Tuesday, March 12, 2013

St. Patrick's Day the Las Vegas Way

St. Patrick's Day in Las Vegas   

from vegas.com

Irish Pubs in Vegas

Vegas is home to multiple Irish pubs where visitors can raise a pint and toast to their Irish heritage, even if it's only imagined as an excuse to grab a Guinness. Regardless of where you're from these laid-back pubs offer a fun, vibrant and friendly atmosphere for enjoying a drinks and hearty meal. Many of them also feature live entertainment. They're good options for celebrating any day of the year, but come St. Patrick's Day these Irish pubs become hotspots for revelers on the hunt for their next shot of Jameson.
  • Rí Rá at The Shoppes at Mandalay Place: Rather than creating an all-new pub, relics from old Ireland pubs and other outposts were salvaged, restored and retrofitted to become a standing testament to Irish tradition at this pub inside Mandalay Bay. The venue is composed of five sections each with their own distinct pub theme. Along with the authentic fixtures, Rí Rá features an impressive lineup of bands flown in directly from Ireland.
  • Hennessey’s Tavern on Fremont St.: Plenty of beer, fun and live music are on tap for the day. Located downtown underneath a giant pint of Bass, this is where you can order the world’s largest pint. Served in a souvenir glass, you’ll definitely want nurse this 64-ounce behemoth beer – or else you’ll be nursing a hangover the next day!
  • Nine Fine Irishmen at New York-New York: Another authentic import, this bar was completely assembled in Ireland before being disassembled, shipped to Vegas and then reassembled.The bar features a selection of nine draft beers including Guinness, Harp, Boddington's and Newcastle. It also serves a large selection of Irish whiskey from the two most popular distilleries in Ireland: Jameson and Bushmills.
  • McMullan’s Irish Pub at 4650 W. Tropicana Ave.: Family-owned and operated, the pub occupies a fairly big space, half-sandwiched between a gas station and The Orleans. Highlights include live music and an outdoor patio area.
  • J.C. Wooloughan Irish Pub at Rampart Hotel and Casino: The pub is based on its creator's life in Dublin. Wooloughan, a global businessman, went so far as to have the pub built in Ireland by the Irish Pub Company and sent over in pieces. Every little detail from the wood and the tiles to the decorations is authentic. The pub features any kind of Irish drink you can imagine from Irish coffee, Blackthorn Cider and a variety of Irish whiskeys to popular beers such as Harps and Guinness.

St. Patrick's Day Parties and Events

Rí Rá Las Vegas, located inside The Shoppes at Mandalay Place, celebrates the most Irish day of the year with a two-day St. Patrick’s Day festival March 16 -17. The weekend of festivities will feature live music, giveaways, Irish dancers, authentic Irish menu items and a parade through Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino.The pub’s St. Patrick’s Day festival kicks off on Saturday, March 16 with live Irish music starting at 2 p.m. The party continues at noon on Sunday, March 17 with live Irish music followed by a parade through Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino and Luxor Hotel and Casino at 2 p.m., featuring Irish dancers, Rí Rá staff members, a bagpiper and more. On Sunday, Rí Rá will charge $10 cover. Guests will enjoy live Irish music from several bands during both days of the festival, including Searson, a trio of multitalented sisters who play a variety of instruments and step dance; Derek Warfield and the Young Wolfe Tones, featuring the founding member of the legendary Wolfe Tones, Derek Warfield; Emish, know for mixing their style with traditional songs and tunes to create “Celtic Rock with an edge;” and Celtic Connection, a Philadelphia-based band that combines music from a variety of genres with quick-witted interaction and great Irish songs. Diners will enjoy traditional Irish fare, including Corned Beef & Cabbage ($15.95), Publicans Reuben ($13.95), Fish & Chips ($16.95), Shepherd’s Pie ($15.95) and Beef and Guinness Stew ($15.95).
New York-New York Hotel & Casino will celebrate Celtic Feis, a traditional Gaelic arts and cultural festival, inside Nine Fine Irishmen and on the Brooklyn Bridge Friday, March 15 - Sunday, March 17. The St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Feis Parade, featuring bagpipers from Desert Sky Pipe Band and firefighters from around the country, will commence Friday, March 15 at 7 p.m. inside the casino. The festival will continue inside Nine Fine Irishmen with live entertainment and a special menu of authentic Irish fare including fried sausages, shepherd’s pie, corned beef sandwich, fish and chips and drunken onion rings. Throughout the holiday weekend, guests will enjoy entertainment by Patrick Seiben, Sin É Rí - Ra, Limey Barstewarts, Joshua Tree and Michael Bowman. Tickets to the St. Patrick’s Day festival are $25 daily and include admission to the day’s events and one complimentary drink. All guests 21 years of age or older wearing a kilt on St. Patty’s Day will receive complimentary admission to Celtic Feis and The Bar at Times Square. To spread additional cheer throughout the city New-New York Hotel & Casino will light the Chrysler Building green March 15 – 17.

