Las Vegas is a party town pretty much every weekend of the year, but certain holidays do seem to call out for a little “extra” celebrating–New Year’s Eve, the Fourth of July, Halloween, and of course, St. Patrick’s Day, which is right around the corner. If you’re going to be in Vegas for the Irish holiday weekend, here are some places you can celebrate and show off your green pride. (You can also celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by turning yourself green riding the Big Shot or X-Scream at the top of the Stratosphere. Just a different way to go. Heh.)
New York, New York
Celebrate indoors and outdoors all weekend long. Nine Fine Irishmen provides you with the authentic Irish Pub experience. And from Friday, March 16 through Sunday, March 18, New York, New York will be hosting the Celtic Feis—a traditional Gaelic festival featuring a parade, live music, Irish food (steak and stout pie, anyone?) and of course, drink—on the Brooklyn Bridge. The hotel will be lighting its Chrysler tower green in honor of the holiday.
Hennessey’s Tavern, Fremont Street
Hennessey’s is hosting a free St. Patrick’s Day block party Downtown. At 1pm, Darby O’Gill and the Little People play traditional Irish drinking music. At 4pm, listen to U2 tribute band Arms of America. The Crown Avenue Band steps up at 7pm, and at 10pm, The Sheleighly’s take over.
Rí Rá Irish Pub, The Shoppes at Mandalay Place
Start your St Patrick’s Day as early as 7am if you want, with a full Irish breakfast here. Music starts at noon. This pub is literally built from a pub in Ireland that was shipped to Las Vegas. Rí Rá offers plenty of bar stools for the solo, and of course all the beer you could possibly want. There’s a Rí Rá in Burlington, where I live, and I really like the atmosphere there. I assume it would be similar in Vegas.
O’Sheas, Center Strip
I don’t see anything particularly Irish about O’Shea’s except the name, the color scheme, and its “leprechaun” mascot–unless they serve green hamburgers at the Burger King inside? But they’re hosting a massive St. Patty’s Day block party on Saturday, with live music starting at noon. Besides, O’Shea’s is an institution on the Strip, and for long-term visitors, it holds a certain nostalgia, because of its cheap gambling, booze and food. O’Shea’s will be closing on April 30 in advance of the Linq project, so now’s a good time to go and pay your final respects.
Brendan’s Irish Pub, The Orleans
Another authentic Irish pub, Brendan’s one offers Guinness and a variety of Irish beers and whiskeys. Killian’s Angels, an Irish band (naturally) will be providing the entertainment starting at 9pm on March 16-17. I’ve spent some time in this pub; the bartenders are super nice and it’s a comfortable vibe. If you get hungry, you can have food ordered from one of the other restaurants in the hotel and delivered to you in the bar.
Jack’s Irish Pub, Palace Station
Jack’s offers drink specials and live music every Friday and Saturday night. I don’t know if they have anything special planned for St. Patrick’s Day, or if it’s going to be your casual Irish pub experience. But if you’re staying at Palace Station, it means you don’t have to venture outside your own hotel to celebrate St. Patty’s Day.
The Irish Pub at the Rio
This Irish Pub replaced McFadden’s. Plenty of cold beers are available from 5pm-on over St. Patrick’s Day weekend. The website gives no indication that they serve food, though. So if you get the munchies, you might need to wander over to the buffet.