Las Vegas Burlesque and Bar Shows

*Snyder's Picks

*Burlesque at the Bowl – Review

IN A NUTSHELL:  First-rate burlesque show with top local and national talent, crazy and fun [Note: This show is moving to House of Blues at Mandalay Bay. It will be called VarieTease and premieres September 30. I'll post more info as it becomes available.]

EXCERPT:  I love the melding of the old-style striptease (gloves and stockings) with the wild tattoos and kinkier props of today. Rock'n'roll continues to take burlesque to places it's never been before. This is a Vegas show worth seeing.

*Gilley’s Bikini Bull-Riding – Review

IN A NUTSHELL:  Cute young girls in their underwear flying off a bull with their legs akimbo. What's not to like?

EXCERPT:  There are three sets and each contestant has to ride the bull once in each set. The first set is slow and sexy. The bull does not buck or spin, The guy on the controls keeps that beast as calm as granny’s rocker, just a little up and down, back and forth. In this set, the girls just pose and try to show their style. For the second set, the guy at the controls slowly increases the difficulty level of the ride, from level 2 up to level 7. Up around 6 or 7 is where the titties start popping.

*Live Burlesque in Las Vegas

IN A NUTSHELL:  Amateurs performing the art of classic striptease and nailing every sidelong look and shimmy

EXCERPT:  The burlesque dances always include humor, often with gimmicks, so this show is both fun and funny. If you’re looking for an enjoyable Saturday night show that’s sexy and a bit different, I’d recommend this one. It’s also a good show for couples, as the audience is an equal mix of men and women.

*Mr. D’s Wet T-Shirt Night

IN A NUTSHELL:  Sadly, Mr. D's is not running this contest at this time. The only wet t-shirt contest in Vegas right now is at Little Darlings on Wednesday night.

EXCERPT:  At Mr. D’s, what you get are titties in the wild. These are not dancers being paid to pose and shimmy; these are biker chicks tearing their shirts off in a roadhouse-style bar just to hear the boys and girls howl like dogs and make fools of themselves. (Who me?) These titties really might bite. And man, I have to say, if you haven’t experienced titties in the wild, you'd better get that onto your bucket list.

*Sapphire Comedy Hour – Review

IN A NUTSHELL:  Stand-up comics with burlesque and pole dancers

EXCERPT:  The comics are interspersed with pole dancers, burlesque dancers, magicians and novelty acts. The comedians are a mix of open-mike quality and working pros and since this is a strip club, you can expect a lot of raunchy humor.

*The Suicide Sirens – Review

IN A NUTSHELL:  By far the best of the neo-burlesque shows in Vegas, especially if you're looking for a show that might satisfy a strip club aficionado.

EXCERPT:  From the moment I heard the opening strains of Katy Perry's "Dark Horse" and three dancers started gyrating in sync to the beat, I knew the Suicide Sirens were going to be different from the other neo-burlesque shows in Vegas. The dancers were young, talented, tattooed, pierced, in great shape, and knew all the dirty-dancing stripper moves we see in modern clubs today, plus had a few of their own. And the show just got crazier as the night progressed.

Burlesque Roulette – Review

IN A NUTSHELL:  An enjoyable way to spend an inexpensive Saturday night in Vegas.

EXCERPT:  I never thought I'd see a stripper twirling her tassels to Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land," but we were primed with booze enough to sing along. We were holed up in The End, a bunker bar with corrugated steel walls hung with crude, surreal zombie art, another of Vegas' dark, industrial hideaways known to the locals who follow the powernoise/aggrotech/ebm/edm music scene. I ordered another Heineken and followed the bouncing boobs...

Mr. D’s Hot Rods & Hot Girls -Review

IN A NUTSHELL:  Burlesque and classic cars for a biker crowd

EXCERPT:  The show starts at 6 pm in the parking lot, where you can view classic cars, hotrods, and other gorgeous vehicles that make this old Detroit boy drool. At 9 pm, inside the bar, there’s an old-fashioned burlesque show. Keep in mind that Mr. D’s is a biker bar and the crowd is a whole lot rowdier than you’ll find in more trendy venues, but burlesque works very well with rowdy.

Mud Wrestling at Gilley’s

IN A NUTSHELL:  Women wrestling in chocolate sauce in their underwear. Hard to beat that for pure entertainment value.

EXCERPT:  What makes the competition even more enjoyable is that it’s also now an audience participation event, as DJ Caffine auctions off the “towel boy” and “towel girl” jobs before each bout. It’s the job of the towel handlers to clean up their wrestlers between rounds, offer words of encouragement, pour water down their gullets, and basically act like corner men.

Puppetry of the Penis – Review

IN A NUTSHELL:  Two nerdy guys twist their genitals into unusual shapes. This is a comedy show, not a sex show.

EXCERPT:  They do some warm-up exercises to get their dicks ready for the next hour of pulling, twisting, yanking, squeezing, and otherwise doing their damnedest to turn their dicks and balls into shapes that resemble things like hamburgers, eyeballs, birds, brains, hearts, Kim Kardashian's rump, and the Loch Ness monster.

Sin City Comedy – Review

IN A NUTSHELL:  Big laughs from professional comedians plus burlesque dancers that look awfully damn good in their skimpy underthings

EXCERPT:  This show makes a valiant effort at bringing back burlesque as it was in its heyday—that being longer ago than any of us can remember. The original burlesque shows were raunchy comedy shows—sort of like adult vaudeville—where comedians and dancers took turns doing sets, with the dancers performing striptease.

Twisted Cherry Burlesque

IN A NUTSHELL:   A weird conglomeration of nuttiness I wouldn't have missed it for anything.

EXCERPT:  One of the things I like most about the neo-burlesque movement is that everyone seems to have a different idea where to go with it. Twisted Cherry Burlesque has decided it's a weird form of experimental musical theater. According to their Facebook page, in January: "This month we are celebrating the music and stories brought to life by Disney and gracing the stages of Broadway." Disney? Really?