One of the Strip's most desirable nightlife destinations and a haunt of A-listers in the sports and entertainment worlds, TAO brings a bit of Zen ambiance to the desert. The atmospheric club is adorned with Asian artifacts, decor and statuary, and soft lighting sets the scene admirably, along with alluring performance artists. Over the main dance floor sits the DJ booth, raining down house, hip-hop and R&B over stylish, of-the-moment patrons. An outdoor terrace and multiple bars ensure that there are plenty of pastimes on-hand.
Inviting couches, low-slung tables, and cushy ottomans provide an ideal space to see and be seen at this hip lounge and club. Vodka and champagne are available via bottle service, but the self-billed "nouveau classic cocktails" are also popular. Pink and purple lights cast a futuristic glow over proceedings, while more visuals are built in to the technologically-savvy tables. Tabu attracts a mixed crowd of locals, high-energy tourists, and the occasional celeb – perfect for a warm-up party or as a home base for the night's activities.
Cleopatra's Barge is quite a popular nightspot and if you're looking for great fun, you'll definitely find it here! This Egyptian-themed dance club has long been a favorite of Las Vegas's older crowd, which has spent the last 30 or so years parading around with their favorite cocktails while bebopping to classic rock, R&B, and dance hits. In recent years, the lounge experienced a total facelift, reinventing itself as a haven for the younger tourist crowd and featuring weekend dance parties led by the R&B styling of Anita Sarawak and the Rhythm Nation.
Setting the Vegas standard for dance clubs, Vanity provides a decadent, no-expense-spared experience. If you can gain entry, start the evening in the top level's lounge, where bottle-service booths (around $500 minimum) overlook the pulsating dance floor below. When you're ready to descend, you'll be treated to a wickedly correct mixture of hip-hop, house, and rock spun by celebrity DJs. An ultra-exclusive VIP booth downstairs features one-way glass, so dress to impress and bring out your hottest moves.
One of the Strip's swankiest lounges, the VooDoo spellbinds with its exclusive, dressed-to-the-nines clientele and suave bartenders who are prone to bust into juggling routines at random intervals. This chic nightspot, located at the top of the Rio Casino Resort, offers spectacularly sweeping views of the city and an open-air veranda area where patrons can enjoy a cool desert breeze and some of the Strip's most potent cocktails. In addition, each night the fabulous kitchen staff spices things up a bit with a fanciful Big Easy-style Creole menu. However, if you plan to dine, reservations are a must.
Effects are king at this stylish nightspot, which is continually awash in light, fog, color, water and motion. Multiple floors create a sense of openness, while private cabanas offer a measure of enclosure for you and your friends. Adding more flair is a dance floor ringed by water, complete with fountains. While you shake it to the rhythms of house and hip-hop, keep an eye out for pro athletes and Hollywood celebs, who show up from time to time. Long weekend waits are not uncommon.