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BEST CLUB THE BLACK CAT DRAGGED IN Los Angeles 2009 

Le Barcito

Every Wednesday through Sunday at 11 p.m., Lady Gaga's club jams slowly fade away as El Show de Maritza y Sus Divas takes over the stage at Silver Lake watering hole Le Barcito. Decked out in glitter-flecked gowns and flashing beauty-pageant grins, the performers engage the crowd in a drag revue set completely to Spanish pop songs. If you're itching to see drag queens lip-synch to songs that don't involve Beyoncé, this is the place to go. Le Barcito typically has no cover charge, and there are drink specials aplenty. Sunday's beer bust features shows at 7 and 11 p.m., often with guest performers. More important is the venue's history: In 1967, the club was known as the Black Cat. A New Year's Eve police raid led to the first major gay-rights protest in L.A. Le Barcito won historic status earlier this year, which made it more than a club with a fun drag show. 3909 Sunset Blvd., L.A. (323) 644-3515, lebarcito.com.

—Liz Ohanesian

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