Jason Strauss

The tastemaker and nightlife impresario is a partner of Tao Group, a leading restaurant and nightlife company that develops, owns and operates numerous high-profile food and beverage facilities nationwide, including Tao, Lavo and Marquee. Along with his partners, Strauss was named Hospitality Operator of the Year by Nightclub & Bar in 2006, and their work with Marquee has been profiled as a case study by Harvard Business School.

Best Place to Get the VIP Look

For suits and nightlife fashion, I always turn to Paul Smith. It’s been a longtime good fit for me, and I’ve always stayed with them. In the Shops at Crystals, 796-2640.

Best Natural High

Throughout the week and weekends, to eat right and keep my energy levels up in the office, I order from GoRaw Café. Their salads, smoothies and juices are healthy and organic. 2910 Lake East Dr., 254-5382; 2381 E. Windmill Lane, Suite 18, 450-9007, GoRawCafe.com.

Best Power Lunch

Estiatorio Milos. It has the best tomato onion salad in the country. It also has a great value preset menu, so when meeting with hotel executives or marketing partners, it’s the only place to be! In the Cosmopolitan, 698-7930.

Best Place to Get Into Pool-Party Shape

I go to Real Results Fitness Downtown. I like the gym because it’s got a really cool warehouse feel, and our nightclub, Tao, donated our old sound system that we had since the club’s first year. Owner Branden Collinsworth’s training is a mixture of high-energy cardio, Crossfit and plyometrics. I love his routines, and he always mixes it up and keeps you motivated. 1201 S. Commerce St., 331-3172, RealResultsFitness.com.

Best Nightclub Bling

IWC Schaffhausen Boutique. Wearing a good watch at night is always an important part of my MO. I love visiting the IWC store. It’s one of my favorite brands. In the Shoppes at the Palazzo, 650-0817, IWC.com.

Best Nightclub Alternative

Velveteen Rabbit. Small, chic, hip—it reminds me of a Lower East Side bar with character, and has a great cocktail list. 1218 S. Main St.

Best Day/Night Off

I go hiking and bouldering in Red Rock Canyon every Sunday with a good group of friends. It’s a great disconnect and decompression from a weekend in Las Vegas’ nightclub business. And for a night off the Strip to decompress and enjoy Downtown, I love the Le Thai on Fremont. Great Thai food, but you had better make a reservation. Even on Mondays at 10 p.m., you can’t get a table. 523 Fremont St., 778-0888, LeThaiVegas.com.

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Danny Koker

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