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The best drag show is in the desert

Just north of the proper Palm Springs strip dotted with restaurants, bars, and ample shopping, sits Toucan’s Tiki Lounge, a beacon of entertainment in the desert.

Toucan’s Tiki Lounge is on a mission to give you the time of your life. It starts with their drinks which come cheap and strong, and are even half price on Tuesday and Thursday nights. But unlike your average tiki bar, the good times only just start once your drink is in hand.

There’s entertainment every night at Toucan’s Tiki Lounge, a different drag revue or dance show for each day of the week. Fans of RuPaul’s Drag Race will undoubtedly recognize some of the names on the rolling roster of performers, with famed acts like Morgan McMichaels, Delta Work, and a RuPaul viewing party every Friday at 8. There’s something about the shows that feel timeless, like you could walk into the bar in 1992 and instead of seeing a killer routine to Beyonce, you’d get an all-out Paula Abdul dance number.

The best night to go is Sundays for “The Valley’s Original and Longest Running Drag Revue.” Sometimes that show is hosted by the legendary Tommi Rose (who has been hosting her show for over 14 years), and on other weekends you can enjoy Mayday with Mayhem Miller. No matter the host, the show is generally full of sassy quips from your well-dressed, beautifully made-up hostess, and lip-synced performances to the likes of Madonna, Janet Jackson, and Jennifer Lopez, to careful choreography and up-close-and-personal interactions with guests. The crowd is generally packed and ready for the non-stop spectacle, dollar bills in hand to give out to their favorite acts.

“Our show is established, we have a reputation for being the No. 1 show. We have some of the top-rated performers in the country and stars from ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ in the show every single week.”
+ Image via Toucan's Tiki Lounge

In a profile on Tommi Rose and her show in the Desert Sun, Xochitl Pena notes, “The high energy show includes lots of audience interaction, a precarious cartwheel and Tommi Rose sliding across the stage on his well-endowed, padded chest. The performers are so skilled that it feels like they are actually singing the numbers rather than lip syncing.” In that same profile, Tommi affirms her shows solid standing in Palm springs: “Our show is established, we have a reputation for being the No. 1 show. We have some of the top-rated performers in the country and stars from ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ in the show every single week.”

Check out the calendar at Toucan’s Tiki Lounge to plan your first or next visit.

  • Story by Amy Jacobowitz
  • Images from Toucan’s

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