Taking it on the road

Kind of a Drag: Carolinas’ drag bars, shows dot the map

dragsignFor decades, drag has been a staple of the LGBT community. Dating back to the era of activism of drag queens at The Stonewall Inn in New York, N.Y., to today’s visibility through Pride festivals and television shows like “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” it’s never been as open and accepted as it is today.

The Carolinas do not lack for options for entertainment — from the coast to the mountains — local, regional and national talent is abundant.
Take a look at the options below as you cruise around the Carolinas.

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North Carolina

Asheville

Scandals Nightclub
Drag shows
Thursday/Friday/Saturday/Sunday, 12:30 a.m.
scandalsnightclub.com.

O’Henry’s
Drag shows
Friday/Saturday, 12:30 a.m.
ohenrysofasheville.com.

Charlotte

Bar at 316
The Buff Faye and Patti O’Furniture Big Fun Drag Show
Saturday, 11:30 p.m.
bar316.com.

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Cathode Azure
Sunday Funday drag shows
Sunday, 7 p.m., 8 p.m., 9 p.m.
Red Light Drag Show,
Sunday, Midnight
cathodeazure.com.

The Scorpio
Tiffany Storm’s Fabulous Friday Life’s A Drag Showcase
Friday, 11:30 p.m.
Home to Miss Gay NC America pageant
thescorpio.com.
missgaynorthcarolinaamerica.com.

Chaser’s
Drag shows, events, pageants
chaserscharlotte.club.

Hickory

Club Cabaret
Drag shows
Friday/Saturday/Sunday
Home to USA Unlimited pageant system
thecabarethickory.com.
usa-unlimited.com.

Triad

Chemistry Nightclub/Greensboro
Drag shows
Thursdays, 12:30 a.m.
greensboro.chemistrynightclub.com.

Q Bar/Greensboro
Drag shows
Friday, 6 p.m.; other drag events
theqbar.com.

Triangle

The Bar/Durham
Drag shows, events
thebardurham.com.

Pinhook/Durham
Occasional drag shows
thepinhook.com.

Flex/Raleigh
Trailer Park Prize Night
Thursdays, drag/games/prizes
Miss NC Pride and Miss Bolinwood pageants
flex-club.com.

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Legends/Raleigh
Turn Up Tuesday
Tuesday,11:45 p.m.
Drag Show
Saturday, 10:30 p.m.
legends-club.com.

Wilmington

Ibiza Nightclub
Drag Me to Ibiza
Friday, 10:30 p.m., Midnight
ibizawilmington.com.

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South Carolina

Campobello

Club Paradise
Drag shows, pageants, contests
Thursday-Sunday
paradiselgbt.wix.com/lgbt.

Charleston

Dudley’s On Ann
Drag show with Patti O’Furniture
Thursday, 11 p.m.
dudleysonann.com.

Columbia

The Capital Club
Drag shows, drag events
capitalclubsc.com.

 

Myrtle Beach

Pulse Ultra Club
Drag shows
facebook.com/PulseUltraClub.

St. George
Drag shows, pageants
stgeorge.bar.

Rock Hill

The Hide-A-Way
Drag shows, pageants
facebook.com/thehideawaysc.

[Editor’s Note: qnotes’ research into finding establishments that feature drag shows and pageants was only as good as what was available online and from other sources. Should readers find additions and corrections to the list, please send them to editor@goqnotes.com. qnotes wants to make these listings as accurate as possible to maintain integrity of the information provided]

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Posted by Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen is QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director. She can be reached at specialassignments@goqnotes.com and 704-531-9988, x205.