Combine New Orleans’ top-notch cuisine, lively atmosphere, affinity for glitz and glamor, and vibrant community of LGBTQ entertainers, and you’ve got a recipe for a drag brunch you will never forget. After all, everything's better when drag and food are involved, right?
Today, weekly and monthly drag brunches are held at bars and restaurants throughout the city to satisfy your appetite for a mid-afternoon celebration. The trend has been so popular that beloved local media personality Poppy Tooker, host of NPR’s Louisiana Eats!, wrote Drag Queen Brunch, a 160-page book that combines stunning photographs of local drag entertainers with recipes for your favorite brunch fare.
For those ready to experience the phenomenon firsthand, we’ve rounded up a selection of our favorite drag brunches. Spots fill up fast, so make your reservations, grab your dollars, and get ready for the show of a lifetime.
Poppy’s Pop-Up Drag Queen Brunch
Not content to simply write about drag brunches, Poppy Tooker adds her own special flair to the scene with a truly unique pop-up experience. Poppy’s Pop-Up Drag Queen Brunch is held nearly every month at various locations, including the famous Tujague’s Restaurant, and features a rotating cast of queens. Oh, and did we mention bottomless mimosas? Reservations are encouraged (and sometimes required), so check for details by visiting www.poppytooker.com.
This long-running spectacle is held every Saturday and Sunday with seatings at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Drag Brunch features an a-la-carte menu, bottomless mimosas, and an impressive Bloody Mary bar. There’s no extra charge for the show, but plan ahead, because reservations book up months – yes, months – in advance.
Local drag legends Jessica Campagne and Kookie Baker are regular performers at SideCarNOLA’s drag brunch, which is held on select Sundays. The price of admission includes access to a buffet and jaw-dropping performances on the outdoor patio, and showgoers can also order from a wide range of food and drink specials. Reservations are encouraged.
If you’re looking for an immersive art experience and drag brunch all in one place, Music Box Village is the place for you. This eclectic Bayou St. John venue hosts a monthly drag brunch for $15 admission, plus the price of brunch. Because food is not served by the venue itself, expect a rotating list of food vendors.
The Tasting Room
This Magazine Street eatery boasts an incredible drag brunch that is held one weekend a month on both Saturday and Sunday. While the lineup of queens changes regularly, their delicious cheese boards, bottomless mimosas, and Bloody Marys are permanent staples. After you’re done tipping the girls, stroll down Magazine for some of the best shopping and art galleries in the city.
Regularly hosted by Eureeka Starfish and Vanessa Carr Kennedy, Barrilleaux’s weekly Sunday Funday drag brunch starts at 11 a.m. and is just as delicious as it is entertaining. The brunch menu includes classic breakfast fare like chicken and waffles and biscuits and gravy, as well as $25 bottomless mimosas. Barrilleaux regularly updates their Facebook page with weekly lineups and reservation links.
Join Debbie With A D and Laveau Contraire at Saint John for an unforgettable drag brunch experience! Indulge in a delicious a-la-carte menu while being entertained by a lineup of high-energy drag performances. Don't miss out on this spectacularly great time, where you can enjoy both great food and fabulous entertainment!
Come and join the wildly fun Wigsnatchers Drag Brunch at Marigny Brasserie! Every Sunday, you can indulge in a delicious brunch while being entertained by fabulous drag performances. Best of all, there's no cover charge! Raise a glass and get ready for a fantastic time at this drag brunch extravaganza.
Experience the magic of Trixie Minx Productions at Virgin Hotels’ monthly drag brunch! With a rotating theme each month, you'll be captivated by sensational performances and entertained by a talented crew of performers. Indulge in a delectable two-course, prix-fixe menu that will satisfy your taste buds. Sip on delicious drinks while having a fun-loving great time. Don't miss out on this incredible drag brunch experience!
Embark on a unique brunch experience aboard the Creole Queen, where the historic paddle wheeler meets the fabulous world of drag! Indulge in a classic breakfast buffet that will satisfy your appetite while enjoying a heaping side of drag entertainment. Witness the perfect fusion of old-world charm and new-age queens as you cruise along the scenic waters. Don't miss out on this unforgettable journey of food, fun, and fabulous drag queens!
Experience the ultimate drag brunch at The Roosevelt's Waldorf Astoria Ballroom with the sensational Kitten N' Lou. Enjoy a delicious brunch spread while being entertained by high-energy dance numbers, jaw-dropping costumes, and hilarious comedy. Immerse yourself in the glamorous ambiance of the ballroom and prepare for an unforgettable extravaganza. Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to witness the magic of Drag Me to The Roosevelt!