Because no one should be thirsty on March 17.
This pub’s annual “Five Days of Madness” gets into high gear bright and early—well, if you consider 9 a.m. “early”—on March 14 with a traditional Irish breakfast and more than enough Guinness and Jameson to wash it all down. The “Bloody Sunday” drink specials include 25-ounce mugs of draft for $10 and smaller, shamrock-hued cups o’brewskies for $4. And it wouldn’t be Bloody Sunday without a little U2, so the local version of Bono and the boys—Vegas U2—will entertain from 9 p.m. until midnight.
As for the big day itself, $10 gets you in with a yard glass to fill with Killian’s (or green mystery beer), or they’ll give you a free shot of Jameson, if you prefer. At the Rio.
Sammy Hagar’s spot puts a Mexican spin on the Irish holiday with “Greena Coladas” and Chocolate Irish Mochas at the daiquiri bar all night long. Standard St. Paddy’s Day specials are $5, including pints of green draft or Guinness and shots of Jameson or Baileys Irish Cream. Sport a kilt for more drink specials, or forget the booze and just focus on food, which will also be festive: All burritos and quesadillas will be made with green tortillas. In Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood. Doors at 11 a.m., no cover.
McMullan’s Irish Pub
With names like the Greenland Whalefishers and Darby O’Gill & the Little People, the bands playing this St. Paddy’s party have to be seen to be appreciated. Things get off to a real early start, at 7 a.m., but bagpipers get to sleep in since they won’t start ’til noon. Other Irish entertainment follows indoors and out beginning at 1 p.m. and ending “whenever the party stops,” which may very well be sometime in April. 4650 W. Tropicana Ave.
Celebrate at the only Irish casino on the Strip as it kicks off a four-day block party. Peepshow starlet Holly Madison and her pint-size sidekick de jour, Lucky the Leprechaun, will get things started at noon with a round of beer pong (we know, we were hoping for body shots, too) and the entertainment will continue with performances by DJ Irish, Joshua Tree and Limey Bar. The Sin City Sinners will also perform, from 9 until 11 p.m. Blarney rock-bottom drink specials include $1 frozen Baileys, $3 Irish Car Bombs and $4 Guinness on tap. The party continues for three more days, from 2 p.m. until midnight on March 20. Noon-1 a.m. March 17, 2 p.m.-midnight March 18-20, free.
Fadó’s Irish Pub
St. Patrick’s Day gets started at 8 a.m. with “Kegs and Eggs,” followed by live music at 12 p.m. Practice your Irish Jig to the sounds of Finnegan’s Wake, the Birdies, the Cronies and the Junk. There’s a stout selection of beer on tap, including Guinness, Harp, Smithwicks and Kilkenny, and a fine selection of Irish whiskeys, too. When it comes to festive pub grub, it’s hard to top Fadó’s freshly made corned beef and cabbage and Irish boxty. 9470 S. Eastern Ave. Free before 2 p.m., $15 after that.
Las Vegas’ best Irish bartender, John O’Donnell, hosts a night of beer and bagpipes at the Palms. JOD leaves his post behind the bar at N9NE Steakhouse and takes the night off to host a tribute to his homeland at Ghostbar. At the Palms, Doors at 8 p.m., free for local ladies, $10 for the first two hours, $20 after 10 p.m. for all others.
Blondies Sports Bar and Grill
This isn’t normally a local’s hangout—nor is it all that Irish, for that matter—but a highlighter party called Glow Green provides a good reason to brave the tourist crowd. This is an arts-and-crafts-meets-glow-bowling extravaganza, so leave your shamrock-colored suit at home and instead wear (inexpensive) white. Pay $20 cover and enjoy all-you-can-drink draft, then get ready to put your drunk-drawing skills to work when the black lights come on and the highlighters come out. Two suggestions: “Kiss Me I’m Irish” for you; “Kick Me I’m a Tourist” for them. In Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood. Doors at 11 a.m., highlighter party at 9 p.m.