Brunch—like twilight, sporks, skorts, friends with benefits, and so many other things that make life worth living—is not quite one thing and not quite another. Celebrate the obliteration of binaries with today’s Groupon: for $24, you get to eat brunch and see a drag show (a $45 value) at Harry Denton's Starlight Room on the 21st floor of the Sir Francis Drake Hotel. Today's Groupon is only valid for the Sunday afternoon show at 2:30 p.m.
The Starlight Room evokes an ideal atmosphere for the glitz and glam of a drag show. Windows present a 360-degree view of San Francisco's numerous landmarks, and warm tones, velvet booths, glittering chandeliers, and silk drapes crank up the opulence to critical majesty. The weekly Sunday drag show, now in its fifth year, takes this 1930s mystique and races with it in a saucy nod to the variety shows of yesteryear. Hosted by blond bombshell Donna Sachet, the 45-minute shows provide visitors a chance to kick back and enjoy a variety of stand-up routines, female-impersonation acts, and lip-sync performances.
Like a drag queen unsure if she's a Madonna or a Marilyn, an all-you-can-gobble brunch buffet toes the line between breakfast and lunch. Oodles of edibles are available for guests, including breakfast pastries, salads, eggs benedict, broiled salmon, and more. Cocktails cost extra at $10–$12 each; play the high notes with a Bellini (a flute of sparkling wine and white peach puree) or drink your meal with a Bloody Mary. Whether stopping in for the eats or the entertainment, a Sunday afternoon at the Starlight Room provides a lovely outing for friends, romantic partners, and suspiciously friendly strangers alike. Reservations required, call (415) 395-8595.
- At most drag shows in town, performers hit the stage in the dark of night - midnight, usually. At the Starlight Room, they're dolled up in the light of day - for brunch. Crystal-beaded gowns, lip-synching, coffee and croissants may not seem like breakfast fare, but the show has been a growing hit with tourists and locals since it began in spring 2006. – Carolyne Zinko, San Francisco Chronicle
- Sunday's a Drag offers both a sumptuous brunch and a show that gives you attitude from mistresses of music, divas of drag. – Mike Sher, Bay Area Reporter
- Brownie points for buffet presentation. There were nice little touches on the buffet that we liked: holiday lights, ample and full chafing dishes, etc. – Mary Ladd, SFist