Spiegelworld, the company behind Absinthe, has opened a new , campy, space themed show called “Opium” at the Cosmopolitan. The concept is that we (performers and audience) are on a spaceship traveling from Uranus to Las Vegas.
I really enjoyed the variety of acts. The show includes live music, a great hooping act, comedic juggling, a girl in the balloon act, a flashy whip trickster, a really cute balancing act with a chihuahua and a few things that are better kept as surprises. The segues between acts were very entertaining, too. Those segues create a nice through-line for the show of otherwise random (but still good) acts. Continue reading Spiegelworld’s Opium Show at Cosmopolitan→
NOTE: Performances are now at 9pm Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
It is a little known fact that Zamora the Torture King has a resident show in Las Vegas. If you are not familiar with Zamora (Tim Cridland), he is a pain-proof performer and a sideshow icon. He toured with the Jim Rose Circus in the 90’s and has been featured on Ripley’s Believe It or Not! and Stan Lee’s Superhumans.
The Foundation Room at Mandalay Bay is one of my favorite Las Vegas spots. Good music, food, drink and a great view of the Strip. It is a nightclub after 10pm, but if you are looking for a more relaxed, accessible way to experience it, check out their Nibbles & Sips happy hour. It runs 6p-8p Sunday-Thursday. Lounge access is free during happy hour and they have $10 small plates/appetizers and $5 drink specials as well as the full menu and full bar. Early in the evening it is quiet enough to hold a conversation and finding a table in the lounge or a spot at the bar is relatively easy.
Here are my top tips for someone taking their first trip to Las Vegas:
Do not rent a car. It is easy to get around the Strip and downtown by bus, cab, Lyft/Uber, Monorail or walking. Give yourself some time to get familiar with the city before attempting to drive it yourself. Trying to drive down the Strip while gawking at the sights is a recipe for disaster – especially when you add Las Vegas’ free-flowing alcohol to the mix.
Don’t try to visit Hoover Dam or the Grand Canyon. Make your first trip about Las Vegas. Save those for a later trip (or even better, make a trip specifically to see those sights).
See a show. There are so many choices that you will find something that you like. You can find discounted tickets for many shows at the Tix4Tonight kiosks around town. I suggest Cirque du Soleil’s classic ‘Mystere‘, Penn & Teller, and Legends in Concert.
Gamble a little. I suggest heading to Fremont Street for more casual, lower limit gambling if you are new to gambling. As a general rule, the slots are looser and the video poker paytables are better downtown, too.
Enjoy the free drinks provided while gambling. Whether you are playing a table game, slot machine or sitting at the bar playing video poker, you can get basic drinks comped. Premium liquors may or may not be comped, but it always worth asking for what you want.
LAX nightclub at the Luxor is becoming a bit more accessible to the regular crowd. It is now run by Luxor instead of Angel Management / Hakkasan, and has removed some of its booths to make way for a larger main dance floor. What I am really surprised to see, though, is they have put their bottle service menu (with prices) online. You can see it here. You can also go the the LAX website and click the Bottle Menu button on the right. The rates aren’t bad for bottle service; $395 for Grey Goose, $300 for Bacardi, $395 for Patron.
LAX is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday starting at 10:30p. The standard cover is $30 for men, $20 for women. That cover is waived for bottle service / table reservations.