10 Best Burlesque Shows in New Orleans to Get Your Tease On

Burlesque has a storied history in the city of New Orleans. Against a soundtrack of early jazz, the city's first burlesque performers pleased and teased in the Storyville red light district as early as the beginning of the last century. 

Every since Storyville,visitors have been coming to New Orleans looking for racy entertainment. Scantily clad women bumping and grinding in a performance that combines striptease, comedy, costumes and showmanship is burlesque in a nut shell.  There are plenty of intimate venues around town to enjoy the sassy performance art.

Whether a venue has an in-house troupe like the House of Blues does with Bustout Burlesque or hosts  or nationally touring acts like the Allways Lounge does, there are plenty of options. You can choose from an authentic retro performance, or experience neo-burlesque  which  may have elements of circus arts, variety acts and always music.

Burlesque has experienced a revival  in New Orleans and across the country, thanks to its combination of production values, sex appeal and hard working entertainers who don't take themselves too seriously. Shows are usually inexpensive, and involve a lot of audience participation. Most of the venues that harbor these acts are small, so you can get up close and personal with the performers as they strut their stuff.

French Quarter

In a city where gay friendly is beyond the obvious, Bourbon Pub dishes regular boy-lesque shows with plenty of theatricality and high style. Every flavor is onstage during the regular Blue Book Cabaret upstairs at The Bourbon Pub, which features...  Read More

Republic New Orleans

The Republic is a posh and cavernous dance club where you might find the electronica meets R&B act FKA Twigs one night, a house DJ another and a who's who of the world of burlesque the night after that. The place is pretty, with crystal...  Read More

Hi-ho Lounge

Eccentric and divey begin the conversation when describing the Hi-Ho lounge in the Marigny. With a true mixed bag of entertainment, the Hi-Ho spotlights a rotating menu of burlesque every month. Some of the best acts in the business have...  Read More

NOLA Comedy Theater

NOLA Comedy Theater, located on Freret in Uptown New Orleans is traditionally known as a place for stand up. Campy burlesque shows can be real side splitters too, so NOLA CT often has a few shows on its schedule each month. Like The Society of...  Read More

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Siberia is an alt music venue that rises to the top of the dive bar heap in a city that may just have invented the genre. And on most Monday nights, a burlesque meets comedy show called Bits and Jiggles takes the stage. Expect to see...  Read More

Allways Lounge is a locals' favorite bar located on the edge of the Marigny neighborhood of New Orleans. In the back there is a relatively intimate theater known for hosting some pretty risque shows. Then there's Freaksheaux to Geaux, a...  Read More

Irvin Mayfield's is located inside the Royal Sonesta Hotel on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter. Primarily a jazz club, the elegant venue transforms into Burlesque Ballroome every Friday night around midnight. Expect to see some of New...  Read More

French Quarter

Roxie, Moxie, Ruby and Lady are just a few of the beautiful performers with the Slow Burn Burlesque Troupe. Slow Burn is hugely popular in New Orleans due to its anything goes, outside of the box burlesque style. The producers often mix a little...  Read More

French Quarter

One Eyed Jacks in the French Quarter of New Orleans is known as a quirky venue with a wide range of shows. One of those acts is resident burlesque troupe Fleur de Tease. Created and produced by Trixie Minx, this modern twist on classic...  Read More

French Quarter

No doubt, Bustout Burlesque is one of the most popular burlesque revues in the city. The house troupe at the House of Blue on Decatur Street, Bustout offers at least one show a month, with performances at 8 and 10:30 pm. National burlesque...  Read More


Meet Beth D'Addono

Beth D'Addono is a food and travel writer obsessed with flavor, exploring cultures, street music and the city of New Orleans.

After spending years flying in regularly to research stories,...  More About Beth

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