Absinthe Las Vegas Review: Is The Show Right For You? (2024)

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Hi! Welcome to my review of the Absinthe show in Las Vegas. Although many guests consider the production the best in town, not everyone agrees.

There are a lot of mixed feelings about it, and it should really come with a warning!

I’ve seen it twice (so far), and I’ll tell you right now – you’ll either love it or want to head for the door.

So today, I’ll help you determine if it’s a good choice for you. And I’ll cover important things, like tickets, finding the best seats, and the acts you’ll see.

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  • About Absinthe+
    • Location: Caesars Palace
  • Las Vegas Tickets
  • Seating Chart+
    • What Are The Seats Like?
    • Best Seats For Absinthe
  • Acts You’ll See+
    • Comedy
  • Frequently Asked Questions
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    • Other Reviews

About Absinthe

Absinthe is a burlesque and circus variety show with raunchy humor. And the best part – it all takes place inside a tent.

So you’ll see incredible acrobatics, juggling, balancing acts, and even roller skaters that defy gravity. Of course, almost all of the performers are scantily-clad too. And that goes for both the men and women in the show.

Then, between the acts is a comedy production of sorts. (The humor is the part that some guests might not like.) So, I’ll alert you now instead of having you find out at the show.

Warning: If you’re not into vulgar comedy, provocative movements, swear words, or being offended, then you may want to consider another show. Absinthe is easily R-rated and then some! Also, some guests may get made fun of or brought up on stage.

Now that that’s out of the way, if it sounds like your thing, then keep reading. I’m about to fill you in on everything you need to know about this Vegas show!

Location: Caesars Palace

Absinthe is at Caesars Palace. The address is 3570 South Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109.

It’s important to note that the production isn’t inside the hotel. Instead, you’ll find the Absinthe show in the Spiegeltent on the Roman Plaza. This is outside near Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen – at the intersection of Flamingo Road and Las Vegas Blvd.

If you’re getting dropped off at Caesar’s main valet, all you need to do is stay outdoors and walk towards the bell desk and taxi stand. There, you’ll find a walkway to the Roman Plaza. Soon you’ll see a big red and white striped tent in front of you.

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The production takes place inside a European-style Spiegeltent, also called a “mirror tent.” It’s like a circus tent, but the Spiegeltent supposedly reflects your innermost desires. Considering the intimate and sensual nature of the show, the setting is quite fitting!

You’ll first need to walk through the courtyard to enter the tent. Here, you’ll find a beverage truck along with some fantastic backdrops for photos. If you’d like, you can grab some drinks before the show or wait until you get inside.

Las Vegas Tickets

One of the best features of the Spiegeltent is that it’s a smaller venue with the main stage in the middle. So all of the chairs and tables surround it, giving everyone a fantastic view of the acts.

But even though it’s a more intimate space, tickets are still priced based on how close you are to the main stage. So the further back you go, the less it will cost.

  • Section 1: $150 and up
  • Section 2: $220 and up
  • Section 3: $150 and up
  • Section 4: $130 and up

The rates above are averages. Prices are subject to changeand vary depending on the day.

The lowest-priced seats are typically in Row L and K of Section 4. From here, you’ll have a view of the main stage. But when the performers are on the Throne Stage, you’ll have limited visibility.

There’s about a $60 difference between the back and front rows on average. So, for instance, a back row ticket might cost $150, while the front seats will go for around $210. And then everything between those rows is somewhere in the middle.

The back rows in Sections 1 and 3 at Absinthe are decent! So if you want to save some money on tickets while still having a great view, these are worth getting (in my opinion).

Seating Chart

The Spiegeltent has four sections. Sections 1 and 3 have the most seats, while Section 2 offers tables or a VIP experience with a bottle of champagne. And then Section 4 is next to the Throne Stage towards the back of the tent.

All the sections are good, but a performer will appear on the Throne Stage a few times during the night. So if you’re sitting in the front rows of Section 4, you may have to turn around to see the performance. Or, if you’re in the back rows of this section, you’ll be looking at the performer’s backside.

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What Are The Seats Like?

Unfortunately, the seating at Absinthe isn’t the best. Almost all seats are either metal folding chairs or wooden chairs and barstools. And there isn’t any padding on them either.

So by the end of the show, your neck and back might be hurting some. That said, I still think it’s worth seeing despite a bit of pain.

Generally speaking, you’ll find the barstools towards the back of the tent, and the chairs are in rows closer to the stage. The chairs, though, aren’t elevated, so unless you’re in the first row, you’ll have people’s heads in front of you.

Not a super big deal since the stage is pretty high, and many of the performer’s routines are in the air. So it’s safe to say that other guests won’t entirely obstruct your view during the night.

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If you want an elevated view, my seats were pretty good the second time I went. We had one wooden and one metal barstool. And they were in Section 3, row K, seats 40 and 41. These barstools were close to the back, but I didn’t have any visibility issues sitting here.

Seating is always subject to change, though, and at the venue’s discretion. So I can’t guarantee that you’ll have the same stools I did if you get tickets here.

Best Seats For Absinthe

Since it’s a small venue, you really can’t go wrong sitting in most seats inside the Spiegeltent. So the best seats in the house are more a matter of personal preference.

For instance, the closer you are to the center, the more likely you are to get roasted or even brought up on stage. So if you don’t want to be singled out, it’s better to get tickets further back. You should be safe after the first three rows.

