Comparing the biggest, brightest, and ballsiest of Sin City's gender-bending brunch shows.

Last summer, Vegas 411 correspondent Clay Bushes penned a rather scathing piece on the dilution of female impersonation in Las Vegas. Since that time, the game has broadened even further with additional new shows and drag brunch offerings. Last week, there was an announcement that Taco Bell Cantina was getting into the field, attempting to one-up Chipotle's efforts (this is not sarcasm....it really happened):

"Taco Bell is rolling out the purple carpet for a new immersive fan experience: Drag Brunch. Starting in May, fans across the United States will be able to participate in “Taco Bell Drag Brunch,” a one-of-a-kind experience coming to Taco Bell Cantinas in select cities."

"Each show will be hosted by the fabulous drag performer and taco extraordinaire, Kay Sedia, and feature performances from local queens and kings that will transform any morning from Mild to Fire! Fans who attend the event will be immersed in an environment featuring captivating visual backdrops, craveable breakfast menu items, thrilling lip-syncs, and extraordinary high kicks and dips."

Photo courtesy of Taco Bell

While Taco Bell's drag tour only spent one day in Sin City, two new productions have ongoing schedules with plans for expansion. I'll compare them with a pair of more established offerings, based on a variety of factors like location, pricing, food, and entertainment. The goal is to help you decide which Drag Brunch fits your sensibilities (if at all) and perhaps maximize your entertainment and dining budget. 

Senor Frog's Drag Brunch by VOSS EVENTS

Senor Frog's Drag Brunch by VOSS EVENTS

For many tourists and Vegas locals, the drag brunch experience begins and ends with VOSS EVENTS DRAG BRUNCH at Senor Frog's. Most likely the longest-running of them all, this nonstop party of madness sets a tone that few can match. Classic female impersonators like Larry Edwards aka "Hot Chocolate" share the stage with popular, newer arrivals on the scene. Even longtime fans tend to agree that the food plays a far second to the entertainment. Yours truly has held a number of birthday gatherings there through the years, and it's always been a great time. 

Location - Senor Frog's Mexican Eatery at Treasure Island Hotel Casino

Host - Shannel of RuPaul's Drag Race and Uncensored International Male Revue

Drag Style - Modern outlandish drag combined with classic female impersonation

Live Vocals - No

Atmosphere - Wild and raunchy with lots of F-bombs, naughty humor, and audience participation. Guests must be 21+

Dining - Unlimited buffet with breakfast and lunch options from Senor Frog's kitchens. Bottomless mimosas included

Beefcake inclusion - male dancers and rugged, muscular bartenders

Pricing - From $90 for General Admission. VIP Upgrade includes premium seating, an open bar, and a post-show meet/greet with the cast

Schedule - Thursday through Sunday at 11 am and 2 pm

Bonus Factor - Free parking

Click HERE for more information and to purchase tickets. 

Photo courtesy of Senor Frog's Drag Brunch by VOSS EVENTS

The Garden Bottomless Brunch

The Garden Bottomless Brunch

With two successful years under its sparkling belt, The Garden's Bottomless Brunch is a feast for the senses. Performers lip-synch to current hit songs with dancing, splits, and cartwheels. Each costume is more outrageous than the last..Spacious courtyard seating is available if you want to spread out, but you'll miss being up close and personal with recent and current contestants from RuPaul's Drag Race.

Location - The Garden at the corner of S. Main Street and W. Charleston Avenue in the Arts District

Host - Professional entertainer Desree D. St. James

Drag Style - modern outlandish

Live Vocals - No

Atmosphere - Youthful nightclub vibe with a slice of "anything is possible." Guests must be 21+

Dining -  Choose from six available entrees, with add-ons and additional dishes available for a fee. Bottomless mimosas

Beefcake Inclusion - To the max. Male model servers, bartenders, and management strip off their shirts and work the crowd during the finale

Pricing - From $70 for patio seating. Upgrades include VIP Bar Package with premium liquors, shots, and signature cocktails.

Schedule - Saturdays and Sundays at 11 am and 2 pm

Bonus Factor - Free parking, celebrity-spotting opportunities, our choice for "Best Drag Brunch of 2021"

Click HERE for more information and to purchase tickets.

