Your Tour Guide: Ty Riley
Ty Riley knows a thing or two about brunching. As the assistant director of VIP services for Tao Group, Riley’s job is to take care of bottle-buying guests and their table arrangements at Lavo Casino & Sports Lounge and its daytime counterpart, Lavo Party Brunch. The nightlife expert has been with Tao Group, he says, for four “amazing” years, and has been working in nightlife for a total of “five years of madness.”
Multifaceted Lavo comprises an Italian restaurant downstairs and a casino and sports lounge upstairs. A featured experience, Lavo Party Brunch is the rowdy, mimosa-fueled daytime extravaganza with free admission that takes over from 2-6 p.m. every Saturday through mid-March. “The party starts off pretty low-key,” Riley says. “Then the curtains are closed, the music is turned up, girls are dancing on the tables, Champagne is flowing and confetti is flying everywhere.” Not a bad way to pass a Saturday afternoon in Las Vegas when it’s too cold to hit the pools!
Save the Date
Lavo Brunch is known for its fun themed parties throughout the season, and Riley has the inside scoop on some of the best ones.
December 31: New Year’s Eve
“With the holiday falling on a Saturday this year, Lavo Party Brunch is going to be one for the books. Everyone is dressed to impress, and the celebrations will go from day to night at Lavo, making it an unforgettable event.”
January 7: PJ & PJ Brunch
“Everyone is in their pajamas, and Perrier-Jouët representatives come to brunch as well and bring an amazing amount of energy with them. Guests are dressed in lingerie, onesies and robes.”
February 4 & 5: The Big Game Brunch and Lavo Bowl, respectively
“Everyone is representing their favorite team, the energy is through the roof, both floors are absolutely packed and there are a ton of celebrities in town, which always brings another element of excitement to the party.”
With nightclubs such as Marquee and Tao in the family, Tao Group makes good music a priority, and Lavo is no different. Find favorite local DJs C.L.A., Lema, Mike Attack, DJ Vice and others setting the sounds for each party. Riley adds, “Also, guests can expect to see a few of Marquee’s resident DJs at Lavo.”
Riley’s favorite drink, Frosé All Day, is made with Hacienda de Arínzano rosé wine, Stoli Elit Vodka, Chambord and fresh berries. For a new take on cool bottle presentations, Riley recommends the giant ice cream sundae for $800. Just how giant, you ask? “It has 18 scoops of ice cream, macarons, waffles, marshmallows, whipped cream, chocolate sauce and sprinkles,” he says. “It’s delivered to your table in a giant ice bowl and is topped with a bottle of Avion Espresso Liqueur.” Just the type of midday sugar rush needed to power through the afternoon.
“Definitely don’t overlook the menu. The food is unbelievable,” Riley says. Lavo Brunch is unique in that you can actually eat brunch in the venue ahead of the madness—you know, before everything gets drenched in Champagne showers and covered in confetti. Not-to-miss dishes include the almond-crusted French toast ($18) and seafood plateau grande ($125).
Keep Calm, Brunch On
Not feelin’ the party this weekend? Lavo also honors your quieter side with Proper Brunch, available from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays.