New Orleans is a place where you can let loose, a city with flexible morals. But with the rising popularity of trendier spots, it seems harder and harder to get a taste of the old New Orleans, a culture famous for dancers dressed head to toe in vibrant feathers and colorful beads, brass-band sounds and dimly-lit clubs.
Luckily, that piece of our culture isn't going anywhere. Bella Blue, owner and visionary behind "Whiskey and Rhinestones," the burlesque shows that take place every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday in the heart of downtown at Gravier Street Social (523 Gravier St), is helping to keep the scene alive. The venue is a cushy joint, with comfortable lounge furniture that lets patrons enjoy the show while reclining with their cocktails. Best of all, Bella keeps variety a top priority. You won't be seeing the same show twice.
Some of Bella's performances push the genre to its absolute limits, and no performance takes it to a higher level than The Dirty Dime Peepshow. It takes place in the back theater at The AllWays Lounge on Friday the 27th, and promises to be as outlandish and extravagant as a burlesque show can be.
So the next time you've got friends in town, family visiting, or even if you're just tired of hearing "standing-room-only," you can find a truly unique night out at the burlesque. Whether you're looking for the classic burlesque treatment or something unexpected, Bella has something for you.