Where's the Parade?

The city of Henderson hosts the 47th annual Southern Nevada Sons of Erin St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival, March 14-17 at the Henderson Events Plaza, 200 S. Water St. The event features a parade, carnival, car show and authentic Irish entertainment. Admission is complimentary (*Some activities may require paid admission). One of the biggest parades in the state of Nevada on March 16 will pays tribute to the Emerald Isle, featuring colorful entries, from festive floats to bagpipers and Celtic dancers. The fair also includes a carnival, complete with games and rides for all ages, a classic car show and festival. The Irish and Irish-at-heart have the opportunity to taste the culture, feasting on a variety of traditional cuisine and drink. In addition, the four-day celebration features a number of performances by popular Irish bands and Celtic dance troupes.

Traditional Irish stew can be found at The Café at Monte Carlo on St. Patrick's Day. This Irish classic soup includes lamb, baby carrots, potatoes, parsnips, leeks and onion served with Irish soda bread. The Pub at Monte Carlo is featuring several beverage specials including Irish beers, Jameson shots and Irish Car Bombs. Traditional bites will include Irish nachos, Ruben sliders, Guinness stew and corned beef and cabbage. The Buffet at Monte Carlo will showcase a wide variety of St. Patrick’s Day delights. Some specialty items will include colcannon soup, Irish pub lamb stew, shepherd’s pie, crème de menthe cupcakes, shamrock cookies and chocolate fudge mint brownies.

Cabo Wabo Cantina inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino will celebrate a Baja-style St. Patrick’s Day with food and drink specials on Sunday, March 17. The Strip-side restaurant will give Sammy Hagar’s signature Waborita an Irish twist by serving up festive Green Waboritas for $4. Live music and a DJ will keep the energy high as partygoers raise a toast to the patron saint of Ireland with $4 green beers and $4 shots of Cabo Wabo tequila. Guests can enjoy two tacos for $5 with a choice of chicken, beef or pork.

Guests will feel the luck of the Irish this St. Patrick’s Day at Meatball Spot at Town Square. Executive “Top Chef” Carla Pellegrino will serve up a specially-made dish, which will feature an Irish Banger Meatball Bowl made with pork and bacon, mixed with sage and Pellegrino’s Irish spice blend, on a bed of mashed potatoes, topped with Guinness mushroom gravy. Patrons can enjoy Pellegrino’s Irish Banger Meatball Bowl all day long, priced at $10.99.
Brendan’s Irish Pub at The Orleans will feature live entertainment with Mrs. Murphy’s Chowder on Sunday, March 17 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Drink specials include $3 shots of Jameson, Crown Royal and Captain Morgan – with the Jameson girls.
The Firelight Buffet at Sam's Town offers a St. Patrick's Day menu for $9.99. In addition to normal brunch offerings, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Firelight Buffet will offer St. Paddy’s Day corned beef hash. All day on St. Patrick's Day, the buffet will serve steamship of corned beef carving station, cheese and brew soup, Irish Mulligan stew, shepherd's pie, Irish soda bread, boiled cabbage and parsley potatoes.
Billy Bob’s Steak House and Saloon at Sam's Town will serve a special St. Patrick’s Day dinner for $20 with carved corned beef brisket simmered in Guinness stout beer and served with baby red potatoes, cabbage and baby carrots. Meal includes house soup or salad and Irish soda bread.
The Fremont Street Experience hosts a party downtown for St. Patrick's Day weekend, March 15-17. Entertainment runs from 2 p.m. - 2 a.m. with performances by Tempest, Whiskey Galore, Finnegan's Wake, The Wild Celts and Darby O'Gill and the Little People. 

Where to stay for St. Patrick's Day Weekend:

Embassy Suites Las Vegas offers all this for guests celebrating the spirit of St. Patrick's Day:

  • Free cooked to order breakfast
  • Two Room Suite
  • Evening Reception with complimentary drinks and snacks
  • Scheduled Shuttle to the Strip
  • Free Internet