The Top 5 Places to See a Drag Show in Galway

The Top 5 Places to See a Drag Show in Galway

If you want to party it up with some Galway Drag Queens, you’ve come to the right place. While we can’t say that these venues host drag shows nightly, on the occasion when they do host them.. let’s just say that these drag shows slay! Want to come and experience the fun with us? Discover it all below..

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Firstly, Meet some of Galway's Drag Queens

We don’t want to brag too much but Galway really is home to some of the most incredible Drag Queens! We know we can’t mention them all here but we would still like to introduce you to some of the talented, brilliant, incredible, amazing, show-stopping, spectacular Drag Queens you might meet in Galway so let’s get into some introduction! Annie Naggins: No stranger to the stage at many drag shows, Annie Naggins is a force to be reckoned with. She has previously hosted her own drag workshop to help all aspiring divas. Rest assured if Annie Naggins is involved a good time is going to be had! Blaq Coffeee is beyond brewtiful. This drag queen is the dancing diva of the west and if it’s a party you are after, she delivers every time! You’ll frequently see the sexy blonde, Blondie doing her thang at drag shows in the venues mentioned below and is both an amazing performer and host. Next up, it’s Ireland’s no. 1 cross dressing marine biologist Devon Diva. Performer and host for funerals, parties and club nights, when Devon Diva shows up you are in for a fantastic night of diva antics.

photo of Annie Naggins, courtesy of Annie Naggins

Move aside, Minnie Mouse, Minnie Buss is the only Minnie we care about! You might recognise Minnie Buss from the many times she tore up the stage here in Galway and if you don’t make sure you attend her next gig because you will NOT be disappointed! She is also the only Buss in Galway you can actually rely on! Donatella is as fabulous as the day is long. You will often see her performing at Róisín Dubh’s drag shows and at many drag brunches around Galway city, so next time you attend one of these events be sure to say hi and compliment her on her amazing style - fashion is her name after all.  Everyone put your hands together for the show stopping Miss Boola Bus. It’s non stop drag excellence once Miss Boola Bus arrives on to the stage so it’s no wonder she has got applause in her name since that is going to be your exact reaction when you see her perform. And bringing our introductions to a close, we have the sensational Kiki St Clair. Kiki St Clair and Irish queen Candy Warhol host the Friends of Dorothy Podcast, which sees these two iconic queens chat to fellow guest icons on all subjects under the sun. It’s loads of fun to listen to so be sure to give them a listen to! If we haven’t mentioned your favourite Galway based drag queen already, please be sure to give them a shoutout in our comments to help introduce them to a wider audience. 

Check out the venues!

Rósín Dubh

The monthly drag shows at the Róisín Dubh - Club GASS - are a celebration of drag queens everywhere. Galway based drag queens take over the stage and set the scene for nights of dazzling entertainment, electrifying music, and a vibrant atmosphere. The lineup for Club GASS is forever changing, introducing you to new performers and  acts all year long. The highlight of their year however arrives with Galway Pride Week when the Róisín Dubh dedicates a whole day to Club GASS tomfoolery and hosts the incredible Dublin based queer night club Mother Club for one night only! To get your tickets for their next drag night check out;

The Dean Galway

The Dean Galway simply love throwing their Absolut Drag Brunch Club in the Sophie Rooftop Bar and always set out to provide an unforgettable experience that celebrates inclusivity and community. These events are hosted by the Haus of Wig queens so rest assured you are always in for a spectacular afternoon of drag performances, games, challenges, prizes, drinks, and plenty of audience participation. During Galway Race Week 2023, The Dean made history by breaking away from traditional best-dressed rules and hosted a stylish evening celebrating the LGBTQAI+ community. The groundbreaking event was a first for Ireland and featured an inclusive best-dressed competition, while welcoming individuals of all genders and orientations to showcase their unique style at Galway's newest boutique hotel.

Pálás Cinema

First Fri-yay of each month, the bar at Pálás Cinema comes alive with the upbeat glamour and excitement of Drag Bingo. These events are hosted by the fabulous Blondie who is sometimes joined by her pals, and this legendary drag queen ensures that every evening of  Drag Bingo is full of fun games and delicious cocktails. Pálás also hosts less frequent but regular drag-related events such as their Drag Karaoke. Be sure to keep an eye on their socials for when they announce their next drag-related events.

photo of Donatella, photo by @mrmikeman

Bar Nova

Bar Nova is Galway’s only LGBTQIA+ bar so naturally they are making it onto our list because every Wednesday to Saturday they host non-stop drag excellence. Regular events include; Sing + Spin, Tunes, Tiddies & Tiaras, X.X.X. Factor, Freaky Friday and Let’s Have a Kiki. They are constantly welcoming new drag queens to their stage so visitors are always guaranteed unforgettable nights of drag brilliance.

Áras na nGael

Proud supporters of the LGBTQIA+ community, Áras na nGael have made a name for themselves for being an inclusive safe space where all are welcome. They frequently host drag shows and other drag-related events including drag workshops, drag trad sessions, drag yard parties and much much more. If you are interested in all they have going on, be sure to check them out here.

Honourable Mentions:

There are two spots we want to give a special shoutout. Throughout the year, Galway’s state-of-the-art Irish language theatre, An Taibhdhearc is the venue to stunning performances of Drag Trad Sessions and other LGBTQIA+ events. Additionally, The Loft at Seven Bar is a popular party spot and entertainment venue that doesn’t shy away from throwing a wig snatching drag show. Keep a look out for the announcement for these events on their socials.

To stay up to date on all the latest drag performances in Galway, be sure to check out our own events guide on our website at; so you don’t miss out on a thing!

photo of Minnie Buss at Mullingar Pride, photo by @dawn2d2

Feature photo of Club GASS drag queens, courtesy of Blaq Coffeee

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