Lance Bass indulges in The Garden's Bottomless Brunch

FAAABULOUS! Drag Brunch at NOTORIETY Live

FAAABULOUS! Drag Brunch at NOTORIETY Live

The winner of Vegas 411's "Best Drag Production of 2021", FAAABULOUS! The Show has expanded their Friday evening performance into the weekend with a new drag brunch that boasts a specially-curated menu from Chef Dominic DePatta. Full table service is presented in the elegant Chandelier Room at NOTORIETY Live, a unique entertainment venue in Downtown Las Vegas. Cast members from FAAABULOUS! present hip and groovy numbers with a retro flair, as attentive servers keep your mimosas flowing. 

Location- NOTORIETY Live inside Neonopolis at the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Fremont Street, third level

Host - World-famous Zumanity emcee Edie Entertainer

Drag Style - Classic female impersonation with full production numbers

Live Vocals - Yes. The performers do their own singing

Atmosphere - The sixties and seventies live again. Humor is saucy without vulgarity, the crowd skews towards middle-age. Minimum age is 21

Dining - Multiple trays of pastries and light bites are delivered to your table throughout the show

Beefcake Inclusion - Sexy entertainer Robert Ryan of Naked Boys Singing and Puppetry of the Penis is your Maître d’. Alas, his shirt remains in place.

Pricing - Starts at $67 with available upgrades that include premium seating, show swag, and a photo with the cast. Bar service is available for other libations

Bonus Factor - The only drag brunch in Vegas with all-live singing

Schedule - Sundays at 12:30 pm

Click HERE for more information and to purchase tickets.

Frank Marino's RED CARPET BRUNCH at Westgate

Frank Marino's RED CARPET BRUNCH at Westgate

The most opulent of the current crop of Drag Brunches is also the newest. Starring legendary entertainer Frank Marino, RED CARPET DRAG BRUNCH even exceeds the gorgeous setting of FAAABULOUS in terms of over-the-top glam. Performed in a purpose-designed room once home to Westgate's exclusive Concierge Lounge, RED CARPET DRAG BRUNCH brings famous divas like Celine, Diana Ross, Tina Turner, and Cher to the stage in eye-popping costumes. Marino injects his well-known Joan Rivers characterization into the proceedings, and settles in for a true "Can we talk?" session, answering audience questions in a way only a true legend could pull off.

Location - Westgate Las Vegas, East Tower off the casino floor, ground level

Host - Frank Marino of DIVAS Las Vegas and Legends in Concert

Drag Style - Celebrity female impersonation with full production numbers

Live Vocals - No

Atmosphere - Upscale elegance with a hint of bawdiness. No age limit is posted, but we recommend to audiences 16 and over

Dining - The most sumptuous of all the food we tried. Choose from nine different main courses provided by Westgate chefs. All you can drink mimosas, iced tea and coffee included in dinner/show package with add-on options

Beefcake Inclusion - Two professional male dancers frequently shed their shirts throughout the show. 

Pricing - Starts at $49.99 for show-only, $69.99 for show and unlimited mimosas, or $99.99 for full show, pastries, one entree choice and mimosas. 

Bonus Factor - Fans of long-running DIVAS Las Vegas will be pleased to see many of their favorite performers back on stage, and there is free parking along with a vintage-Vegas vibe that only historic Westgate can provide

RED CARPET Brunch is has not yet announced their schedule after a successful trial run. Check HERE for future dates and ticketing.

Special Mention: Jimmy's ShowBar Drag Brunch

Special Mention: Jimmy's ShowBar Drag Brunch

This one is still on our radar, so we can't share personal insights....yet. However, I recently dined there during a comedy performance and thoroughly enjoyed the location, food, atmosphere, and host. Presented by Jimmy Emerson, famed drag performer at Riviera's AN EVENING AT LA CAGE, the Drag Brunch at Jimmy's is a rarity in that admission and entertainment are totally free! Shows take place Saturday and Sunday at 1 pm. A la carte menu is from Jimmy's own kitchen. The selection is expansive, portions are huge, and prices are enviable. This could be one to watch!

"What good is sitting alone in your room? Come hear the music play!! Join Jimmy and his talented cast and crew on a fun-filled musical adventure through brunch! Start your brunch adventure with some bottomless mimosas followed by fabulous food and all the merriment and frivolity one can handle! After all, Life is a Cabaret!!"

Jimmy's Showbar is located at 855 E. Twain Avenue. Call 702-463-4499 for reservations.

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