What We Love: Drag at the Venture Inn

See what the boys of Venture plan for this week's anniversary bash

Longtime gay bar and restaurant Venture Inn – nestled on a particularly gay strip on Camac St. – is throwing a drag show Feb. 4 (11 p.m.) in honor of the anniversary of its new ownership. In addition to music by D.J. Salotta Tea, expect drag appearances by Venture’s own staffers Robert “Sandy” Beach (who just wrote, directed and performed in the very well received Miss’d America, a drag pageant in Atlantic City last month, as well as Charlie, Colin, Chris and Henry.

Word on Camac is that ever-popular bartender Tommy (the guy who always knows your name and your drink) may even be donning a short skirt and letting it all hang out (we hope not literally) for the annual party.

When it comes to the Venture, we don’t just love the drag there – we appreciate the staff and regulars alike. It’s the sort of place where you can grab a great meal by chef David Lynam – he took over the kitchen a few short months ago to excellent reviews (try the decadent Venture fries) – or sing along to an evergreen songbook of Streisand, Garland and Cher tunes – even on a Sunday afternoon.

The drinks are generous. The jukebox is lively. And the place is friendly for LGBT folks and friends alike. You never know who you may run into at this fabled watering hole. That’s why G Philly loves the Venture.

Anniversary Party, Feb. 4, 11 p.m., Venture Inn, 255 S. Camac St., 215-545-8731.