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Any veteran Vegas New Year’s Eve partygoer knows location is everything.
You want to be close to the pretty people. You want to be within selfie distance of the stage. You want to be somewhere with a view when the clock strikes midnight.
And when the Champagne starts pouring, you don’t want to wait too long for your glass.
That’s a lot of criteria to meet. Fortunately, Strip fixtures TAO and LAVO have been doing the New Year’s thing longer than most. This December 31, The Venetian and Palazzo venues, respectively, are hosting a pair of year-end parties that check all of our boxes.
Gucci Mane Takes the Mic at TAO
In breaking with the “everyday EDM” format that so many of its competitors have embraced, TAO has established itself as one of the Strip’s premier hip-hop venues, counting Jermaine Dupri and DJ Mustard among its resident headliners.
On New Year’s Eve, TAO sticks with its winning formula, clearing the stage for trap music pioneer Gucci Mane. The 37-year-old is coming off a banner year, having released his 11th studio album, Mr. Davis, in October, and his 12th, El Gato: The Human Glacier, just before Christmas.
Mane is even dropping hints of another album, The Evil Genius, coming in 2018. Yet somehow, between all that time spent in the recording studio, he’s still going to make it to Vegas for New Year’s Eve.
Even better, while you’re waiting for Gucci Mane to appear, TAO servers will be passing hors d’oeuvres from 9 p.m. to midnight, just in case you skipped dinner. Your ticket also gets you access to a premium open bar from 9–11 p.m.
Juicy J Invites You to Enjoy the View at LAVO
Next door at LAVO, Rubba Band Business artist Juicy J gets the honor of hosting the New Year’s Eve countdown. Like TAO, there will be hors d’oeuvres and the same open bar, but make sure you’ve got your Champagne glass ready when it starts getting close to midnight.
LAVO is blessed to have an impressive patio view of the Strip, and even if temps drop into the 40s, that shouldn’t stop you from catching some air when the fireworks go off. The Venetian will be one of seven Strip resorts sending up fireworks at midnight, so just look up and to your left!
The Party Rolls on After Midnight
Las Vegas headliners have never been known to simply hang up the mic at midnight, and luckily if you’ve got a ticket to TAO or LAVO, then you get access to both venues after the countdown. This saves you from having to brave the Strip to find another party–all you’ve got to do is cut through the “restaurant row” that connects The Venetian and The Palazzo.
We can’t tell you how long either New Year’s bash will last because it’s anyone’s guess. At least you’ll have gotten your fill of food, if not your fill of Champagne.
When It’s Over
Here’s some advice: Make your New Year’s Day dinner reservation early. That should save you a few extra minutes while you’re sleeping in. If you hold onto your ticket confirmation e-mail, you’ll get 15 percent off dinner at TAO Asian Bistro or LAVO Italian Restaurant.
Who’s going to say no to that?