Isn’t it funny how everyone claims to have Irish heritage as soon as St. Patrick’s Day rolls around each year? Well, even if you’re not actually Irish, it’s an awesome holiday to celebrate, because Las Vegas becomes one big St. Patrick’s Day party. We put together this guide to everything there is to see and do on St. Paddy’s Day – from the best Irish pubs to drink at to family-friendly festivals. Who knows, maybe you’ll catch a leprechaun and end up with a pot of gold! Now wouldn’t that be a Vegas experience?
Drink at an Irish Pub
Of course, first up on most people’s list of things to do on St. Patrick’s Day is having a drink at an Irish pub. There are actually quite a few Irish pubs in Vegas that go all out to celebrate St. Paddy’s.
We particularly love Ri Ra Irish Pub, which is a beautifully-restored authentic Irish pub that was shipped in and rebuilt inside Mandalay Bay Resort. Nine Fine Irishmen is another incredible pub that was built in Ireland and reconstructed inside New York New York.
McMullan’s Irish Pub is a favorite among Vegas locals, with an off-strip location across the road from The Orleans Hotel. At Town Square, just south of the Strip, you’ll find McFadden’s Saloon: an upscale pub modeled after the landmark drinking spot in New York City.
Here are some other Irish pubs in Vegas that are worth checking out on St. Paddy’s Day:
On the Las Vegas Strip
3535 Las Vegas Blvd S. Las Vegas, NV 89109 (In the LINQ Promenade)
Royal Britannia Gastropub
The Venetian Grand Canal Shoppes
In Downtown Las Vegas
425 Fremont St #110
Off the Strip
Mulligan’s Pub and Grill
6471 Boulder Hwy, Henderson
Crown & Anchor British Pub
1350 E Tropicana Ave
Crown & Anchor British Pub
4755 W Spring Mountain Rd
40 Via del Canto #100, Henderson
Kavanaugh’s Irish Pub & Grill
3290 West Ann Road, North Las Vegas
Molly Malone’s Irish Pub
11930 Southern Highlands Pkwy
Fado Irish Pub & Restaurant
9470 Eastern Ave, Henderson
Eat Delicious Irish-Inspired Food
If you need to sober up a little, you can find some mouthwatering Irish-inspired fare at a number of Las Vegas restaurants, including ones where you wouldn’t expect it. Here are some of our favorite places to eat on St. Patrick’s Day in Vegas.
The Kitchen at Common’s Club, located inside Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, is celebrating the holiday with an Irish-themed breakfast special: corned beef hash skillets, 2 sunny-side-up eggs, potatoes, cabbage, and caramelized onions. Golden Circle at Treasure Island has Irish-style sandwiches with corned beef, Swiss cheese, coleslaw and pub sauce, served with pickle spears and an optional Guinness.
Coronado Café at South Point Hotel is offering a delicious Irish dinner: a Guinness-marinated sirloin steak with 2 eggs, potato cakes and Irish soda bread. They’ll also have split pea soup, and traditional corned beef and cabbage with broiled potatoes and cabbage. Naked City Pizza is serving corned beef or pastrami Reuben sandwiches, Reuben pizzas, Rueben egg rolls, and a corned beef platter.
For dessert, there are some delectable sweet treats on offer. Sugar Factory will have a Lucky Leprechaun milkshake made with vanilla and coffee ice cream and Jameson Irish Whiskey. Brera Osteria at The Venetian will be serving a Shamrock affogato made with Irish Whiskey ice cream and espresso with a caramel drizzle.
ROCK out on Fremont Street
Head to Fremont Street Experience in Downtown Las Vegas and be a part of the biggest (and most likely, wildest) St. Patrick’s Day event in Vegas. The St. Paddy’s ShamROCK Bash 2023 is an enormous 4-day-long celebration with 18 bands, including authentic Irish groups, Irish-themed light shows, and fabulous drink specials at the outdoor bars. Oh, and while you’re there, get your adrenaline pumping at Slotzilla zipline.
Where: 425 E Fremont Street, Las Vegas, NV 89101
When: Thursday, March 16 – Sunday, March 19, 2023
Cheer on a Parade
Parades are a way for the whole city to celebrate together, and there are 2 big parades happening in Vegas for St. Paddy’s. The Las Vegas Valley Firefighters are hosting a parade through Downtown Las Vegas on Friday, March 17th featuring a whole troupe of bagpipers, Irish dancers and more. The parade starts at the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop and ends on 3rd Street at Hogs & Heifers Saloon.
Looking for a family-friendly activity to bring the kids to on St. Patrick’s Day? The 2023 St Patrick’s Day Parade in Downtown Henderson. The parade takes place on Saturday, March 18th at 10am and ends with captivating live entertainment by an authentic Irish ensemble. It’s part of a 3-day festival that includes a carnival and Celtic bands. (More on that in our “Festivals” section).
Get Festive at a Block Party
There are 2 gigantic block parties happening over St. Patrick’s Day weekend in Vegas. Get your friends together and enjoy drink specials, live Celtic entertainment, and beer pong at The LINQ Promenade. It starts with a parade on Thursday, March 16th featuring bagpipers, stilt walkers, leprechauns and more. All weekend long this vibrant block party will have food carts, green beer, live entertainment, and more green beer. The High Roller observation wheel will be decked out in green to celebrate the Irish holiday.
In Downtown Las Vegas there’s another high-energy block party happening outside Hennessey’s Tavern on March 16th – 19th. Vegas locals and visitors alike will party down at this Irish pub and enjoy live music and green beer inside the world’s largest pint glass. You’ll see what we mean when you get there!
Celebrate All Things Irish At a Festival
If you want the full St. Patrick’s experience in one place at one time, head to one of the exciting festivals taking place in Vegas. New York New York is holding its 2023 Celtic Feis Celebration, a 3-day event that begins on March 17th with a parade ending on Vegas’ own Brooklyn Bridge where bagpipers will perform and everyone is invited to have a Guinness. There will be Irish food, live bands, and leprechaun sightings galore.
Ri Ra Irish Pub is holding its Paddy Fest 2023 at Mandalay Bay with Irish dancers, bagpipers, live bands and absolutely delicious Irish food. And in Henderson, the weekend-long St. Patrick’s Day Festival will have amusement rides and games, Irish whiskey tastings, a car show, and food vendors. Be aware that this festival happens the weekend before the official holiday, on March 10th to the 12th.
Go the Distance on a St. Patrick’s Day Run
If you want to take part in something a little different this St. Paddy’s Day, and you’re up for a bit of exercise, join hundreds of runners on the historic Boulder City Las Vegas St. Patrick’s Day Run. This invigorating event is family-friendly and allows you to choose the length of your run depending on your commitment: 1 mile, 5K, 12K or half marathon. The run happens in Boulder City, just 30 minutes’ drive from the Strip.