Super Bowl weekend attacted another large throng of celebrities who partied at UFC 156, attended restaurant openings and put down bets on the 49ers and Ravens.
The big names included:
• Charles Barkley, having a turkey sandwich at the new Citizens Kitchen & Bar at Mandalay Bay before the Super Bowl.
• All-World linebacker Lawrence Taylor, hosting the LT Bowl at Tao (Venetian) on Saturday. He was joined by wrestling legend Ric Flair and former Chicago Bears player Steve McMichaels. It was an early birthday party for Taylor, who turned 54 on Monday.
• New England Patriots All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski, dancing shirtless on stage at XS (Encore) over the weekend and, according a TMZ.com video. At one point, Gronkowski, who broke his left forearm earlier this year, is is seen throwing a wrestling move on a friend and wrestling him to the floor. The 6-foot-6 Gronkowski was wearing a light cast on his injured arm.
• New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis and Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Jon Baldwin, together at Bagatelle Restaurant & Supper Club (Tropicana) at the club’s weekly Sunday brunch party.
• Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, in the Boom Box Room at Marquee with friends on Saturday.
• Oscar winner Nicholas Cage, Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil and prop comic Carrot Top, watching the Super Bowl at the Red Rock sports book in the V.I.P. area.
• Eva Longoria, charming a full house at SHe by Morton’s, formerly Beso, at Crystals at City Center. Also at SHe: Gabby Giffords and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, with SHe owner Tilman Fertitta.
• Robert De Niro, taking part in the grand opening of the first Nobu Hotel (Caesars Palace) on Saturday.
• At UFC 156 (Mandalay Bay) on Saturday: Wilmer Valderrama, Jenny "J-Woww" Farley, Shane Victorino (Boston Red Sox), Kirk Morrison (Buffalo Bills), David Farrell (Linkin Park), Marcedes Lewis (Jacksonville Jaguars), UFC Hall of Famers Chuck Liddell and Royce Gracie.
• Toby Keith, joining Nashville Unplugged on stage Friday at the Rocks Lounge at Red Rock. Keith also took in Rod Stewart’s show at The Colosseum (Caesars).
• Kathy Griffin, dining at Lavo (Palazzo) on Saturday and taking time for a photograph with executive Chef Massimiliano Campanari.
• NFL Hall of Famer Taylor, with Flair and McMichael at Casa Fuente (Caesars) on Saturday.
• UFC fighter Francisco Rivera, at Lavo his after-fight party. The mixed-martial artist won his match over Edwin Figueroa earlier in the night.
• Record producer and rapper Jermaine Dupri, ordering a vegan burger last night at Society Café in Encore Las Vegas. At a separate table, former UFC champion Chuck Liddell with a group.
–NORM CLARKE, Vegas Confidential