Best burlesque shows in NYC

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

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Boobtacular

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Throw on your skimpiest costume for a Halloween party with the gals of Burlesque Bikini Productions—Black Orchid, Hellz Kitten and their saucy sistren. The best getups win a prize!

  1. The Triad (now Stage 72) 158 W 72nd St, between Broadway and Columbus Ave
  2. Sat Nov 1
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Bushwick Burlesque: The Good Old Fashioned Menstrual Show

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Put down the Midol and the Ben & Jerry's: Darlinda Just Darlinda, Scary Ben and Co. are here to ease your monthly troubles.

  1. Bizarre 12 Jefferson St, between Broadway and Bushwick Ave, 11206
  2. Tue Nov 4
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Victrola Burlesque

Crank up that old Victrola (or something) for a night of onstage enticements—burlesque, go-go, music and more—curated by "the tart with Teutonic Tetons," Üla Überbusen, and her burly-Q pals.

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

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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 Nov 1 - Sat Dec 27
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Glitter Gutter

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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 Nov 5 - Wed Dec 24
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Le Scandal Cabaret

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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 Nov 1 - Sat Dec 27
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Nurse Bettie Burlesque

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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 Nov 5 - Wed Dec 24
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The Slipper Room Show

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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. Until 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 Nov 6 - Thu Dec 18
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Bernie Furshpan
Bernie Furshpan

New Burlesque Late Night Shows at The Metropolitan Room starts in June 2012.

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