3355 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV, 89109
Type: Clubs And Lounges
Dark, mysterious and alluring -- Tao Nightclub is all this and more.
Tao remains one of the hottest nightlife and dining spots in Las Vegas ever since opening in 2005 and shows no signs of slowing down, attracting celebrity guests, hot musical talent and crowds on a regular basis. Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night, there is more than likely a line of out the door stretching into the Venetian -- and for good reason. Luckily, it does move pretty quickly and smoothly and so you'll be in the club before you know it.
The first floor has several booths, a bar and cool Asian-inspired touches that give Tao its atmosphere. The mood is set by eclectic details like candles lit throughout the venue, a woman lounging in a tub of rose petals and a large Buddha statue (with smaller Buddhas also scattered throughout) by the dining room and lounge area.
It's a bit like a globetrotting adventure, if one of those could take place in its entirety in a nightclub.
Head up the stairs on the right side and you'll find yourself on the second floor, which is full of things to do as well. A bar (and more Buddhas) cap off one end of a hallway that feeds into the main room. Booths line the hallways leading between the different areas and each has different sounds being piped in, so there's always something playing that you can be into. Everything up here is dark, lush tones and 100 percent committed to Tao's exotic attitude.
If you want to hang back, these booths are close enough to the action and each of the bars without being up in the fray of the dance floor. That doesn't mean an impromptu dance floor might not suddenly form around you, but that pretty much goes with the territory in a nightclub.
Down the hall and past a bar to your left, the dance floor is sunken into the floor a bit and right up against the DJ booth, so you can get up close and personal with the talent and your 100 newest close friends.
When the weather's nice, the Tao Beach area operates as an outdoor extension to Tao, with its own bar and music as well.
Sounds like there's a lot going on, and there is. But everything is pulled off marvelously. Every aspect definitely feels consistently Tao-ish -- that is to say, cool, exotic and edgy.
You'll never run out of things to do or see here and it's apparent from the consistent lines outside that that rings true for everyone else, too.