Best Bottle Presentation

Tao Nightclub

Tired of having masses of club-goers slow down the cocktail waitress en route to deliver your newly purchased champagne or large-format booze bottles to your table? Most Las Vegas nightclubs have long since figured out that elaborate bottle presentation (sparklers, crowd-surfing Superman) is the way to win the hearts—and hopefully open the wallets—of high-end VIP table customers. Only Tao Nightclub takes this custom to new heights, employing a “bottle fairy” to ensure that everyone in the club is very much aware of your big purchase. Launching from the ceiling, an experienced acrobatic aerialist is tasked to delicately soar 12 feet above the dance floor, bottle in hand, to spectacularly deliver all purchases in excess of $1,500 to dance-floor tables 53 and 54. Worth mentioning is the Tropicana’s new RPM Nightclub (at the former site of Club Nikki), where a bottle angel will similarly float along a ceiling track and drop to any of the circular dance floor tables with bottles in hand.

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