ST PATRICKS DAY LAS VEGAS
These venues will provide some of the craziest and most spirited festivities to make your 2016 St. Patrick’s Day memorable … if you can remember anything afterwards.
St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl The Sons and Daughters of Erin are co-hosting this Downtown pub crawl—and they know how to party. The guided crawl, complete with a bagpipe escort, will feature drink specials, food and entertainment from Binion’s, the California, the D, Four Queens, the Fremont, Golden Gate, Golden Nugget and Main Street Station. The first 600 to register will also get a free t-shirt in celebration of the drinking marathon. 2 p.m.-midnight, free, Fremont Street, vegasexperience.com.
Nine Fine Irishmen New York-New York’s annual Celtic Feis celebration kicks off on the Brooklyn Bridge, where the Las Vegas Pipe Band will lead a celebratory parade through the casino which ends with a Guinness toast. There’ll be live entertainment in the Nine Fine pub and on the Bridge all day long until 2:30 a.m. from Sin E Ri Ra, Phoenix, Midnight (a U2 tribute band), Celtic Rockers Duo and Patrick Sieben. The shindigs will continue through March 19. 9 a.m., free and all ages before noon; $10 and 21+ after noon, 702-740-6463.
Rí Rá Enjoy live music from The Crooked Jacks, The Black Donnellys and Craic Haus along with giveaways, Irish dancers, a bagpiper and authentic Irish cuisine. Plus, their St. Patrick’s Day Festival lasts March 16-19. Noon on 3/17, free, Mandalay Bay, 702-632-7771.
The Linq/O’Sheas The O’Sheas BLOQ Party kicks off with a noon parade down The Linq Promenade complete with bagpipers, leprechauns, stilt walkers and more. The parade returns to the promenade at 6 p.m. with an even bigger nighttime celebration. Inside O’Sheas, partygoers will hear live music from The Roxy Gunn Project, The Hooligans and Darby O’Gill into the wee morning hours, with the LED Drumline also performing at 7:30 and 9 p.m. And don’t forget about the giveaways, corn hole and oversized beer pong, beer trucks and portable bars.
Other venues at the Linq Promenade also have festive specials, including green chicken and steak burritos at Chayo, Green Velvet cupcakes and Irish Chocolate cupcakes made with Bailey’s from Sprinkles, a festive hot dog topped with corned beef and sauerkraut at Haute Doggery and the Luck of the Irish pizza topped with corned beef and cabbage, sausage, potatoes and pesto cream sauce at Flour & Barley. Noon, free, 702-731-3311.
Tilted Kilt Stilt walkers and little people dressed in green attire will crowd in and around this Irish pub. This is one of the few places in Vegas where you’ll find leprechauns on St. Patty’s, leaving you with only the task of finding the end of the rainbow. There will also be a DJ starting at 9 p.m. 9 a.m., free, the Linq, 702-826-2100.
Beer Park Mötley Crüe singer Vince Neil will sham-rock your holiday at the brand new Beer Park. See if you can best him at life-size Jenga, darts and pool while sipping on green beer. Live music starts at 8 p.m. but the party won’t wait ’till then. 7 p.m., free, Paris Las Vegas, 702-444-4500.
Crush With bagpipes-a-blastin, Irish “funologist” John O’Donnell will pour up plenty of beer and whiskey to toast to. Corporate Executive Chef William DeMarco will also prepare hearty eats, such as the Brown Ale Irish Lamb Stew. 5 p.m., free, MGM Grand, 702-891-3222.
McMullan’s Get steppin’ at the off-Strip pub with Irish dancing and live music, both indoors and outside, from six different bands. A beer truck with a selection of choice brews and food specials will also be available. The celebration starts at 10 a.m. and goes ‘till the next day—if you can make it. Free, 4650 W. Tropicana Ave., 702-247-7000.
Auld Dubliner Irish Pub Ye Auld Dubliner celebrates its 10th anniversary in conjunction with St. Patrick’s Day. Listen to live music by the Publin Draught Celtic rock band with your specialty Guinness Nitro IPA in hand. There will be traditional Irish fare and a bagpipe player too, of course. 5 p.m., free, MonteLago Village in Lake Las Vegas, 15 Costa Di Lago, 702-567-8002.
J.C. Wooloughan’s Join the Jameson girls for brews, shots, Irish eats and live music from Holes & Hearts and Finnegan’s Wake. The $15 cover includes a pint of green beer or a Jameson shot. Noon to midnight, JW Marriott, 221 N. Rampart Blvd., 702-869-7725.
Remedy’s, Elixir and Distill Party for Patty’s without leaving the comfort of your neighborhood. Besides the $4 Guinness pints and Jameson shots, $5 Irish Car Bombs and leprechauns, all five locations will hold a “Wearin O the Green” costume contest that could win you a $100 prize. 7 p.m., free, multiple venues, remedystavern.com; elixirlounge.net; distillbar.com.
Cannery If you’re not on the Strip and fear the throngs of folks headed Downtown, the Cannery offers a tempting alternative option. They will hold their annual pub crawl inside the casino, stopping at three bars with $1 drinks (yes, one dollar), a bagpiper, live music and free selfies with little green men. There will also be giveaways and a live radio remote with 97.1 The Point. 3-7 p.m., free, 2121 E. Craig Road, North Las Vegas, 702-507-5700.
Rhumbar If you’re looking for a good drink, look no further than the “Who’s Your Paddy” cocktail, available exclusively on St. Patty’s Day at the Mirage lounge. The $12 libation is a mixture of Jameson, fresh lemon, cherry heering, Bittermens New Orleans coffee liqueur and a dash of absinthe. There will also be $5 specials on green beers, Guinness and shots of Jameson or Bailey’s Irish Cream. Closed to the public for March Madness until 6 p.m., free, The Mirage, 702-792-7615.
PBR Rock Bar & Grill Take a little of the luck of the Irish from PBR’s lucky seven drink specials including $7 Jameson, $7 Guinness pints, $7 drop shots of Jameson and Guinness and the $7 “Pot of Gold” shot with Angry Orchard and Goldschläger. Maybe that luck will help you to not get thrown off their mechanical bull. 8 a.m., free, Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood, 702-750-1685.
Minus5 Ice Bar Head to the ‘coolest’ place in Las Vegas in honor of this booze-fueled holiday. Everyone wearing green will get a free house shot to commemorate the ensuing chaos. The special is valid at both Vegas locations. 11 a.m., $19-$75, The Shoppes at Mandalay Place, 702-740-5800; Monte Carlo, 702-643-7800.