My friends and I were staying at the Venetian, so we decided to give Tao a try. The restaurant atmosphere is great - good mood lighting, great decor. We had a reservation and were seated promptly. There was a saxophone player roaming through the restaurant and stopping to play at the different tables. When he came by our table, we told him that it was our friend's birthday, so he played a jazz version of "Happy Birthday". He was fantastic. The food at TAO is very good. Our group ordered several sushi rolls to share. The rolls were not the best that we have ever had, but were still quite good. We also ordered some of the special martinis, and those were excellent. At around 10pm, the music gets louder in the restaurant, and people start arriving in huge numbers and lining up to go the club. There is quite a "buzz" at Tao and lots of energy. We finished dinner at around 11pm, and we decided to try the nightclub. It was a bit of a "process" to get to the club after dinner, and it did seem a little ridiculous. We got our hand stamped at the table and thought that we could just go upstairs to get into the club after dinner...but when we went upstairs the security guard said that we needed our "other" hand stamped and that we needed to go back down two floors to get that other stamp and have our IDs checked. So we went back down, stood in a short line, had our IDs checked, got our other hand stamped, and then went back upstairs to get into the club.
We were there on a Saturday night and the club was packed. There were lots of hallways, dance floors and different rooms, lots of private booths, VIP areas, and bar areas. It was packed with people to the point where it was difficult to move. We tried to get onto one of the many dance floors but we simply could not cut through the crowds. We found a spot to dance, but it was so crowded that it was uncomfortable. After a while, we decided to go down to the main floor of the restaurant and get a booth by the bar instead. In summary, TAO is a fun spot - good food, and busy nightclub - but it was way, way too crowded.
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