Monday, March 14, 2016 | 9:58 p.m.
2016 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover model Hailey Clauson celebrated her 21st birthday with all the glamour one would expect from a coming-of-legal-age model in Las Vegas dining and partying at Encore over the weekend.
Early Friday evening, the blonde California native arrived at Encore with 10 friends. The group dined at the new restaurant Jardin, where Clauson, ravishing in red, posed for a photograph with executive chef Joseph Zanelli before indulging in a decadent flowerpot dessert.
On Saturday afternoon, Clauson and friends hit Encore Beach Club, where they partied in a private bungalow overlooking the dayclub action. Imbibing Grey Goose and Jack Daniels cocktails, the ladies mostly soaked in the sun on daybeds while the guys danced to the sounds of DJ Snake.
Clauson, in a sexy black one-piece, posted a selfie taken with a friend inside on Instagram. After getting her hair styled by Claude Baruk at his namesake salon in Encore, Clauson and company arrived for dinner at Andrea’s, and Clauson turned heads and stunned in an asymmetrical periwinkle dress.
Executive chef Joseph Elevado presented Clauson with a platter of Andrea’s signature rolls, including toro + tuna, albacore + kiwi, king crab + fluke and cucumber roll, along with a selection of Asian specialty dishes.
After dinner, the party moved a few steps away to Encore Players Club, the new luxury gaming lounge on the casino floor. Clauson and her friends poured Red Bull and vodka “Jackpot” drinks from a large crystal decanter while several from the group played pool.
The birthday celebration culminated at Surrender where rapper Big Boi was behind the wheels of steel. The group enjoyed Grey Goose cocktails and were seen dancing, laughing and having a blast.
Clauson was delighted when Surrender staffers arrived with a custom birthday cake topped with the number 21. The party continued at Surrender until the early hours of the morning.
Thanks to Danny Mahoney for his photographs at Jardin and Tony Tran for his images at Andrea’s and Surrender.
Don Chareunsy is the Las Vegas Sun’s entertainment and luxury senior editor and has been a journalist for nearly two decades.
Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous” fame has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past 15 years giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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