Best Nightclub VIP Host

Padraic Breeze


What makes a great nightclub host so great? For Padraic Breeze, senior VIP host for XS, Tryst and Botero, it starts with reliability. He replies quickly and positively. Whether it’s for you or just your friends, it’s always affirmative. In fact he’ll take care of your friends without even knowing they’re your friends, no intro needed. He’s the host you trust to take care of your girlfriends. Want a table? No gauging or “$300 handshake” tip-racketeer here. He’ll greet you at the rope and make you look good in front of your crew. He’ll write up your slip and walk you in. Maybe it’s his British roots or maybe it was because he was raised in the friendly Northwest—either way, he gets bonus points for being a VIP veteran with a notably absent ego.

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Jason Strauss


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.