Dress: Prabal Gurung for Target // Shoes: Bamboo (similar)
A few weeks ago, my friend Roxanne had a belated birthday brunch with some of her old pals from home and new pals from grad school. We went to something that had been on our SF to-do list for years… the Sunday drag show brunch at Harry Denton’s Starlight Room called Sunday’s A Drag.
Can you imagine anything better than brunch and drag queens? I can’t… so obviously this show was right up my alley. In case you’re not familiar with the setting, Harry Denton’s Starlight Room is a classic SF venue that sits on the 21st floor of the Sir Francis Drake Hotel in Union Square. Part restaurant and part club, the Starlight Room provides 180 degree panoramic views of San Francisco, in a luxurious old school setting. The decor is dripped in red crush velvet and gold hardware trim, with leather booths and mirrored walls. There are opulent chandeliers, elegantly dressed waitresses, and a grand bouquet of about 5 dozen red roses to greet you when you first walk in. And this is no gimmick, considering the place has been around serving classic cocktails in a posh, upscale setting since 1928.
The drag show brunch has been running for the last six or so years, and it’s really a treat. For $44.95 per person, you’ll enjoy a deluxe brunch buffet complete with more wigs, glitter, and fake eyelash batting you can handle. And this was one of the few shows I’ve been to where the entertainment wasn’t totally compensating for the poor food selection; I was highly pleased with both offerings! The four ladies were incredible, outfitted in decade-appropriate costumes performing songs as Judy Garland, Diana Ross, Whitney Houston, Madonna, and even Aqua. Everything from their moves, to their costumes and makeup, to their energy, had me floored. I was so glad I wasn’t distracted with my meal during the show so I could give them all attention. And if you arrive on time, you’ll have more than enough time to fill up and order a drink or two in time for the action to start.
If you’re in the city, even if only for a weekend, I’d definitely recommend checking this show out. Just fair warning to any straight men attending, the performers might pick on you, but it’s all in good fun!
Posing with my favorite entertainer of the day… Cassandra Cass!
With my friends Anjali and Roxanne outside after the show
This girl knows how to load up a buffet plate… with fried chicken, waffles, salad, lox, tomato, bacon, and home fries
My obligatory brunch Bloody Mary