Five Questions with TAO Las Vegas

Tao Las Vegas + events

You can do it all at TAO Las Vegas! Whether you’re looking to celebrate a Vegas wedding, throw an unforgettable bachelor or bachelorette party, commemorate a milestone birthday, or host a corporate conference event, this extraordinary restaurant offers exceptional event services for both intimate gatherings and large-scale parties.

We spoke with Cristina Baumann, Vice President of Sales for the West Coast & Midwest region at TAO Group Hospitality, about the glamorous customized events that TAO Las Vegas can put together for any occasion. An event experience at TAO Las Vegas will be one you and your guests will never forget.

1. What does a dining experience at TAO Las Vegas look like?

TAO Asian Bistro is a dining destination featuring dramatic design paired with signature dishes and drinks; all enveloped in a buzz-worthy atmosphere. Since opening, the restaurant has appealed to an in-the-know crowd, with many celebrities dining under the watchful eye of TAO’s famed 20-foot floating Buddha. 

The menu encompasses Chinese, Japanese, and Thai flavors, with dishes hailing from the land, sea, and sky, complemented by inventive cocktails and an expansive wine and sake offering. You can enjoy a complete evening never leaving TAO, starting with drinks in the lounge, progressing to dinner, and then heading upstairs to the nightclub to continue the party.

2. How do you attract bachelor or bachelorette parties for a private event experience?

Life is made up of many monumental events, and a wedding is one of the most anticipated milestones a couple can make together. There is no better way to celebrate the excitement of a bachelor or bachelorette than to travel with your closest friends and family to the entertainment capital of the world, Las Vegas! 

Planning a celebratory weekend can be overwhelming, but here at TAO Group Hospitality Las Vegas, we offer multiple options to celebrate the big day. The possibilities are endless, from specific bachelor or bachelorette day club packages to nightclub packages and dinner packages. Our VIP Bachelor and Bachelorette Services Team and VIP Marketing Host Team can take care of all aspects of the celebration and planning process across all of the TAO Group Las Vegas venues. Whether a small intimate party or a large group event, there are celebration options for everyone for a one-of-a-kind experience the bride or groom will never forget.

3. What options do couples have when booking their wedding at TAO Las Vegas?

As we all know, Las Vegas is the wedding capital of the world. TAO Group Hospitality prides itself on the ability to create and customize all your dream destination wedding festivities throughout our expansive options of restaurants, nightclubs, and day clubs within our portfolio. 

This means we can offer much more than a wedding venue. We have the resources and experience to plan every aspect of your special day, from the flowers to the entertainment. To give a taste of our Las Vegas custom wedding packages, imagine a bachelor and bachelorette party on the day you arrive; a rehearsal dinner the following afternoon at one of our four day clubs; and finally, the wedding dinner at one of our iconic restaurants, located up and down the Las Vegas Strip. For couples who would like to continue their evening, we can also customize a nightclub experience. Our custom celebrations packages are both extraordinary and personalized — you dream it, we deliver it. 

4. As a popular leader in the dining and nightlife space, what is hot in event experiences right now?

One noticeable trend in the industry is clients coming to us that have historically used traditional ballrooms for event spaces for all ranges of event styles. These clients are now looking for creative ideas and ways to change things up by using nontraditional event spaces while still achieving the same result. We have successfully executed numerous conference-style event formats with keynote speakers in our nightclub spaces by incorporating all the bells and whistles of lighting and special effects elements found in the club space into the conference event experience.

We also took the same creative approach and successfully executed what would have been a typical seated dinner format in a ballroom with entertainment into an amazing guest experience in one of our club spaces. This created a first-of-its-kind unique experience, “An Evening Under the Chandelier,” at Omnia Nightclub, another venue in the TAO Hospitality Group portfolio. 

5. How does the team at TAO Las Vegas utilize Tripleseat to help manage the jam-packed event calendar?

Where do I start? Tripleseat is a major contributor to our sales teams’ success and profitability, not only for our Vegas market but for all our locations coast to coast. We are incredibly fortunate to have such a significant client loyalty database, so it is exceptionally helpful for our sales teams on a national level to have insight into each other’s events as we share the same clients globally.  

An ongoing Tripleseat benefit that we love is Tripleseat’s dedication to continuously listen to the customers’ needs and wants, then implementing those changes in the form of new functionalities, always helping to streamline the booking process.

Other Tripleseat features we love include the ability to have contracts signed electronically and the built-in payment platform. These features are a total game changer and allow our clients to review, sign and pay within minutes. Finally and most importantly, Tripleseat’s reporting makes it easy to create custom reports and forecast revenue.

Editor’s Note: This article’s content first appeared in the Spring 2023 issue of Seated magazine.