Tao Restaurant | Tao Nightclub
Tao’s dining room is a hot spot for celebrity sightings such as Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul, will.i.am and Jamie Foxx, as well as creative sushi rolls and killer sake-tinis before everyone hits the 10,000-square-foot club. In The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian, 702-388-8588, Venetian.com.
Lavo Restaurant | Lavo LOUNGE
Tao’s Italian sister is more intimate, with a Mediterranean vibe and feel in the ornately decorated dining room downstairs. Giant Kobe meatballs are a must-order at every table, if only to fortify you for a night of dancing in the cozy club right above you. In The Palazzo, 702-791-1800, Palazzo.com.
Botero | XS
Pre-gaming takes on a whole new meaning at the hands of chef Marc LoRusso and in his artfully appointed dining room. Don’t miss the Australian wagyu tartare or the grilled octopus, ideal with some of the restaurant’s signature sangria. Extend your party to XS, the swank nightclub adjacent to the restaurant that spills out onto the pool deck, with David Guetta or Avicii. In Encore, 702-770-3463, WynnLasVegas.com.
Andrea’s | Surrender
The newest restaurant in the Wynn collection is named for Steve Wynn’s wife, and is the spot to be seen as you dine on chef Joe Elevado’s Asian menu. After being partially shrouded in one of the semiprivate booths in the dining room, create more of a scene at Surrender with superstar DJs such as Diplo. In Encore, 702-770-3463; WynnLasVegas.com.
Citizens, Kumi and Red Square | Light
The Cold War is over, but you can definitely channel your inner Red Dawn with an all-American meal at Citizens. After, feel free to walk across the corridor to defect with post-meal caviar and cocktails in the subzero vodka locker at Red Square. Or, eschew the conflict entirely by heading around the corner to Kumi for an eclectic sushi selection and Asian-inspired cocktails. Then arrive at Light to complete the sensory overload. In Mandalay Bay, 702-632-7405, MandalayBay.com.
Yellowtail and Fix | The Bank
Choose contemporary steakhouse Fix or modern Japanese Yellowtail—either of which satisfies your hunger for both a great meal and a chic atmosphere. No matter where you start, you should end up at The Bank, a quick jaunt from both restaurants, for nights hosted by celebrities such as Fergie. In Bellagio, 702-693-8865, Bellagio.com.
Hakkasan’s 20,000-square-foot, two-level dining room, where you can start the night with meticulously crafted Cantonese dishes, is presided over by a Michelin-starred chef. The rest of your night unfolds in the main room and mezzanine with headliners such as Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano. In MGM Grand, 702-891-3838, HakkasanLV.com.