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Las Vegas Shows


Some tend to think Las Vegas is all about drinking and gambling. However, Las Vegas has a lot more to offer. There are world-class shows and restaurants all within a 5 mile area. I’d like to share our experience in getting tickets at a reasonable price and which shows we recommend.

Cirque du Soleil is one of our favorite shows. There are 7 resident Cirque du Soleil shows in Vegas. Many of these shows have tickets available through discount ticket brokers such as Tix4tonight and Vegas.com http://www.vegas.com.

On our most recent trip to Vegas, we saw Cirque du Soleil’s “Mystère”. The show was amazing! Even after 18 years at the Treasure Island the theater is still full. The story is about the celebration of the circle of life. The 90-minute performance, includes acrobats flying above the audience, huge Japanese Taiko drums and live music, Chinese poles and an aerial cube all set against a colorful stage. The costumes are really interesting and bright. I would definitely recommend this show. Discount tickets are usually available at the Tix4tonight booths ($75-$100 per ticket), or for a Sunday through Thursday show, you can get discounted tickets by checking in on foursquare and unlocking the special ($82 after taxes and fees).

Mystère Cirque du Soleil

Mystère Cirque du Soleil


If you are looking for a more adult themed show, I would suggest Absinthe at Caesar’s Palace or Cirque du Soleil’s “Zumanity” at New York New York. Zumanity is “the sensual side of Cirque du Soleil”. The show is a cabaret style show centered around erotic music, dance and acrobatics. The Theirry Mugler designed costumes enhance the sensual atmosphere and heightened sexuality of the production. Be prepared to see lots of leather, lace, corsets, and of course fishnets.


Zumanity - Cirque du Soleil


Absinthe is mix of burlesque, comedy and circus side-show, set inside the amazing “Spiegeltent”. The venue is a 600-seat Belgian spiegeltent (Dutch for mirror tent) made of velvet, stained glass and carved wood. The stage is really small and in the center of the tent so every seat is a good seat. I personally would not want to be in the first row because there are some very dangerous acts and you may even become part of the show. Before the show you can hang out in the beer garden and play drinking games such as, “Flip Stein” and “Champagne Pong”. Discount tickets are also available at Tix4tonight booths (closest one to this show would be across the street at Bill’s Gaming hall). You can also grab a $20 discount card from the guy in the white jacket that hands them out during the morning and afternoon hours a few feet away from the box office. Discount tickets are about $59.

Absinthe Las Vegas

Absinthe Roller skate performance


If you were hoping to see a little more skin, then head over to “Peepshow” at Planet Hollywood. The show about “Bo Peep” who is played by Holly Madison has lots of adult themed fairy-tale scenarios. Lots of skin, and oh yeah, some singing and dancing too. Discount tickets are available through broadwaybox.com, showtickets.com, and the Tix4tonight booths and range from $60-$110.

PEEPSHOW at Planet Hollywood

PEEPSHOW at Planet Hollywood


If you missed my previous post on Las Vegas, you can find it here http://letsjetset.com/2011/08/29/a-few-days-in-vegas%E2%80%A6/


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A few days in Vegas…

A quick trip to Vegas can get real expensive real quick. On our recent trip we decided to see if we could enjoy the city without breaking the bank. I thought this might be difficult since we were planning to stay there for several days and it’s easy to spend a lot of money there.

On this trip we decided to fly, since we were flying mid week and returning on Saturday. Flights on Friday or Sunday tend to be the most expensive, so if you are trying to save some money it is best to avoid those days.

For our hotel I used priceline to bid on a room. I know this may sound risky since you don’t know what you are actually getting until you pay, but if you pick a higher star rating you really can’t go wrong. If you want to get an example of what priceline considers a 3, 4 or 5 star hotel just browse their regular hotel page at http://travelc.priceline.com/hotels/ once you have decided what star level you are interested in you can select the area or areas you would like to stay in. I suggest narrowing it down to one or two areas and increasing as needed if your bid is not accepted. Priceline will show you the median retail price for the star rating and area you selected, I suggest starting your bid at 40% of the median price. Remember that taxes and fees are not included in the price you are bidding so make sure you do not bid more than you want to pay. If you bid is not accepted priceline will want you to increase the bid by at least $20 or $25, there is a way around this. Close the window and go back to the site to bid again.

On this stay we booked a room at Vdara. The hotel is a 5 star resort with no casino, so no smoke filled common areas. The room was spacious with a great view. We requested a high floor upon check in. One thing to remember is that many of the 4 or 5 star hotels will charge you a non-refundable resort fee when you check in. Resort fees range from $15-$20 plus applicable tax. The fee usually covers wireless Internet, use of pools, etc.


Vdara Bedroom

If you plan to see a show while in Vegas there are lots of websites that offer discounted tickets or seating upgrades to shows that haven’t quite sold out. Some sites I’ve used have been http://www.vegastickets.com/ and http://www.tix4tonight.com/. Tix 4 tonight has a few booths set up around Vegas that sell tickets for the same night.

Last but certainly not least…dining. I was able to find some great deals for dining on http://www.restaurant.com/ they currently have most of the restaurants at Mandalay Bay and THEhotel. There are also some at the Palms and various other locations. We chose Mix at THEhotel. The atmosphere was great, with a sleek white dining area and unbeatable strip view from the 64th floor.  Ask the hostess to be seated on the Southern strip side for the best view. If the weather is nice you can also request to be seated outside on the terrace for an even better view. The food was amazing and the service was great! The restaurant has received a couple Michelin stars and the AAA Four Diamond Award two years in a row. After dinner we went over to the bar for a glass of champagne on the balcony (drinks average about $16 each but the view makes it worth it). Another place we loved is “Pizzeria” hidden on the third floor of the Cosmopolitan hotel. You can get a huge slice from $3.50 – $5 or a whole pie for around $25. The place is a bit hard to find, located down a long hallway with no signage in front.

I suggest signing up for every slot club card you can get. You can get several comps or reduced priced items. Also check your phone for deals on Yelp or Foursquare. We got a couple buy one get one free drink tickets for checking in at Ballys Casino.
Another deal we got grabbed before our trip was an hour massage at La Riva Spa. https://livingsocial.com/redeem_invite/29021279-adamag?ref=lnk offers vary on livingsocial but you can log in and check what they are currently offering in your city or a city you plan on visiting soon. Make sure you reserve in advance though, we were lucky enough to have them squeeze in our appointments during our stay.

I hope this will help you plan your next trip to Vegas or give you some inspiration to plan your next trip. As always feel free to post any comments or travel related questions you may have!

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