Signs that Las Vegas might be bouncing back were popping like corks over the weekend.
The mega-club Tao at The Venetian announced it had a monster night on Saturday, with a record 1,400 dinner covers on the restaurant side and more than 7,000 people going through the nightclub, another record.
Jason Strauss, a Tao managing partner, sent the news out on Twitter.
The club opened in September 2005.
"It's great to see Vegas busy and flourishing, especially compared to this time last year," Strauss said.
Music mogul Jay-Z, who was celebrity host, was a big part of the draw. His wife, Beyoncé, accompanied him.
Down the Strip at CityCenter, the Light Group nightclub Haze at Aria was the scene of an epic champagne-buying spree Saturday night.
A photo of the high roller's receipt for $182,000-plus turned up on an Aria casino host's Twitter site.
According to the casino host, the big spender ordered super-sized bottles: one each of Cristal, Moet Chandon, Dom Perignon and an unidentified brand of vodka.
He left a $30,000 tip on top of the automatic 20 percent gratuity .
The man made the purchase after asking for an entire section of the nightclub. Told he would have to "buy big" for that to happen, he ordered the four bottles, which appear much larger than magnums in the photo. A magnum holds two bottles, a Jeroboam four bottles and a Methuselah eight bottles.
One of the hardest-hit cities in the recession, Las Vegas has shown signs of perking up.
"March has been a good month for casinos, but a lot of it was March Madness and spring break. It's coming back but nowhere what it used to be," a top casino host said.
"The volume of people is coming back, but the ADR (average daily room) is not as high as it used to be," nor is the size of the gamblers' bets, he said.
THE SCENE AND HEARD
An episode of "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" was filmed Saturday at the pool outside Simon at Palms Place restaurant. The cast includes Adrienne Maloof-Nassif, 48, wife of plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Nassif, who has been featured on several episodes of "Dr. 90210." Also in the reality show: Camille Donatacci Grammer, the wife of actor Kelsey Grammer.
Jay-Z and Beyoncé, arriving at Tao after his Palms concert Saturday. Was she making a statement with her skin-tight gold sequin dress? Very likely. People magazine reported Friday that Beyoncé's rep said the pregnancy rumors are not true. Also at Tao: Shawn and Damon Wayans, next to Jay-Z and a table of sports stars that included Steven Jackson, Dwight Freeney, Tracy McGrady, Al Harrington and Nebraska football phenom Ndamukong Suh, who earlier attended Jay- Z's show at the Palms. ... Neil Diamond, in the audience at Lionel Richie's show Saturday (Caesars Palace), fanning those rumors that he's going to be headlining there. ... Wayne Newton, in the audience at Matt Goss' show at Caesars while security watched his car, a black Rolls-Royce Corniche. He owns two Rolls-Royces among his large classic car collection: one was formerly owned by actor Steve McQueen . ... Jay-Z and Beyoncé, trying their luck at the Mint High Roller gaming lounge around 4 a.m. at the Palms. They were staying in a two-story sky villa at the Palms' Fantasy tower. ... Also at the Palms: Freeney and Suh in separate parties at N9NE Steakhouse. The NFL Rams' Jackson, dining at Simon at Palms Place on Saturday night before heading to Jay-Z's concert in The Pearl.
THE PUNCH LINE
"Michelle Obama is going to be honored for her anti-obesity campaign at Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards," hosted by Kevin James. Seriously -- fighting obesity at a show hosted by Kevin James? That's like fighting adultery at a show hosted by Jesse James." -- Jimmy Fallon