If there ever was a time to savor bottomless mimosas and Bloody Mary’s while a sassy drag queen in sequins bats her eyelashes at you and performs to the likes of Carly Rae Jepsen, this is it. Welcome to 2021, a time when our emotional pores are primed to absorb as much levity as we can get. Divine drag brunches in Greater Palm Springs are bound to do the trick. Take note of the following standouts:
The rooftop comes alive every Sunday as the incomparable Rosemary Galore and a gaggle of special guests, strut their fabulousness. Meanwhile, you get to enjoy cocktails, dim sum, a two-course brunch and all the groovy sounds of the best pop music you can possibly muster. Roly China Fusion has impressed over the last few years with its unabashed creativity and exceptional female impersonators performers. Prices are reasonable and even the seating options boast a certain brand of distinctly original sass—Diva Lounge Seating, Mean Girls Table Seating, and more. The patio’s color theme is also memorable: a divine tangerine. Drink specials abound. And the food? The best Chinese fusion around—from delectable dim sum to a creatively prepared olive vegetable fried rice. Get your camera phone ready and prepare for a delicious mix of music and humor.
Information: 1107 N Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, 760-548-0041
The area’s frothiest brunches are worthy of an Instagram post—or three—here. Oscar’s stands out for so many reasons. It’s a downtown institution, but on the performance front, we get two, not one, kind of brunch to choose from. Sunday’s classic drag brunch features some of the most outrageous performers to grab a microphone. Bottomless mimosas are par for the course here, too, but take note of the level of detail each performer takes—from the stellar clothes adorning their bodies to the sheer ferocity of their exceptional talent. The other brunch option—in case you want to make an entire weekend out of sheer unbridled fun—is Saturday’s Mimosa Men brunch. Enjoy brunch inside Oscar’s lovely showroom while the champagne is poured from shirtless men, with more performances to follow. At Oscar’s, you really can have it both ways.
Information: 125 E Tahquitz Canyon Way #108, Palm Springs, 760-325-1188
Thanks to RuPaul's Drag Race, drag has become wonderfully mainstream. Illusions ups the ante, though, to offer the perfect burlesque style and comedy performances by the drag industry’s finest celebrity impersonators. Even better, the most outlandish Palm Springs drag queen host the events, which makes the experience all the more memorable. Cher, Madonna, Tina Turner, Joan Rivers, Beyoncé and Adele have been known to take the stage—as it were. All drag brunches stand out, but if you happen to be in attendance celebrating, expect an extra dose of hilarity. Even better: the venue offers ticketing both with and without brunch options. Those noshing can expect a bevy of breads, pastries, bagels, waffles, breakfast meats, mimosa and more. Cheers.
Information: 665 South Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, 833-783-3648
Chill Bar has long impressed, but its drag brunches truly stand out for its stable of innovative queens, drink specials and fabulous staff. Recent brunches have been dubbed “A May Zing Sundays” with the likes of Mayhem Miller hosting the outing and a posse of performers that would make the queen herself, RuPaul, weep in delight. Better yet: the overall vibe at Chill Bar—roomy, colorful, low-key, welcoming—makes the outing even more sizzling.
Information: 217 E Arenas Road, Palm Springs, 760-327-1079