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Polynesia Style at Toucans Tiki Lounge

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In case you hadn’t noticed, darlings, we are experiencing a drag revolution. Genders are bending, avant-garde is in-your-face, and RuPaul wins ALL the Emmys. Nowhere in Palm Springs is the spirit of this seismic/pelvic shift fiercer than at Toucans Tiki Lounge.

The Pacific island themed club welcomes a righteous roster of Playgirls; that’s Toucans-speak for badass bitches. They strut their stilettos for the festive crowds every night of the week except for Wednesday (through the summer) – hey, even a Queen needs her beauty rest, so back off!


“The talent of these performers is phenomenal,” sings owner Tara Lazar. “I was impressed by the seriousness the Drag Queens bring to their work seven days a week, 365 days a year. They are so creative and hard working.”

And the audience has responded to the tune of do-re-mi-fa-so-la-ti-DOUGH. “Did you know we have the highest tipping demographics?” Lazar asks rhetorically. “That’s why we attract the crème de la crème of the industry. Our girls can make so much each night that we have a wait-list for performers.”

Credit: Christopher Kennedy

So get in line, gurls, because the estrogen is a-flowin’. You best get out the way or you might just drown! It’s a lesson that Tara took to heart when her company F10 Creative acquired the rollicking hotspot last year.

“Toucans is an institution in this town,” assesses Lazar, “so we were careful not to change it too much. We just wanted to make a few tweaks and help it along. Some of the staff has been here for 16 years. We didn’t want to rock the boat, so we really let them do their thing.”

Hmm, I think it’s pronounced thang, and don’t worry; they’re doing it raw! The ladies of Toucans pride themselves on delivering showstoppers supreme, so bust out your boa and feather the storm…

Toucans Tiki Lounge | 2100 North Palm Canyon | 760.416.758

By Kevin Perry

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