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Photos: Ryan Lochte toasts 29th birthday at Tao, Lavo, SHe, Azure, Andiamo and Hakkasan

Ryan Lochte Hosts at Azure Luxury Pool

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Ryan Lochte hosts at Azure Luxury Pool in the Palazzo on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013.

Ryan Lochte 29th Birthday at SHe

Ryan Lochte, right, with Cullen Jones and Ed Moses, celebrates his 29th birthday at SHe in Crystals at CityCenter on Friday, Aug. 16, 2013. Launch slideshow »

Olympic champion swimmer and heartthrob Ryan Lochte’s 29th birthday motto over the weekend was carpe diem, as he hit not one, not two, not three, but at least six hotspots while in Las Vegas — and these are just the ones we know about at this writing.


The E! reality TV star (“What Would Ryan Lochte Do?”) kicked off his nonstop celebration Friday night at SHe by Morton’s at Crystals in CityCenter. Lochte, in a T-shirt with red roses, dark denim and black Creative Recreation high tops, was accompanied by friends including fellow swimmers Cullen Jones, Ed Moses and Matt Haupt.

His birthday fun at Fabrik Fridays included Cupcake shots and a red, white and blue birthday cake presented by SHe’s golden-winged performers.

Thanks to Bryan Steffy of WireImage for his photo gallery, and kudos to Lochte for not taking himself too seriously in posing in some seriously goofy shots.

Ryan Lochte at Tao Beach, Lavo; Shaq Hosts at Lavo

Cullen Jones and Ryan Lochte at Lavo in Palazzo on Friday, Aug. 16, 2013. Launch slideshow »


Before partying at SHe, it was fun in the sun in a VIP cabana at Tao Beach in the Venetian for Lochte, who, sadly, donned a striped tank top and black board shorts — but an itsy, bitsy Speedo was nowhere to be found. He did, however, enjoy cocktails.

Joined by Jones, Lochte’s birthday group enjoyed dinner at Lavo in the Palazzo before hitting the upstairs boutique nightclub. DJ Jerzy announced his arrival, and the nightclub revelers cheered as he stopped to pose for photographs with fans and was later presented with a birthday dessert and confetti showers.

Retired NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal competed for the Lavo spotlight and played host. Shaq took over a VIP section on the dance floor with a group of friends that included reality TV star turned fitness coach Nicole “Hoopz” Alexander.

Shortly upon his arrival, Shaq made his way to the DJ booth not once but twice and kicked the party up a notch alongside DJ Jerzy rapping along to hip-hop anthems — and later surprising with an impromptu DJ set.

Also at Lavo on Friday night: comedian and actor David Spade with a group of friends. Thanks to Al Powers of Powers Imagery for the Tao Beach photographs and Karl Larson of Powers Imagery for the Lavo photographs.

Ryan Lochte Hosts at Azure Luxury Pool

Ryan Lochte hosts at Azure Luxury Pool in the Palazzo on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013. Launch slideshow »

Ryan Lochte at Azure


The main event for the 11-time Olympic medalist (seven of them individual) was a pool party Saturday afternoon at Azure Luxury pool in the Palazzo. Fresh off the FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain, where he won a third consecutive 200m IM world gold, Lochte celebrated his victory and belated birthday (he turned 29 on Aug. 3) with guests and friends, including weekend BFF Jones and Nathan Adrian, both Olympic champions, as well.

DJ Roman Rosati pumped up the daytime revelers with his beats while Lochte and friends danced in a cabana. The party enjoyed a birthday cake for Lochte and toasted the celebration with cocktails.

In a case of déjà vu, it was a cake fight for Lochte, who once again denied his fans a Speedo. Thanks to Tom Donoghue for his photo gallery and Richard Corey for his video posted on YouTube.

Ryan Lochte in Downtown Las Vegas

Ryan Lochte, second from left, and friends at dinner at Joe Vicari's Andiamo Italian Steakhouse in the D Hotel in downtown Las Vegas on Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013. Launch slideshow »


Lochte joined Jones, Moses and 10 others for dinner at Joe Vicari’s Andiamo Italian Steakhouse at the D Hotel in downtown Las Vegas on Sunday night. The feast also included a swimming pool birthday cake adorned with little swimmers with goggles swimming in the icing.

The group then stepped out of the D onto Fremont Street Experience where

Viva Vision displayed a “Happy Birthday” tribute to Lochte, who was blown away by the presentation. Lochte et al then returned to the D, where they

gambled with the Dancing Dealers before departing in the D’s limousine bus.

Thanks to Tony Cordell for his photo gallery. Check back for our Star Surveillance with Lochte at Hakkasan, as were “Twilight” hunk and fashion designer Kellan Lutz, in town for MAGIC, and “Superman” stud Henry Cavill. Is it getting hot in there?

And, finally, here ends Ryan Lochte Birthday Watch 2013 four photo galleries later. Until next year and the Big 3-0.

Don Chareunsy is senior editor for arts and entertainment of the Las Vegas Sun.

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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