One day in Calgary: drag queen Grease Jones

The popular Calgary drag performer takes us on a delicious and boozy tour around her city

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Take one look at her and you'll realize that Calgary's Grease Jones isn't your everyday kind of lady. In fact, she's not a lady at all.

Are you gagged?

In her own words, the memorable drag performer says you can find her doing wheelies down 17th Avenue or shotgunning a can of PBR in an alley near you. A true stoner rock goddess, Jones is the most fun you’ll have on two wheels. Hold on tight because this queen isn't slowing down.

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If that's piqued your interest, you'll be happy to know that Jones performs regularly around Calgary throughout the year. You'll find her most frequently at Dickens on Friday nights where she co-hosts lively RuPaul's Drag Race viewing parties and after show performance showcases. With the show starting promptly at 6 p.m., you'll need to come early to grab a seat because the room is always packed with fans of RPDR and local drag performers alike. Yes henny, we are speaking from personal experience.

With a disclaimer of no tea, no shade, we asked Grease Jones to take us on a whirlwind eating and drinking tour in her hometown of Calgary and we've got to say, the girl's got good taste!



Bennies for breakfast  #yyc #yyceats #yycnow #yycfoodie #calgaryfood #calgary

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What’s not to love about Dairy Lane? Locally sourced ingredients prepared perfectly make this classic diner breakfast spot my go-to. The breakfast hash and the brisket and caramelized onion eggs Benny are both highlights for me. Plus, they serve a mean cup o’ Joe made with Fratello Coffee Roaster beans.

My second place: Nellie's Cosmic Cafe.



Cold day in Calgary. We got you fam. Photo: @liftedthought

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I’m going to preface this by saying I absolutely love ramen. If we had as many ramen spots as we did for pho, I’d be a really happy camper. That said, Shiki Menya makes a fantastic bowl of ramen. The Miso Classic and the Tonkotsu Black are both excellent options, but you really can’t go wrong with any of them. They make a limited quantity everyday so you better get there early--something I’m not good at, but it’s definitely worth it. Almost definitely the best ramen in the city!

My second place: Menyatai Japanese Noodle House.


Four words: Baked kimchi fried rice.

My top dinner spot is, hands down, Anju. It’s Korean food that always has a fun twist. Crispy tofu, spicy lamb pot stickers, and the gochujang chicken wings are just a few of my favourite dishes. They also boast a great cocktail and beer list as well as a good selection of soju. Anju is easily my favourite restaurant in the city and I’ll spend all my hard earned tips on it any chance I get.

My second place: Just go to Anju.


For drinks, I like to keep it simple, so I’m going for my staple location: Ship and Anchor. Is it the fanciest place? No. Do they have the longest cocktail list? No. Do they have a killer atmosphere, good food, great beer, a patio and live music? Yes to all. If me and the gals need a pint, we know where to go. If you’re lucky you can catch me there, in or out of drag. Ship is a Calgary classic.

Alternatively, I would also recommend my home bar, Dickens. They have a great beer selection, good food, and an amazing staff; not to mention, they always throw the best parties. From Hang the DJ to Fake Moustache, Shock Therapy, and, of course, the GLOC RuPaul's Drag Race viewing parties I cohost with Vanta Blaque on Friday nights, I spend more time at Dickens than I do at my house.

So, you know where to find me.