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D.C.’s beloved drag queen Tara Hoot regularly co-hosts weekend brunch at Crazy Aunt Helen’s on Capitol Hill.
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11 Fabulous Drag Show Brunches to Try in D.C.

Consider a lively weekend meal full of entertainment, buffets, bottomless beverages, and more

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D.C.’s beloved drag queen Tara Hoot regularly co-hosts weekend brunch at Crazy Aunt Helen’s on Capitol Hill.
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Brunching is already a popular pastime in D.C., but the addition of all-inclusive drinks and well-dressed drag queens working a room to hit songs makes it even better. D.C. is home to a few legendary drag show brunches, from Perry’s in Adams Morgan to City Tap House Dupont, and the packed daytime party is finally back in full swing in a post-pandemic world.

Remember to bring dollar bills to tip performers, and because many seatings sell out fast, be sure to secure tickets in advance.

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All Set Restaurant & Bar

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On the first and third Saturdays of each month, the Silver Spring seafood restaurant’s resident queens from the Haus of Stone grace diners with performances filled with glitz, glamour, and greatest hits from gay icons. Doors open at 11 a.m. and the party starts at noon. Take in the show while enjoying New England favorites like a Maine lobster roll and four kinds of eggs Benedict. Mimosa pitchers join brunch cocktails like the Green Monster, a gin and cava-based cocktail made with matcha. Reservations for shows can be made through Tock, with a $10 fee covering the price of admission.

Perry's Restaurant

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Adams Morgan’s sushi stalwart is also home to one of the most popular drag brunches in town. There’s two seatings every Sunday, from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. ($39.95 per person). Reservations are highly encouraged and shows typically sell out a week in advance (email perrysdragbrunch@gmail.com to lock down a spot). The kitchen got a big boost last year with the hire of rising Japanese chef Masako Morishita, who just added well-received Japanese breakfast service to the mix every other Saturday.

Nellie's Sports Bar

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The U Street NW sports bar does drag brunch every Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. for $58.91 per person. The weekend meal features Sapphire Blue and her team of drag performers from all over the DMV, along with an all-you-can-eat buffet full of pork ribs, cheesy grits, scrambled eggs, bacon, mini empanadas, pastas, steamed vegetables, homemade soups, desserts and more. The first mimosa or “Zing Zang” bloody mary is included with each ticket. Customers are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes before show time.

Nellie’s Sports Bar host an epic drag brunch on weekends.
Nellie’s Sports Bar

Lyle Washington DC

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To celebrate the release of Britney Spears’ new bombshell memoir The Woman in Me, Lyle’s in Dupont Circle hosts an official “It Britney, Brunch!” drag brunch on Saturday, November 4. Miss Leggs Benedict — Lyle’s server-turned-resident drag queen — will don the pop princess’ iconic red jumpsuit while a DJ spins Spears’ tracks. The high-energy occasion, with two seatings at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., is part of a few official brunches across the U.S. in partnership with Spears’ book publisher. Reservations for the only one in D.C. include a $27 fee for a copy of the book, which will be distributed at brunch. View the a la carte menu here.

Miss Leggs Benedict in a fabulous Spears suit.
Lyle

City Tap House Dupont

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The sports bar chain’s Dupont outpost hosts a long-running drag brunch every Saturday and Sunday with specials like bottomless mimosas and spritzes for $18 per person (noon to 2 p.m.); $10 shooters with names like Bridezilla, Little Hot Mess, and Single Ladies; and beermosas and bloody marys for $9 a pop.

Sign of the Whale

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The Dupont dive recently resurfaced after sustaining fire damage, and D.C.’s long-running Class Act Drag Brunch is part of its comeback story. Hosted by Tiffany D. Carter, the lively affair runs every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the cost of entry is $9.09. Book a table on Resy.

Red Bear Brewing Co

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NoMa’s LGBTQ-owned brewery does a pop icon-themed drag brunch the second Sunday of every month. The next one (Sunday, November 12) honors Lady Gaga’s 10-year-old Artpop album. Hosted by Desiree Dik, the $25 admission includes two drink tickets and $5 bloody marys and mimosas. The party starts at 12 p.m.

Lima Twist

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Now in its seventh year, DC Drag Brunch now takes place every Saturday at Lima Twist. Hosted by D.C. drag queen vet Monet Dupree, each week features celebrity impersonators like Tina Turner, Miley Cyrus, Beyoncé, Cher, Cardi B, Ariana Grande, Barbara Streisand, Rihanna, and more. Admission includes one themed cocktail on the house, with mimosa buckets and kits available for sale. Tickets are $27 and seatings start at noon.

Bar Chinois

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The Mt. Vernon Triangle hot spot debuted drag brunch this year on the second Saturday of every month (the next one is Sunday, November 12). Festivities are headlined by Cake Pop, Washington Blade’s 2022 DC Drag Queen of the Year, with two seating times (noon or 3 p.m.). Each $35 ticket includes entertainment a food and drinks are a la carte. Bottomless drinks (mimosas, Stateside vodka spritzers, or beers) are $30.

Officina at The Wharf

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The Wharf’s tri-level Italian restaurant kicked off a DJ-driven drag brunch series on its stylish rooftop last year. The $25 ticket, complete with a welcome cocktail and a la carte menu, pops off next on Sunday, October 29 (Halloween edition); Sunday, November 19; and Sunday, December 17 (holiday edition).

