With all of these St. Patrick’s Day party options, there’s no reason to go thirsty this March 17. From Guinness and Jameson to leprechauns and Lucky Charms, there’s something for everyone.
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.
Green Valley Ranch
Henderson’s Green Valley Ranch will host not one, but two events at Ovation and Quinn’s Irish Pub. The Royal Purple Rockers and Darby O’Gill & the Little People will rock out at Quinn’s Irish Pub. Featured are $5 Jameson Irish whiskey specials, Irish Car Bombs, Patty Wagons and the Red Leprechaun, a shot of Jameson dropped in Red Bull. Ovation will start the evening chock-filled with bands Otherwise, Picture Pilot, Black Market Music and Magni Fi. Green Valley Ranch. No cover. Doors open at 5 p.m. for Quinn’s, 9 p.m. for Ovation.
St. Patty’s Day will be celebrated throughout the Monte Carlo as both the Pub and Brand Lounge will host special events and music. Killian’s Angels will give the night a rocking start at the Pub until DJ Albert scratches the remainder of the evening with music fresh from Ireland. Helping you to “Drink Until Someone Looks Pretty,” the Pub will serve $2 green Jell-O shots, $5 Irish Car Bombs and Guinness Beer along with $8 Jameson whiskey cocktails. If you feel the luck of the Irish flowing through your veins, although it may just be the Jameson’s, buckle your shoes and dance in the Irish Jig Contest, where you could win $500. At Brand Lounge, DJ Joey D’s will spin Top 40 with a good deal of Irish beats mixed in. Guests should ‘Grab a Pot O’ Cold Ones,’ a sampling of six Irish beers for $25 or stick with the $5 Guinness beer specials. Monte Carlo, the Pub’s doors open at 4 p.m., Brand Lounge doors open at 5 p.m. No cover.
Luxor and Excalibur
If you like to bounce from bar to bar, the Guinness Beer Crawl may be your ticket. Aurora and Liquidity will host the events at the Luxor while at Excalibur, Lounge and Octane will serve Irish beer as well. If you manage to put down a pint at every stop, you’ll receive at St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl T-shirt and have a chance at a midnight drawing to win a Guinness dartboard. Luxor and Excalibur, crawl kicks off at 7 p.m., pick up your free Pub Crawl Passport at any participating location.
The MGM’s sprawling venue is vast enough to hold its own pub crawl this St. Patty’s Day. Zuri, West Wing Bar, Centrifuge and Rouge will offer $3 Jameson whiskey shots with the purchase of a $5 Guinness beer. Knock one back, get a stamp in your pub crawl passport; get a stamp from each venue and finish the night with a complimentary Irish Car bomb shot. MGM Grand, the crawl will be going on all day, pick up your free Pub Crawl Passport at any participating location.
A splash of Blue’s in a day filled with green is what you’ll find at B.B. King’s Blues Club; along with a delicious Irish theme menu. B.B.’s will have all three courses covered with green eggs and ham with potato biscuits for breakfast, corned beef and Swiss cheese sandwich for lunch and for dinner; more corned beef and cabbage. Drink it down with $5 Jameson whiskey, $5 Irish Car Bombs and $4 domestic draft beers. The Mirage, no cover, doors open at 6:30 a.m.
Fill up at the Buffet at Aria before a night full of drinking. A special St. Patrick’s Day menu of Guinness-braised short ribs, corned beef and cabbage, shepherd’s pie, baked parsnips and Irish lamb stew will be among the usual offerings. If an evening of fine dining is more up your alley, Sage will present a Sierra Nevada Beer Dinner. Chef Shawn McClain’s will pair five courses of his contemporary American cuisine with the Sierra Nevada’s award-winning brews. Aria, the Buffet at Aria opens for breakfast at 7 a.m., lunch 11 a.m., dinner 4 p.m. The Sierra Nevada Dinner at Sage will be $95 per guest; passed canapés will begin at 7 p.m. followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m., reservations required.
McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant
For the 11th year in a row, McCormick & Schmick’s will host an evening of music, traditional Irish food and of course green beer. Gary Queen will provide the music for patrons to enjoy along with specials on Guinness, green beer, Jameson’s and Baileys. The seafood specialist will be adding corned beef and cabbage, corned beef sandwiches, Guinness shrimp, lamb stew, and corned beef sliders to their menu for the evening. Another tradition that’s quickly gaining popularity is the sixth annual St. Cabby’s Day; a complimentary buffet of green eggs, ham and Lucky Charms cereal for all cab drivers. 335 Howard Hughes Center, doors open at 5 p.m., St. Cabby’s Day 8 a.m -9:30 a.m., a special gift certificates can be picked up any time before 5 p.m. with a valid TA card and while supplies last.
Montelago Village at Lake Las Vegas
Get out of the city and visit Lake Las Vegas, which will host the Craft Beer Festival at the Village while Finnegan’s Wake plays traditional Irish music at Auld Dubliner. The Wedge Brothers will provide the live music at the beer festival, while the few beer pong balls may land in a pint of Irish beer as the Guinness Girls will stop by Auld Dubliner, which will also offer specials on drinks and food along with raffle give-a-way. Montelago at Lake Las Vegas. $25 cover for Craft Beer, festival lasts from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. No cover at Auld Dubliner, doors open at 11 a.m.
