Founded in 1999 right when “neo-burlesque” hit its stride—which made room for drag queens, experimental dancers and sideshow acts, too—this quintessential Lower East Side venue has helped shape and nurture the form since then. Slipper Room shows, presented each night of the week with acts like Chris Harder's Big Back Door and Peter Smith & Sandy Honig's The Bongo Hour, never fail to deviate from the norm and take artistic risks; if you think you know burlesque, prepare to be surprised.
True to its never-sleep tagline, NYC nightlife offerings dazzle in their diversity: Lucky denizens can prowl from bespoke cocktail bars in NYC to bass-throbbing clubs. There’s also theater, movies, ballet and opera, but if you’re looking to spice up your after-hours routine, why not go for something a little different—something, dare we say, a little naughtier? Scope out a burlesque show from our list of favorites, all of which combine wit and invention with good old-fashioned T ’n’ A .