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Since 1984, Cirque du Soleil has been one of the most mystifying and captivating shows on Earth. We’ve all marveled at their breathtaking acrobatics, bold costumes and heart-stopping choreography. With their endless creativity and ever changing themes, there is no better permanent home for the indulgent act than the Las Vegas strip, where circus spectacle meets Sin City debauchery to create the veritable Cirque du Soleil.
Whether you are up for the sensual “O” or the critically acclaimed Beatles tribute, “LOVE,” you are sure to gasp at the spectacle of one of the eight resident Cirque du Soleil performances during your next Sin City trip, especially when perfectly paired with our restaurant picks.

“Mystere” at Treasure Island embodies the classic Cirque experience, incorporating hand-to-hand acrobatics, Chinese poles, aerial high bar and bungee to create what Time Magazine called a “dream of a cathedral to the goddesses of Earth and rebirth.” To set the mood for this eclectic representation of Cirque’s most famous talents, indulge in a like-minded dinner at Pierre Gagnaire’s Twist at the Mandarin Oriental. Both engagements guarantee an exotic and awe-inspiring evening.

A trip to the Aria Resort and Casino beholds a tribute to the King of Las Vegas himself in “Viva ELVIS.” Marvel at the live music, dance and acrobatics that perfectly capture the spirit of the King of Rock and Roll. Pair your show with the hospitality of Elvis’ Southern roots at the MGM Grand with a reservation at Emeril’s, the chef's New Orleans fish house, to broaden your Elvis experience. After the show, head to the Gold Lounge across from the Elvis Theater to indulge in the luxurious gold trim that embodies Elvis’ favorite color and borrows designs from his Graceland estate.

Criss Angel hosts a show at the Luxor with the famed circus in “Believe” and blends his magician’s expertise with the visual beauty of Cirque du Soleil.  Accent the forty illusions with the molecular cuisine and atmosphere of exclusive E by Jose Andre at the Cosmopolitan. The Dali-esque décor and Spanish influenced cuisine will have you hungry for the ethereal magic of “Believe.”  

"Zumanity" at the New York-New York Hotel embraces sensuality with what Entertainment Weekly has called “some of the most beautiful things you will ever see on a stage.” The cirque cabaret-style show marries burlesque seduction to Cirque acrobatics and ensures a titillating evening. Before the show, satisfy your tastes in the spirit of the French with a venture to Eiffel Tower Restaurant at the Paris Hotel, Guy Savoy at Caesar’s Palace, Joel Robuchon at the MGM Grand, or Alain Ducasse’s Mix at THEhotel.


“LOVE” at the Mirage Hotel is a heartfelt and inspiring tribute to the legacy of the Beatles so impressive that Sir Paul McCartney himself made a trek to Vegas to experience it. Watch sixty performers grace the stage to the sounds of Abbey Road and each beloved Beatles album. The show represents one of the best Cirque performances and doubles as one of the best concerts in Vegas. Drop in at Todd English P.U.B. at CRYSTALS for the Beatles’ hometown delicacies; you’ll find standard meat and potatoes, horseradish and mint jelly in the British tradition.  After LOVE, walk to The Beatles Revolution Lounge at the Mirage for a psychedelically inspired experience that will keep your Fab Four buzz alive.

The "O" show depicts an aquatic and surreal love story through swimmers, acrobats and synchronized divers at the Bellagio in Vegas. Celebrate with the seafood flavors of Joe’s Stone Crab at Caesars Palace or Michael Mina’s SEABLUE at the MGM Grand.

Michael Jackson’s legacy will take over Las Vegas in December when The Immortal World Tour premieres at the Mandalay Bay Hotel. The Cirque du Soleil team blends Michael’s signature music and choreography with breathtaking stunts to evoke the King of Pop’s eternal legend in this new Vegas show (it’s only in town from the 3rd to the 27th, so book your show tickets soon!). After the show, venture to Serendipity 3 at Caesars Palace to transport yourself to Michael’s beloved Neverland Ranch with sugary frozen hot chocolate and ice cream sundaes after the show.

Perhaps you’re looking for a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the circus. If you choose to see “O” or “LOVE,” you’re in luck. Both shows offer an “Insider Package” that allows you to skip to the front of the admissions line, tour the backstage area, and provides a “premium category ticket” among other exciting perks.  For even more insider access, consider CIRQUE WEEK, coming up on December 1st-11th. With a range of admissions packages, you can gain access to a multitude of behind-the-scenes panel discussions, Q&A’s and backstage tours of "O," "Mystere," "Zumanity," "Believe," "LOVE," "Viva ELVIS" and "KA."

Cirque du Soleil has spent the last 27 years building a reputation for excellence, extravagance and acrobatic brilliance across the world. When visiting Las Vegas, seeing one of their legendary performances should be at the top of your to-do list and is guaranteed to satisfy—especially when paired with carnet-approved Las Vegas restaurants.

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