My friends and I wanted to celebrate a milestone at a place that would blow our minds…we found it at the Lipstick and Lashes show at the Velvet Lounge. Located in the Arts District in historic downtown Santa Ana, the Velvet Lounge is a friendly and colorful gay bar known locally for their extremely popular brunch and dinner drag shows. The talented performers understand the how to get the party started—and keep it going.
The minute you walk into the Velvet Lounge you know you’re in for a good time, from the pre-show bar vibe to the cool check-in staff. And the main showroom has seating for parties of all sizes, and is arranged with room for the sassy entertainers to mingle with the crowd as they sing their hearts out.
The Lipstick and Lashes dinner show includes a delicious three-course dinner with upgrade menu choices. I upgraded to the salmon, which was perfectly prepared, add to that the fresh, colorful salad and my mango sorbet dessert, for a supreme trio. Of course a few signature cocktails added to the celebratory vibe too. And our server had a fun attitude that got us ready for the curtain to go up.
When it was showtime, non-stop energy filled the room as the talented pros strutted their stuff and put on the glitz. The performers sang musical numbers from iconic singers such as Cher, to popular hits and classic torch songs. The high-energy kept everyone on their toes and tapping their toes too. The animated cast also celebrated special occasions with gusto, everything from standard birthdays and anniversaries, to first dates and that long awaited divorce party—it was all praised with their signature panache.
My friends and I laughed the night away, sang-along and toasted to an unforgettable evening. We did our best to throw our dollars at the stage performers (as they encourage you to do) to show our appreciation too. The liveliness in the room and never-ending flow of over-the-top theater made for an epic evening.
I’d encourage anyone who is ready for a good time to book either the Lipstick and Lashes evening show or the Velvet Lounge’s enormously popular Drag brunch performed on the weekends. These shows are anything but a drag!
Written by Elaine Cali