Vintage Events in New York

Just because I can't go to them all doesn't mean you should miss out. For the most up-to-date in New York burlesque, swing, rockabilly and more, check out the Facebook page.

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Back Room Speakeasy with Svetlana and the Delancy 5
The Back Room, 102 Norfolk Street,dance classes at 8, live music and DJ start at 9:30, no cover
Svetlana and her band bring great jazz to my favorite speakeasy. The night starts with Brooklyn Swings, a great group of teachers I used to take classes with.

Wasabassco at Bathtub Gin
132 9th Ave between 18th St and 19th St (Entrance through Stone Street Coffee)
Every Sunday and Tuesday, the women of Wasabassco bring their special brand(s) of sexy to the speakeasy Bathtub Gin.

Take a Turn for the Nurse
Nurse Bettie, 106 Norfolk Street, 10pm, free
Songstress and comedienne Shelly Watson hosts a hilarious burlesque show every Wednesday night.

The Wiggle Room Show
The Slipper Room, 167 Orchard Street, Doors, 8:30pm, Show 10pm, $10
I've never seen this show but the Slipper Room is a great venue and they always get really established burlesque performers for their shows. Happens every Thursday.

Tuesday Night Social with Dandy Wellington
Hotel Chantelle, 92 Ludlow Street, free
Dandy Wellington brings music, dancing and sometime burlesque to this gorgeous venue each Tuesday.

Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra
The band that serenades us during the Jazz Age Lawn Party plays every Monday at the Cercle Rouge and Wednesdays at the Clover Club. See their site for more details.

Frim Fram Jam
Every Thursday night at You Should Be Dancing dance studio. Start the night with a swing lesson and follow it up with open dancing. Mostly a lindy hop crowd but they throw some blues in there for good measure. Plus, there's a bar! 412 Eighth Avenue, Frim Fram on Facebook

Spanking the Lower East Side
Nurse Bettie, 106 Norfolk Street, 10pm, no cover
Calamity Chang produces a burlesque show in a tiny (but incredible) pinup-themed bar every Thursday. Things tend to get, um, interactive.

Chelsea Classics
Hedda Lettuce is one of the funniest drag queens I've ever seen, and she knows her movies. Find her every Thursday night at Clearview Cinema giving hilarious commentary on a classic film. Bonus points if you go to the annual screening of Mommie Dearest. Plus, it's just $7.50. Check the schedule here.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show
An interactive screening happens every Friday and Saturday at midnight at the same theater as Chelsea Classics. And they love virgins.

Burlesque at Room 69
Hotel Chantelle, starts 9:30 pm, $5
More burlesque at Hotel Chantelle! This show is produced by Calamity Chang. Lots of beautiful, talented ladies but some pretty great boylesque, too!

The Plume Revue
Duane Park, 10pm $80 for dinner and show (but just sit at the bar)
Burlesque superstars like Gal Friday and Medianoche (two of my biggest girl crushes, just saying) appear every Friday night.

The Slipper Room Show
8:30pm Doors, 10pm Show, $15
Burlesque, yes, but also sideshow and variety every Friday night.

The Freedom Party
BB King's, 237 W 42nd Street, 11pm-4am
Ladies free before 12, $10 after with RSVP; Guys $10 before 2am, $15 after with RSVP; General Admission $20
Herbert Holler and a crew of equally as amazing DJs bring soul, R&B, funk and hip-hop from the 70s through the 90s each week. This is New York's longest-running weekly Friday dance party and you need to go at least once. This is one of those parties I call "all party, no bullshit" because it's about dancing and having a good time, not getting drunk, not being seen, not picking up anybody. RSVP here

Shakin' All Over Under Sideways Down
Home Sweet Home, 131 Chrystie Street, 10:30pm-4am, free before 11, $5 after
New York Night Train DJ Jonathan Toubin spins original 45s of rock 'n roll and rhythm and blues from the 50s and 60s every Friday night. Join NY night Train's mailing list for a code to move to the front of the line.

Dixieland Jamboree Brunch
Hotel Chantelle
Saturday brunch with Dandy Wellington, amazing food and cocktails! One of my favorite brunch spots.

Wassabasco Burlesque
Doc Wassabasco produces burlesque shows with big names like Stormy Leather and, one of my personal favorites, Medianoche. I got to talk to him and some of the performers for a piece I wrote but just go see 'em for yourself. The troupe has monthly residencies at
City Winery, 155 Varick Street
The Way Station, 638 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn
Kraine Theater, 85 East 4th Street: on the third Wednesday of the month, they get extra raunchy and completely naked in their Hellfire Club.
Stay on top of the ladies (ha!) here.

Behind the Velvet Curtain with Bettina May
Beauty Bar, 231 E 14th Street, 9pm. free
Burlesque beauty Bettina May brings burlesque to Beauty Bar on the first Monday of every month. Beauty Bar is a lot of fun--it's decorated to look like a 60s hair salon.

The South Sea Soiree
Macao Trading Co., 311 Church Street, free, 9pm-12am
On the third Monday of every month, Dandy Wellington and His Band bring a different performer to the beautiful Macao Trading Company for a night of music and steamy burlesque. If you want a seat, make dinner reservations. Free South Seas punch from 9 to 10, performances start at 9:30. RSVP required (21+), For more information, go to the event on Facebook.

Drunken Dragon Nights hosted by Calamity Chang
Macao Trading Co.
A burlesque show with some of the biggest performers and open bar from 9 to 10?! Yes, please. Get your fix the first Monday of the month. RSVP is mandatory! Email

Rebel Night All-Night Jivers
The Back Room, 102 Norfolk Street, free, 8pm-12am
A rockabilly record hop on the first Sunday of each month at the gorgeous speakeasy The Back Room. Rebel Night on Facebook

Juke Joint Revue with Empire Beats featuring Camille Atkinson
Parkside Lounge, 317 East Houston Street, 8pm-10:30
On the third Thursday of every month, Gorgeous burlesque performers grace the stage while Empire Beats and Camille Atkinson play low-down blues and rock 'n roll.

Ragged But Right, a Nostalgic Vintage Dance Party
The Back Room
DJ "Mike the Barber" Haar plays music from the 1910s through the 1950s in their original format the third Sunday of the month. A great dancing crowd.

Midnite Monster Hop
Otto's Shrunken Head
A night of "50's/60's monster rock'n'roll, rhythm'n'ooze, psychobilly and trash" on the last Saturday of every month. Midnite Monster Hop sometimes brings bands, too, so keep an eye on their Facebook.

Matthew Piazzi and the Debonairs at Vic and Anthony's Steakhouse
Vic and Anthony's, 233 Park Avenue
Mathew Piazzi leads a band playing doo wop, rhythm and blues and early rock 'n roll. Catch these guys at Vic and Anthony's a few times a month.

Wit's End: A Monthly Celebration of the Jazz Age
Flute Midtown, 205 W 54th Street, $12, 8pm-12am
A fun party happening the last Saturday of the month at a beautiful original speakeasy. Almost every month, there's a fun theme (meet me in New York, spring, and one month in the summer, lingerie!) Hosted by burlesque performer and all-around great girl Kita St. Cyr.

Shanghai Mermaid
Gorgeous, elaborate speakeasy parties that happen monthly. See their Facebook page for more information.

Bars & Restaurants

Nurse Bettie, 106 Norfolk Street
A teeny, tiny pinup-themed bar with really friendly bartenders and free nibbles. I went and I loved it.

Beauty Bar, three New York locations
A bar designed to look like a hair salon from the 1960s with good drinks? Heaven.