Although Drink & Drag Las Vegas, billed as the “first-ever fully drag queen-staffed bar,” won’t officially open until May 5, 2012, the downtown establishment quietly began to welcome guests this weekend, and we were there.
Unfortunately, because it was just a “soft launch,” we were told we weren’t allowed to take photos. So, naturally, we took tons of photos! This blog does not live by society’s rules.
The staff of Drink & Drag, 24 full-time drag queens in all, were out in force, learning the ropes of their new gig and entertaining guests by breaking into choreographed dance sequences throughout the evening.
Far from just appealing to the GLBT community, this blog witnessed guests of all orientations and ages taking part in the fun at Drink & Drag.
Adding to the draw are a 12-lane bowling alley and billiard room.
The interior of Drink & Drag is gorgeous, with impressive attention to lighting and creating a sensory experience that leaves you feeling like there’s always something else to see in this 22,000-square-foot venue.
There are surprises around every corner.
Drink & Drag is tucked away on the second floor of Neonopolis, in the space formerly occupied by Jillian’s. And we don’t used the word “tucked” lightly. (Hint: It’s a drag queen thing.)
The Drink & Drag concept is brought to downtown by the owner of the popular Krave nightclub at The Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood.
Taking their cue from casinos like Rio Las Vegas, cocktail servers at Drink & Drag are equipped with iPads to transmit orders wirelessly to the bar, speeding up cocktail service and providing more time for the servers to interact with guests.
And an unforgettable interaction it is. To a person, the drag queens at Drink & Drag are friendly and hysterically funny, and know how to keep the party vibe going.
Insider tip: If you’re not quite up to speed on drag queen culture, we recommend you catch a few episodes of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” on the Logo network. That way, you’ll have a better facility with drag queen lingo when you hit Drink & Drag: “beating your face” (applying makeup), “reading” (playfully insulting someone), “chicken cutlets” (bra inserts) and “fishy” (a drag queen who looks like a woman, not like a man dressed like a woman). Get more.
One of the most amazing parts of the Drink & Drag experience is enjoying the costumes of the staff. The outfits are stunning, and the make-up and hair can take upwards of three hours to get just right, according to one of our cocktail servers. To borrow a line from Frank Marino’s Diva’s Las Vegas drag show at Imperial Palace, “you won’t believe your eyes.”
This blog had a complete blast at Drink & Drag, and we are almost entirely heterosexual. We predict Drink & Drag will quickly become a must-visit part of the ever-growing downtown Las Vegas nightlife scene.
Find out more on the Drink & Drag official site. Only in Las Vegas, baby!