For more than a decade, TAO Las Vegas has been a beacon of innovation and entertainment in the Las Vegas Nightclub scene. Since its opening in September 2005, the 60,000-square-foot, multi-level Asian-inspired palace has been a draw to celebrities from Kim Kardashian to LeBron James and Diddy; you never know who you're bound to spot at TAO.
TAO is also one of the first to introduce the concept of what I like to call "dine and dancing" to the Las Vegas market. A full experience at TAO starts downstairs with dinner in the Bistro (which has a wide array of Asian cuisine) and afterward going upstairs and walking past the iconic Buddha into the club that has endured past all its contemporaries to remain a force in the Vegas nightlife consciousness. Patrons might like to finish the TAO experience by returning the next day and partying at TAO Beach the pool party at the Venetian.
Before I dive in, my name is Brian Pfeiffer, owner of the parent company, Surreal LLC, the holding company of this site. I have worked in Vegas nightlife since 2012 and was the top promoter in Chicago since 2002! I am a licensed independent host by the Nevada Gaming Commission and as a Clark County Professional Promoter. We book 100's of groups each month and have 1000's of 5-star reviews over five large authority websites. Our passion is making your Sin City trip unforgettable, and with our package deals and years of experience, you can count on us to make excellence happen.
Where is TAO located?
TAO Nightclub is in the Grand Canal Shoppes of the Venetian Hotel & Casino, centrally located in the middle of The Strip at 3355 S Las Vegas Blvd, LV, NV 89109. You can get to the club by walking through the mall (if you are coming from self-park) or taking the escalators from the casino area upstairs.
The door set up is simple when you arrive, table reservations on the left side (facing the club) and general admission on the right side (including guestlist check-in, ticket holders, and guests who want to pay at the door).
Pro Tip: If you are getting dropped off at the Venetian valet, use the designated TAO Nightclub valet at the end of the main valet area!
What days is TAO Nightclub open?
Thursday Doors open at 10:00 pm to 4 am.
Friday Doors open at 10:00 pm to 4 am.
Saturday Doors open at 10:00 pm to 4 am.
The Venue Has a Three Levels?
When you first walk into the venue, you are greeted with the sight of the Bistro's lounge area– dim lighting and couches and tables, slightly muted music, and the low buzz of conversation. As you ascend to the nightclub above (via the stairway or the elevators), the tingle of excitement builds as you pass the sculptures in the entrance hallway into the main room, and finally comes to a head as you enter the room, energy crackling in the air as music fills your ears.
Cabana-style tables line the walls on your right, with skyboxes overhead, and the dance floor on your left with a large bar top right in your sightline. A prominent, raised area overlooking the dance floor and DJ booth catch your eye – "The Moat," as it is affectionately known. You make your way around and find another bar area and discover an exitle ading to an outdoor patio overlooking The Strip and the Venetian gondolas. Perfect for the gram! Obligatory social media photo taken; you head back inside to settle into a night of dancing.
Below is the breakdown:
1st Floor –
Restaurant Lounge and Restaurant
Lower Floor –
Main Club and Opium Room
Upper Level –
The main room includes a tub for a pretty dance to get wet and sultry.
Events and Music Programming
TAO is one of the last clubs in the City that plays mostly Top 40 and Hip-Hop. Management always comes up with some creative events like the annual naughty Santa Party. Artist bookings tend to lean a little more on mash-up and hip-hop music side. They do mix in some big artists suce as DJ Mustard and some Top 40 nights with DJ Pauly D, and DJ Five. Music is still a huge part of Tao’s events, with popular artists such as DJ Eric D-Lux, Mike Attack, Justin Credible, Angie Vee, and Spider. Their Worship Thursday Industry party is a staple in Sin City and has been for years.
How Much is it to get into TAO?
General admission tickets vary from event to event, with bigger headliners commanding higher price points (anywhere from $20-$30 for female tickets and $25-$50 for male tickets). Keep in mind that prices online are typically not the same as the price at the door; club management will always have the final say on what they want to charge you if you don't buy a ticket before doors open. Prices typically do not fluctuate that much for Tao tickets unless it's a holiday weekend, or they have a huge headliner.
