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Published June 14th 2011

A cabaret is a floor show that features singing, dancing, and comedic acts all in the same performance. The word can also be used to describe the nightclub or other venue where these performances are held.

Cabarets are lots of fun, so if you live, work, or are staying close to one of the places in New York City places that feature cabaret performances; you should try to catch one. We've listed a few places that you can visit for a night on the town that you won't soon forget.

The ones listed below are true cabarets; that is, they actually have authentic cabaret performances. They are not "gentlemen's clubs" (read: strip joint) masquerading as a cabaret venue. However, you should be aware that some cabaret performances do have adult or mature themes. If you contact the place in advance, you can probably find out exactly what the content of the shows you'll be watching will be.

Duplex, 61 Christopher Street

This is a rather well-known venue that has been in business for over 50 years. The complex features a piano bar, an upstairs bar and a cabaret theatre with a very intimate atmosphere. The shows performed at the cabaret theatre at the Duplex are off-Broadway productions. These productions often "push the envelope", so you never know quite what to expect.

Don't Tell Mama, 343 W 46th Street

The name of this cabaret venue is enough to lure you in. Once you're inside, you can choose from two cabaret rooms, each of which will have entertainment encompassing anything from one-act plays to skits to singers and more.

The venue is open seven days per week, and it is possible to see as many as five to seven shows a night, as well as weekend matinees. Ticket prices are very reasonable, but there is a two-drink minimum.
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Why? Because cabaret is fun
When: Whenever you want
Where: All over New York
Cost: Depends on the show
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