It’s nearly that time of year again. St Patrick’s Day, where everyone turns Irish just for one day. It isn’t just the Irish that celebrates St Patrick’s Day in Las Vegas but if you are Irish, it’s the perfect day to wholeheartedly embrace who you are.
Las Vegas is a fantastic place to be to celebrate St Patrick’s Day. Irish whiskey and green beer flow untapped at just about every bar, club and pub while authentic Irish food and entertainment complete the incredible atmosphere.
We all know that Las Vegas doesn’t do anything by halves and St Patrick’s day is no exception; 2020 is looking set to be one of the biggest yet so get ready to join the fun.
Before we look at where you can celebrate St Patrick’s day in style, here are a few things to know:
- You must be 21 or over to drink alcohol in Las Vegas – it’s the law
- Sip as you go. Provided your drink is in a plastic container, St Patrick’s Day is one of the few days where you can drink alcohol on the Strip
- Be aware; pickpockets operate in busy areas, especially around the Bellagio Fountains. They tend to be in groups so keep your wits about you and your money safe. Ladies, hang on tight to your bags.
- Vegas it may be, there are still laws; you can’t just do what you want.
- Do not drive if you have had a drink. The penalties are incredibly high and you will be required to appear in court – it isn’t worth it
- Don’t even think about jaywalking; if you get caught you will be cited and, seriously, your life is worth more than trying to dodge the traffic!
These are some of the major festivities in Las Vegas for St Patrick’s Day 2020:
St Patrick’s Day Celtic Fais Celebration
Celebrate at the New York-New York Hotel and Casino in a high-spirited festival. Starting with a parade at 2 PM, the festival lasts for 3 days and combines Irish entertainment with the Las Vegas flair for authenticity. Join other revelers for parades, the Las Vegas Pipe band, authentic Irish food and much more.
Some festivities will charge an entrance fee – check ahead of time.
St Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival
Don’t miss this, the 54th annual Southern Nevada Sons and Daughter of Erin parade and festival. Three days of entertainment and celebrations not to be missed – carnivals, a fair, a car show and some of the very best live entertainment on offer.
Events kick off at the Henderson Events Plaza, 200 S Walter St
Check ahead of time as some festivities may require you to buy tickets – tel 702-267-2171
St Patrick’s Day Parade and Firefighter Fun Challenge
Ladies – or gents – the uniforms are out. The Las Vegas Valley Firefighters join in the fun with a parade starting at midday on Fremont and Main Street. Join the parade and see the Irish dancers, listen to the wonderful sound of the Irish bagpipes and watch the fun challenges when the parade is over.
This is a free event
The Bellagio Fountains dance to the Irish tune, with more than 1200 different streams, each choreographed to lights and music.
This is free, so take the weight off for a while and watch the water and light show.
O’Shea’s BLOQ Party
It’s all happening at the LINQ hotel and casino; the BLOQ party is a must-do, one of the best places to hang out on St Patrick’s Day. Join in the festivities with live music bagpipers o the LINQ promenade, a parade with bagpipers, drummers, stilt walkers, celebrity guests and some Irish dancing and finish off with a St Patrick’s Day toast to kick off the party. Head into O’Shea’s saloon for special prices on drinks -Coors, Heineken, Guinness, Miller Lite and green bear all $6 a pint and Jameson whiskey at $8 a shot.
The festivities are free to attend but be sure to wear something green or you might just find yourself being pinched by a stranger or two!
St Patrick’s Day Fremont Street Experience
This is the epicenter of all the St Patrick’s Day celebrations and this year the live music will be free. Come and join in some good old-fashioned Irish dancing, live tribute bands, Irish entertainment and plenty of drinks specials in the bars
Other Great St Patrick’s Day Experiences
It wouldn’t be a celebration without so many places joining in the fun so head to one of these venues for a real treat:
Ri Ra Las Vegas
Enjoy the full Irish experience with Irish dancers, bagpipers and giveaways through the celebrations. An Irish menu is available, serving Salon Boxty, Fish and Chips and Shepherd’s Pie and there are plenty of Irish beers and whiskey on offer.
At the Guinness store next door, take part in a Perfect Pour Experience with live music and the opportunity to dress in Irish clothing and souvenirs.
