Drag Race has taken over the world and Spain is just one of many countries that its own franchise. This really doesn't come as that much of a surprise considering that the country has always been pretty open and liberated. It's been the most accepting of the LGBTQ+ community among the many European nations. So it's only natural that thanks to Drag Race España, the drag scene has flourished in Spain. Specifically in the Catalan capital! Believe Club, El Cangrejo, Priscilla Cafe, and La Federica are just some of the places where you can watch drag shows in Barcelona. And they do it best too!
Believe Club is an institution of a gay bar here in Barcelona. Located on Carrer de Balmes, the place takes its motto, 'Happiness is not only important but essential,' very seriously. The drag queens here never fail to lighten up the mood. Many of them are known for their comedy, keeping you laughing out loud all night long. While others are more known for their showstopping lipsync performances, leaving you gagging until you get lockjaw. In any case, every time there's a drag performance here, the Believe Club turns into the liveliest place in the entire city.
Based in Gaixample, the city's gay district, El Cangrejo is also a must-see place drag shows reign supreme. You can find it in the El Raval neighborhood of Barcelona
, an area known for its nightlife scene. And if you know anything about this part of the Catalan capital, you know that they can get pretty wild here. so expect raunchy drag queens to go all out once they hit the stage. From hilarious stand-up comedy routines filled with dirty jokes to provocative performances that will leave you feeling hot and heavy, the drag shows here are something else!
What makes Queenz such a great place for fans of drag is that it offers up different experiences, each more exciting than the next. The famous gay bar in Sitges is made up of three separate areas. The first is a dance club, the second is a terrace, and the third is a small theater. In the first area, you can dance the night away with the drag queens, perhaps even lip sync together right there on th dance floor. In the second area, you can chat with the drag performers and hear their stories in person. And in the third and last area, you can watch the incredible 'Queenz Cabaret Dinner Show
' filled with great food and amazing performances!
Located on Carrer dels Almogàvers, Razzmatazz is an electric nightclub where dancing is the name of the game. DJ sets and EDM will have you moving all night long, up until the wee hours of the night when your legs finally turn into jelly. But what about the drag queens? Well, compared to the other drag shows in Barcelona, the performances here are a little bit more interactive. That's because the drag shows aren't a different program; they're part of the party! Some drag queens will even go as far as to groove with you right on the dance floor!
Just like the many drag bars in New York
, Priscilla Cafe is all about drag bingo. Drag queens take to the stage to announce the numbers and you'll just have to pray for luck! But beyond all that, the place also offers gaggy performances, ranging from electric lip-syncs to stomach pain-inducing stand-up comedy. And yes, despite its name, Priscilla Cafe is more of your standard drag bay in Barcelona than an actual cafe. The vibe here is far from relaxed. You'll definitely have a good time in this hotspot, especially if you're a fan of drag and all things queer!
More often than not, drag shows in Barcelona—and practically the rest of the world—separate the performer from the audience. That's all well and good when the drag queens just want to do their thing and give a good show, but here in Moeem Barcelona, things are a little different. This gay nightclub on Carrer de Muntane will often have drag queens interact with guests, especially when the DJ is dictating the upbeat vibe. When EDM or classic 90s pop music are played, you can bet that the made-up drag queens would be the first to shake their booties on the dance floor!
Just like Moeem Barcelona, Arena Salas Madre is a gay nightclub with a lively vibe. The difference, however, is that you have to pick the room where the drag queens are performing. And how they perform is pretty different from one room to another. In the Sand Room Mother, for instance, you can expect drag cabaret, comedy stand-up, and the like. Do note that they don't always perform in the same room all the time. You'll have to keep updated through their social media accounts to see if there's a show tonight!
And finally, there's La Federica, perhaps the most unique spot where you can watch drag shows in Barcelona. At first glance, you can already tell that the mood here is more relaxed, far from the gay bars and nightclubs mentioned on this list. And while the drag shows here are great, even their performances are a lot more laid-back. They still do lip-syncs, comedy, and the like, but the mood they set is always far from the drag shows in Paris
, New York, London, and more. It's as if you're just hanging out with the queens, having a ball!
The Catalan capital is an LGBTQ+ haven and one of the best things to do around here is to watch drag queens do their thing! Just go to any of these amazing hotspots to see the most spectacular drag shows in Barcelona!