The Best Drag Shows in Berlin

If you're looking for glamorous drag from 'RuPaul's Drag Race' on the nightlife stages in Berlin, you're in for a surprise: drag in Berlin is unexpected, off-beat, trashy, and crazy. The scene is as versatile as the art of drag - there is something that caters to every taste. We have put together a selection of drag shows that is as diverse as possible.

Like the Friedrichstadtpalast, but in drag: "Travestie im Kiez".

Circus der Travestie

The group, 'Travestie im Kiez', organises what is currently probably the biggest, most regular drag variety show in the city at the 'Theater im Keller', not far from Hermannplatz. You could say that 'Travestie im Kiez' is a drag version of the Friedrichstadtpalast, including the extravagant costumes and dance numbers. On stage there are classic drag acts and dancing, as well as live singing and comedy. It’s the full programme!

Circus der Travestie
Theater im Keller, Weserstraße 211, 12047 Berlin-Neukölln
U Hermannplatz
Website of Circus der Travestie

Personification of Berlin's trademark humour: Ades Zabel as Edith Schröder.

Ades Zabel & Company

With her alter ego, Edith Schröder, Ades Zabel is a veteran of the Berlin drag scene. She has entertained entire generations of Berlin queers with her trademark humour. At the 'BKA Theatre', she regularly hosts theatre performances with a colourful cast of characters that capture quirky Berlin particularly well.

Ades Zabel & Company
BKA-Theater, Mehringdamm 34, 10961 Berlin-Kreuzberg
U Mehringdamm
Website of Ades Zabel

Judy LaDivinia hosts "Tell Mama" in the "Bar Zum Schmutzigen Hobby".

Tell Mama

Drag queen, Judy LaDivina, is another powerhouse of the Berlin drag scene. Judy LaDivina regularly hosts shows and events in the city. 'Tell Mama' is her monthly show on offer at the popular bar, 'Zum Schmutzigen Hobby'. Accompanied by a variety of guests, she delivers classic drag performances.

Tell Mama
Bar Zum Schmutzigen Hobby, Revaler Straße 99, 10245 Berlin-Friedrichshain
S + U Warschauer Straße
Website of Bar Zum Schmutzigen Hobby

She likes to talk her head off: drag queen Jurassica Parka.

Jurassica Parka: Paillette geht immer

Drag queen, Jurassica Parka, doesn't mince her words! In her drag talk show, 'Paillette geht immer', she invites a guest to her sofa in the 'BKA Theatre' once a month and talks her head off.

Jurassica Parka: Paillette geht immer
BKA-Theater, Mehringdamm 34, 10961 Berlin-Kreuzberg
U Mehringdamm
Website of Jurassica Parka

Venus Boys

The 'Venus Boys' are a collective of Berlin drag artists who have dedicated themselves to performing masculinity. Their famous shows can be found on a variety of stages throughout the city. Once a month, they perform at Monster Ronson's in Friedrichshain, and their show 'König' is staged every third Friday of the month at the bar 'Tipsy Bear' in Prenzlauer Berg.

Venus Boys
Changing Locations
Instagram channel of Venus Boys

Dragoholic

The queer bar, 'Tipsy Bear', established itself as a hotspot in Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg within a very short period of time and regularly invites people to various drag shows. In particular, the younger drag performers of Berlin's expat scene have found a home here. 'Tipsy Bear' gathers the 'Who's Who' of the new drag generation on stage at the weekly ‘Dragoholic’ show.

Dragoholic
Tipsy Bear, Eberswalder Straße 21, 10437 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg
U Eberswalder Straße
Instagram channel of Tipsy Bear

A star in Berlin's alternative drag scene: Pansy.

Mx. Kotti

Mx. Kotti is a big drag pageant show from the House of Presents - with Berlin's alternative drag star, Pansy - that takes place in the myth-enshrouded Kreuzberg club, 'SO36'. Once a year, the city's drag scene offspring compete. Because all forms of drag and genders are welcome, a wild, colourful and, above all, surprising evening is guaranteed!

Mx. Kotti
SO36, Oranienstraße 190, 10999 Berlin-Kreuzberg
U Kottbusser Tor
Instagram channel of The House of Presents

Draglesque Brunch

If you thought that drag in Berlin only happens as part of nightlife, you haven't heard of the Draglesque Brunch at the Australian 'Tucker Brunch Bar'. Once a month, the avocado toast is accompanied by performances by the city's most renowned drag performers.

Draglesque Brunch
Tucker Brunch Bar, Wühlischstraße 1, 10245 Berlin-Friedrichshain
S Ostkreuz
Instagram channel of the Tucker Brunch Bar

One of the most dazzling (and popular!) drag queens in town: Sheila Wolf.

Sheila Wolf's Vaudeville Variety

Sheila Wolf is one of the city's most dazzling promoters and she organises a series of variety shows that fuse different genres. At "Vaudeville Variety" at the "Wintergarten Varieté Theater", for example, she combines cabaret, burlesque, drag, comedy, acrobatics and boylesque on stage in one brilliant show. And with the "Hotel Gl'amouresque" she revives the golden age of cabaret together with showgirls - in the only permanently sold-out burlesque late night in the "Bar jeder Vernunft".

Sheila Wolf
Various locations
Website of Sheila Wolf

Further Information

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Words: Frank Schröder

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