Location – In The Shoppes at the Mandalay Place Hotel
Party Under the Dome
Taking place at the Plaza Hotel Casino, Part at the Dome kicks off with live music, a DJ, leprechauns and special process on drinks. Watch the night sky light up with a green fireworks show in the evening.
Location – The Plaza Hotel Casino – downtown
Sham-Rock The Park
A St Patrick’s Day beer-fest with options for all you can drink. That includes green beer, and Guinness at several beer stations located throughout the park. There’s plenty of live music and Irish shenanigans.
Location – Downtown Container Park
Bailiwick St Paddy’ Day at The Orleans
Join the party at the Bailiwick with live entertainment and cocktails to celebrate the day. Plenty of food and drinks are on offer, with an Irish coffee at $4, pints of Guinness at $5 and shots of Tullamore or Jameson whiskey for $5. Food offering includes corned beef and cabbage, and Shepherd pie and Car Bomb cocktails will set you back $7.
Admission is completely free.
Location – The Orleans Hotel Casino
St Patrick’s Day Food and Drink
Everywhere you look there will be Irish food and Irish drinks on offer so try one of these to celebrate the day in style:
The Buffet at Bellagio
A celebratory holiday brunch is on offer, with Irish dishes such as Dublin Coddle, Shepherd’s Pie and Corned Beef with Cabbage on offer.
Price $38.99 per person
Public House at Luxor
Public House is celebrating with shots of Jameson at $12, Bangers and mash for $20 and a bucket of 5 beers for just $25.
Reservations are recommended
Diablo’s Cantina at Luxor
A new restaurant, Diablo’s Cantina is offering special rates on beverages and bites.
Pyramid Café at Luxor
Treat yourself to a Shamrock Stack, a stack of green pancakes filled with mint chocolate, topped off with sprinkles and green whipped cream.
The Buffet at Luxor
Head to the Buffet at Luxor and partake of a special selection of traditional Irish dishes.
Hard Rock Café
Celebrate in style with a special edition St Paddy’s burger. A Guinness burger paired with Guinness cheese sauce, Jameson Bacon Jam, crisp lettuce, vine tomatoes and crispy fries, all washed down with your favorite pint of draught beer.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are on offer at the Firelight Buffet at Sam’s Town Hotel and Gambling Hall. Every day there is an endless choice of dishes plus St Patrick’s Day specials such as Shepherd’s Pie, Corned Beef Brisket carved to order, Potatoes’ Leek soup, Corned Beef and Cabbage, Irish Stew, Bangers and Mash, Irish Boxty, roast leg of lamb and colcannon
Price $17.99 with a B Connected card
Not to be missed, head to Paris Las Vegas for traditional corned beef and cabbage dishes served as egg rolls with a side of coleslaw and a spicy mustard dip.
Cabo Wabo Cantina
Mexican dishes with an Irish twist. Celebrate with special dishes, patio parties and live music. Food on offer includes Torta de Reuben, a corned beef and pepper jack dish with Russian dressing, sauerkraut on bolillo bread and a side of fries.
Other Recommended Bars and Pubs
Nine Fine Irishmen, New York-New York
An authentic Irish bar, Nine Fine Irishmen is huge, with a series of snugs, cottage areas, a Victorian-style bar and two levels of patio dining outdoors, with fabulous views over the Strip.
Signature dishes, made with natural fresh Irish ingredients, are on offer, with a series of lagers, ales, spirits, plenty of music and entertainment with guest artists.
Find Hennessey’s Tavern in the “World’s Largest Pint Glass”, downtown Las Vegas. An authentic Irish pub, partake of some fabulous food and drinks, music and gambling.
Due & Proper at The District
Every St Patrick’s day, a Patio BBQ is on offer, with Irish entertainment, a live D, cocktail, whiskey and beer.
McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon
A famous Irish Pub from New York, McFadden’s is now in Vegas! With Irish food on offer all day, plenty of drinks, entertainment and a great nightlife, McFadden’s in is the place to be.
McMullan’s Irish Pub
An Irish pub on Tropicana Ave, this is a favorite of the locals. No less than six bands are playing here for St Patrick’s Day.
Jack’s Irish Pub
Located at Palace Station Hotel and Casino, Jack’s is one of the best Irish pubs and a sports bar to boot, offering a fantastic slice of Irish culture on St Patrick’s Day.