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Your Mom (and Dad) will Love this New York Drag Institution3 min read

Lips is Celebrating 20 Years of Fabulous

Wigs, wings, cocktails and cock-talk all come together in this chandelier-lit palace of laughter. Lips is a drag restaurant that packs the house with patrons hungry for humorous drag performances—and a burger. We went to check it out at their New York location and had an absolutely dragulous time! The packed-house was mixed and the vibe was friendly—before you go, remember to read up on how to act at a drag show.

Expect lots of chandeliers, disco balls and other fun kitsch

At Lips the drag divas are not only the entertainment, but also the restaurant staff. We loved this concept as it lets you get intimate and enjoy the show that much more. When our server, Morgan Royel, was on the stage we were literally shouting out and rooting for her—and she was fabulous both as Whitney and as Mary!


The décor is exactly as you would expect at a palace of drag and we marveled at all the little kitschy details that give Lips its quirky fun look and feel.

The whole vibe was entertaining and positive. Sure there were the usual drag antics but all the staff was professional, funny and had a great dynamic. They even celebrated one of the queen’s birthday’s on stage and it was adorable to say the least.

All the staff got on stage to celebrate the host Jesse Volt’s birthday

Speaking of birthdays, Lips is the perfect fun place to go for birthdays, bachelorette parties, and bar mitzvahs if your son is into that 😉 Mazel Tov! The night we went about half the crowd were there for a celebration, which made the vibe even more fun. A few bachelorettes were there, but also a gay bachelor from Staten Island (who knew, right?) who was there to celebrate with his squad before the big day.  The crowd is mostly straight and more women than men, but there were definitely some straight single men (one of the queens asked him!) and some gay guys in the audience.

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The night we were at Lips was themed Dinner with the Divas where all the queens impersonate their favorite divas of all time. Joan Rivers was a hit both on and off stage and did a comedy routine that had the room in stitches—I  told you this place is perfect for your parents! Lips also has other fun-themed dining experiences like Superstar Sundays  celeb impersonator show hosted by the glamorous Morgan Royel, Twisted Broadway hosted by Ginger Snapt. 

Host Jesse Volt as Joan Rivers

We ordered the “Jesse Volt” fried calamari, which was great. I got the Ru Paul grilled chicken, which was a nice portion and my date got the burger. The drinks were strong AF and after the show we were practically stumbling onto E. 56th St. to get a cab. I’d recommend the frozen cosmo—pink and sweet but packs a punch!

Lips is such a drag institution that they even have their own water! 😉

Lips also has a boozy brunch that looks like a riot. I’m taking my mom here next time she comes to visit.

This post is sponsored by Lips