Officina hosts a drag brunch the third Sunday of every month.
Officina

Crazy Aunt Helen's

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Capitol Hill’s maximalist diner does a Groove drag brunch every fourth Saturday showcasing disco funk and Broadway show tunes (the next one is October 28). And twice a month on Saturdays, Hoot entertains the kids—or kids at heart—with songs and story time. A portion of proceeds goes towards Open Book Foundation. Go here to view the upcoming lineup.

Themed drag brunches at Crazy Aunt Helen’s are co-hosted by Tara Hoot.
Crazy Aunt Helen’s

All Set Restaurant & Bar

On the first and third Saturdays of each month, the Silver Spring seafood restaurant’s resident queens from the Haus of Stone grace diners with performances filled with glitz, glamour, and greatest hits from gay icons. Doors open at 11 a.m. and the party starts at noon. Take in the show while enjoying New England favorites like a Maine lobster roll and four kinds of eggs Benedict. Mimosa pitchers join brunch cocktails like the Green Monster, a gin and cava-based cocktail made with matcha. Reservations for shows can be made through Tock, with a $10 fee covering the price of admission.

Perry's Restaurant

Adams Morgan’s sushi stalwart is also home to one of the most popular drag brunches in town. There’s two seatings every Sunday, from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. ($39.95 per person). Reservations are highly encouraged and shows typically sell out a week in advance (email perrysdragbrunch@gmail.com to lock down a spot). The kitchen got a big boost last year with the hire of rising Japanese chef Masako Morishita, who just added well-received Japanese breakfast service to the mix every other Saturday.

Nellie's Sports Bar

The U Street NW sports bar does drag brunch every Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. for $58.91 per person. The weekend meal features Sapphire Blue and her team of drag performers from all over the DMV, along with an all-you-can-eat buffet full of pork ribs, cheesy grits, scrambled eggs, bacon, mini empanadas, pastas, steamed vegetables, homemade soups, desserts and more. The first mimosa or “Zing Zang” bloody mary is included with each ticket. Customers are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes before show time.

Nellie’s Sports Bar host an epic drag brunch on weekends.
Nellie’s Sports Bar

Lyle Washington DC

To celebrate the release of Britney Spears’ new bombshell memoir The Woman in Me, Lyle’s in Dupont Circle hosts an official “It Britney, Brunch!” drag brunch on Saturday, November 4. Miss Leggs Benedict — Lyle’s server-turned-resident drag queen — will don the pop princess’ iconic red jumpsuit while a DJ spins Spears’ tracks. The high-energy occasion, with two seatings at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., is part of a few official brunches across the U.S. in partnership with Spears’ book publisher. Reservations for the only one in D.C. include a $27 fee for a copy of the book, which will be distributed at brunch. View the a la carte menu here.

Miss Leggs Benedict in a fabulous Spears suit.
Lyle

City Tap House Dupont

The sports bar chain’s Dupont outpost hosts a long-running drag brunch every Saturday and Sunday with specials like bottomless mimosas and spritzes for $18 per person (noon to 2 p.m.); $10 shooters with names like Bridezilla, Little Hot Mess, and Single Ladies; and beermosas and bloody marys for $9 a pop.

Sign of the Whale

The Dupont dive recently resurfaced after sustaining fire damage, and D.C.’s long-running Class Act Drag Brunch is part of its comeback story. Hosted by Tiffany D. Carter, the lively affair runs every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the cost of entry is $9.09. Book a table on Resy.

Red Bear Brewing Co

NoMa’s LGBTQ-owned brewery does a pop icon-themed drag brunch the second Sunday of every month. The next one (Sunday, November 12) honors Lady Gaga’s 10-year-old Artpop album. Hosted by Desiree Dik, the $25 admission includes two drink tickets and $5 bloody marys and mimosas. The party starts at 12 p.m.

Lima Twist

Now in its seventh year, DC Drag Brunch now takes place every Saturday at Lima Twist. Hosted by D.C. drag queen vet Monet Dupree, each week features celebrity impersonators like Tina Turner, Miley Cyrus, Beyoncé, Cher, Cardi B, Ariana Grande, Barbara Streisand, Rihanna, and more. Admission includes one themed cocktail on the house, with mimosa buckets and kits available for sale. Tickets are $27 and seatings start at noon.

Bar Chinois

The Mt. Vernon Triangle hot spot debuted drag brunch this year on the second Saturday of every month (the next one is Sunday, November 12). Festivities are headlined by Cake Pop, Washington Blade’s 2022 DC Drag Queen of the Year, with two seating times (noon or 3 p.m.). Each $35 ticket includes entertainment a food and drinks are a la carte. Bottomless drinks (mimosas, Stateside vodka spritzers, or beers) are $30.

Officina at The Wharf

The Wharf’s tri-level Italian restaurant kicked off a DJ-driven drag brunch series on its stylish rooftop last year. The $25 ticket, complete with a welcome cocktail and a la carte menu, pops off next on Sunday, October 29 (Halloween edition); Sunday, November 19; and Sunday, December 17 (holiday edition).

Officina hosts a drag brunch the third Sunday of every month.
Officina

Crazy Aunt Helen's

Capitol Hill’s maximalist diner does a Groove drag brunch every fourth Saturday showcasing disco funk and Broadway show tunes (the next one is October 28). And twice a month on Saturdays, Hoot entertains the kids—or kids at heart—with songs and story time. A portion of proceeds goes towards Open Book Foundation. Go here to view the upcoming lineup.

Themed drag brunches at Crazy Aunt Helen’s are co-hosted by Tara Hoot.
Crazy Aunt Helen’s

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