Thursday, November 11, 2010

Nick, Vanessa kick it


While you were crying over the Bengals’ inevitable loss to the Steelers Monday night, famous people Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo were celebrating their better fortunes – right here in town.

The newly engaged couple left Paul Brown Stadium and headed a few blocks north to Mainstay Rock Bar, where they had reserved the second floor for a private party, said Mainstay manager Travis French. The couple – and 75 or so of their closest friends – enjoyed a private DJ and a big cake as they celebrated their engagement and shared birthdays (they were born seven years apart today).

People reported that “Minnillo gushed over her engagement ring, jumping up and down and clapping her hands as she showed it off to everyone, even the bartender.” French said Minnillo drank white wine while Lachey, who “loves his Miller Lites,” had his beer.

Lachey has been a longtime friend of Mainstay, French said, and the bar sent out teasers on Facebook and Twitter hinting that the couple would be stopping by. Alas, the party was private, and Lachey was allowed his privacy, French said. The couple left just before the Downtown bar closed without being hounded.