Overall, if you’re not getting VIP tickets, I like seats in Section 3 the best. I feel they offer fantastic value for the money. And I thought the performers and host gave a lot of attention to this side.

Sitting in the middle of Section 3 is also great because the view of the Throne Stage is pretty good.

Gaz Reserve VIP Experience

Absinthe offers a VIP Experience in Section 2. These come with a higher price tag, but you’ll get a reserved table and a complimentary bottle of Champagne.

You’ll also enjoy what the venue considers one of the best views in the house as both stages are in front of you.

There’s a lot of space between the tables, too, so it won’t feel nearly as cramped as compared to chair or barstool seating. And you’ll have an elevated view here as well.

Most of the VIP tables only accommodate two people, though. But there is one table that seats four.

Dates & Times

This Vegas production is so popular that it runs 365 days a year! So no matter what day you’re in town, you’ll have a chance to see it. But even better, there’s more than one showtime each night.

  • Sunday through Thursday: 8pm & 10pm
  • Friday and Saturday: 7pm, 9pm, & 11pm

The length is roughly 80 minutes, and there isn’t an intermission.

Acts You’ll See

Absinthe is a variety show. But it’s not just any variety show with a random magician and a juggler. Instead, the talent is phenomenal! And I’d even go so far as to call the entire production jaw-dropping (in more ways than one) and death-defying.

Acrobats & Entertainers

Many of the performances are similar to Cirque du Soleil-type acts, but they’re on a much smaller stage. So it’ll have you on the edge of your seat, genuinely worried about the safety of the performers.

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For instance, you may watch an acrobat build a chair tower and climb to the top. Or a roller-skating duo that spins so fast you think one of them might actually land in the audience.

There are also contortionists, an artist that falls from a plastic tube, mind-blowing balancing acts, dancers on poles, and my favorite – the tap-dancing brothers.

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One of the best things about it is that the acts often vary each time you go. So even if you’ve seen it before, you likely won’t get the same show twice.

And then there’s the Green Fairy, who drops from the ceiling and performs a seductive burlesque number to “Come On-A My House.”

I’m sure it comes as no surprise that her rendition is well-received by many men in the audience. And if you’re in the front row, you may even get chosen for some one-on-one attention.

Comedy

Between the acts, you’ll hear the most outrageous and over-the-top comedy you could ever imagine. And that’s all thanks to the host of the show, the Gazillionaire (Gaz) and his assistant Wanda.

Gaz is as politically incorrect and inappropriate as they come. And Wanda likes to give an account of her “personal activities” throughout the evening. So be prepared for indecent topics and bad words galore!

If you want a better idea of the type of humor at the show, do a quick video search for Wanda at Absinthe. The videos will give you a good taste of what you can expect during her comedy bits.

And if her humor isn’t quite what you’re looking for, you might want to check out Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club instead. The venue has fantastic comics!

Towards the night’s end, Gaz selects some audience members to come up on stage to show off their moves. And then you’ll get to choose a winner by cheering and clapping for the dancing you like the best. (This segment was hilarious – it was hands down one of my favorite parts of the entire night!)

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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the most asked questions about Absinthe in Vegas.

Does Absinthe Show Have A Dress Code?

Many guests like to dress up, especially at the later shows, but it’s not required. So resort casual wear like jeans and a t-shirt are acceptable.

Is There An Age Limit?

Absinthe is an adult production – ages 18 and up only.

Is There Any Nudity In The Show?

When I saw the show for the second time, all performers’ private areas were covered. The acrobats dress sexy, though, and reveal their bodies in many acts. For instance, one of the ladies wore pasties, and others were in leotards and two pieces.

The guys also took their shirts off, and a few even sported underwear-like garments. So if that’s too much skin for your liking, then it’s best to skip this show.

If you want to see a family-friendly variety show instead, check out V The Ultimate Variety Show or Wow The Vegas Spectacular.

Can You Drink During The Show?

No outside food or beverages are allowed. But you can buy drinks at the stand outside before heading into the tent. It’s not cheap, though. To give one example, it was around $10 or $12 for a bottle of water.

There are also servers inside the venue to take your alcohol and beverage orders anytime during the show.

My Rating & Review

Overall, I’d rate this Las Vegas show 4.0/5.0. The only reason I’m docking a point is because some of the topics and comedy aren’t necessary.

But I still recommend seeing Absinthe for the acrobatics alone. The stunts are terrifying, making the entire production feel fun and fast-paced.

Again, though, there’s a lot of dirty talk. In some reviews, guests have even walked out because of the humor. But if you can deal with that, not take it too seriously, and aren’t easily offended, it’s a fantastic show.

I’d say that the most controversial character is Wanda. So, if you’re on the fence about going, check out some videos first to get a better idea of her comedy.

The Gazillionaire also picks on people in the audience. So, if you don’t want to be “chosen,” don’t sit in the front rows. Additionally, no topic is off-limits for Gaz, including politics, race, stereotypes, etc.

If you think you’re okay with all that, I can pretty much guarantee you’ll laugh your head off the entire night. It’s definitely over the top and shocking, but still worth going, in my opinion.

Other Reviews

Scores and counts are as of the date of this article.

  • Vegas.com: 4.6/5.0, 2,238 reviews
  • Tripadvisor: 4.5/5.0, 5,149 reviews
  • Google: 4.6/5.0, 1,864 reviews
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