Drag brunch has been around in one form or another for decades, and continues to be a good time no matter where you are in the world. Every weekend you can expect a brunch show happening at a local gay bar. If you are planning a trip to Minneapolis and the Twin Cities, and want to be in Queer spaces, this article should help you find the places to be for Drag brunch in the heart of the state of 10,000 lakes!
Minneapolis/St. Paul (the capital of the state) is the center spotlight of Minnesota. Famous for Prince who was born and raised in the city, Bob Dylan and Jessica Lange who both attend the University of Minnesota, First Avenue which was a major music scene back in the 1980’s, the Guthrie and Orpheum theaters – home to local and traveling Broadway shows, home to Peanuts creator Charles Shulz, and of course home to the Mall of America, the biggest mall in the United States; Minneapolis is a major area for the arts scene, and THE place to be for the Queer community with famous gay bars like the Gay ’90s which is one of the oldest gay bars in the city, opening back in 1992.
But first… what is a drag brunch?
A drag brunch is a popular form of entertainment and social event that combines a classic brunch meal with live performances by drag queens. These events are typically characterized by high energy, comedy, singing, dancing, and dramatic costuming that is synonymous with drag culture. In a drag brunch, attendees enjoy a menu of traditional brunch items like eggs benedict, pancakes, mimosas, or Bloody Marys, while being entertained by drag performers who might lip-sync to popular songs, engage the audience in humorous banter, or even involve attendees in interactive performances.
In this article, we will break down a handful of popular bars and restaurants that cater specifically to drag bunches – from the fabulous strip and beyond in Minneapolis. Let’s go, sweetie!
Flip Phone Events
If you live in Minneapolis, you know of Flip Phone Events! Flip Phone Events are THE place in Minneapolis to visit for Drag brunch. Flip Phone offers drag brunch every Saturday and Sunday with themed events. Disney, music divas, decades, and more! There is a themed show for any audience member, including brunches that showcase queens from RuPaul’s Drag Race. Flip Phone is a great event if you want Drag celebrities, but also if you are a fan of local drag! They allow both local performers and Drag Race queens to perform in the same shows. Flip Phone offers 3 brunch shows on both Saturdays and Sundays — 10 AM, 12:30 PM, and 3 PM, all tickets are General Admission and go for $18.00 and are typically hosted by local performers. Flip Phone events are held at multiple locations, but typically you will find their events at two main locations – Union Rooftop, and CRAVE: American & Sushi. Can’t make it to Minneapolis? No worries! Flip Phone has events in other cities around the United States, such as Boston, Chicago, Miami/Fort Lauderdale, Nashville, New York City, Palm Springs, Phoenix, and Golden Fans at Sea!
731 Hennepin Avenue, Suite 1
Minneapolis, MN 55403
CRAVE: American & Sushi
825 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Mr. Mom’s Campground
Do you like goofy, alternative, out-of-the-box drag? Well, Mr. Mom’s Campground is just the place for you! Mr. Mom’s Campground is a fun drag brunch that features many local performers; whether it be beauty queens, campy queens, kings, or alternative performers, there is a performer in the show that is for everyone’s liking! Mr. Mom’s Campground is known for comedy performances and live singing performances. Mr. Mom’s Campground is located at 56 Brewery with shows on various Sundays from 2 PM – 4 PM, with general admission tickets at $15. With each ticket purchase, you get one free beer from the brewery, and all ticket sales are donated to Reclaim St. Paul which is a nonprofit that offers affordable mental healthcare specifically to the LGBTQ+ community.
Mr. Mom’s Campground
3055 NE Columbia Ave Ste #102
Minneapolis, MN 55418
Do you enjoy a wide variety of drag? Live singing, dancing, beauty queens, alternative performers, kings, and camp? Lush might be the place for you! Lush has drag brunch every Saturday and Sunday with 90-minute shows from 10 AM – to 12:30 PM, served with your typical brunch menu items, tickets do cost $35, and does have drag bingo at 3 PM following the brunch show.
990 NE Central Ave
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Whether you are visiting Minneaoplis for business or for pleasure, if you are part of the Queer community, or want to see what the Queer community is like in Minneaoplis there is something for everyone. Minneapolis has some of the most diverse drag around from beauty queens, to dancing divas, camp, kings, spooky, alternative drag, to even touring Drag Race queens all in multiple shows, there is something for anyone when seeing a drag brunch in this artsy city. We hope this article has helped you plan a few stops on your trip, and make sure to tip your performers!