With its sumptuous red velvet and dark wood interior, entering Burlesque feels like a different time and place. Reminiscent of Paris in the 1930s, its style is cosy and welcoming.
“Everyone comments on the warmth of the place and its luxurious décor,” says Bert Nijhof, founder and owner. “We’ve been open six months and I’m happy to say that our clientele is a real mixture – both tourists and locals come here to enjoy a touch of glamour and lots of fun. This street used to be Amsterdam’s main gay area, but I’d say now it’s a perfect mix and everyone enjoys the extensive club and bar scene.”
During the week, Burlesque serves up a delicious tapas-style menu made for sharing, and mouth-watering cocktails. Gin is definitely their thing and the wine list is extensive. On Fridays and Saturdays, there is the added bonus of a
burlesque show ‘with a twist’, explains Bert.
Janey Jacké, one of Holland’s most famous drag queens, dons her sequins and feather boa for a show-stopping performance together with Burlesque’s talented professional dancers. A special show-menu is available to complement the evening’s entertainment, and the performance takes place between courses. Expect a star-quality night of sensual overload. For a night to remember, full of fizz, fun, entertainment and delicious food, Burlesque can seat up to 70 guests and the space can be rented for private parties too. An intimate terrace area overlooks the bustling street below.