Tao is the ultimate "East meets West" experience when it comes to both dining and nightlife in Las Vegas. A towering 20-foot-tall Buddha smiles down on all who enter and while the Asian-themed restaurant has its merits, the true excitement is found upstairs in the sprawling nightclub that dominatetaos the multi-level complex.
A study in contrasts between the decor's feng shui serenity and boisterous party atmosphere, Tao nightclub covers two large areas of the upper level with music pumping in multiple rooms. Entering through two imposing doors, the club is a stunning sensation of light and sound. Golden tubs filled with roses, water and beautiful barely-dressed women are a distracting complement to the scenery. The main DJ booth glows with energy, pounding out favorite beats from its perch suspended high above the dancefloor.
Elevated dance platforms look down on the often celebrity-filled VIP area, including eight skyboxes fully loaded with minibars, espresso machines and places to stash personal belongings. Enjoy bottle service or explore three different bars throughout the club. Hundreds of candle-lit Buddha statues may inspire perspective and serenity, but if you need a true moment of relaxation, head to the outdoor balcony that overlooks the Strip. Tao Beach is a poolside extension that also hosts its own parties during the day.
With a $20 million price tag, Tao lives up to its billing as a Las Vegas nightlife destination that only gets better (and busier) with age. Found where the Grand Canal Shoppes merge with the Venetian resort, the centralized location is convenient and easy for anyone staying at a hotel in the heart of the Strip.