If you’re an Olympian celebrating both a birthday and a gold-medal win at the FINA World Championships in Barcelona on August 1, how do you celebrate?
With so, so much cake.
Ryan Lochte was rolling with a crew of fellow swimmers, including Cullen Jones, Matt Haupt, Ed Moses and Nathan Adrian, when they started things out at Tao on August 15. He got a cake there, then another one at SHe the next night after spending the day at Tao Beach. He also bounced over to Lavo that night—which also saw Shaquille O’Neal hosting and climbing in the booth to show off his whatever-passes-for-flow to some old-school hip-hop cuts.
On August 17, Lochte was at Palazzo’s Azure pool, where he got another cake and a magnum of Veuve Clicquot (and Shaq tweeted, “Who is Ryan Lochte?”). In the evening, Lochte moved the party to 1 Oak at The Mirage after dinner at Mandalay Bay’s Kumi.
There wasn’t a cake at 1 Oak, but there were the Lonely Island crew—Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone—celebrating The Wack Album, which was released in June. Also there were Seth Meyers, Mark Salling, Charlie Hunnam and Salt-n-Pepa. Which is hopefully a precursor to the latter joining the cast of Hunnam’s Sons of Anarchy as their own three-woman motorcycle gang, featuring Spinderella in a sidecar.
Then, August 18, Lochte and his crew had dinner at Andiamo in The D where he got—wait for it—another cake. Then Viva Vision did a whole tribute to Lochte. It was prelude to his 1 a.m. trip to Hakkasan, where Kellan Lutz and Henry Cavill were also partying.
There was no cake there, so the final tally is four cakes in four days across eight venues with one Superman, one basketball player with a Superman tattoo, a tortured motorcycle gang leader and both the authors of “Push It” and “Dick in a Box.” Got to pack it all in when you have those rare training breaks, we suppose.
Brody Jenner Hangs With Kendra on Road to 30
With nary a Kardashian in sight, Brody Jenner managed to draw a few celebrities to his 30th birthday party August 17 at Hyde Bellagio. The former Bromance star (just waiting on those DVDs, MTV) hit the club up around midnight with a group of friends. Kendra Wilkinson-Baskett was in the club at a separate table, but came over to say hello. As did pro golfer Tommy Armour III and Champagne King Don Johnson.
Of course, none of that is going to change the fact that Jenner put together a TV show where he made a bunch of dudes compete to be his friend. But at least the life of fame and fortune that Jenner held the keys to materialized for winner Luke Verge.
Another one for the road
Come August 28, the former Tabu space at MGM Grand will be Whiskey Down, a high-end gaming lounge with blackjack, video poker and, you know, whiskey. … Nestling in between the Colosseum and the Forum Shops at Caesars will be Fizz, a Champagne lounge from Elton John’s partner David Furnish, Steven Kennedy and former Pure Management Vice President Michael Greco. It will serve small plates and feature photos from John’s personal collection, and it comes at a $3.2 million price tag. Or roughly the cost of just one pair of his jewel-encrusted oversize ’70s sunglasses. … The SpyOnVegas.com Hot 100 wrapped up another season at Wet Republic on August 16. Your $25,000 winner was Las Vegas makeup artist Stacee Lee.