at the door, reserve in advance only.
Barrilleaux's Restaurant & Wine Bar
This Italian restaurant is really a special event venue, from themed cocktail parties to weddings to, yep, drag brunches. Nothing cookie cutter at Barrilleaux’s, especially the food, which is outstanding. Reserve the drag brunch on OpenTable, prepaid at $10 per person, with bottomless mimosas offered for $25.
The Music Box Village
Following Mardi Gras 2023, this Bywater arts hub will resume its monthly Drag Brunchzilla hosted by Tarah Cards, kicking off Sunday, March 12, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Just a $15 entry grants you access to this special outdoor venue as well as performances, food pop-ups, and brunch cocktails.
The Country Club
The gold standard for drag brunches, the Country Club in Bywater offers feathered fun Saturday and Sunday, with reservations a must for 10 am or 1 pm shows. There’s an ala carte menu with eats like shrimp and grits and fried green tomatoes and eggs. Naturally, mimosas and bellinis come by the carafe. It’s hard to get a seat, most reserved far in advance by gaggles of bachelorettes out for boozy brunching. But try calling the Wednesday before, just in case.
House of Blues New Orleans
Seems like there’s a Drag House Party brunch about once a month at House of Blues, with a rotating cast of talented performers. Past parties have included a brunch buffet, tickets in the $60 range and $20 bottomless mimosas. Check the website for updates.
Sidecar Patio & Oyster Bar
Oysters from coast to coast, fresh local seafood, and a burger to remember. That’s Sidecar in a nutshell. Add the occasional drag brunch once a month, like in February when it featured Miss Kookie Baker leading a Beyonce-themed extravaganza, and the place rocks. Beyond oysters, there’s an ala carte menu of sandwiches, salads, and tacos.
The Tasting Room
It’s not super clear how often this eclectic wine cafe has Drag Brunch With Coca Mesa on Sundays, but semi-regularly seems to be the ticket. Check their Instagram and expect an awesome burger, charcuterie boards, and small plates, and for brunch, $25 bottomless mimosas and bloody marys.