How Much Cash Do You Need For A Drag Brunch?

For us, drag brunches are always exciting. There is nothing more thrilling than sitting in a comfortable chair, downing some great food (and sometimes some alcohol), and watching drag queens at the absolute top of their craft put on a show. If you have never been to a drag brunch before, you are in for a real treat. You may also be wondering how much drag brunch costs. That’s what we’re going to discuss on this page.

So, how much does drag brunch cost? Well, it can vary wildly from drag brunch to drag brunch. Expect to pay between $10 and $50 for entry, plus the cost of your food. Don’t forget to bring tips too. On average, you should be tipping each attending drag queen between $1 to $10. Most people will spend around $100, in total, for a decent drag brunch.

Let’s dive into a little bit about what drag brunches are and what you get for your money. We’ll also give you a (rough) idea of how much you may be looking to spend for your drag brunch.

What is a Drag Brunch?

Drag Brunch Costs

A drag brunch is pretty much what it says on the tin – a brunch with drag entertainers. It is pretty simple. In most major towns and cities (especially those with a pretty decent gay population), you’ll find a drag brunch or two.

What the drag brunch offers will vary from location to location. Most of the time, you can expect good food and alcohol. Many will have top drag artists putting on a tremendous performance, and you may even get to enjoy a bit of a dance after.

If you are into the whole concept of drag, then we suggest that you attend at least one drag brunch. You won’t regret it at all! 

Why Is Drag Brunch So Popular? 

Drag branches are a relatively new concept. Before, if you wanted to see a drag show then you’d probably need to head to some nightclub in the dead of night. Fun, but it does imply that the drag concept is something that needs to be kept hidden when it certainly doesn’t. Drag, when done properly (and sometimes when not done properly) is an art form. It is an art form that should be shared with as many people as possible. Drag brunches allow performance art to be shared.

So, nowadays, many top drag acts are running drag brunches. This keeps the art of drag out in the open because people can now go and attend a drag show in the middle of the day. Often, the drag brunches will take place at restaurants, bars, etc. away from the nightclubs where the drag shows normally take place.

While you will need to do your research into the specific drag brunch that you are attending, most of these drag brunches will have a much more toned-down act. This means far less adult content. For some drag brunches, you can even bring along children (as we said – drag brunches are all about sharing drag with as many people as possible).

Of course, drag brunches are not just popular among drag acts. They are also popular among the attendees. After all, who really wants to go out partying in the middle of the night just to catch a drag show, when you could sit around and enjoy one in the middle of the afternoon?

How Much Drag Brunch Costs?

This is the big question really, and there isn’t one right answer to it. This is because every drag brunch show is different, and you’ll often need to do a bit of research into the show beforehand (more on that soon). Most people will spend between $100 and $200 per drag brunch, with the cash going toward:

  • The entrance fee for the drag brunch ($10-$50+)
  • Food costs ($20-$100+)
  • Tips (around $40)
  • Drink (depending on how much you drink, some drag brunches include unlimited alcohol for a low price)

This is why it is so difficult to answer the question. You’d need to know the exact drag brunch that you’re attending to have even the faintest idea of how much you are going to be spending. In fact, the only thing that really seems to be set in stone will be the tips. We’ll discuss that in a bit more depth soon, though!

How Much Drag Brunch Costs

Do Your Research Into Your Selected Drag Brunch

Once again – if you want to know how much drag brunch costs, you’re going to need to research your chosen drag brunch. Thankfully, the internet makes this easier than ever. Chances are that you probably even discovered the drag brunch online (so, again, this makes your life a whole lot easier).

When you are doing your research, you’ll want to look for details on the entrance fee (which shouldn’t be too tricky to find), and the menu for the brunch. Again, that shouldn’t be too tricky to find. On top of that, you should try and find a drink menu. If you can’t find that, then try to think about how much you would normally drink in the span of a few hours. Some people may spend $30, and others may spend $100+ (if they are buying the finer wines and cocktails)

One of the major benefits of looking up your drag brunch beforehand (other than finding out the cost of the drag brunch), is the fact that it’ll give you more information about what you can expect from the show. You’ll want to pay special attention to the food on the menu. It is worth deciding what you want before you attend the drag show. Not just for budgetary reasons, but because the more time you spend looking at the menu at the drag show, the less time you’ll spend actually watching the drag acts (which is the whole reason you decided to come, right?)

During the research, you’ll also want to keep an eye out for customer reviews. Not only to tell you whether it is worth attending that particular drag brunch, but because reviewers may give you a bit of an idea about whether that drag brunch is worth the money (and how much you can expect to spend).

Does the Drag Brunch Cost Include the Price of Food?

Probably not. While we have seen some drag brunches include the cost of food in the entrance fee, most do not. This is to ensure that the drag show can offer the best quality food. If you do find a drag show that includes food in the entrance fee, then chances are the food will be low quality. You’ll also have a limited menu. This is because these brunches are all run on the idea of delivering everything for the lowest cost possible.

Although don’t get us wrong – sometimes drag brunches that include food in the entrance fee are worth attending. The food may not be the best in the world, but you’ll be saving a lot of cash. This means more money to spend on the performers.

Do You Need to Tip for a Drag Brunch?

Yes! You need to tip at a drag brunch. In fact, it is expected that you will be tipping at the drag brunch.  Many of the performers at the drag brunch are working for tips only, so the more you can give them, the better.

How much you tip is up to you. However, most people will be tipping between $1 and $10 per performer (although, we do encourage you to give more cash, wherever possible). If you want to know how much cash to bring along to the drag brunch for tips, then just have a look at who is performing. Multiply the number of performers by $10, and you have a rough amount that you’ll need to bring in tips (we really do not recommend that you tip the minimum of $1 for a performer, I’ll be a waste of their time taking your tip).

How to Save Money for a Drag Brunch

While drag brunches are affordable for the entertainment on offer, it is always wise to try and save money wherever possible. The following tips should help:

  • Book the drag brunch in advance (preferably online). There’ll often be discounts for early bookers. Pay on the day, and the cost will often be quite high.
  • Some drag brunches will offer a discount if you bring a larger group along. So, why not bring some friends and save some money?
  • Go easy on the alcohol (unless it is an unlimited bar, then you’re fine). These drag brunches often have a ‘captive audience’. This means that the cost of alcohol will often be on the higher side of things.
  • Set yourself a budget for tipping. While tipping at a drag brunch is important, we’ve seen people go crazy with the number of tips they throw at the performers. Don’t fall into the same trap. This is why we suggest you take a maximum of $10-$20 per performer. This will ensure that you tip properly, but also won’t blow a hole in your bank account.
  • Always do your research into drag brunches. The cost can vary wildly. If you live in a major town or city, you’ll often have a few options to choose from.
  • If you want to attend a drag brunch but don’t have a huge amount of cash, look for a drag brunch that includes food in the cost of entry. While it may seem more expensive to get in (and the food won’t be as high quality), you’ll save money in the long run. Don’t forget – you will still need to tip! 

Final Thoughts

How much drag brunch costs will vary massively depending on the drag brunch that you attend. It is always worth researching your specific drag show to determine how much cash to bring along. Including entrance, food, tips, and drink, you’re looking at spending a minimum of $100 per person.

Gay Worlley

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