There’s an art to a good striptease. It’s about so much more than someone taking off their clothes. If done right, not all the clothes need to come off. But this is Vegas. We do stuff tastefully. Please don’t laugh at that. We’re home to the most beautiful and boisterous burlesque shows in the world. And we’ve got the goods to prove it.
Burlesque Hall of Fame and Weekender
Las Vegas is home to the Burlesque Hall of Fame, which makes total sense if you’ve ever walked the Las Vegas Strip or Fremont Street. We like to do things kinda flashy here. Complete with memorabilia and tributes to legends of the tease, the BHOF provides insight to the eras when burlesque ruled the scene. And the yearly Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekender brings in some of the hottest talent from around the globe. We’re a long way off from that, but we wanted to set the stage for you so you understand how Vegas, burlesque and awesomeness all go hand in gloveless hand.
If you’ve never considered zombies to be particularly sexy, then you’re weird. We’re totally not the weird ones for being into zombies (shifty eyes) but you might change your tone once you see Zombie Burlesque. It’s a show about love. It’s a show about life. OK, it’s kind of about the opposite of life, but there is lots of love. The concept is inventive – the audience members, living in a world where zombies and humans have a tenuous truce, are the first humans to be invited to the zombie-only club. There they see a show that will leave them saying, “Ahhhh… brains… and booobs.” If you don’t get eaten by a giant hotdog (yes that’s a thing in the show), you’ll see a variety of exceptional burlesque performances all centered around the zombie theme. If you’re super into zombies but think “The Walking Dead” doesn’t have enough pasties, this is the show for you. And if you just really like fantastic burlesque shows, this will be one of the best experiences of your unlife.
This show is something unique and special all together. Absinthe may not be strictly burlesque, since it’s actually a variety show with all sorts of acts filling out a cabaret spectacle. But it’s got the feel you want and the sex appeal your therapist told you to get under control. Interspersed with acrobats and other acts, exceptional performance by some of the most serene sirens fill out the space with exactly what you want from neo-burlesque. Since it’s performed in the round (that means a round stage, not what you were thinking, dirty bird) Absinthe puts on a show that transcends many of the traditional boundaries of burlesque, without sacrificing the allure or tease. If you want to see a show that will not just knock your socks off but pull them off slowly while making sensual eye contact, Absinthe is the show you need to see. Better yet, it’s just the show you need to see when you’re in Vegas.
Local burlesque at its best
This town wasn’t necessarily founded on the seductive sways of burlesque performers, but all the people who did found it went to the bar to watch a show right after doing whatever someone does to found something. Clearly we’re too distracted to understand civil engineering. But what we do understand is how perfect it is to be in a cool bar, surrounded by people who truly appreciate a good show, watching elegant performers do what they do best. When you’re ready to jump on board that burlesque train, here are some of the best options in town. The venues are always subject to change, but the excitement is only subject to how much liquor you’ve had.
We’re really hoping our editors let that one through. It’s such a good show we’ll take the risk. Formerly at the fabled Bunkhouse, Pussyrama has moved to Double Down Saloon for the foreseeable future. The next show is Sept. 6, and it should be brilliant.
This is one of our favorite shows and it’s at one of those bars that’s so good we often want to keep it all to ourselves. Artifice was practically made for burlesque. The stage area is beautiful and it wonderfully accentuates the performers. If you pick only one burlesque show – that only costs $10 at the door – this might be it. It’s held intermittently on certain Sundays of the month and is frequently hosted by the fabulous femcee Miss Miranda Glamour.
Green, alien burlesque performers. Do you really need more info than that to be excited? The Sci-Fi Center has all sorts of intriguing things for the sci-fi fan. They hold film screenings, have art and they host burlesque shows like Nerdlesque and A Typical Saturday Night which includes variety performances. Like much of the woefully underfunded burlesque in Vegas, shows are scheduled somewhat sparsely, but the way to help that is to see them when you can. Nerdlesque is also held occasionally at other venues.
It’s like burlesque but with more muffins. Wait. We didn’t mean…damn it. It’s just a great burlesque show featuring some of the best performers in the area. It’s held at Boomers Bar which also hosts music and swing dancing and has some great drink specials. They also host a Live Burlesque at the same location (see below).
Live Burlesque in Las Vegas
The first Saturday of the month, in the aptly-named Boom Boom Room at Boomers, burlesque gets the glory it deserves. This outstanding show is a bit better with the scheduling, so get your tickets online and don’t miss a minute of the action.
Stand Up and Tease
Comedy and burlesque go together like laughing and people taking their clothes off. Wait… that didn’t come out right—that’s what she said. Heyooo! If you want to laugh with some comedians and see some beautiful burlesque performances in a gorgeous setting, check out Stand Up and Tease at Inspire Theater on Fremont East. The show also includes variety acts like magicians, circus talent and much more. The next performance is August 21, 2015.
If none of our local shows sparked your fancy, you should probably get a better fancy. But in the meantime, while you’re waiting for your new fancy to be shipped, you might want to try something a little more your speed.
X Burlesque and XBU
It’s a modern take on burlesque. We’ll concede that point. But it’s still a show that knows how to tease. With a combination of sultry strips done to loud music on stage and on a pole, and artistic pieces that challenge the audience to look past the glitz, X Burlesque is one part strip club and one part performance art. And if you want a chance to try out the tease for yourself, XBU (X Burlesque University) can teach you everything you need to know.
This is another show that may not be burlesque in the way you’re thinking, but it’s still beautiful. And in Vegas, there’s room for all types of beauty. Featuring Claire Sinclair, 2011’s Playmate of the Year, Pin Up is an ode to the classic calendars that graced the wall of your dad’s garage and you were always told were his special, private hobby. The show features fantastic dances, superb singers and a live band to keep the action moving. All you need to know is right there in the name. Pin Up is like a calendar come to life, where you don’t have to ashamed of leaving it on your favorite month all year.
For more racy productions, take a peek at our other Vegas adult shows.