Tom Sandoval is back and apparently better than ever as we head into a new season of "Vanderpump Rules" -- just look at how this dude serving up drinks after the show!!!
The reality star was front and center Wednesday night at his establishment in Hollywood, Schwartz & Sandy's, where he was playing bartender for a bunch of people who swung by after the premiere for Season 11 of 'VPR' ... where Tom was also in attendance.
That's why it's fascinating to see him rock a similar one almost a whole year later so proudly. Even more eye-opening ... the fact that eyewitnesses tell us Tom was asked about the lightning bolt and the fact he was still wearing it ... all he said was "Yup!"
As for the premiere itself ... it was a buzzy event that featured the whole cast, who certainly seemed to be giddy to get together and show off what they'd been filming in recent months.
In fact, Scheana Shay busted a move to her song, "Good as Gold," and we got a clip too. And in terms of the actual episode -- which will air at a later date -- best believe Sandoval is still top of mind for everyone ... although, he himself doesn't show 'til the very end.