Males $30 - $50+
Females $20 - $30+
If you don't want to deal with the hassle of sorting out entry into the venue on your own, we offer a seamless process and fantastic packages, including hosted VIP entry into the club by one of our VIP Hosts. Also if you have a group and tickets are pricey check out our cheap bottle service deals in Sin City!
TAO Guestlist vs. Presale Tickets: What's the difference?
Getting on the guestlist is a FREE SERVICE you can sign up for. The TAO guestlist requires groups to have an even ratio (must have at least an equal number of girls for every guy in the group) or more girls for groups checking in before 1AM. Ladies also typically have an open bar for the first hour; the venue incentivizes early arrival.
In the case of a big headliner where ticket prices are sky-high, and guests are getting in for free on the guestlist, you can be sure that the lines to get in on the list will be lengthy, and the club will most likely start charging at some point, even if you are on the list. In this case, it's always advisable to arrive a little before doors open to secure your spot at the head of the line. Being on the guestlist does not guarantee your entry, so come early!
Here's what you can expect on the guest list:
Males – Free Entry before 1 am check-in
Females – Free Entry before 1 am check-in
Males – Free or Discounted Admission (depends on headliner – early arrival recommended)
Females – Free Entry (early arrival recommended)
*Early arrival is required for Saturday events, especially with big headliners. Guestlist details are subject to capacity – if the club hits near capacity with the lines outside still full of people, the club may decide to start charging people early.
Suppose you're planning on attending a big event and can't get there early. In that case, you might want to look into purchasing General Admission tickets in advance to avoid paying the inflated price at the door and to guarantee your entry. Pre-purchased tickets automatically guarantee access to the venue; the Guestlist does not!
Pro Tip: Club guestlists are geared more toward female patrons. All-female groups typically have a little more leeway in terms of arrival time on big nights, while groups with males in their party might not have the same time luxury. Contact your Exploring Las Vegas host to find out what the best course of action is for your group.
Exploring Las Vegas Insider Tip: Did you know that some nightclubs offer an open bar for ladies? It's true! Check out our complete guide to Las Vegas Open Bar Deals.
What's a VIP Bar Card?
VIP Bar Cards are pre-loaded gift cards with $100 for you to use at the bar. They are only available online for $100-$125 (depending on the event). Suppose you were thinking of purchasing tickets online and are relatively confident you will spend $100 (or more) at the bar. In that case, you might want to consider purchasing a Bar Card instead. It gives you a free or heavily discounted ticket in exchange for buying $100 worth of beverages in advance. It also grants the Cardholder front-of-line privileges (before midnight) for regular admission.
Pro Tip: Already bought a Bar Card and want to reserve bottle service? You can use this card toward your beverage minimum as it operates like currency within the Club.
What Does Tao Bottle Service Cost?
The Venue has several areas within the club that offer different pricing tiers for bottle service:
Main Room Lower Dance Floor - $$$$
Main Room Moat VIP and Upper Moat- $$$
Main Room Dugouts, Skyboxes, and Backwalls - $$
Other Main Room Tables- $
Opium Room Tables - $
Each area has several tables that have varying minimum spends. On a non-peak night, a table in the Moat VIP might start at $750 minimum spend but could just as quickly go for $1500 on a busier night.
Pro Tip: Not all locations are created equal. Be sure to view the guide below to see which table is right for you and your party, or contact one of our VIP Hosts for additional recommendations.
Table Service Locations
TAO Nightclub is one of the very few nightclubs on The Strip that offers bottle specials and packages at an affordable rate. The prices are in the events section and listed by date. As a rule of thumb, the higher the agreed minimum spend the better the table. For example, if you come in at $600 min you might get the Voyeur Hallway or Opium Room, but on a slower night with a small group we have seen $600 min get a moat VIP table!
Pro Tip: While there is a perfect location for every group, below are some short insights into the different table areas and what to expect inside the venue, we are happy to help get you the section the is the best for your crew.
The best table in the club, usually reserved for big spenders, or “special” group like an internal crew. This table usually has a row of hotties dancing on the ledge between the moat VIP and Dance Floor tables
Dance Floor Tables (1st Tier Prime)
In the center of the action, these tables provide the best access for guests who want to hop right onto the dance floor and retreat to the safety of their area with little effort. As with most clubs, tables that are directly on the dance floor are absolute prime locations. Security usually has a rope between the tables and a crowded dance floor.
