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Every year since 2012, if I can swing it, I take a trip with the girls. (read more)
These trips have evolved over the years, and I'd like to say that it's NOT because we're getting older, but that's probably exactly what it is, so I won't even bother denying it.
We started out renting a beach house in Florida where we had a pool in the backyard, a plan for public transportation, and even had a dedicated budget for liquor.
That was 7 years ago.
Now, we go to Disney World, take tours, hang by the pool, and pinky promise that we won't ask anyone else to cut up our food at dinner.
Oh times, they have changed!
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After two years of renting a beach house in Florida, we hit up Las Vegas for three years. It was during these trips that we got a feel for shows, and not just the regular "Las Vegas Show" type of shows.
That's how we ended up at Alibi on Fremont street one sunny, Saturday afternoon.
Actually, no. That's not how we ended up there. We had decided before the trip that we wanted to ride Slotzilla (which was terrifying), and since we were going to be on Fremont, we thought we'd see what was down there.
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WHAT IS ALIBI LAS VEGAS?
It's kind of hard to explain, and I don't want to give too much away, so let me put it like this.
If a bunch of Vegas performers had a baby with a murder mystery dinner, and the baby went on a bar crawl, that would be Alibi.
Doesn't it make you sort of uncomfortable just reading that ^^?
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STARTING YOUR SHOW
The day before your Alibi "performance", you're going to get a text from someone who will tell you where to go the following day. The instructions are very exact, you won't get lost.
You'd think they'd be waiting there for you, all "Hi, I'm your group leader, let's go!"
You'd be wrong.
The thing about Alibi is that it combines theater with improv, and you're part of the improv. It wouldn't be any fun for you if you knew exactly what was going on.
Let's admit it, being uncomfortable, bearing witness to someone else's discomfort when you're all in it together, it can be really funny.
So, as you walk around, trying to figure out what you're doing, feeling awkward and, at moments, really wondering if you've made a terrible mistake, it's nervous laughter at its best.
Especially when you get moments like this:
The whole afternoon feels exactly like that. Funny, quirky, a bit uncomfortable. Knowing people are staring at you as you walk by with a showgirl...or someone else.
You have to be comfortable in your own skin, be willing to have fun, and be willing to have fun at YOUR OWN expense.
Because, just when you think it can't get any more uncomfortable, it will.
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And it will again.
THE BAR CRAWL
I've done this twice, and both times, things were different, so if you've done it before, don't be afraid to do it again, as long as you're doing it with friends who have not done it before.
The best part will be watching their faces as you try to hang back and keep your composure.
Both times I did it, there were three drinks served at different times during the "show". They are served at actual restaurants or bars, and one location will serve you lunch as well.
The drinks are limited, it could be just beer, soda, or water, depending on the location, so if you're gluten free, like two of our party were, don't plan on them having anything available.
That said, the second time around, all three drinks were served in actual bars or "establishments", so you could choose beer, wine, even a selection of mixed drinks.
But, you might get a cooler in a courtyard.
You never know.
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Remember, these are real businesses you're walking in and out of, so be respectful of the buildings, the other patrons, and the proprietors. You're in Vegas, it can be easy to show up after you've already been imbibing, get loud, get crazy, and act the fool.
Don't do that.
These businesses have come together with Alibi to provide you with a great afternoon, but if you trash their stuff, scare off customers, or fall over and break things, you can imagine they're not going to want to continue to be party to...the party.
Please, be respectful.
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BOOKING AND COST
You can book online here, and the tickets are $80 a piece. Sometimes there are discount codes, so maybe Google "Alibi Las Vegas Discount Code" or something before hand.
I think there might even be a pop up on the site that saves you money a ticket.
The show is only on Saturdays; "performances" start every 45 minutes from 11:45 to 3:00 p.m. and there are a limited number of spaces in each group. If you've got a big group, book as soon as you know you want to go, don't wait.
I did an 11:45 show both times, only because we had shows at night and wanted time to rest, shower, etc.
It'll cost you about $30 to get from The Strip to Fremont. We used both a regular taxi and an Uber (one there, one back); they were within $4 of each other, but the Uber was better conversation.
At the end of the show they even give you a little gift to remember them by.
I still have mine, both of them!
I'm not going to tell you what it is, because they might change it, but I know for sure you'll get a picture of your group, so when they ask you to say "CHEESE", be sure and do it!
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I liked it so much I did it twice.
Would I do it a third time? No.
The second time wasn't quite as fun, but I think it's because one of the main characters was on vacation or something, so it didn't have quite the same vibe.
Had he been there, it would have been just as good as the first time.
Even though I knew what was going on, some things had changed a bit. All of the places we went were completely new, and watching my friends completely immersed in discomfort for two hours was amazing!
It is a completely unique experience, well worth every penny, and something you'll never forget.
Even today, as I was getting permission from my friends to use their faces in the post, we were reminiscing about what a great day it was.
It's the best, most uncomfortable thing I have ever done. So, if you're on the edge, let me push you over.
Do Alibi, you're going to love it.