Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012 | 6:56 p.m.
Rapper Tyga celebrated his 23rd birthday by hosting, performing and partying at Tao in the Venetian on Saturday night, and contributing photographer Al Powers of Powers Imagery was onsite at the hotspot for the celebration.
Tyga was greeted by the sounds of DJ Vice as his friends and he made their way to the nightclub. Shortly upon arrival, he was presented with a three-tier, gold-trimmed birthday cake and a server dressed as a tiger in a cage, which had partygoers cheering as Vice wished him a “Happy Birthday.”
Tyga, dressed in a black baseball cap, long-sleeve black shirt, red pants and red-and-black sneakers, took the mic soon after and performed his hits, including “Rack City,” “Faded” and “Make It Nasty.” Also at Tao: “Extra” correspondent Ben Lyons and friends dining at the restaurant before heading upstairs to the nightclub.
Don Chareunsy is editor of VegasDeLuxe.com and senior editor, arts and entertainment, of LasVegasSun.com.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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In the spirit of Venice, The Venetian is a little piece of romantic Italy right here in Las Vegas. The Venetian is an "all-suite" hotel, with rooms accented with plush linens and Italian marble. The 4,027 suites are divided into two towers: The 36-story Venetian Tower that offers guests a taste of luxurious Las Vegas and the Venezia suites, which guarantee 12 floors of high-end elegance. The top five floors are the hotel's highest level of luxury with its private access, concierge lounge, upgraded features and even a dedicated staff.
The flagship of Venetian nightlife is TAO, an ultra-hip nightclub located inside of TAO Asian Bistro. V Bar is The Venetian's super smooth ultra lounge, made by the owners of New York City's club Lotus and Los Angeles' super swank Sunset Room.
The Venetian features 19 restaurants including Thomas Keller's award-winning French restaurant Bouchon, Mario Batali's B&B Ristorante, Aquaknox for fresh seafood and the 42,000 square foot TAO Asian Bistro. There's also the food court inside the Canal Shoppes for those looking for a quick bite.
Guests can float along The Grand Canal Shops in an authentic Italian gondola ride and pass stores like Burberry and Kenneth Cole along the way. And if you haven't caught a real celeb, on the street in Vegas, you can head over to Madame Tussauds to check out a wax version.