Cocktails, Clubs and Cuisine

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When you have a night off to celebrate, relax and get together with friends, you want to make the most of it. Finding somewhere convenient is key and time is money.

In Vegas, we have you, the hungry, club-going guest, in mind. For a complete night out you used to have to jump around from cocktail lounge, to restaurant, to nightclub and maybe back to a 24-hour café if you got the munchies after clubbing. There was a lot of schlepping from place to place, not as much dancing and possibly a few taxi rides involved.

Lavo at Palazzo

Lavo at Palazzo

Now, your partying prayers have been answered. There are mega-venues in Vegas that let you work on your tan, eat a steak and get bottle service all under one roof.

Dinner in the front, party in the back

Lavo restaurant and nightclub at the Palazzo successfully combines multiple venues in one. Around 7 p.m., you can have a casual dinner on the patio with a beautiful view of the Las Vegas Strip. The interior of the first floor restaurant is sultry with dim lighting and large wood chandeliers. Around 11 p.m., climb up the stairs, cross the bridge and enter the 5,000-square-foot second-story nightclub.

When you’re finished dancing the night away, the exit spills you back into the lounge area of the restaurant — just in case you needed one last drink.

“We like to provide our guests with a place to spend their entire evening. They can start with drinks in the lounge before sitting down to dine and end the night upstairs in the club,” says Jason Strauss, partner of Tao Group.

Lavo
Location: Palazzo
The dish: One-pound Kobe beef meatball.
The drink: Saggio: A mixture of blueberry vodka, sage and lemon juice.

Tao in the Venetian

Tao in the Venetian

A multitasking machine

Tao has been a popular fixture of Vegas nightclub scene for more than five years. Perhaps it’s because Tao is an empire. If they had a grocery store, you could live in the massive 56,000-square-foot complex.

“A lot of people that come to Vegas want to come to an exclusive nightclub and Tao is easily on the top of that list,” says Michael Armstrong, executive chef of Tao.

The venue features a restaurant, a nightclub, a beach club, and even a bathtub for the models in the front hallway.

“Vegas is one of those places where you can have a whole experience without ever leaving your hotel,” says Armstrong.

Or without ever leaving Tao.

Tao
Location:
Venetian Las Vegas
The dish: Chilean sea bass satay. It’s sea bass on a stick!
The drink: Tao-tini.

The luxe life

If you’re planning to party at XS nightclub at Encore on any given Saturday, get there early. The line for XS usually spills into the hallway and around the corner. The exclusive nightclub embodies approximately 40,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space, perfect for mingling. Inside, sit at one of the plush booths while sipping on an “Ono,” a crafted concoction with Charles Heidsieck Champagne Charlie 1981 and Louis XIII Remy Martin Black Pearl cognac—priced at a mere $10,000.

Botero at Encore Las Veas

Botero at Encore Las Vegas

If you’re more hungry than thirsty, head to the neighboring Botero restaurant. Chef Mark LoRusso’s modern steak house fare is complimented by a gorgeous environment. At the center of the restaurant is “The Seated Lady,” a sculpture created by Colombian Artist Fernando Botero, for which the restaurant is named.

There are two outdoor patios at Botero, overlooking the outdoor activities at XS. With the faint sound house music in the air, how can you resist a turn around the dance floor?

XS Nightclub and Botero Restaurant
Location:
Encore Las Vegas
The dish: Brioche: Amazing brioche-crusted rack of lamb and warm S‘mores brioche donuts.
The drink: The Ono.

Bank roll

The Bank at Bellagio is an 8,000-square-foot nightclub adjacent to Fix, a modern restaurant and bar.

Start at Fix and dine on Kobe chili cheese fries while gazing at the undulating wood ceiling and the other diners’ bedazzled outfits. Then head up the escalators located next door to the restaurant and proceed into The Bank. With a small, but ample dance floor and a high-end feel (again, note people’s upscale attire) the sparkly people match the sparkly-lined walls.

The Bank Nightclub and Fix Restaurant
Location:
Bellagio
The dish: Pork prime rib with caramelized onion and apple bread pudding.
The drink: Cristal. When you walk into The Bank there’s a foyer filled with Cristal bottles.

An elevated party-plex

Nove Italiano, located atop the Palms, has great cuisine. Chef Geno Bernardo creates house made pastas, delicious steaks and desserts you won’t be sharing.

Moon at the Palms

Moon at the Palms

But in terms of a party plan, the bonus of dining at Nove Italiano is having two stellar places to party when your meal is over. One story above Nove is the Playboy Club. The Playboy lifestyle comes alive with a swanky gold-embellished main room. A unique feature of this lounge is that it has gaming available with the finest Playboy Bunny dealers. Hey, if it’s good enough for Hef…

One story above Playboy Club, Moon nightclub always has a party going. In addition to the dance floors, it also has an outdoor patio – a bonus for those who want a view of the Strip.

The best part about kicking your evening off at Nove is that the rest of your night is covered.

“All you should do is come join us for a fabulous dinner and have a valid ID. We comp all our guests up to Playboy and Moon,” says Servando Daniels, general manager of Nove Italiano.

Of course, there are exceptions to this generous offer. If you’re trying this on a spring break weekend or a holiday like New Year’s Eve, don’t expect to be beamed up, Scotty.

Nove Italiano, Moon and Playboy Club
Location:
Palms Casino & Hotel
The dish: Raviolo pasta with a duck egg on top and strawberry carpaccio.
The drink: The Bunnytail.

Society Cafe Encore at Encore Las Vegas

Society Cafe Encore at Encore Las Vegas

The see-and-be-seen scene

Quite possibly the most elegant cafe in Vegas, Society Cafe at Encore has a modern feel with luxurious fabric panels and a sleek black and white interior with accents of fuchsia. Munch on a selection of Chef Kim Canteenwalla’s comfort foods like well-made burgers, steaks and short ribs – and that’s just the tip of the Iceberg lettuce wedge (add bacon and blue cheese dressing.)

But don’t fill up too much because steps away, Surrender awaits your arrival. The interior portion of this nightclub is always packed, complete with pole dancers, a bar and VIP booths. However, the party spills into an elegant outdoor poolside oasis. Slip into one of 26 cabanas or eight bungalows, which are perfect for larger parties. Or, dance al fresco to Resident DJ and Music Director Steven Aoki’s beats. Just don’t fall into the three-tiered pool.

Society Cafe Encore and Surrender Nightclub
Location:
Encore Las Vegas
The dish: Mac ’n cheese bites with truffle dipping sauce.
The drink: I Surrender, vodka with hibiscus syrup, mint and lime juice.

Nightlife is an art form in Las Vegas and with these exclusive nightclubs with neighboring restaurants and one-stop, all-inclusive venues, Vegas has made partying a lot easier for you.

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