Thursday, March 28, 2013 | 12:33 p.m.
The celebriyy merry-go-round keeps spinning on the Strip, and nearby, and it seems, as every week goes by, a larger contingent of stars jets in for the fun of our restaurants, hotels, parties and nightclubs.
Here’s the newest wrap of the past few days:
Olympic champion Michael Phelps has becoming a Las Vegas regular before he starts his stint in the World Series of Poker this summer. He stayed on after his appearance at Cirque du Soleil’s “One Night for One Drop” at Bellagio and partied at 1 OAK in The Mirage.
For two consecutive days, he followed the March Madness basketball games on the 30 TV screens at the new sports lounge restaurant Heraea in the Palms. His snacks during the NCAA marathon of matches included pepper poppers, tuna tacos, crab and spinach dip and steak salad washed down with Fat Tire and Hail Mary cocktails.
Kyle Richards of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” and hubby Mauricio partied at The Bank in Bellagio, where at one point she climbed onto a banquette barefoot to dance until 3 a.m.
DJ Pauly D of “Jersey Shore” fame spun his hits until 4 a.m. at Haze in Aria. His former co-star Vinny Guadagnino, girlfriend MTV’s Melanie Iglesias and “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Melissa Gorga all danced to Pauly’s plays.
Before Haze, Vinny had dinner at Fix at Bellagio and saw Cirque’s “Zarkana” at Aria. Melissa turned up at Haze to surprise Pauly, who introduced her to the crowd as his “second mom” Also at Fix, actor Matthew Perry at Lily Lounge in Bellagio.
On the weekend that his August concert at MGM Grand Garden Arena sold out in less than six hours, singer Bruno Mars turned up at chef Wolfgang Puck’s Lupo in Mandalay Bay with girlfriend Jessica Caan. He enjoyed pasta, and she ate chicken parmesan.
Chef Rick Moonen of RM Seafood at Mandalay Place welcomed “Grey’s Anatomy” actor Patrick Dempsey after his Mint 400 race for a sustainable seafood meal.
“Gossip Girl” star Chace Crawford dined at Lavo in Palazzo a table away from “New Normal” star Jayson Blair. Singer Leah Labelle from Season 3 of “American Idol” also dined at Lavo before performing in the upstairs boutique nightclub.
It was bustling busy at sister hotspot Tao in The Venetian. Actor Chris Evans, star of the upcoming “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” had dinner with friends before heading up to the nightclub, where in superhero fashion he tried his hand at the club’s cryo gun.
Also at Tao: Joe Gorga, who looks like a superhero himself, and wife Melissa and cousins Kathy and Rich Wakile celebrating Melissa’s 34th birthday. A nearby guest sent the group a round of shots, and a bachelorette party stopped at Melissa’s table for a “Happy Birthday” salute.
At another table, Tao regular David Spade enjoyed his favorite dish, Kung Pao chicken; E! News entertainment reporter Jason Kennedy at Tao for two consecutive nights; and NFL cornerback DeAngelo Hall in the nightclub for the sounds of DJ Vice, who he sent a special magnum of vodka to keep cool behind the wheels of steel.
Over at Tao Group’s third Las Vegas nightspot Marquee in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Emma and Anthony Hewitt performed an acoustic set in the club’s Library before trance vocalist Emma joined DJ Dash Berlin in the main room later in the evening.
Super middleweight boxer and 2004 summer Olympian Andre Dirrell was at Club Tattoo in Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood for new ink by tattoo artist Krystof.
Music icons Joe Elliott of Def Leppard and hometown rocker Vince Neil of Motley Crue watched Jon Bon Jovi & The Kings of Suburbia at The Joint in The Hard Rock Hotel. Across the casino, Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen was at Body English for Sunday School Afterhours.
Singer Shawn Stockman from Boyz II Men took his family to Blue Man Group at Monte Carlo. Afterward, The Mirage headliner took them all backstage for a photo.
And Kid Ink, who has 60 million views on YouTube, performed five rap numbers, including “Blackout,” “Loaded” and “Time of Your Life” at LAX in Luxor. He worked both sides of the stage and also hopped onto the railings. Kid’s mix master DJ Tech stayed on to keep the beats pumping.
We’ll have another edition of Star Surveillance next week after all the Easter weekend festivities.
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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Transport yourself to the opulent and excessive Roman Empire at Caesars Palace. But the ever-changing Caesars Palace is far from ancient. The hotel and casino is constantly raising the bar for what visitors can expect in a Vegas resort experience.
Caesars Palace features 3,348 rooms and suites in five towers, including the new luxury boutique Nobu Hotel and Restaurant, which opened Feb. 4, 2013, in the totally remodeled Centurian Tower. Caesars features 129,000 square feet of gaming space, including the Strip’s largest poker room and a 250-seat sports book. Other amenities include about two dozen restaurants, a four-level shopping mall, four pools, a spa, Pure and Poetry nightclubs and Pussycat Dolls.
Dining options include restaurants from world-renown chefs Guy Savoy, Wolfgang Puck, Bobby Flay, Gordon Ramsay and, on Feb. 4, 2013, Nobu Matsuhisa.
You never know what characters you’ll run into at Caesars with regular performers like Jerry Seinfeld, Bette Midler, Elton John and maybe even the emperor himself.
Palms Casino Resort has come a long way since its "Real World" debut in 2002. The boutique property features three distinct towers and a diverse mix of bars and restaurants across a 95,000-square-foot casino.
Palms, which features more than 1,200 rooms and fantasy suites, is currently undergoing a multi-million dollar transformation that will encompass an Ivory Tower room and suite redesign, new culinary additions, re-imagined gaming spaces and new, distinctive nightlife experiences.
In addition to newly designed rooms, during the first phase of the renovation, Palms will welcome Heraea, a high-energy American restaurant and lounge, and XISHI, a pan-Asian restaurant and lounge.
Fantasy Suites include the Hardwood Suite, the only hotel room in the world with its own basketball court.
Other amenities include the all-new Cantor Gaming® race and sports book, one of the few sports books in Las Vegas to include a poker room; SOCIAL; Scarlet; Chocolat Bistro; tonic bar; ghostbar; Pearl Concert Theater; Moon Nightclub; N9NE Steakhouse; Nove Italiano; Simon Restaurant & Lounge; Palms Pool & Bungalows; Kim Vō Salon; Drift Spa & Hammam; Brenden Theatres, a 14-theatre cineplex and more than 60,000 square-feet of meeting space.