Best burlesque shows in NYC

Where to see burlesque and other sexy after-dark shows.

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Stories of Love and Passion

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Canadian powerhouse Rosie Bitts bares all in this solo show, a burlesque-cabaret-storytelling hybrid that explores topics such as virginity loss and sex work.

  1. Theatre Row 410 W 42nd St, at Ninth Ave
  2. Tue Oct 21
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Queen's Court: Do I Look Funny to You?!

  • Price band: 1/4
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"The butt of the joke" gains new meaning as the Bushwick Burlesque crew joins forces with Fancy Feast for a side-splitting stripfest.

  1. Bizarre 12 Jefferson St, between Broadway and Bushwick Ave, 11206
  2. Tue Oct 21
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Company XIV: Rococo Rouge

  • Price band: 3/4
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Austin McCormick and his Company XIV move into their new digs on Lafayette Street with a new nightlife-performance spectacle, featuring the company's signature blend of live music, decadent dance and luxuriant design.

  1. XIV 428 Lafayette St, between Astor Pl and E 4th St
  2. Until Sun Nov 2
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Floating Kabarette

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Galapagos hosts this long-running, crowd-pleasing cabaret night, featuring a rotating cast of amazing artists, including resident dance troupe Jenny Rocha and Her Painted Ladies—expect burlesque, magic, trapeze and much more. After the show, a dance party keeps the fun coming till 1am. Check the venue's website for each week's cast.

  1. Galapagos Art Space 16 Main St, at Water St
  2. Sat Oct 25 - Sat Dec 27
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Glitter Gutter

  • Price band: 1/4
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This evening of old-school downtown entertainment (burlesque, comedy, sideshow performances and more) is fast and loose—and sometimes messy. Each week brings a unique show.

  1. Slipper Room 167 Orchard St, at Stanton St
  2. Wed Oct 22 - Wed Dec 24
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Le Scandal Cabaret

  • Price band: 2/4
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Bonnie Dunn, the MC-chanteuse behind this burlesque-circuit stalwart, presides over a lively mix of stand-up, magic, acrobatics and high-concept strip. The city’s longest-running girlie revue, Le Scandal is still looking young, hot and ready to party.

  1. Laurie Beechman Theatre at the West Bank Café 407 W 42nd St, between Ninth and Tenth Aves, downstairs, 10036
  2. Sat Oct 25 - Sat Dec 27
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Nurse Bettie Burlesque

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  • Free

Shelly "The Singing Siren" Watson hosts this night of burly-Q action at the intimate Nurse Bettie, which features both nightlife newbies and stars of the Gotham scene.

  1. Nurse Bettie 106 Norfolk St, between Delancey and Rivington Sts, 10002
  2. Wed Oct 22 - Wed Dec 24
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The Slipper Room Show

  • Price band: 2/4
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Burlesque and variety headquarters the Slipper Room provides plenty of entertainment on the weekends, attracting the cream of the city's scene for plenty of bump-and-grind fun. Shows are at 10pm and midnight; check the club's website for the (generally awesome) lineup.

  1. Slipper Room 167 Orchard St, at Stanton St
  2. Fri Oct 24 - Sat Dec 27
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Spanking the Lower East Side

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  • Free

The ’50s-pinup–inspired venueNurse Bettie (named for Bettie Page, one of the 20th century's premier hotsy-totsies) is a natural setting for burlesque performers. This weekly get-together is produced by "Asian sexsation" Calamity Chang, and usually includes six or seven acts, as well as preshow go-go dancers. Prepare to get up close and personal in the small, intimate bar space.

  1. Nurse Bettie 106 Norfolk St, between Delancey and Rivington Sts, 10002
  2. Thu Oct 23 - Thu Dec 18
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Room 69: The Hotel Chantelle Way

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  • Free

Busy burlesque babe Calamity Chang is the host of this Friday-night parade of pulchritude on Hotel Chantelle's street-level floor, with resident performers Aurora Black, Mr. Gorgeous, Rosie Cheeks and guests strutting their stuff as you tipple your cocktail.

  1. Hotel Chantelle 92 Ludlow St, between Broome and Delancey Sts, 10022
  2. Fri Oct 24 - Fri Dec 26
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