Best burlesque shows in NYC

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

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D20 Burlesque Presents: A Nerdy Tribute to Japan

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Minx Arcana, Holly Ween, special guest Calamity Chang and many others put a burly-Q spin on the kawaii and quirky world of Japanese pop culture. Cosplay is encouraged!

  1. Parkside Lounge 317 E Houston St, at Attorney St, 10002
  2. Fri Sep 19
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Wasabassco's Tease to the Beat

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Get your dose of EDM and T&A in one fell swoop at Wasabassco’s monthly Verboten takeover. GiGi LaFemme, Ivory Fox and Chris Harder are among the evening’s performers.

  1. Verboten 54 North 11th St, between Kent and Wythe Aves, 11211
  2. Sat Sep 20
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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 Sep 20 - 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 Sep 24 - 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 Sep 20 - 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 Sep 24 - 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 Sep 19 - 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. Until Thu Dec 18
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Room 69: The Hotel Chantelle Way

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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 Sep 19 - Fri Dec 26
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The Wiggle Room

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This aptly named affair—"an elegant evening of booze, boobs, laughs…and boobs"—sees host Bradford Scobie welcoming an array of lovely burlesque ladies to the Slipper Room stage.

  1. Slipper Room 167 Orchard St, at Stanton St
  2. Until Thu Dec 18
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