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The 11 Best Drag Show Venues in Indianapolis
Photo of Thematik at Paradox courtesy of Jacob Moran
Here in Indianapolis, our drag community is fun, diverse, and bigger than you could ever imagine! Local bars, restaurants, and venues across the city host weekly drag shows, including late-night performances and morning drag brunches.
Both our residents and our local performers love a show filled with variety. So, many of our drag venues go above and beyond your typical drag queen performance. Drag shows in Indy are often layered with drag-lesque and aerial sports to keep our audience as engaged as possible. And our show themes range from glitzy and glamorous to alternative and jaw-dropping!
In this article, I’ve compiled a list of my favorite drag venues that Indianapolis has to offer. But wherever you go, our local hosts and producers work endlessly to give you a show you’ll never forget!
1. White Rabbit
In the heart of Fountain Square, you’ll find a hidden gem lined with darkened windows and gorgeous wallpaper! The White Rabbit Cabaret is always a guaranteed good time with something for everyone. This venue hosts a variety of shows, including more than just your everyday drag shows. At White Rabbit, you can also see burlesque shows, aerial performances, and even spoken word events.
White Rabbit’s calendar is ever-changing, so there’s always something new to enjoy! If you’re looking for a night of glitter and glam, then I recommend checking out the VaVaVoom VaVariety Show. Or if you’re more interested in comedy, you should try Wowie Zowie or The Burlesque Bingo Bango Show for a good belly laugh. Every month is filled with breathtaking acts and an exciting line-up you won’t want to miss!
Check out this venue at: 1116 Prospect Street, Indianapolis. Parking is free at this venue. (21+)
At Baby’s, you can grab a burger and a cocktail while you enjoy a family-friendly drag show for all ages! Baby’s is a newer restaurant by the same folks behind The Ball and Biscuit—Indy’s original craft cocktail bar. Their focus is to bring people and families together in a queer-friendly environment.
In fact, Baby’s is located in the historic building that once housed the Talbott Street Nightclub, an old LGBTQ+ club. So, their team is committed to honoring that history and keeping their building’s charm alive. The walls are decorated with bright neon pink and sparkles, and their welcoming patio provides an excellent space for pets!
While there, you can try drag-themed cocktails and then stay for a delicious meal. On the weekends, they host drag brunches for all ages and then adult shows later that night! You can see some familiar local performers like Pat Yo Weave, Lady Dumpster, and Kalinda!
Check out this venue at: 2147 North Talbott Street, Indianapolis. They offer gender-neutral restrooms and street parking options. (All Ages and 21+ Shows)
3. Melody Inn
Melody Inn is one of the oldest bars in Indianapolis, established all the way back in 1935. But if you’re looking for a rock-and-roll-themed evening, then there’s no better place to party! Every last Sunday of the month, Creepin’ It Burly presents CRAP-ARET—a burlesque and drag revue. Their show is hosted by Maurice Mantini and produced by CIB cast members Eden Sitayu and Dorthy Dagger!
Creepin’ It Burly prides themselves on their diverse productions and always gives their audience a safe and enjoyable experience. And while you’re watching the show, you can enjoy Melody Inn’s strong pours and their all-season smokers’ garden! This venue also has pool tables and spacious booths for patrons to relax in.
Check out this venue at: 3826 North Illinois Street, Indianapolis. Free parking is available across the street from the bar. (21+)
Greg’s is known as one of the hottest gay bars in Indianapolis, and this venue always has something going on! Almost every night of the week, you can experience an event or catch a show on their sizable stage.
This venue has grown and changed a lot over the years, but Greg’s has always been a colorful and inviting space for its patrons. Outside the club, you’ll also find a cozy smokers’ lounge that’s comfortable and accommodating in all seasons. I recommend checking out Greg’s open stages and on-going shows, like Sirens of Sixteenth Street hosted by Sage Summers.
Check out this venue at: 231 East 16th Street, Indianapolis. Parking is free at this venue. (21+)
5. Black Circle
Just north of downtown, you’ll see the Haus of Stoner drag collective popping pasties and dirty dancing at Black Circle Brewing! The space is inviting and nostalgic, with VHS tapes piled high on the wall of the bar. They also have retro games like pinball machines lining the wall as you order your drinks!
On Tuesday nights, Kendra Stone hosts an all-ages Drag Bingo Show that’s always a treat! They also feature a diverse cast of drag kings, queens, and BIPOC performers alike. And make sure you mark your calendars for Open Stage nights and other benefits hosted by the collective! With two different stages and a great beer selection, you’re sure to have a good time.
