Eat, drink and be Irish
Las Vegas doesn’t need an excuse to party. There’s enough booze, entertainment and debauchery on any given night. But in case you needed something to celebrate, how about St. Patrick, the Enlightener of Ireland, for helping Sin City sin some more?
Start your St. Patrick’s Day adventure with the Perfect Pint Experience at the Guinness Store in The Shoppes at Mandalay Place. Not only will you master the six-step technique of pouring the perfect 20-ounce glass of Guinness, you’ll learn some history behind Arthur Guinness and the origin of his brewery. When you complete the experience, you’ll receive an official certificate, a commemorative photo and, of course, the beer you just poured. The store throws in the official Guinness glass, too, all for $20.
The Guinness will likely stimulate your appetite, so skip on over next door to Rí Rá for a special menu that includes corned beef and cabbage, shepherd’s pie, fish and chips and Guinness stew. And what goes better with traditional Irish cuisine than Irish folk ballads? Stick around for sets by the Crooked Jacks, the Black Donnelleys and, the pioneers of shamrockabilly, Craic Haus.
But maybe you’re looking to relax, day drink and pregame before the real party gets started. Beer Park at Paris is the perfect place, as you can enjoy pitchers of green beer, play gigantic versions of games like Jenga and Connect Four, and with an impeccable view of the Strip, you can observe the escapades of revelers along the boulevard.
At Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort, stop by Sammy Hagar’s Cabo Wabo Cantina, where the $10 signature margaritas, mixed with Cabo Wabo tequila and Grand Marnier, get green makeovers. Keeping up with the Irish spirit at Miracle Mile Shops, you’ll feel lucky (and perhaps more than that) when you head over to PBR Rock Grill to indulge in its 7-7-7 special, where you can enjoy $7 Guinness, Jameson and Irish car bombs.
New York-New York will be celebrating with its eighth annual Celtic Feis extravaganza, starting with a parade led by the Las Vegas Pipe Band at 10 a.m. Live entertainment will be offered on the Brooklyn Bridge throughout the day, and at Nine Fine Irishmen, high-energy Irish group Sin É Rí Ra will be performing from 9 p.m. into the wee hours of the morning.
It would be incredibly easy to get sucked into the O’Sheas BLOQ Party at The Linq Promenade, and don’t resist! Not only is it one of the most eclectic places for a pub crawl, with food and drink specials between O’Sheas, Tilted Kilt, Virgil’s Real Barbecue and Guy Fieri’s Kitchen & Bar, among others, the festive atmosphere also includes leprechauns, bagpipers, stilt walkers and live music by The Blackjacks, Silversage and Darby O’Gill and the Little People.
Wherever you decide to celebrate, may the luck of the Irish be with you, and remember that old Irish saying, “Here’s to you, and here’s to me, here’s hoping we never disagree, but if we do...”