Vegas goes green for St. Patrick’s Day

Everyone loves to party on St. Patrick’s Day. Whether you’re actually Irish or just an honorary Irishman for the day, Las Vegas has dozens of ways to celebrate the Emerald Isle — from green beer and traditional Irish food specials to parties and live entertainment.


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.

Rí Rá Irish pub

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 a $10 cover. Guests will enjoy live Irish music from several bands during both days of the festival, including Searson, Derek Warfield and the Young Wolfe Tones, Emish and Celtic Connection.

Diners will enjoy traditional Irish fare, including corned beef & cabbage, publicans Reuben, fish & chips, shepherd’s pie and beef and Guinness stew.
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 March 15 – 17. The St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Feis Parade, featuring bagpipers from Desert Sky Pipe Band and firefighters from around the country, will begin 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 sandwiches, fish and chips and drunken onion rings. Throughout the holiday weekend, guests will enjoy entertainment by Patrick Seiben, Sin É Rí – Ra, Limey Bar Stewards, Joshua Tree and Michael Bowman. Admission is free on Friday and Saturday. Tickets for Sunday are $25.

New-New York Hotel & Casino will also light the Chrysler Building green March 15 – 17.

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. One of the biggest parades in the state of Nevada on March 16 will pay tribute to the Emerald Isle, featuring festive floats, bagpipers and Celtic dancers.

The fair also includes a carnival with games and rides for all ages, a classic car show and festival. The four-day celebration features a number of performances by popular Irish bands and Celtic dance troupes, as well as traditional food and drink.

The iconic Welcome to Las Vegas sign on Las Vegas Boulevard will go green for St. Patrick’s Day weekend. All 89 light bulbs on the sign will be changed out for green bulbs starting March 13.

Gilley’s Saloon, Dance Hall & Bar-B-Que, Breeze Bar and Mojito Bar at Seafood Shack, all located inside Treasure Island, will offer drink specials during St. Patrick’s Day weekend, March 15 – 17. Drink specials include: $9 “Deer & Beer” – a shot of Jager and a Corona; $7 Guinness Bomb – a shot of Michael Collins Irish Whiskey, float of Bailey’s Irish Cream and Guinness; $5 shots of Michael Collins Irish Whiskey, Jagermeister or American Harvest organic vodka; $20 bucket of four Coronas; or $15 bucket of four Bud or Bud Lights.

Crazy Horse III gentlemen’s club will encourage St. Patrick’s Day revelers to enjoy shots of Jameson for $5 before midnight on Sunday, March 17.

PBR Rock Bar & Grill inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino will feature drink specials on St. Patrick’s Day. The bar will serve Irish Car Bomb shots, priced at $5. There will also be a $5 green beer special all day.

Ghostbar Dayclub at the Palms hosts a Day Before St. Patty’s Day Party on March 16 beginning at 1 p.m. and a special St. Patty’s Edition on March 17 at 1 p.m. Bring your best green attire and enjoy a Miller Light hosted bar from 1 – 2 p.m.

Rockhouse, located at The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian, will offer St. Patrick’s Day drink specials on March 17. The bar will be serving draft beers for $5, 64-ounce super beers for $20, 80-ounce beer guitars for $35, 100-ounce super yards priced at $38 and a special St. Patty’s Day frozen piña colada, all in the holiday’s signature green hue. There will also be Irish Car Bombs priced at $5, all day.

Silverton Casino Hotel invites guests to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a full day of partying. For $30, guests will receive an all-you-can-drink wristband valid at all casino bars from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. Drink specials include: green PBR, Kilbeggan Irish whiskey, Murphy’s Irish Stout, well cocktails and Irish Car Bombs. Dance to music from a DJ in Shady Grove lounge and play in the beer pong tournament or mug challenge for the chance to win cash prizes.

Fat Bar, a cocktail lounge at Fatburger on the Strip, will throw a St. Patrick’s Day celebration Friday – Sunday with drink specials and a DJ. Enjoy 12-ounce green beers for $3 and Guinness drafts and shots of Jameson for $5. Irish Car Bomb shots will be available for $7.

The House of Blues at Mandalay Bay will feature Celtic music on St. Patrick’s Day from noon until 10 p.m. with bands like The Chancey Brothers, Celtic Connection, Derek Warfield and The Young Wolfe Tones, Emish and Searson. Those bands will also be playing in the Mizuya Lounge throughout the day. The restaurant will be offering Irish food specials including corned beef and cabbage and shepherd’s pie all weekend, in addition to the regular menu.  For $45 plus gratuity, patrons 21 and over may purchase an All-You-Drink Beer Pass for the beer garden that will be located on deck inside the restaurant. The beer garden features 20 different beers, including Murphy’s Irish Stout and Strongbow, among others. No St. Patrick’s Day weekend is complete without Jameson Irish Whiskey, which will also be available for purchase.

Dick’s Last Resort at Excalibur will offer St. Patrick’s Day specials including Jameson, green Jello shots, Miller Lite and three Absolut Vodka drinks – The Patty Dropper, Nutty Irishman and Green Drink.

Green drafts will flow throughout the day at Rock ‘n Rita’s at Circus Circus with a two-for-one green Bud Light special and an authentic corned beef and cabbage dinner offered on St. Patrick’s Day from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Cabo Wabo Cantina inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino will celebrate 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 also enjoy two tacos for $5.

Señor Frog’s Las Vegas at Treasure Island will host a Señor Patrick’s Day weekend fiesta with green drink specials and party bar entertainment from March 15 – 17. The bar will be decked out in green with balloons and festive décor as patrons enjoy $19 two-for-one green draft beer yards, $26 two-for-one lucky green margarita yards, $8 Guinness draft beers and $12 Irish Car Bomb shots.

