Take a tour of drag icon Alaska’s fave L.A. homosexual bars — drag brunch too

Take a tour of drag icon Alaska's fave L.A. gay bars — drag brunch too

2022-11-27 18:30:21

In “Sunday Funday,” L.A. folks share their best Sundays to assist us all clean up our weekends.

It’s uncommon that Alaska will get a day without work. The long-lasting queen and winner of “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars” Season 2 is presently on a multicity tour for her new album, “Purple 4 Filth”; she performs on the Regent in downtown L.A. on Dec. 3. The tour comes on the heels of “Drag: The Musical” — which she co-wrote and starred in — on the Bourbon Room in Hollywood this fall. She’s the host of a a twice-weekly podcast, “Race Chaser,” with fellow “Drag Race” alum Willam, and collectively the pair launched a community of different queer-centric podcasts below the moniker Moguls of Media. Throw in her frequent tribute exhibits at Brooklyn’s 3 Greenback Invoice and a hodgepodge of different random initiatives, and Alaska’s barely acquired time to assume, not to mention chill out.

When Alaska does get a Sunday off, although, she likes to sit back within the firm of a few of L.A.’s greatest drag performers. Right here’s how Alaska says she’d spend a great Sunday, which for this night time owl kicks off at midnight. Her Sunday rundown has been edited for size and readability.

Midnight: Exit after a present
On this specific night time, I’d prefer to assume I’d be coming from a efficiency. After I end, I’d get out of drag and placed on a sickening outfit. Then I might go to Precinct in downtown Los Angeles. It is determined by the night time, however let’s say on this late night time there’s some actually enjoyable occasion with drag queens. Perhaps Meatball is performing and she or he’s doing an consuming contest onstage.

There’s actually only a vibe about Precinct that I like. Everybody’s actually respectful of each other, everyone seems to be accepted, and everyone seems to be there to have a very nice time. Usually, I prefer to drink Corona. If I’m getting loopy, I’ll do a couple of tequila pictures.

2 a.m.: Shut down the bar
I’m positively the one that likes to say I’m solely going for one drink after which utterly shuts down the place. In my early days, I might have desperately tried to seek out an after-party too, however these days, what a blessing that the bars shut at 2 a.m. in Los Angeles. That’s once I’m going residence. I stay in Glendale proper now, which, if I’m attempting to get to West Hollywood, it’s the opposite facet of the Earth, however I feel in any other case Glendale could be very centrally situated.

9 a.m.: Putz round the home till brunch
I’m truly a reasonably early riser. I typically stand up at 8 or 9. In the course of the week, I try to work out pretty constantly. I hate it, however I do it. Sunday is my day for not understanding, although. Sunday is my day for not caring about social media or work in any respect. I typically prefer to go to brunch someplace, however usually to do this I simply need to get up and do my factor round the home till everybody else is awake.

11 a.m.: Go to the primary brunch of the day
For brunch, I’d invite my greatest pals, Nick and Jeremy and Lola. There’s this place in Hollywood that has the very best falafel salad. It’s ridiculous. And it’s known as Photo voltaic de Cahuenga, and it’s completely superb. They’ve nice juices and if you happen to’re feeling loopy, you get a mimosa.

1 p.m.: Go to the second brunch
After my first brunch, I need to discover a drag brunch. I’m so homosexual that I have to have a number of brunches in at some point. In the event you throw a wig in Los Angeles or the encompassing areas you’ll hit a drag brunch, which is nice. I’m going to go to Hamburger Mary’s.

I’m not having a second breakfast, although. I’m simply consuming. I’m very mimosa-oriented as a result of it feels fancy.

4 p.m.: Take a nap
At this level, I’ve acquired to go residence to take a nap. I feel the very best naps happen on the sofa. Usually, I have to put one thing on TV that I’ve no funding in and that I’ve already seen earlier than. “The Golden Ladies” is nice as a result of I do know the plot of actually each single episode, so I’m not gonna miss something if I nod off in the course of one. I sleep for 20 minutes to an hour. Then I get up and I really feel nice.

5 p.m.: Swap outfits
After I get up from my nap, I’ve to vary my garments as a result of I’m French Canadian. My grandmother was from Quebec, and in our tradition we alter our garments lots. So I alter outfits, however it can most likely simply be a unique black tank prime and denims.

5:30 p.m.: Eat Pad Kee Mao for dinner
I don’t prepare dinner. It sounds so romantic to go to the shop and purchase meals to make, however I simply don’t understand how to do this. I like Thai meals, and on a Sunday, I don’t assume Wat Dong Moon Lek Noodle in Silver Lake can be too busy. We gained’t even want reservations.

They’ve the very best noodles conceivable. They’ve an important papaya salad too, and their egg rolls are so good. I just about get the identical factor each time, although, which is pad kee mao noodles with tofu and greens.

7:30 p.m.
I’m already in Silver Lake and since that is my best Sunday, I’m going to say that Jackie Beat can be doing The Golden Girlz Dwell on the Lyric Hyperion.

The present stars Jackie Beat, Sherry Vine, Drew Droege and Sam Pancake, and so they at all times have superb particular visitors. Jackie Beat’s Bea Arthur is unimaginable. I used to be in a run of the exhibits some time in the past, and I acquired to play Barbara Thorndyke, the horrible new greatest pal. I additionally acquired to play the male love curiosity. After I die, I hope that heaven is simply dwelling within “Golden Ladies” episodes as completely different characters. (Editor’s observe: “The Golden Girlz Dwell” is now not operating.)

9:30 p.m.
I’ll go to Akbar. I like the decor inside. I like the music. Some Mondays, Tony Soto does this present known as “Study the Phrases, Bitch,” and it’s actually good. It’s principally a drag present, however you join on the day. You write down what tune you need to do, and also you lip sync. You don’t need to be in drag, however you might be. Folks get actually artistic with their interpretations of the songs after which one individual wins a prize.

I’m going to remain out late too, as a result of on this best Sunday, I don’t need to work on Monday, and that’s nice. I like it.

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