Seen Around Town: Leona Lewis at TAO, Carter-less Backstreet Boys Hit Drai’s

Can you imagine what legal marijuana is going to do for the celebrity scene in this town? Get those cameras out when you stop by the dispensaries, just in case.

But we digress, here’s who didn’t have to pay sticker price in Las Vegas this weekend.


Back in the day, celebrities liked to keep their strip club escapades on the DL. You might see them there, but they were discreet about it.

Example: We once saw a certain 80s action star in the Spearmint Rhino VIP wearing a fanny pack. He wasn’t making it rain, and he wasn’t spraying champagne. He was just getting lap dances while wearing a fanny pack. That’s not something you want people to find out about.

But the days of discreet strip club outings are long gone, as evidenced by Jersey Shore participant Ronnie Ortiz-Magro’s appearance at Crazy Horse III.

Ortiz-Magro, who has moved from MTV to an E! show about reality television participants who can’t hold down a relationship, arrived at the club’s “Red, White and Booty” party with a group that included adult film star (and part-time Las Vegas resident) Nicolette Shea.

The gang took seats in the VIP and grooved to the sounds of DJ E11V3N, while also enjoying the sights.

So, there you have it. Reality television fame gets you VIP treatment in Las Vegas strip clubs. Setting the bar kinda low, don’t you think?


We like that Leona Lewis is a fan of Las Vegas. Just a couple of months after celebrating her 32nd birthday at Magic Mike Live, the “Bleeding Love” singer was back in town and partying at The Venetian’s TAO Nightclub.

Upon arrival, servers greeted Lewis with her name in giant letters (which has to be a nice feeling) and everyone had a blast dancing to the sounds of Jerzy.  


Let’s be real, Nick Carter is the best Backstreet Boy, and it’s not even close. That’s why it must have been so disappointing to find out Carter was a no-show when the group hit Drai’s Beachclub on Sunday.

Instead, the crowd was stuck with the other four Backstreet Boys (we forget their names, does it really matter?). The quartet performed some of the hits you can hear in their Planet Hollywood residency, as befuddled partygoers raced to their phones to cry about Carter’s absence.

We don’t blame them.  

Before we go, give it up for Las Vegan Bryce Harper, who was named to his fifth Major League Baseball All-Star team on Sunday. The Las Vegas High School alum received 4,630,306 votes – the most of any player.

He promptly celebrated by smacking a two-run home run in the first inning of the Nationals-Cardinals game. Then he did it again in the third inning. Good work, Harper.