DJ Booth Tables (1st Tier Prime)
If you want to be closest to the action, then the DJ booth sections to the right and left of the artist gets you up close and front and center of the busy dance floor
VIP Moat (Prime Table)
The most coveted spot in the club and accessible only with a VIP wristband (unless you're a female, in which case they'll probably let you in). Located directly across from the DJ booth and overlooking most of the club, these are easily the best tables for bottle service.
Upper Moat (Prime Table)
The section a few steps up and behind the moat, is the upper moat VIP. There are three tables that are perfect for a self-contained that might be looking for a little more privacy.
Lower Cabanas (Standard Table)
Also known as the “dug-outs” there are 3 lower cabanas with 2 tables inside of each. These sections are to you right when you walk inside the club, the lowers are a pretty good value and known as a standard table.
The next tier up, these tables are located on mezzanine level and line the main room walls. Spacious and accommodating without breaking the bank, these areas provide privacy and respite from the chaos while allowing guests the ability to mingle with the crowd as they mill about.
Backwall Tables Upper and Lower (Entry Level Tables)
Another entry level section the upper and lower backwalls get sat with one bottle minimums and are a table but not in the best of locations, but work for a home base if you are “balling on a budget.”
Entry Level Tables
There are several smaller tables, mixed into the club layout near the main bar, these tables are not great buy will do for 4-6 people on a one bottle budget
Voyeur Hallway (Entry Level Tables)
These serve as the club's area for entry-level minimums. Located off to a side hallway away from the dance floor, these surprisingly spacious tables offer accessibility and availability like no other entry-level table at any other club can.
Management used to seat the opium room on busy nights, but in recent years the demand for this venue has decreased to the point that there is rarely a need to open this section.
What exactly is table/bottle service?
By definition, bottle service means that the customer chooses to purchase their alcohol by the bottle and not individual drinks, which you would typically do at the bar. Check out our complete Guide on Bottle Service in Las Vegas.
In Vegas, this equates to paying a premium price for bottles but includes a table inside the club, a personal server for your section, and VIP entry into the venue. Basic mixers are also complimentary with any table reservation - assorted juices and soda, garnishes like lemons and limes.
What is a "min spend"? Do I have to pay for a table separately from bottles?
Vegas nightclubs often operate on a minimum spend requirement (or "min," for short) system regarding their table reservations. The customer must either reach or exceed the amount set for their minimum spend. The table itself doesn't cost a separate fee, but the better the location, the higher the minimum spend requirement. To reach this minimum requirement, the customer can order anything from the beverage menu (bottled alcohol, cases of beer, bottled water, Red Bulls, etc., all count towards your minimum requirement).
Group size could also be a factor in raising your minimum spend. The larger your group, the more accommodations the venue has to make to provide the same VIP experience to its customers. For example, a wedding party of 15-20 people will require a larger space than the typical customer and require more staff service, and thus, their minimum would be much higher than a customer coming in with five people.
Is Table Service Worth the Money?
Absolutely. While exploring the club is a memorable experience on its own, nothing is quite like being able to return to your own table, away from the hustle and bustle of the dance floor. If you can, I highly suggest booking bottle service to get the most out of your club experience. If you are a group of guys looking to pull ladies or vice versa then having a place to gather is the difference maker.
How many bottles do you get with bottle service?
As many as you can fit into your minimum. Bottle prices start at $650 and vary in price depending on whether you want a specific type of alcohol or a larger bottle. For example, suppose you have a $2,000 minimum and don't want to go over that minimum. In that case, you could theoretically get about 3 bottles worth @ $650 each and fill the remaining minimum with a small order of beer/bottled water/Red Bull/etc. Let your host know ahead of time, and we will coordinate with your server.
How much should you tip for bottle service?
What you are actually asking is, "How much does making bottle service really cost after fees?" Let's break it down. Let's assume you have a $1500 minimum booked (and don't go over that total). Here's how the bill would end up breaking down:
We offer some fantastic packages for customers who are looking to book at Tao Nightclub. With bottle packages we offer a 2-4 bottles at a substantial discount of the normal menu-retail prices. Conversely, if you are looking for more than just bottle service for the night, we offer dinner specials, limo transportation, gentlemen's clubs, and male revues – everything to help make your Vegas night special.
How do I make a reservation? Can I choose my section?
