When you’ve lasted more than ten years in this town it’s pretty clear you’re doing something right. Having outlasted clubs, restaurants and even a few property names (we’re looking at you, Quad), Tao is now a Vegas mainstay and one of the spots you shouldn’t miss if you’re planning a tour of the Las Vegas club scene.
While eating at Tao Restaurant, you can say that you’re there for the food, the ambiance or because the giant Buddha inspires you to both eat more and somehow still learn the value of sacrifice. But when you enter Tao Nightclub, your reasons for hitting the town blend more into the light and the leather.
Visually, the nightclub space is some sort of take on Buddhism mixed with ancient styling mixed with a modern club mixed with girls in bathtubs full of flower petals. The reddish hue that fills the main room isn’t entirely unique in the club world, but the lights work with the décor and the assuredness in the construction to make the space feel like a longstanding temple to a faith that practically deifies girls in bathtubs full of flower petals. We won’t put the club on the spot and say the girls will absolutely always be there, but when it comes to girls in bathtubs full of rose petals, it’s better to err on the side of hope. That’s a Buddhist thing, right?
The dancing space is divided into two areas: The actual dance floor full of bumping music, sweating bodies and all the lights and shapes they can throw around; and the lounge space full of seating that’s just the right mix of intimate and open. You can certainly dance in the wide space between the booths on one side and the booths on the other, and you probably won’t be alone; but there’s a reason the actual floor gets the lights. The lounge has a bar. The dance floor has the DJ booth. And the two spots connect to each other through the main walkways or through a quick hop over the backs of the booths which you should definitely not do. You will get in trouble--even if you tell them you work for Vegas.com and you were just testing the temperature of the rose petals in the bath tubs.
If you’re tired of dancing or getting creeped out by all the Buddha statues staring at you, and you can’t score a table on the second floor overlooking the main room, the Opium Room might be the spot for you. No there’s no real opium. And we've been instructed not to put a winky face after that statement. The Opium Room is just a clever name for a chill lounge with its own bar, its own DJ booth and a style that’s more like the inside of a beautiful bamboo jewelry box instead of the shiny pink jewelry that is the main room.
As a nightlife venue, Tao has become synonymous with Las Vegas glamour and quasi-Eastern-religion themed nightlife experiences the world over. Everyday club goers who stroll in through the Grand Canal Shoppes find a new world of warm, wooden comfort on the ground and bright, Vegas glitterati in the air. The club has brought in names like Diddy, Snoop Dogg (it was Dogg at the time, probably) and Krewella. And combined with the restaurant and Tao Beach, the Tao experience becomes something so much more than the sum of its parts. (Is that a Buddhist saying? Well it is now.) And did we mention girls in bathtubs full of rose petals?