St. Patrick’s Day 2015 - Festivities from Los Angeles to Las Vegas

St. Patrick’s Day hits this year on Tuesday, March 17th, so plan those sick days appropriately!  The parties get started early and the cocktails seem to get more and more creative each year and on the west coast it is a tug and war between Los Angeles and Las Vegas as to who has to top events. Splash Magazines Worldwide has put together a few of the best spots to let your inner Irish spirit out this year.

The Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood on Hollywood BLVD and Universal CityWalk will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by offering limited-edition food and drink specials.  A limited edition St. Patrick’s Day Pin will also be available at both Hollywood cafe locations.  As part of the event, guests can enjoy Irish-themed fare from March 13th through St. Patrick’s Day up to March 20th.

Get your green on with Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood locations by feasting on the Irish Rueben, a sandwich featuring slow-cooked, hand-carved corned beef brisket, layered with crispy sauerkraut, Thousand Island dressing and aged Swiss cheese. The Irish Rueben is served on a salt-crusted pretzel roll with crispy fries and citrus-spiked coleslaw. To go with your Rueben, enjoy the St. Patrick’s Day-inspired Irish Mule, made with Jameson Irish whiskey, ginger beer and lime. For more information visit: Hard Rock Café Hollywood.

Hard Rock Rueben

JC’s Irish Sports Pub located inside of the JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa will be hosting an exciting St. Patrick’s Day celebration, which will include great food and drink specials, live music, and a complimentary 4 p.m. Guinness Toast. The party starts at noon on Tuesday and continues until 12:30 a.m. A $10 cover gets each guest entry into the party and includes a choice of a free green beer or Jameson shot. Live music will be offered throughout the day and into the night with popular local pop band Holes & Hearts performing from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. and the Irish band Finnegan’s Wake performing from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. For more information visit: JW Marriott

The Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (DLVEC) will be hosting the Las Vegas Valley Firefighters’ annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Firefighter Fun Challenge on Tuesday, March 17th. At noon, a parade of uniformed firefighters and honor guards led by Grand Marshal Terry Murphy of the Honorary Irish Consul to Nevada will gather at the Main Street Stage just outside Golden Gate Hotel & Casino. The group will be joined by festive bagpipers and step dancers as they make their way down the Fremont Street Experience to DLVEC to partake in the Firefighter Fun Challenge. Attendees can enjoy beer, cocktails and food while they cheer on teams of Vegas’ finest as they compete in a tricycle race, wheel barrel race, equipment run, tug of war, hose bowling and garden hose efficiency contest. Trophies will be awarded for individual events and an overall winner. Prize money will be donated to the winners’ charities of choice. The Firefighter Fun Challenge is free to attend and will take place from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Just outside each casino’s doors on Main Street Stage (Golden Gate) and Third Street Stage (the D) revelers can enjoy free live performances Friday through Tuesday by Celtic punk bands and high-energy DJs including The Angry Brians, Finnegan’s Wake, Darby O'Gill and the Little People, Celtic Rockers and more.

Players can make sure they’ve got green on with St. Paddy’s Day T-shirt giveaways at both properties. With a buy-in of $100 or more on table games at either casino, players will receive one “I got lucky at…” green T-shirt. Limit one T-shirt per person, per property, while supplies last.

The ‘Shot’zilla is a must on St. Patrick’s Day! The ‘Shot’zilla  is an eight-ounce, shamrock-hued libation, this gigantic green monster of a shot features a tasty blend of vodka, melon liqueur, Apple Schnapps and sweet and sour. ShotZilla is served 24/7 at D Bar at the D and OneBar at the Golden Gate for $7. If you want to get a little daring, try the ‘Shot’zilla and then fly on the SlotZilla Zoomline where you will “fly” more than 10 stories above the sea of green partygoers below.

Thousands of green-clad partiers will flood Fremont Street on Tuesday, March 17 for the Seventh Annual Downtown St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl. From 2 p.m. to midnight, the neighborhood’s hottest bars including D Bar, LONGBAR and Vue Bar (the D) and One Bar, Flair Bar and Bar Prohibition! (Golden Gate) will serve up festive drinks at prices that won’t cost imbibers a pot of gold.

•             Specials include:

•             $4 Green Beers

•             $5 Dirty Girl Scout Cookie Shots

•             $5 Irish Car Bombs

Finally you can’t miss the D’s Annual St. Paddy’s Day Bash! Pub crawlers and players alike are invited to the D’s annual St. Paddy’s Day Bash as the casino will be decked out in green and transformed into a party where leprechauns dance on LONGBAR, green beer flows freely, four leaf clovers rain from the skies and the party doesn’t stop till the top o’ the mornin.’ Celebrants won’t need to travel all the way to the Emerald Isle to kiss the blarney stone for good luck. A relic from the legendary Blarney Castle resides at the D’s second-floor Vue Bar, where guests can partake in the age-old tradition of planting a kiss or rubbing the stone for good fortune. 

For those of you planning your own St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, we are going to supply you with some great Irish themed cocktails to wow your party guests.

STK LA’s “Sham-Rocker”

2.75 oz of Absolut Elyx

.5 oz of lime juice

.65 oz of simple syrup

2 slices of jalapeño

4 basil leaves

Simply add jalapeños and basil leaves into the mixing glass. Muddle. Add vodka, lime juice, simple syrup, shake and strain into a martini glass garnish with a jalapeño slice.

STK LA’s “Sham-Rocker”

Ginger Smash (Yellowtail Sunset)

Ingredients:

2 Dashes Angostura Bitters

6-8 Mint Leaves

2 oz. Reilly’s Rock & Rye Ginger Whiskey

¾ oz. Bertina Elderflower

¾ oz. Fresh Lemon Juice

¼ oz. Yuzu Juice

½ oz. Agave Syrup

Build: Shake & Strain over ice.

Glass: Rocks

Garnish: Lemon Wheel, Mint Sprig

Ginger Smash

Carmine’s Pot of Gold Pineapple Mojito (Carmine’s in the Forum Shops at Caesars)

In a glass muddle three ripe pieces of pineapple (about the size of a silver dollar) with a couple sprigs of mint and a ¼ ounce of simple syrup

Add-

2 oz Cruzan Silver Rum

½ oz Lemon Juice

½ oz Lime Juice

1 oz Simple Syrup

Add Ice

Top with soda (about 3 ounces)

Flip to mix

Garnish with a mint sprig

Carmine’s Pot of Gold Pineapple Mojito (photo credit Angela Hadl)

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