When it comes to entertainment, Excalibur Hotel and Casino combines live comedy and music with action-packaged adventures and spices it up with a sexy show. The resort excels in catering to families in a way that entertains children but won’t leave adults bored either. That said, there’s plenty of entertainment for couples and people traveling without kids, so don’t rule Excalibur out for fun on the Las Vegas Strip.
There are currently three shows playing at Excalibur, each offering a different type of entertainment. A note of caution: Shows in Las Vegas are prone to changing performance dates and show times, so always check the schedule before booking a trip based on a particular show.
Tournament of Kings
Tournament of Kings is the most popular dinner show in Las Vegas. It features jousting, fireworks, invading armies and dancing maidens. I don’t care who you are, if you’re up for a fun, interactive night of innovative dining and lighthearted entertainment, then this is the show for you. Enjoy a three-course meal—complete with finger foods medieval-style—while sitting close enough to the arena area to hear the huff of the horses and feel the heat of the pyrotechnics.
Excalibur recently added a dinnerless option of Tournament of Kings, which includes admission to the show but no meal.
Show times for Tournament of Kings are currently at 6:00 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday and at 6:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. The show is dark on Tuesday. General admission is $56.95 (plus taxes and fees) and includes a three-course meal. The show is suitable for all ages (kids under 3 years old may attend free of charge). Tickets for the dinnerless show are $44.00 (plus taxes and fees).
Defending the Caveman
Defending the Caveman is the longest running solo show in Broadway history. This one-man show explores the way that men and women relate and has become not only a Las Vegas favorite, but is also very popular on the worldwide circuit as well.
The show runs Sunday through Thursday at 7:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday at 6:00 p.m. There is an additional performance at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday. Tickets for the 3:00 p.m. show are $34.95. Evening performances are $39.95. Guests must be at least 13 years old to attend the show.
Thunder from Down Under
A must for women in town for bachelorette parties or a weekend with the girls, the Thunder From Down Under come straight from Australia just to take it all off. Voted best male strip show in 2009 by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the Thunder from Down Under features some of the hottest men in Las Vegas.
The show plays at 9:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and at 8:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. There are occasionally additional shows added to the schedule, so check for details prior to booking. General admission is $40.95 (plus tax). VIP seating is $50.95 (plus tax). Guests must be 18 or older, and those between 18 and 20 must be accompanied by an adult.
For all you gentlemen out there: You are more than welcome to attend the show as well.
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Excalibur is not a Las Vegas hot spot for nightclub entertainment, but it still delivers when it comes to live music. Two lounges dedicated to late-night entertainment and one high-energy restaurant keep Excalibur hopping.
Located on Excalibur’s Castle Walk, Octane Lounge is easy to miss during the day but more than alive at night. Stop by to find live bands tearing up the stage or DJs spinning tunes into the wee hours of the morning.
Octane Lounge is open on the weekends and select weeknights. Guests must be 21 or older to enter.
Whereas Octane Lounge offers high-energy, upbeat sounds to rock your night, The Lounge is more low-key, lending itself to sexy, sultry sounds. This is the place to take a date or top off a romantic evening with your partner.
Located on the casino floor, The Lounge is open at 9:00 p.m. on Sunday nights and at 9:30 p.m. every other night of the week.
Dick’s Last Resort
Known as the “Shame O’ The Strip,” Dick’s Last Resort is a raucous dining establishment that offers messy meals, sassy wait staff, a fun atmosphere, casual entertainment and the occasional live band. There’s a long list of specialty daiquiris for adults, and plenty of standard dining fare—overstuffed burgers, rib eye, mile-high nachos—to please the whole family.
Dick’s Last Resort is open Monday through Thursday at 1:00 p.m. and Friday through Sunday at 11:00 a.m. As long as the party is still happening, the restaurant keeps its doors open.
Photo credit: MGM (Tournament of Kings), Cameron Cassan (guitar)
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