This article originally appeared on VICE Germany.
Every week at a bar called Südblock in Berlin local drag queen and all-around entertainer Pansy, along with her sisters, invite what feels like half of Berlin to come down and enjoy a screening of RuPaul's Drag Race over a few too many whiskies. The night is a hit, and people show up in droves, basically clambering over each other to find a spot from where they can watch their favorite American export.
It was pretty obvious, at least on the fateful evening we were there, that the crowd at Südblock all have their personal favorites. When a contestant appeared on the screen their fan base would ignite inside the bar, clapping and cheering, shouting words of encouragement. But, believe it or not, the show wasn't the main attraction.
Around 11:30 PM, just as the credits began to roll, the projector screen disappeared and Pansy thrust herself out into the limelight. The host, decked out in some rather serious high heels, commanded the audience with her shrill voice and told everyone to prep themselves for her queens.
The stage curtains were pulled to make way for a crew of drag queens, all of whom—Melli Magic, Bambi Mercury, Shiaz Legz, among others—were dressed to the nines. Overall, the night was a proper kaleidoscope of booze, fake nails, and the most impressive stage names since Hedwig and the Angry Inch. We figured that photos wouldn't do the night the justice it deserved, so here are a bunch of 3D gifs.