We make reservations simple - fill out a form, and one of our VIP Hosts will be in touch shortly to go over your options. The club's management determines where to seat each table reservation that confirms. We call this " plotting the room ". Once again, the higher your minimum, the better the location. We can request and promise specific table locations based on customer requests. Here's a couple of things that can help us deliver on our promises:
Plan on tipping for a specific table request
Please arrive on time - we can secure your preferred table, but we cannot ask the club to hold it the entire night, waiting for you to show up.
Agree to the recommended minimum for your preferred location - if you want a dance floor table, we can make that happen, provided you agree to the required minimum spend it takes to book.
How do I get my guests in if they arrive late?
Ideally, you want to have the whole group together when you walk into your table. However, we understand that sometimes life (or at least Vegas club life) gets in the way. Suppose your table has already entered and is sitting. In that case, the person joining you can go up to the host at the table reservation line and give your table number (you can find your table number by asking your server or security staff if you are unsure).
How do I order a bottle presentation?
You must have a significant reservation booked (usually around $2000 or more) and purchase a bottle of champagne to qualify for the presentation. Let your VIP Host know, and one of us will be happy to communicate this request to your server. On some occasions for a birthday or special event, a bottle service waitress might bring a display out for much less, just ask your server.
What is a Girl Guy Promoter Host?
Let's say you are a group of guys who want to buy bottle service. A girl guy's job is to approach your table and ask if you would like him to round up some girls to help fill out your table…for a tip (we call that "handshakes" in the industry). He then does the legwork of recruiting girls around the venue to introduce them to your table. The girls are happy they get to join a table, your group is happy that there are girls at your table, and the girl guy walks away happy with a handshake. Everybody wins!
But before you employ any venue's girl guy, be sure to ask your Exploring Las Vegas VIP Host (like me) first. We will have plenty of Vegas girls in town on any given weekend and will most likely know a few at this particular venue that we can invite to your table. If your group and the girls don't mesh for whatever reason, we can always ask the girl guy to try their hand at it.
We also offer atmosphere models for a group of guys who might be a little “rusty” or just want some pretty Vegas party girls to hang out with at the table and keep them entertained. A good rule of thumb is a $100 an hour per girl for a 4-hour minimum.
The Cost of Drinks
Drinks at the bar are pretty much in line with Vegas industry standards: $10+ for beers, $15+ for cocktails, and bottled waters $10. As far as bottle service goes, the lowest bottle prices start at $695 and go up from there, before tax and gratuity.
Las Vegas Bachelor Packages
There's nothing quite like showing out at Vegas' ultra-popular clubs with your boys for a final weekend of freedom. Bottle service is the way to go for groups of bachelor parties planning a trip to the Vegas party scene; you're going to want a space to invite girls back to hang out! Bundle your weekend plans with dinner and open bar deals, limo services, or a visit to Vegas' famous Vegas strip clubs.
Calling all brides-to-be, if you're looking for a fun and crazy night with your bachelorettes before walking down the aisle, a high-energy club experience that blends A-List talent, state-of-the-art lighting and sound, and a luxurious interior filled with great spots to capture a group picture for Instagram, a Las Vegas nightclub might be just the thing. Bundle your weekend with a drag brunch and dinner deal options, open bar packages perfect for a pregame, or visiting a male strip club and some male revue options in the city!
Exploring Las Vegas is a licensed Independent Host Company that works strictly with the management at all the top venues in the City. We are well-respected in town, and we have a fantastic customer track record. The difference between hosts employed by the clubs and Independent Hosts is that we do not work for the clubs; we work for you; the customer. We offer ultra-reliable service, insider information, and always the best price. We can offer better deals and get better table locations than merely making a reservation online.
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We provide you with exact instructions, host your entry, and are available for any questions 24/7 via our website, messenger, call, text, or email.
And lastly, we offer much more than nightlife and daylife events. We can assist you in booking your hotel room, bachelor, and bachelorette parties and activities, restaurant reservations, and limousine services. We at Exploring Las Vegas give our customers the full Vegas VIP experience. Check out some of our other guides below to get the most out of your Vegas trip!
