Best burlesque shows in NYC

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

Wasabassco at Verboten

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Burlesque goes big when Doc Wasabassco and his pulchritudinous pals take control of the Verboten club for this monthly soiree. Tonight's show sees performances from Nasty Canasta, Evelyn Vinyl, Hazel Honeysuckle, Stache Novak, Perle Noire, Albert Cadabra, Poison Ivory and Donny Vomit; Sydni Deveraux is your glamorous host, while Amanda Whip serves as stage kitten.

  1. Verboten 54 North 11th St, between Kent and Wythe Aves, 11211
  2. Sat Apr 19
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Bedlam Burlesque

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Nightlife impresario Neil O'Fortune is the force behind this biweekly bash, offering all manner of eyeball-melting mayhem—classic burlesque, neoburlesque, boylesque, nerdlesque and pretty much any other -lesque you can think of. This installment features another sterling set of onstage attractions, including Dottie Dynamo, Magdalena Fox and Sarah Screams.

  1. R Bar 218 Bowery, between Prince and Spring Sts
  2. Fri Apr 18
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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 Apr 19 - 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 Apr 16 - 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 Apr 19 - Sat Dec 27
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Victrola Burlesque

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  • Free

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.

  1. Hill & Dale 115 Allen St, at Delancey St, 10012
  2. Tue Apr 15 - Tue May 20
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The Plume Revue

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  • Free

Duane Park presents this weekly, feather-heavy salute to hot jazz and steamy burlesque. Cunio is among the night's rotating roster of hosts, the Duane Park house band plays the tunes, and stars of the NYC burly-Q scene (Gal Friday, Tansy Tandora, Essence Revealed and Peekaboo Pointe among them) work their onstage magic. Dinner is available for $80.

  1. Duane Park 308 Bowery, between Bleecker and E Houston Sts, 10012
  2. Fri Apr 18 - Fri Aug 29
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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 Apr 16 - 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. Fri Apr 18 - 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 Apr 17 - Thu Dec 18
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