Las Vegas Shows (psst, they’re good)

“What’re the best shows in Las Vegas?” That’s a question we get asked a lot. Seriously. Our friends from out of town inevitably ask us two nights before they get to town and shoot, even the dudes whipping up charcuterie boards at our favorite Las Vegas restaurants are always hounding us. Our answer? Depends. You want music? Are you a sucker for storytelling? Maybe you want to laugh until your kidneys explode? Whatever your little heart desires, Vegas has a show for you. But maybe you’re not even sure what you want. If that’s the case, we’ve got you covered better than a poncho. So listen up folks, ‘cause these are the Las Vegas shows you should see.

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Le Rêve at Wynn Las Vegas

Love water? Love, love? Well this show will have you splashing in puddles to your heart’s content (and your spouse’s dismay). For our non-French speaking friends, Le Rêve translates to “The Dream,” and as the only aquatic theater-in-the-round in Vegas, that’s exactly what it is. Performers can be found swimming, flipping, fighting, dancing and dropping into and on more than 1.1 million gallons of water. But the wet stuff isn’t all that Le Rêve offers, oh no. Any pyros out there are definitely going to appreciate the fire. Love, water AND fire?! Le Rêve has something for everyone.

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Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil at Mandalay Bay

Something about shiny gloves, the walking dead and insane feats of athleticism just gets us amped. We don’t care who you are, whenever “Bad” comes on, you pop your collar and walk down the hall with that tough guy strut. And that’s what this show is! It’s the in-your-face action that only the experts at Cirque du Soleil can bring you. Now back that awesomeness up with the soundtrack and pageantry of one of music’s GOAT?! Boom! Actually, it’s probably more fitting to say, “Ow (remember the crotch grab?!)!” Everything from the lighting to the sound, the visuals and the theatrics are over the top -which, something tells us, is exactly how the “King of Pop” would’ve done it himself.

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Absinthe at Caesars Palace

We’re just going to get this out of the way, ok? If you’re easily offended and can’t take a joke, Absinthe probably isn’t the show for you. It’s an offensive level of potty humor that you’d probably find in a high school locker room. BUT! If you can make it through that, it’s also beautifully intoxicating and utterly mesmerizing. The show’s star, The Gazillionaire, he’s at the heart and soul of the crudeness, but the rest of the show is pure physical talent. Lingerie, acrobats and action are the norm and like your cable and internet bills, it’s often times bundled together. So grab a drink, sit tight and let The Gazillionaire do his thing. Trust us, it’s worth it.

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Penn & Teller at Rio Las Vegas

There’s a reason Penn & Teller have been shacked up at the Rio since 2001. Nothing in Las Vegas lasts that long -not even casinos! So it’s a testament to their talent, innovation and personalities that they’ve been able to survive for so long. Their show is the perfect blend of comedy, magic and entertainment, so if you’re not a fan, there’s probably something wrong with YOU. But unlike most other magicians you’ll see on the Strip, these dudes are going to let you in on a few of their tricks. So feel free to run home and brag to your friends that you’ve learned how to swallow a goldfish. You can thank us, or Penn and Teller, later.

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Gwen Stefani at Planet Hollywood

We know that one of Gwen Stefani’s hit songs is “Just A Girl,” but can we be honest for a second? Being “just a girl” doesn’t get you a residency on the Las Vegas Strip. Being a bad a** singer, dancer and one of the best of your generation talents is what gets you a residency on the Las Vegas Strip. And her show at Planet Hollywood puts her talents on full display. Mega-smash hits from her Love. Angel. Music. Baby. and The Sweet Escape albums pepper her show, and rightfully so, but what we love most are the nods back to her humble beginnings as the frontwoman of her “little” band, No Doubt. Whether you’re a “Hollaback Girl” or prefer a “Simple Kind of Life,” this show is ridiculously “Cool.”

There you have it, the absolute and definitive list of shows in Las Vegas that need to be seen. Whatever your style or preference, this should help satisfy your show palate. And speaking of “palate,” if you’re looking for the best restaurants in Las Vegas, we have you covered. And speaking of “covered,” if you want to check out some Las Vegas Hotels or need any advice about things to do in Las Vegas, we got you there, too. Check out Vegas.com for all your Las Vegas needs.

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It gets cold in Northern Nevada. Like, Leo in “The Revenant,” type of cold. Maybe that’s a bit of a stretch, but after spending the majority of my life up north, I was ready to kick the crappy weather to the curb and start working on my year-round tan. Initially, my desire to move to Las Vegas solely revolved around the weather, and that’s it. Little did I know what this city truly had to offer. Where else can you pop into a grocery store at 3 a.m. and see a showgirl buying almond milk and kale, or hit the local dry cleaners to catch a Cirque performer dropping off their costume? This town is 24/7 excitement, and I haven’t even mentioned gettin’ down at the hottest nightclub or the questionable decisions you make at sketchy downtown dive bars. Adventure in abundance is why I love Vegas. And it’s usually available where you least expect it.