“Absinthe” Will Pull Up Stakes at Caesars Palace and Move to Cosmopolitan

One of the best shows in Las Vegas, the R-rated variety show “Absinthe,” has announced it will close at Caesars Palace on Oct. 21, 2016.

The show is wildly successful, so it’s definitely a money thing.

Absinthe Melody Sweets

We took this photo of featured “Absinthe” performer Melody Sweets for a magazine cover. What, you think we can only take photos of hotel demolitions?

Fans of the bawdy show have nothing to fear, however, as the show will be moving into Cosmopolitan Las Vegas, taking up residence in the former ballroom space of Rose.Rabbit.Lie.

Yes, Rose.Rabbit.Lie. is a thing. Don’t get us started on the random punctuation.

Rose.Rabbit.Lie. billboard

Didn’t get it then, don’t get it now.

“Absinthe,” performed in a structure resembling a tent (it used to be an actual tent, but upgrades were needed when heavy rains damaged it), opened in 2011.

The official “Absinthe” site says the show will re-open at Cosmopolitan on Nov. 1, 2016.

Absinthe balancing act

No matter which acts are featured in “Absinthe,” you’re guaranteed to see something amazing.

The producers of “Absinthe,” Spiegelworld, have a long and colorful history with the Cosmopolitan, specifically, a metric ass-ton of litigation.

An “Absinthe” knock-off, “Vegas Nocture,” previously played in Rose.Rabbit.Lie., but was an expensive disappointment. We broke the news it would close, of course, like we have anything better to do with our free time.

The financial losses of “Vegas Nocturne” led to a strained relationship between Spiegelworld and the Cosmo, but those issues have apparently been resolved. Read more.

Base Entertainment, one of the show’s equity partners, whatever that might actually mean, has said it will try to stop “Absinthe” from moving to the Cosmo, but a news release says it’s happening, so it has to be true.

Absinthe tent

If you can, see “Absinthe” in its “tent” at Caesars. The funky venue adds to the charm.

Behind-the-scenes drama aside, “Absinthe” will be around awhile. It’s an irreverent, thrilling stand-out in the world of Las Vegas shows, and deserves its stellar reputation, no matter where it pitches a tent.

Oh, like we were going to pass that one up.

8 thoughts on ““Absinthe” Will Pull Up Stakes at Caesars Palace and Move to Cosmopolitan

  1. John Colson

    Really interested to see how this move will work out. As great as the show is I think a lot of it’s success could be down to it’s location out front of Caesars. If I recall, getting to Rose.Rabbit.Lie is quite a trek and might put a few folks off. Hope not as I think linking Absinthe with R.R.L. could be the perfect match, but we shall see.

    On another note, I think describing ‘Vegas Nocturne’ as a disappointment or an Absinthe knock off is a little unfair. We have seen both and I thought Nocturne was the better show… and having seen many similar shows in London / Paris it’s definitely not a ‘knock off’!!

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    1. Scott Roeben

      Yeah, the success of “Absinthe” isn’t a given. Location matters, and there’s still a branding problem with Rose.Rabbit.Lie. I’d love to see that venue renamed.

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