Dressing to impress will often increase your chances of getting inside; it's an unwritten rule that management likes good-looking, well-dressed partygoers in their club. Yes they do have a strict dress code For women, pretty much anything goes but keep in mind Marquee is a classy club. You will need to dress the part, so you don't look out of place. Gentlemen – shorts, sandals, athletic gear, hats, gym shoes, baggy gear are not allowed. A nice pair of dress shoes, dress jeans or pants, and a collared/designer shirt will fit the bill.
The Tao experience isn't complete until you come back the next day for their popular pool party, The New Tao Beach. Renovated and exciting, this fresh newcomber remains one of the most asked-for Vegas pool parties in the City.
Before entry, all guests are required to turn out their pockets (for ladies, they will look in your purse), submit to a metal detector test, and make sure everyone entering is not bringing in anything dangerous. It's equivalent to going through the TSA line at the airport. This applies to all guests, whether you are going in with a table or General Admission.
Pro Tip: If you purchased a table and some unwanted people wander in by accident, it is always best to have the security staff(link https://www.exploringlasvegas.com/nightlife-guide/security.html) ask them to leave instead of doing it yourself to avoid potential altercations. In the event of a confrontation between guests, both parties may likely be asked to leave. Security has the final say on such matters.
Big Tip: You must be 21 to enter and have a valid form of ID; pictures on your phone are not accepted, and neither are papers. International guests, bring your passport; your foreign IDs will not work here. The rules in Vegas are straightforward; NO ID means NO ENTRY. And yes, we know that Marijuana is legal in Nevada, but the casinos operate under Federal licenses, which still makes weed and weed pens in casinos and clubs off-limits. An even Bigger Tip: Don't even take a chance; it's not worth it!
Here are some things that you will be either asked to throw away or go back to your room to deposit before coming back:
Vapes – while weed dispensaries are extremely popular and vaping is in vogue, most venues will not allow vapes inside their premises and will ask you to leave it in your room or at the very least throw away the cartridge inside, even if it isn't a CBD cartridge.
Camera equipment – the only recording equipment you are allowed to bring is the one on your phone. Digital cameras, selfie sticks, et al. are not allowed into the venue.
Prescription medication (or anything resembling pills) – if you need a specific type of prescription medication while you are inside the venue, you will have to bring the prescription and explain what the medicine is for; otherwise, expect to get pulled to the side.
Packs of gum – this only applies to day clubs, which tend to be a lot stricter about checking everything that goes into the venue, but guests have been known to try and sneak drugs inside packs of gum to get them into the venue, so expect to have your gum taken away at the door.
Oversized bags – anything larger than a lady’s clutch will be denied into the venue. This applies to most backpacks, gym bags, totes, etc. While most hotels can hold onto your luggage at the bell desk
Tao Bistro Restaurant
The Restaurant is run by the Tao Group and located 1st floor and 2nd of the club complex. An upscale dining establishment featuring modern Asian cuisine (with a twist), We highly suggest dining at the this fantastic place for dinner before hitting the club upstairs. The best part about dining here before visiting the venue is that you get priority check-in with your reservation we can bundle and great night out with one of our package deals.
Let's look ahead. What's happening on New Year's Eve 2024?
You can count on one of the big hitters from the Tao Group to grace the decks at Tao for NYE. Maybe DJ Mustard? We are not 100% sure who it will be, but you can count on some over-inflated prices and a sell-out that is 💯percent.
Exploring Las Vegas Final Word
We know the club is a grandpa venue and a bit outdated, but the party is still a major player in the Vegas club scene. When they have open bar for ladies which is every night open, the place gets slammed. The main room is a great setup, with amazing sound and lighting and if you can swing an Moat VIP or Dance Floor on a mid-level talent night, you will be sitting pretty fancy for half the cost of, say Zouk Nightclub or XS nightclub. I am here to answer your questions and help you with your Sin City club selection. I know this venue well since I have been booking the place for 14 years. I look forward to hearing from you.
Navigating Vegas nightlife is often very confusing, whether you are an experienced partygoer or coming to Vegas for the first time. That's what we're here for – to help guide you through what should be some of the most memorable days and nights of your life.
Brian Surreal Pfeiffer has over 20 years of club ownership, event production, and VIP hosting experience in Las Vegas, Miami, and Chicago. He was the former promotions manager of Wet Republic Pool Party and Hakkasan nightclub. With 1000's of parties and adventures, you can count on him and Exploring Las Vegas to make your sin city vacation amazing and memorable.