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‘Absinthe’ starlet Melody Sweets’ Top 10 Favorite Things to Do in Las Vegas

Melody Sweets Sings With ‘MDQ’

Melody Sweets sings Launch slideshow »

As Robin Leach settles into a northern Italian lake district lifestyle before his traditional summer vacation under the Tuscan sun in Italy — plus Lake Como and Lake Maggiore this year — many of our Strip personalities have again stepped forward in his absence to pen their own words of wisdom. We continue today with “Absinthe” at Caesars Palace knockout burlesque beauty Melody Sweets.

Here are my Top 10 Favorite Things to Do in the Entertainment Capital of the World:

Neon Museum Boneyard Park

The Neon Museum Boneyard Park in downtown Las Vegas. Launch slideshow »

10. Neon Museum

If you’re in Las Vegas, you must visit the Neon Museum in downtown Las Vegas. It holds the outdoor exhibition space known as the Neon Boneyard, which is home to retired iconic signs and marquees from famous Las Vegas hotels and other businesses. Important historical pieces are on display, including signage from the Moulin Rouge Hotel and the Stardust. Go at night so that you can see it all lit up … and take the tour. It’s a fun way to learn a little Las Vegas history.

9. Bonnie Springs Ranch

Bonnie Springs Ranch is an Old Nevada Western Town, which hosts a restaurant, bar, motel, horseback riding, petting zoo, train rides, gunfights, a wax museum and even a live hanging. I still don’t understand why people actually want to see a hanging take place, even if it’s not real, but whatever pops your cork! Keep your eyes open for the peacocks roaming free; with any luck, they’ll flirt with you and spread their … gorgeous tail feathers for a photo op.

8. Skinny Dipping!!!

I’m pretty sure that there’s no public place in Las Vegas to go skinny dipping (legally), and I’m not quite ready to invite you all to my house to join me in my pool for a little fun in the sun, but you can at least free your nipples at a couple of “toptional” pools in the city — or, um, so I hear. I’d start with Caesars Palace’s Venus Pool Club. Hail, Caesar. #freethenipple

7. Herbs & Rye

Herbs & Rye on Sahara is a pre-Prohibition-style cocktail bar and late-night lounge. It’s dark. It has no windows. The sign is barely lit. But once you walk in, it’s warm, welcoming and a bit like you’ve been transported back to Old Vegas. They serve authentic classic cocktails, and they are delish! It was reportedly the Rat Pack’s favorite hang back when it was called the Venetian Restaurant. If it was good enough for Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr., it’s good enough for me.

6. Making Out at West Wind Movie Theater

Find yourself a nice spot, park, put the top down, tune your radio to specified station, take a moment to look up at the stars, make out. In that order. Bring an entourage. That way, if the date is a disaster, you have an exit strategy and can go hang out with friends in their car until the movie is over.

Eat

Eat restaurant owner Natalie Young at her restaurant in downtown Las Vegas on Wednesday, October 24, 2012. Launch slideshow »

5. Eat

Eat is where I go when I need a little love in my belly. Chef Natalie Young serves up a yummy-num-num-make-you-feel-good kind of menu downtown. Mmmmmm … shrimp and grits. The website boasts, “Good food for good people, made with love,” and it’s true. Once you meet chef Natalie, you’ll know it to be so.

4. 365 Tokyo

A “members-only” Japanese-inspired bar downtown on the second floor of Inspire Theater. It seats about 10 members in a tiny room walled-in on three sides by glass that hangs over Fremont Street. Master mixologist Seong Ha Lee is a cocktail-making magic ninja. He’s like a mad scientist minus the mad. I recommend telling him what flavors you enjoy, sweet or sour, spicy or smoky, and then just watch the master go to work. While Seong Ha is making your drink, check out the jazz menu. If you like what you’re hearing, you can purchase it.

3. Burlesque Hall of Fame Museum

The Burlesque Hall of Fame Museum on Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas is an institution dedicated to honoring past burlesque performers such as Sally Rand, Gypsy Rose Lee and Las Vegas resident Tempest Storm and present purrrformers including Dita Von Teese, Dirty Martini and myself. The collection includes items such as gowns, shoes, pasties, G-strings, jewelry, posters, photographs and playbills related to famous burlesque performers from around the world. Purchase my debut album “Burlesque in the Black” while you’re there, and you’ll be doing the bump-and-grind in no time. All proceeds go to the museum.

2. “Vegas Nocturne”

Want to see something different that will blow your mind? Go see my friend beatboxing badass Butterscotch. I don’t know how she does what she does, but the sound that comes out of her mouth is something to hear. She can somehow, while singing, play multiple instruments, including what sounds to be an entire rhythm section … with her mouth! It’s like she has a live band camping out in her lungs, a one-woman band of sorts. Just go.

(Editor’s Note: “Vegas Nocturne” closed at Rose. Rabbit. Lie. in the Cosmopolitan on Saturday night, but producer Ross Mollison says it will resurface. Stay tuned.)

Third Anniversary of ‘Absinthe’

The Gazillionaire and Penny Pibbets of “Absinthe” celebrates its third anniversary Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at Caesars Palace. Launch slideshow »

1. “Absinthe”

And I’m not just saying that because I’m part of the show! “Absinthe,” if you don’t know already, is the best show on the Las Vegas Strip, and I am honored to be the sole singer of it. I sing and strip to three songs from my recently debuted album. The show in a tent outside Caesars Palace features some of the top circus, burlesque and acrobatic acts in the world, not to mention great music, the unbelievable feats of strength, balance and showmanship, and the funniest hosts you will ever experience. I like to call The Gazillionaire and Penny Pibbets “comedy geniuses” because after three years of performing 10 shows per week, they still have me cry laughing on a nightly basis.

Check out our other guest columns today from two of Melody’s high-flying’ “Absinthe” co-stars, Almas Meirmanov of The Frat Pack and Cadence Alexia of Duo Fevrier. On Thursday, comedian George Wallace has us laughing, and we have a producer’s behind-the-scenes peekaboo of “Sydney After Dark” from the land Down Under at Planet Hollywood.

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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