Puerto Vallarta Drag Shows The Cabaret Theatres is a very popular thing to do in our city with large entertainment venues like Palm Cabaret and Bar, Act 2 Entertainment, Incanto Vallarta, and Nacho Daddy. Puerto Vallarta is called P-town South and we have the 2nd largest cabaret scene in North American after P-Town. Shows and entertainment has been a part of PV’s gay scene for 21 years starting with Palm Cabaret in 1999. Mark Rome was responsible for booking acts at The Palm Cabaret like Ida Slapter, Carrie Chesnutt, Kim Kuzma, and Amy and Freddy. In those days, there were not as many options to go out as there are now. People made a whole night of going to the cabaret shows in Puerto Vallarta. It was a fun night out that had a drag show in it. The evening was from 10 pm until 2 am. But things certainly have improved here. The show performers, sound and lighting have great improved. There are 4 entertainment venues in town.
The Palm Cabaret and Bar Olas Altas #508 Palm began around 2000 as a Cafe that served great burgers. Entertainers would pop in who were visiting on vacation and do a number or two. Before long, artists from all over were doing everything from disco to drag and beyond. Eventually, Mark Rome began organizing a show schedule and entertainers returned year after year and so did the audiences both gay and straight. The Palm no longer serves food, but we usually send you a bowl of great, fresh popcorn. They are open November thru early April, 7 nights per week and usually have two shows per night, one at 7:00 pm and one at 9:30 pm. They often feature afternoon matinees as well. A remodel in 2019 included air conditioned and seating for over 100 people in comfortable plush salon style chairs and padded bar stools. Popular favorite drag stars who have performed at The Palm include Miss Conception, Kim Kuzma, Sutton Lee Seymour, Marla Jean Merman, Coco Peru, Well Strung, Miss Richfield 1981 and more.
Act 2 Entertainment Insurgentes 330. Act 2 Entertainment is comprised of Act 2 Entertainment stages, The Red Room Cabaret, and Encore Lounge. This is Puerto Vallarta’s largest cabaret venue founded in 2012, with the iconic musical The Rocky Horror Show as its first production at The Palm Cabaret. The huge success of this show inspired Danny Mininni to fulfill his vision of making Puerto Vallarta a leading destination for arts and entertainment. The Act 2 stages is a over 100 seat theatre where you will find greal local renditions of such shows as Mama Mia, Avenue Q, Nunsense, Rocky Horror Show, and more. All were hits with sell out crowds every week. Act 2 Entertainment stages has also brought famous entertainment personalities to Puerto Vallarta such as Lorna Luft. The Red Room Cabaret is over 70 seat cabaret theatre for drag show entertainment. Each year Act 2 has weekly shows, most 2 times per week of seasonal shorter show runs. Drag star favorites who have performed at Red Room Cabaret include Mama Tits, Hedda Lettuce, Steve Grand, Levi Kreis, The Kinsey Sicks, Lady Bunny, and more.The Encore Lounge is an upscale lounge right outside the Red Room Cabaret perfect for a drink before or after the show. There is always an up and coming singer or show to get you ready to enjoy a great musical evening.
Nacho Daddy Restaurant and Theatre (above) Founded in 2009, Nacho Daddy is a tropical “House of Blues” restaurant and upstairs music theatre creation of singer/performer of Sean Moore and Tammy Prust. The first floor restaurant is a great place for TEX-Mex food and a premier sports bar with 8 large tv’s in the Zona Romantica. In December 2019, The Puerto Vallarta Boutique Community Theatre owners Karrie and Ken Sebryk announced the theatre would be incorporated into Nacho Daddy’s 2nd floor entertainment space. Some notable entertainers in 2020 at Nacho Daddy are Amy Armstrong, Leslie Jordan and Debbie Holiday.
The Puerto Vallarta Boutique Community Theatre called Nacho Daddy’s second story performance space home with such local performers as Mikki Prost and Sol Rose, while continuing to produce dozens of plays featuring members of the Puerto Vallarta performing arts community. The Sebryks produced and directed Boutique’s first show, Tennessee Williams’ The Night of the Iguana at Puerto Vallarta’s CECATUR theater in 2005. The theatre subsequently moved to Cathy Von Rohr’s art studio on Manuel M. Dieguez St. where Robin’s Hoods was produced. In 2011, The Boutique moved to Naranjo St.with its production of the musical The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas also opening its door to the Puerto Vallarta Gay Men’s’ Chorus and Perro Bravo’s production of comedy Princesas Desesperadas.
The Butterfly Cabaret Malecon y Almendro No. 4. Located inside Blue Chairs Hotel main lobby. Known for its Rooftop drag shows and go go dancers, Blue Chairs presents The Butterfly Cabaret. This cabaret venue frequently features Miss Butterfly Montreal Drag Diva celebrating 20 Years of Drag Superstar in Puerto Vallarta! Also Tynomi Banks and Uma Gahd are performers there.
Incanto Vallarta Insurgentes 109. Located on the River Rio Cuale, Incanto Vallarta features all forms of entertainment music, theatre, art, comedy, and literary events in one multi level theatre. Patrons enjoy a full restaurant and piano bar and an open air dining area located on the beautiful Rio Cuale. Some notable shows and performers at Incanto include the 2018 production of Naked Boys Singing starring six local PV talented actors/singers Max Albertos, Mitchell Guzman, Joby Hernandez, Fidel Rebolledo, Renzo Sotelo, and Luis Villanueva, who sing and dance au-natural, with music direction by Bob Bruneau and Jean-Guy Comeau. Incanto also featured Gouda Gabor‘s all-new cabaret act of comedy & song premiering for PV Pride Week 2019.