Check out this venue at: 2201 East 46th Street, Indianapolis. Their restrooms are gender neutral, and free parking is available at this venue. (All Ages and 21+ Shows)
6. Almost Famous
Whether you’re planning a night out or looking for an entertaining brunch, look no further than Mass Ave! Almost Famous is Mass Ave’s newest performance venue, right next door to a variety of restaurants and queer nightclubs.
With kings, queens, and all sorts of drag things, this venue cultivates an enchanting, one-of-a-kind experience. Each month, you can attend drag shows hosted by Lady Dumpster from the Haus of Blasphemy. And Almost Famous is a great location to see both local drag queens and performers from out of town. The building was also recently renovated, with a fresh look that’ll make it one of your new favorite venues!
Check out this venue at: 721 Massachusetts Avenue, Indianapolis. Their restrooms are gender neutral, and street parking is available. Parking is also free on Sundays. (21+)
For drag performers, Healer is one of our favorite local venues to entertain at! This interactive venue has something for everyone, and their bright, whimsical space is truly something to admire. Healer is an all-ages venue that showcases local art, so everyone has a chance to immerse themselves in art. They frequently host live music and drag shows, creating an engaging experience unlike any other. If you’re looking for Indy’s more alternative drag scene, then Healer is the place to be.
Check out this venue at: 3631 East Raymond Street, Indianapolis. Parking is free at this venue. (All Ages)
There’s a new venue in Broad Ripple’s lively drag scene! Paradox is a venue that feels like the city’s best kept secret. With private tables and colorful low lighting, it’s a space you can definitely ease into!
At Paradox, you can find a new monthly show called Thematik, dedicated to themed shows and diverse, fashion-forward looks! This show is hosted by Lady Dumpster and Sleazy Nicks from the Haus of Blasphemy. But what makes Thematik especially unique is that they partner with PATTERN Magazine and Jacob Moran to showcase local photographers! Drag performers sport their intricate looks and give their all on stage. And patrons can come dressed for the theme in hopes that they will be showcased, too!
Check out this venue at: 6281 North College Avenue, Indianapolis. There is both street and garage parking available. (21+)
9. Fountain Square Theatre
The Fountain Square Theatre first opened its doors back in 1928, and now, it’s one of the oldest attractions in the neighborhood. However, this theatre still holds true to its roots, shining bright in the heart of downtown Fountain Square!
This venue caters to all folks and promises a beautiful evening of queens, kings, and drag artists. On the weekends, you can catch the Fountain Square Follies, hosted by Onya Knees and her diverse cast of performers. Times and shows vary, but there’s plenty to explore while you wait. You can play some duckpin bowling or grab a delicious dinner in one of the places attached to the theatre!
Check out this venue at: 1111 Prospect Street, Indianapolis. Free street parking is available. (All Ages and 21+ Shows)
10. Hampton Designs Studio & Shop
During the day, this venue is just a simple home decor and artisan shop. But when the sun goes down, this shop comes alive with drag! The Hampton Designs Studio & Shop is nestled in the historic Irvington neighborhood—the perfect place for a day out!
This sweet spot welcomes all ages and hosts diverse shows with a variety of performers and experiences. One of their most popular shows is Soft Serve and Shopping with Kings and Queens, hosted by Kalinda and Ida Kay. So, come for a shopping trip and stay for the show! You’re sure to be entertained.
Check out this venue at: 5515 East Washington Street, Suite A, Indianapolis. Free parking is available in the local neighborhood. (All Ages)
11. Zonie’s Closet
On the Eastside of Indianapolis, you’ll find Zonie’s Closet! This drag venue offers a wide variety of shows that attract Indy locals as well as out-of-town tourists. Almost any day of the week, you can visit Zonie’s Closet and be entertained by their line-up of talented drag performers. They offer everything from Drag Bingo, to Queen of the Closet, to house shows. So, check out this bright and bold lounge for a comfortable atmosphere and a memorable night!
Check out this venue at: 1446 East Washington Street, Indianapolis. Street parking is available. (21+)
Photo of Kendra Stone courtesy of Harrison Kern
Discover Indy’s drag community and join us for a show!
Whether you’re interested in performing or just looking for a weekend show, Indianapolis has something for the drag artist in all of us! Our beautiful, creative community offers so many ways to stay entertained. So, come feast your eyes and support our local performers as they whip across the stage! Here in Indy, our drag performers are part of what makes this city special, and we can’t wait to share that with you!