Whether you’re in Las Vegas for St. Patrick’s Day or not, there are always some fabulous shenanigans to get into. The Emerald Isle might be 5,000 miles away, but a handful of Irish pubs around town are serving up an authentic experience complete with Irish fare, beers and entertainment.
Rí Rá Las Vegas at The Shoppes at Mandalay Place
Why Go: Quite possibly the most authentic Irish experience in Las Vegas, Rí Rá has filled its pub with furnishings salvaged from Ireland. Saddle up to a seat with history, as its bar at the entrance formerly stood in Foley’s in West Cork — a pub originating in the 1880s that survived and reopened after the Irish Civil War.
What to Order: Take your pick from favorites like Corned Beef and Cabbage or the All-Day Irish Breakfast — or warm up with a bowl of Beef and Guinness Stew, featuring the legendary Irish stout.
Don’t Forget: To take a look at St. Patrick himself, as a 500-lb. statue of the patron saint stands at the pub — maybe it’ll give you good luck!
Why Go: This pub was also built in Ireland and shipped to Las Vegas, offering an authentic experience for revelers to step up to a bar straight out of a Dublin postcard.
What to Order: With Irish-inspired dishes like Colcannon Soup and a Hot Corned Beef Sandwich, the menu has much to choose from — or you can go with a classic, as the Shepherd’s Pie should not disappoint.
Don’t Forget: To experience its thrilling live entertainment, as musicians bring Irish tunes to the pub — often with traditional Irish step-dancing added to the mix.
Why Go: This Fremont Street mainstay offers patio seating with a spectacular view of all the Downtown Las Vegas action.
What to Order: While Fish & Chips and the Great Irish Nachos make the menu, consider opting for the Dublin Burger, complete with a delicious slice of Irish cheddar.
Don’t forget: To cap your experience off with Buena Vista’s Original Irish Coffee, complete with the buzz from Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey and a delicious dollop of whipped cream.
Why Go: The original proprietor hails from the Emerald Isle, where his grandfather operated a pub in Glenarm, Ireland, in 1908. This is the real deal, from the décor to the food to the service.
What to Order: Choose from Irish twists like the Grand Irish Reuben; classics like Diddy’s Irish Stew; or a list of Irish pies and pasties, such as the Steak & Mushroom Pie.
Don’t Forget: To peruse the décor, as the pub is filled with artifacts and photos from Ireland — the Irish are passionate about their pubs, and this one shows that.
Why Go: One of the most beloved spots on the Strip, O’Shea’s pub offers St. Patrick’s Day excitement year-round. Situated center-Strip, this high-energy pub offers a mix of entertainment alongside tasty brews.
What to Order: One of the many beers on tap. And if it’s St. Patrick’s Day, make sure it’s green!
Don’t Forget: To play a couple of rounds of beer pong, as the pub offers tables alongside casino games like blackjack.
Whether you’re partying it up for St. Patrick’s Day, or just want an authentic Irish pub experience, Las Vegas will not disappoint. Start planning your trip now, and don’t forget to explore the amazing entertainment options and fabulous attractions while you’re at it. In Las Vegas, the luck of the Irish is always just a short stroll away — don’t forget to raise a glass and say “Sláinte!”