So have you made any special plans for New Year's Eve yet?
Oh, I suppose you could go the traditional route. Schlep on
down to New York City and then crowd into Times Square. Be one of the half
million people who go there every year, stand in the cold and watch the ball
Or - if you want to do something different this year - you can
ditch the crowds & the cold and head for Las Vegas. Where Sin City officials are
planning on ending 2011 with a bang. Literally.
In the 8-minutes and 36 seconds leading up to midnight, Las
Vegas is going to fire off more than 56,400 pyrotechnics to a pulsing musical
soundtrack. Which will make this one of the biggest fireworks displays in the
country. And given that these shells will be fired off from the rooftops of
eight Las Vegas casino hotels,
no matter where you stand along the Strip, you're sure to get a terrific view.
Mind you, some views will be better than others. Take - for
instance - the view from TAO's outdoor
terrace. Given that this popular night spot is actually located inside
of the Venetian (which - along with the Aria, Caesars Palace, MGM Grand, Planet
Hollywood, Treasure Island, Tropicana and the Stratosphere - is one of the
firing locations for this year's display), the view from TAO is sure to be
Of course, given what's supposed to go on at this club on
the night of December 31st, the view on the inside should be something
special as well. As hundreds of people pour into this 42,000 square-foot venue
so that they can then take part in one
of the hottest events of the holiday season, New Year's Eve at TAO.
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Don't get me wrong. Thanks to its huge Buddha statues and
elaborate Koi fish ponds, any time that you spend inside of this Asian-themed
night club is going to be pretty memorable. But on New Year's Eve, TAO plans on
moving things to a whole new level. There'll
be an open bar as well as passed hors d'oeuvres from 9 - 11 p.m. Not to mention
a champagne toast at midnight which will be hosted by reality TV star Kim
Kardashian. And speaking of midnight: After 12 p.m., you can use your TAO New Year's
Eve pass to gain entry to its sister nightclub, LAVO at the Palazzo.
It's also worth noting here (as kind of an after-party perk)
that - if you present your ticket stub at the TAO or LAVO restaurant on New
Year's Day - you'll then receive 10% off of the bill for your meal.
Okay. Admittedly this all sounds like a sweet deal. But now comes
the fine print:
But beyond that handful of rules & regulations, New Year's Eve
at TAO promises to be a pretty memorable way to bring 2011 to a close and/or
And speaking of LAVO ... That Moroccan-theme nightclub will
also be hosting a say-goodbye-to-2011/say-hello-to-2012 shindig on New Year's
Eve. And just like over at TAO, LAVO in the Palazzo will feature an open bar &
free passed hors d'oeuvres from 9 - 11 p.m. as well as a champagne toast at
midnight. And did I mention that the
terrace at LAVO Nightclub
will also offer a spectacular view of that 8 ½ minute-long fireworks
extravaganza along the Strip?
Better yet, once that firework display are over, you can
head back into the club and - thanks to all of those great tunes that noted DJ
Samantha Ronson will be spinning - start 2012 off right by taking a spin around
the dance floor.
So long story short: Between the thousand of shells
exploding over Sin City to the hundreds of swells who'll be trying to gain
entrance to two of the town's most popular night spots, New Year's Eve in Las
Vegas sounds like it's really gonna be a blast.
So this year, why not start a new New's Year Eve tradition
by trading Times Square's cold & crowds for a sky full of fireworks in Las
Vegas? Just be aware, though, that - if you're planning on partying at either TAO or LAVO that night -
you'd best purchase your passes ASAP. Because - just like 2011 - tickets to
those New Year's Eve parties are expected to disappear very soon.