Vegas Weekender: Vegas goes green for St. Patrick’s Day

It’s that time of year again when green beer flows like wine and everyone, regardless of their heritage, has an excuse to drink. That’s right, it’s St. Patrick’s Day, and Vegas is celebrating well, Vegas-style. From Mexican cantinas to authentic Irish pubs, you’ll find plenty of places on the Las Vegas Strip. On March 19 the Henderson Events Plaza on 200 S. Water Street is hosting the 45th Annual Southern Nevada Sons of Erin St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival. With more than 100 entries, watching the parade is sure to give you plenty of reasons to shake your shillelaghs. Along with the St. Patrick’s Day parties this weekend in Vegas is also home to an exciting entertainment line-up featuring everyone from Mark Curry to Don Rickles, Jay Leno and David Spade.

St. Patrick’s Day


McFadden's at the Rio

McFadden’s at Rio
Where: 3700 W. Flamingo Rd.
Las Vegas, NV 89103
Get ready for a full day of toasting to the Irish at McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon at the Rio. On March 17 doors open at 7 a.m. for all-you-can-eat Kegs and Eggs served until 11 a.m. for $20. A traditional Irish breakfast will be served through the day for $10. Come afternoon, McFadden’s is celebrating with a Mid-Day Mind Eraser Open Bar from 2 – 4 p.m. for $20. Also starting at 2 p.m. is an assortment of live entertainment featuring Irish dancing, bagpipe players and a DJ later on in the evening. Patrons who don’t mind showing a little skin can demonstrate their creative and sexy side with the build-your-own green bikini contest offering $1000 cash and a Gibson guitar as the grand prize. Drink specials include: $4 green beers, $6 Irish Car Bombs, $5 green injection shots and $3 green beer bongs.

Rhumbar at the Mirage
Where: 3400 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
On March 17 the Caribbean-inspired Rhumbar at Mirage is going green. They’re also providing sports fans with a spot to watch round one of March Madness. Whether you’re here to tailgate or honor your spontaneous Irish heritage, Rhumbar offers something everyone can raise a glass to. In light of the holiday the bar is serving $8 burritos made of green eggs and ham and $5 16-ounce cans of Miller Light. Or for $10 you can get the green beer and burrito combo deluxe. For $30 guests get six Miller Lights and a souvenir cooler to keep your brew chillin’ for the rest of the night. If you’re in for something a little harder there’s the $6 Milagro Tequila Bloody Marie or the Stolichnaya Green Bloody Mary. In the evening DJ Pony P will keep the party going on the patio.

Rockhouse in front of Imperial Palace
Where: 3535 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Known as the ultra-dive bar on the Strip, Rockhouse, located in front of Imperial Palace, is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with drink specials designed to make every partier feel Irish by the end of the night. The bar is famous of its 80-ounce guitar drink holder option and on March 17 Rockhouse is offering “green” guitars, along with other drink specials including 100-ounce Super Yards, 64-ounce “green” Super Beers, two-for-one commemorative Bud Light green aluminum bottles and $5 green draft beers. You might find yourself seeing leprechauns with drink specials like these.

Celtic Feis at New York-New York
Where: 3790 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
On March 17 New York-New York is celebrating with a full day of Irish entertainment, music and green beer. The festivities start with an Irish parade of colorful St. Patrick’s Day bagpipers who’ll wind their way through the casino to kick off Celtic Feis at 11 a.m. The party continues at the Brooklyn Bridge and Nine Fine Irishmen with live music from some of the city’s most popular Irish bands.


Rí Rá at Mandalay Bay

Rí Rá at Mandalay Bay
Where: 3950 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89119
The city’s newest Irish pub, Rí Rá at The Shoppes at Mandalay Bay, is opening for a celebration in true Irish fashion. Featuring salvaged decor direct from Ireland the bar has a history that dates back to the 1880s in West Cork, Ireland. Offering an array of authentic beers and a whiskey bar, this is sure to be a celebration that’ll make you want to do a jig.

McCormick & Schmick’s
Where: 335 Hughes Center Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89109
McCormick & Schmick’s is hosting its 12th annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration on March 17 featuring an assortment of Irish-themed food and drink specials and live entertainment. Some of the menu items include corned beef and cabbage, corned beef sandwiches, lamb stew, Guinness shrimp and corned beef sliders in addition to the famous $1.95 bar menu. Drink specials include pints of green beer and Guinness, Jameson and Baileys specials. The restaurant will also feature “Kiss a Stranger at McCormick and Schmick’s,” where patrons collect “I got kissed at M&S” stickers each time they kiss a fellow patron. Guests have a chance to win a variety of prizes, including gift certificates and promotional items. The schedule is as follows: 11 a.m. lunch specials start; 3:30 p.m. happy hour starts; 4 p.m. dinner specials star; 6 – 9 p.m. live music.

