Six of the Best Drag People and Places in the Queen City of the Plains


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Best New Drag Venue
Blush & Blu
1526 East Colfax Avenue

The last few years have seen the drag population in Denver expand tenfold, which means that more and more queens are looking for a spot where they can lip-synch their hearts out. While Denver lost a few stages over the past year, it gained Blush & Blu, a cozy bar and coffeehouse that has been expanding its relationship within the gay community and offering its space for many different types of performances. And no one has embraced the place as much as this city’s drag stars. Blush & Blu takes pride in its new role, and has secured a critical item any would-be drag stage needs to be legit: a spotlight to show off the faces and hard work of our fiercest performers. The future looks bright!

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Evelyn Evermoore is just a Barbie girl in a Barbie world at the Ultimate Queen Competition.
Keith Garcia
Best Place to See New Drag Talent
Ultimate Queen Competition
3500 Walnut Street

For nine years, RuPaul has turned every season of RuPaul’s Drag Race into a gay holiday; viewers make a fourteen-week commitment to see who’ll emerge as the next drag superstar. Here at home, that devotion inspired the Ultimate Queen Competition, which takes the best new drag talent in Denver and stages its own battle royale. If you want to take Denver’s drag temperature, catch an Ultimate Queen night; you’ll soon see who’s polished and who’s about to become polish remover. Gentlemen, start your engines — and may the best woman win!

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Sen at Drag Nation's Seventh Anniversary.
Miles Chrisinger
Best Drag Show
Drag Nation
3500 Walnut Street

“This is the top of the nation!” For eight years, Tracks has taken host Nina Flowers’s clever tagline to heart when describing its Drag Nation show, a drag spectacle on the last Friday of every month. On this stage, a queen can realize the fantasy she’s been dreaming of her whole life, complete with lights, stage decor and dancers — via the talents of the hot and nimble Denver Dance members. Most important, these performers get to share the spotlight with Nina and the talented cast members who’ve all earned their place on the show's bill. While Drag Nation also celebrates the guest talents of RuPaul’s Drag Race, our own homegrown hotties are the real stars of the show.
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