The devil’s doing a jig at Diablo’s, where the Strangford Lough Brewing Company is providing brew straight from Ireland. Enjoy live performances by local band Conflict of Interest along with The Rouges, the winners of the Global Celtic Battle of the Bands. Monte Carlo, doors open at 4 p.m., $10 cover (subject to change).
The Hard Rock is up to their usual bag of tricks this year for ShamROCKED. A lucky winner will receive a Vespa in a raffle, but in case you’d like to make yourself a little luckier, ShamRocked includes a Lucky Charms eating contest. Don’t miss out on the live performance by Jive recording artist RY Cuming as well. Doors open at 8 p.m., with a $10 suggested donation to Musicians on Call.
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day early Saturday at the Mandalay Bay Beach. The all-day celebration will feature complimentary beach entry for all hotel guests and locals, including an unlimited pass to the beer garden where you can enjoy live entertainment with DJs and Irish bands. An amazing concert will cap the night off with performances by Everlast, Whitey Ford Sings the Blues, House of Pain and La Coka Nostra, along with special guest performer B-Real of Cypress Hill. The entire beach complex will offer guests food and drink specials the entire day. Mandalay Bay. Doors open at 9 a.m., temporarily close from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., concert starts at 7 p.m. $100 for beer garden pass and concert ticket, $40 for beer garden only. Tickets available only at the Mandalay Bay Box Office.
Three Angry Wives Pub
The seventh annual St Patrick’s Day Party at Three Angry Wives Pub is expected to be one of the largest in Vegas once again this year. They take over the parking lot in Boca Park where thousands visit over the course of the day every year. The event features an outdoor beer garden, traditional Irish food, cash and prize giveaways and live music all day long. See if you can help break the size of last year’s party, when Three Angry Wives went through more than 100 kegs of beer. Doors open at 7 a.m., food at noon, Live bands at 6:00 p.m.; $10 cover.
Nine Fine Irishman New York-New York will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Celtic Feis, an all-day event spanning over multiple venues. The day will start in front of Coyote Ugly, where the Desert Skye Pipe Band will play for the early starters. Head over to Nine Fine Irishmen for green beer and other various drink specials and while you’re there you might hear Celtic themed artists Mike Bowman, and Frank Joseph and the band Limey Bastewards or check out the Brooklyn Bridge to listen to Ri-Ra or the Celtic Rockers. Doors open at 11 a.m. $25 cover, with one free drink, $35 cover, one free drink and a St. Patty’s Day T-shirt.
Crown and Anchor
The British Pub is going Irish for a day as the Crown and Anchor celebrates with corned beef and cabbage specials and $5.50 drink specials. Wear some green clothing and get a free beer. No cover, Crown & Anchor is open 24-7.
Rhumbar will also go Irish with two Irish DJs from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. out on the patio playing Irish rock jams. A leprechaun will co-host with the sexy MC Elissa, and Rhumbar will give away party favors to some lucky guests. Guinness and Harp beer will be specially priced, along with Irish Car Bombs and Jameson shot specials. $10 cover, the Mirage.
The ultra dive bar will go green this spring with Beerfest 2010. Enjoy the Rockhouse’s unmistakable 80-ounce souvenir guitars filled with a choice of frozen daiquiri or beer for $38, or drink down the two-for-one Budweiser St. Patrick’s Day commemorative aluminum green beers or green daiquiris. If you’re feeling lucky, $5 Patron shots and Jager Car Bombs may reacquaint you with your breakfast. “No clover charge” for anyone wearing green before 10 p.m., after that it’s $5 for guys, free for ladies (prices may change). The daiquiri and main bar open daily at 10 a.m., the adjacent nightclub opens at 9 p.m. 3535 Las Vegas Blvd. South.
You don’t have to be Irish to stop by Halo Bar for some St. Patrick’s Day fun and take advantage of the Irish whiskey drink specials and more. Planet Hollywood, no cover.
Sin City Brewing Co.
Sin City Brewing Co. will offer drink specials on $5 green beer and $7 Irish Car Bombs to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Miracle Mile and in front of the Flamingo, no cover.
Lavo will put on a special St. Patty’s Day Walkway show featuring models and leprechauns sharing the stage – it’s the Irish version of Label Junkie Wednesday. Palazzo, $20 cover for men, $10 cover for ladies.
DJ All Nite Mike will spin the beats at the Kixx Bar this St. Patrick’s Day. Boulder Station, no cover, doors open at 6 p.m.
The Access Showroom will mix it up with mashup master DJ Alpyne and bongo fanatic Ricky Bongo’s joining forces to create a high-energy, unique sound. There will be drink specials available all night, and the music will be something to remember. Aliante Station, doors open at 8 p.m., no cover but entry is first-come, first-serve.