Best burlesque shows in NYC

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

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The Art of Paigey! On the Stagey!

  • Price band: 1/4
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Celebrate local artist Paigey at a burlesque tribute and dance party with Kita St. Cyr, Dangrrr Doll, Amber Ray and other Paigey fans.

Dead Sexy Burlesque

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You’ll find plenty of tricks and treats at Jonny Porkpie and Bunny Buxom’s ghoulish revue, back for (you guessed it) Halloween month. Tonight’s frightful creatures include Sizzle Dizzle, Legs Malone and Helsinki’s Bettie Blackheart.

  1. Times Scare 669 Eighth Ave, between 42nd and 43rd Sts
  2. Sun Oct 5
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Bushwick Burlesque and Cyclone Jack Sullivan Present: More Blood!!

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Quench your thirst for gore at this sanguinary stripfest, brought to you by Bushwick Burlesque and Cyclone Jack Sullivan. Buckets of the red stuff will end up on Darlinda Just Darlinda, Scary Ben, Holly Ween and pals.

  1. Bizarre 12 Jefferson St, between Broadway and Bushwick Ave, 11206
  2. Tue Oct 7
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The Guild of Libidinous Intent: A Burlesque Tribute to the Venture Bros.

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Clara Coquette and Schaffer the Darklord lead an action-packed salute to the Adult Swim series, with Apathy Angel, Fem Appeal and others rounding out the cast.

  1. Parkside Lounge 317 E Houston St, at Attorney St, 10002
  2. Wed Oct 8
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Bedlam Burlesque

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It’s October, which means autumn leaves are falling—and so are clothes, at Neil O’Fortune’s bimonthly blowout. Among the performers shedding their foliage are Evelyn Vinyl, Nina La Voix and Richmond, Virginia’s Deanna Danger.

  1. R Bar 218 Bowery, between Prince and Spring Sts
  2. Fri Oct 3
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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. Wed Oct 1 - Sun Nov 2
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Floating Kabarette

  • Price band: 2/4
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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 Oct 4 - 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 Oct 1 - 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 Oct 4 - 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 1 - Wed Dec 24
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