In the vast and glamorous kingdom of NYC nightlife, drag queens are, well, the queens. They rule the raucous roost of the City’s storied club scene as the hostesses, promoters, performers and provocateurs whose work serves as the secret (and sassy) sauce that makes a night out on this town uniquely memorable. We followed four of NYC’s reigning royals from their preparations at home to the festivities that follow. At a variety of venues and bars around the City, these current ladies of the night work the crowd and push the boundaries of contemporary drag. Click through this gallery to get a sense of the state of the art, but know that nothing beats seeing one of their performances in person.