Burlesque became all the rage a few years ago; thanks to a one Ms Heather Sweet, aka Dita Von Teese, and a generation eager to get a bit of sass back into our entertainment. Not long after, bars specialising in burlesque began popping up in every major state and city. Not all of these bars, however, are as dedicated to the art of burlesque to as some; so in order to assist you with finding the best burlesque venues in Melbourne, we’ve come up with a little list….
Rumoured to be the favourite venue amongst Burlesque aficionados, Red Bennies features the best talent from around Melbourne, Australia and even around the globe. In addition to being the main Burlesque gig in town, RB’s also specialises in circus performances, comedy, cabaret and a selection of unparalleled DJ’s - basically a night full of entertainment which you won’t forget for a while! If it’s Burlesque in particular you’re after, then make sure you head there on Friday’s to experience the Kit Kat Club – Red Bennie’s sexiest night of the week!
Located in the happening hub of Fitzroy, the aptly named, Burlesque Bar offers shows Thursday through to Saturdays including: Varietese, Afternoon Tease, private functions, hens parties, Burlesque cruises and even life drawing nights! Make sure you visit their website where you can find all the info on shows, events, purchasing of tickets and even a little info on the history of the sexiest dance to hit our streets since the Lambada.
A relative newcomer on the Burlesque scene, La Di Da has definitely made an impression on the Burlesque circuit. From their website, it appears to be a general nightlife venue, but make no mistake – their shows are extraordinary.Like a lot of other Burlesque Bars, La Di Da hosts their Burlesque nights on Fridays, with non-stop Burlesque show between 6 and 9pm. They run 8 shows in these 3 hours and these performances are best enjoyed with a few of their finest cocktails.