Hyde Bellagio will host a St. Patrick’s Day celebration beginning at 5 p.m. on March 17. Sexy leprechauns and partygoers dressed in green are invited to “get lucky at XIV.” The  party will feature signature champagne showers in a land coated in green where Blarney stones and shamrocks grow freely. Beats will be provided by DJ Julien Nolan and D4N13L.

Brendan’s Irish Pub at The Orleans will feature live entertainment with Mrs. Murphy’s Chowder on March 17 from 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. Drink specials include $3 shots of Jameson, Crown Royal and Captain Morgan.

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.

Rhumbar at The Mirage will turn into the ultimate Emerald Isle celebration as a DJ takes over the turntables at 3 p.m. Drink $4 green beers, $5 Guinness and Black and Tans, $3 shots of Jameson Irish Whiskey and Bailey’s Irish Cream and $6 Irish Car Bombs. A variety of hookah flavors also will be available in flavors inspired by the color green including apple martini, safari dew melon, spearmint and Irish cream.

Quinn’s Irish Pub inside Green Valley Ranch will serve $4 draft beers March 15 – 17, along with $5 Thin Lizzy shots, Red Leprechauns and Irish Car Bombs. Enjoy free live performances with Speed on Friday at 10 p.m. and Darby O’Gill and the Little People on Saturday and Sunday at 10 p.m.

Jack’s Irish Pub at Palace Station will feature drink specials March 15 – 17 including $3 Jameson shots and $5 Irish Car Bombs. Nick Matera performs from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. on Friday and 4 – 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Finnegan’s Wake performs from 9 p.m.- 1 a.m. on Saturday and 7 – 11 p.m. on Sunday.

Santa Fe Lanes at Santa Fe Station will have DJ entertainment and special drinks including green beer and Irish Car Bombs. Enjoy two games and shoes for $9 per person on Saturday from 5 p.m. – 1 a.m.


Dining Specials

The Silverton will be serving special St. Patrick’s Day menus at Seasons Buffet and Sundance Grill on March 17. The buffet will serve a specialty brunch from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., featuring corned beef steamship, stuffed cabbage, colcannon potatoes, drunken carrots, braised cabbage, shepherd’s pie, Irish stew and rice pudding for $19.99. Sundance Grill will serve corned beef and cabbage from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. for $10.95.

The MGM Grand Buffet will serve corned beef, cabbage, red potatoes and baby carrots on St. Patrick’s Day.

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, Carnegie Deli at The Mirage will serve thick cuts of corned beef and cabbage with boiled potatoes, and a Bailey’s Irish Crème cheesecake for dessert. Japonais, also at The Mirage, will make innovative cocktails including the Shiso Cherry made with Jameson’s Irish Whiskey, cherry juice, simple syrup, soda water and garnished with emerald green candied shishos.

Traditional Irish stew can be found at The Café at Monte Carlo on St. Patrick’s Day. The 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.

Rice & Company at Luxor will offer a creative alternative to the traditional St. Patty’s Day feast. The Lucky sushi roll is filled with crab mix, shrimp, avocado, asparagus, carrot and Romaine lettuce wrapped in cucumber and accented with a spicy plum sauce.

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, the Irish Banger Meatball Bowl. Pellegrino’s signature meatballs will be 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 the dish all day long, priced at $10.99.

Lucky Roll

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 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. The meal includes house soup or salad and Irish soda bread.

Public House Las Vegas at the Luxor will feature food and drink specials for St. Patrick’s Day. Drink specials include $6 Irish Car Bombs and $5 Jameson shots all day. There will also be special prices on Guinness, Blue Moon and Coors Light. Food specials will include potato and cheddar soup, shepherd’s pie, corned beef and cabbage and fish and chips. The ladies of “Fantasy” will also stop by from 2 to 3 p.m. for a meet and greet and calendar signing.

Planet Hollywood at The Forum Shops at Caesars will have food and drink specials for St. Patrick’s Day. Enjoy $3 Guinness beer and $4 Irish cocktails like Irish coffee, frozen grasshopper, Green Lantern, Irish Flag shooters and more. There will also be corned beef with cabbage for $18.95 per person.

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, Rick Moonen’s rm seafood will serve an RM-style shepherd’s pie with Guinness braised short ribs, bay shrimp, brown butter potatoes, English peas, fava beans and tomato raisins. In addition, guests can indulge at the bar with “The Wayward Saint” featuring a blend of roasted coffee bean-infused Jameson Irish Whisky and Amarula cream liqueur, topped with Guinness foam and grated nutmeg.

Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas presents a special St. Patty’s Day menu that will include items like creamy leek soup, corned beef and cabbage, bread and butter pudding and Gebackener Tortenbrie – breaded brie cheese fried golden brown.

Social House at Crystals hosts Shamrock Social Hour March 15 – 17 from 5 – 8 p.m. Indulge in Asian-inspired St. Patrick’s Day food like Japanese Shamrock fish and chips, corned beef sliders and leprechaun tartare. Drink specials include half-price Kappa cocktails and saketinis.

Station and Fiesta Casinos are offering Irish food specials for St. Patrick’s Day. The Feast and Festival buffets will serve brunch and dinner with corned beef and cabbage, Irish stew, shepherd’s pie, parsley potatoes and whiskey bread pudding. Grand Cafe in Boulder Station, Green Valley Ranch, Palace Station, Red Rock Resort, Santa Fe Station, Sunset Station and Texas Station will offer corned beef and cabbage and whiskey bread pudding.


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