Las Vegas and St. Patrick’s Day have quickly combined for some type of simpatico relationship when it comes to this festive day and there is little question why. Fill the Las Vegas strip with plenty of Irish bars, as well as plenty of other bars, combine that with tourists who don’t need an excuse to party and everyone becomes Irish for the day.
You will not find a more authentic Irish experience than what is offered at Rí Rá Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay. Rí Rá will celebrate the most Irish day of the year with a three-day St. Patrick’s Day festival March 15-17. The weekend of festivities will feature live music, giveaways, Irish dancers, authentic Irish menu items and more. Guests will enjoy live Irish music from several bands each day of the festival, including Dave Barlow and Ruaille Buialle – direct from Ireland. Diners will enjoy traditional Irish fare, including Corned Beef & Cabbage, Publicans Reuben, Fish & Chips, Shepherd’s Pie and Beef and Guinness Stew as well as the most perfectly poured Guinness on the Las Vegas Strip. How authentic is Rí Rá? It is so authentic that they actually bring their staff over from Ireland on work visas to work at Rí Rá. Nothing gives you more of a sense of being in an Irish Pub than having someone from Ireland pouring you your Guinness with the proper six step process. For more information visit Rí Rá Las Vegas.
House of Blues at Mandalay Bay will be hosting ‘Slainte’ St. Patrick’s Party on St. Patrick’s Day. Slainte is a traditional Irish toast. At the event the House of Blues is offering No Cover to see the three traditional Irish bands performing (Ruaile Buaile, The Highstool Prophets and American Diddly Idols). All are from Ireland, playing traditional folk music along with fan favorite covers. There will be plenty of specials with $3 Jameson Black Barrel drinks, $5 Pabst Blue Ribbons, or $35 all you can drink Jameson, PBR, wine, well and draft beer. Doors are open at 5 p.m. and the party will go until about 11 p.m. For more information visit House of Blues.
New York-New York will be hosting their annual Celtic Feis festival March 15-17. The weekend begins with the highly anticipated opening of the new and innovative outdoor plaza, and will features Irish bites from Nine Fine Irishmen, celebratory cocktails and live entertainment such as Irish music and face painting. For the first time, the property’s fountain will be dyed green and green lights will shine on Lady Liberty, spreading Irish cheer to the entire resort. The event is complimentary and open to guests 21 and over.
On Saturday, March 15, an official green ribbon cutting ceremony will mark the unveiling of the new outdoor plaza at New York-New York at 11 a.m. Also for the first time, the property’s fountain will be dyed green and green lights will shine on Lady Liberty in celebration of the weekend’s events, spreading Irish cheer to the entire resort.
The finale of the celebration on St. Patrick’s Day will begin with a festive parade led by an honor guard who will be joined by bag pipe players and band. The procession will begin on the Brooklyn Bridge and continue throughout New York-New York.
Throughout the weekend, Irish food items such as Fried Sausages, Shepherd’s Pie and Corned Beef Sandwiches will be available at Nine Fine Irishmen’s new outdoor patio. Libations will also be specially priced including $10 cocktails, $7 domestic beers, $8 import beer and $7 shots.
The newly opened TAP at MGM Grand will offer a Guinness Chocolate Shake, made with a blend of cookies ‘n cream ice cream, chocolate syrup and Guinness. For more information visit TAP.
Guests will find the “Kiss Me I’m Irish” Shake at BLT Burger at The Mirage. The specialty drink is made with Jameson, Bailey’s and Guinness and equal parts vanilla and coffee ice cream, garnished with whipped cream, shamrock sprinkles and a green shamrock cookie.
If you are looking for that perfect Reuben sandwich, head over to the Backstage Deli at the Luxor. This New York style deli has taken some of the finest deli meats and cheeses to create amazing sandwiches such as the St. Patrick’s Day favorite the Reuben. Loaded with plenty of corned beef and cheese, this sandwich will keep you satisfied as you fill yourself with green beer on St. Patrick’s Day. If you need a little something to get you going the day after, head over to the Backstage Deli and enjoy something off of their tasty breakfast menu. For more information visit Backstage Deli.
MORE Buffet at Monte Carlo will feature a special Irish menu for St. Patrick’s Day. Items include Colcannon Soup, Corned Beef & Cabbage, Bangers & Mashed Potatoes and Traditional Irish Stew.