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Published 4:00 am, Sunday, April 23, 2017

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Aunt Charlie’s Lounge

133 Turk St., San Francisco

Aunt Charlie’s is hardly difficult to spot in the Tenderloin, with a rainbow mural hinting at the colorful delights within. Every Friday and Saturday, the Hot Boxxx Girls perform their cabaret. Reservations are suggested. 

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Aunt Charlie’s Lounge

133 Turk St., San Francisco

Aunt Charlie’s is hardly difficult to spot in the Tenderloin, with a rainbow mural hinting at the colorful delights within. Every Friday and

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Photo: Frederic Larson

The Starlight Room

Sir Francis Drake Hotel, 450 Powell St., San Francisco

Before bottomless mimosa brunches, there was the “Sunday’s a Drag” breakfast and drag spectacle in Sir Francis Drake’s Starlight Room. 

“Starlight Room may be the best view bar in the city,” says the website, “Except on Sundays, when the windows are blacked out and the curtains drawn.” While diners eat a buffet of brunch classics, drag queens in sequins and feathers provide the entertainment. It’s not a cheap Sunday morning, at $76.82 a seat, but entertainment is ensured.

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The Starlight Room

Sir Francis Drake Hotel, 450 Powell St., San Francisco

Before bottomless mimosa brunches, there was the “Sunday’s a Drag” breakfast and drag spectacle in Sir Francis Drake’s Starlight

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Photo: Mike Kepka, The Chronicle

Oasis

298 11th St., San Francisco

Not to be confused with the Mediterranean restaurant of the same name, Oasis offers a mixed bag of drag experiences. The weekly Saturday show, “Mother,” has become one of the hottest drag tickets in town since its opening in 2015, and frequently features guest performances.

On the same night, up-and-coming drag queens perform a more experimental show on a separate stage, called “Daughter.” Read The Chronicle’s profile on the show here

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Oasis

298 11th St., San Francisco

Not to be confused with the Mediterranean restaurant of the same name, Oasis offers a mixed bag of drag experiences. The weekly Saturday show, “Mother,” has become one of the

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Photo: Jason Henry, Special To The Chronicle


Eighty-three years ago, long before “Rupaul’s Drag Race” graced American cable television, Finocchio’s was the spot to see drag queens dazzle in sequins, feathers and falsies.

“Finocchio’s: Where the entertainment is different, and how,” reads an advertisement in a 1938 San Francisco Chronicle for the famed North Beach nightclub. 

The long-shuttered nightclub marked the beginning of San Francisco’s rich history of drag culture and experimentation.

In the 1960s and ’70s, the city’s hippies dressed in gender-bending ensembles to perform avant-garde improvisations under the moniker the Cockettes. The late-1970s gave us the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, while Castro hangouts, like the Stud and Castro Theatre, began hosting drag extravaganzas uniquely their own. 

Although Finocchio’s closed almost 20 years ago, the legacy of doing drag differently remains in the city it left behind.

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“Experimentation is the epitome of the San Francisco scene,” Magnus Hastings, author of “Why Drag?”, told the Chronicle’s Tony Bravo last summer. 

With everything from drag brunch buffets to suburban queen revues, there’s a local drag show to suit most tastes. 

Click through the above gallery for a roundup of Bay Area drag performances and venues.

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