Shamrock Shindig at Silverton
Where: 3333 Blue Diamond Rd.
Las Vegas, NV 89139
Silverton invites everyone to join them on March 17 starting at 5 p.m. for their Shamrock Shindig. Admission is $5. This party features a traditional Irish cabbage and potato eating contest, great music and extensive drink specials including green Jello shots and Green Bud Light. Guests are encouraged to dress in their greenest attire to compete in the Mr. and Mrs. St. Patrick’s Day Contest. Contestants will have the opportunity to win a free Apple iPhone for being the biggest St. Patrick’s Day enthusiast.


For those of you who won’t be able to indulge in some St. Patrick’s Day partying on Thursday, fear not. Chef Kerry Simon is giving everyone a chance to celebrate a few days late with his post St. Patrick’s Day Brunch on March 20 at Simon at Palms Place. The brunch will be available at 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Along with the signature brunch items, the special themed menu will also include: green egss and ham, pistachio pancakes, corned beef hash and poached eggs, Lucky Charms treats, shamrock shakes and sassy green apple cotton candy. The brunch is $39.50 a person and $13 for guests 12 and under.


On March 19 the Henderson Events Plaza on 200 S. Water Street is hosting the 45th Annual Southern Nevada Sons of Erin St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival. The parade begins at 10 a.m. and features more than 100 entries including festive floats, Celtic dancers, bagpiers and marchings bands that will travel the mile-long route on Water Street from Ocean Avenue to Victory Road. After the parade attendees can continue celebrating at the carnival and festival featuring two stages for live entertainment and food, beverage and souvenir vendors along with a variety of midway games and rides. Carnival times are: 5 – 10 p.m. March 17 – 18; 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. March 19; 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. March 20. Live entertainment times are: 5 – 9 p.m. March 17 – 18; 12 p.m. – 9 p.m. March 19; 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. March 20.


Best known as Mr. Cooper from the hit sitcom “Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper” Mark Curry brings his comedy to Vegas at his 10 p.m. show March 17 – 20 at the Las Vegas Hilton.

Nathan Burton amazes guests of all ages with his afternoon comedy magic show at the Flamingo. See him at 4 p.m. Tue. – Sun.

Master magician David Copperfield astounds audiences with his larger-than-life illusions at his show at 7:30 and 10 p.m. nightly; plus 4:30 p.m. Sat. on March 17 – 20 at MGM Grand.

The “Pitbull of Comedy” Bobby Slayton leaves audiences laughing with his biting comedy and unabashed observations at his 8:30 p.m. show on March 17 – 19 at Hooters.

Irish-American Celtic punk back Flogging Molly performs March 18 at 7 p.m. at Mandalay Bay.

Music man Barry Manilow sings his biggest hit songs including “Mandy,” “It’s a Miracle,” “Looks Like We Made It” and other favorites at his 7:30 p.m. show March 18 – 20 at Paris Las Vegas .

You’ve seen him on television, now watch comedian and late-night talk show host Jay Leno perform live at his 10 p.m. show March 18 – 19 at the Mirage.david

Known for his sharp wit and laid-back demeanor, “Saturday Night Live” alum David Spade gives audiences a lot to laugh about at his 9 p.m. show March 18 – 19 at the Venetian.

She’s back in Vegas and better than ever. Watch Celine Dion in her new show at Caesars Palace at 7:30 p.m. on March 19 – 20 at Caesars Palace.

Don Rickles is proving that “The King of Insult” still reigns. Watch him at 8 p.m. on March 19 – 20 at the Orleans.

Fans can rock out to their favorite hits including “It’s My Life” and “Livin’ on a Prayer” when Bon Jovi performs at 8 p.m. on March 19 at MGM Grand.

Get down and get funky at Funk-A-Palooza starring George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic at 8 p.m. on March 19 at Planet Hollywood.

STAIND frontman Aaron Lewis performs fan favorites and songs off his recent solo album at his 8 p.m. show on March 19 – 20 at Green Valley Ranch, Resort & Casino.