On March 17th most people wont consider celebrating the efforts of one Saint named Patrick coming to this country, back in the 1700s, to turn all the wicked Pagans to Christianity. Most will just use the day as an excuse to try out their (bad) accent and impersonations and drink as much as they can. I’m as Irish as one gets and, unfortunately, I will be no exception.
There is an Irish saying that goes “St Patrick’s Day consists of the night of March the seventeenth flavored strongly with the morning of the eighteenth”. That being true, there’s no better place in my opinion to celebrate this day then Las Vegas.
I revise this every year so there are always a few closings since first posted it. Quinn's and Murphy's Law are both closed and there are at-least 4 Sean Patrick's located around the Valley now.
On the Strip there’s well known names such as Nine Fine at NY NY and Ri Ra at Mandalay Bay.
Oshea's has also been a go to PARTY spot (St. Patricks Day or not), now with the LINQ fully remodeled and Oshea's securing their position as a bar within the LINQ they will be in full swing.
In off Strip Casinos you can find Brendan's Pub at Orleans, Quinns at GVR, and JC Wooloughan's in the JW Marriott Resort, all doing their part for visitors.
One of my favorites downtown is Hennessey's Tavern, with live music, a dark atmosphere and good bar foods.
What I would do is venture off the beaten path and hit the small pubs and non-resort bars. Away from the lights and large tabs are some gems to be found. Try to get to Murphy's Law over by UNLV on Flamingo, Sean Patrick’s on West Flamingo, McMullan’s on Trop by Orleans, Paddy’s on Pecos, even Jack's Irish Pub at Palace Station.
I visited McMullan's for the first time in 2011. I loved it, great bartender with great conversation. I rarely skip a visit to McMullinan's, given the chance. I could see a St. Patrick's Day pub crawl in the works. Starting at the top of Flamingo Rd with Sean Patrick’s, jump on Trop and stop by McMullan’s then over to Orleans and try Brendan’s, ending back on the Strip for the St Paddy's Day night cap at Nine Fine, or if your feeling adventurous Oshea's for some Beer Pong and frozen Bailey's
Here’s a couple tidbits to help with the CRAIC throughout the night.
First off “Craic” means conversation. Next, if you're going to shorten it, it's Paddy's not Patty's.
“Whisky in the Jar” Is actually an Irish folk song with no known author, covered by many Irish bands including the Dubliners The Pogues, Thin Lizzy, and the Irish Rovers (way before Metallica)
“Slainte” Is pronounced Salon-CHAY, not SLONTEE or SLANTEE. And its means CHEERS, basically, but if you want to impress your Irish cohorts reply with “to your health as well” or try pronouncing “SLAINTE AGAD-SA”.
In Ireland they don’t drink green beer or wear green clothing on St Patrick’s Day, in fact bars weren't even allowed to be open on the holiday until the mid 70’s. They do wear Shamrocks on their shirts or coats. It symbolizes the teaching of the trinity by ST. PATRICK.
If you need a few toasts to help keep the drinks flowing, these are my favorites. (because they’re not too hard to remember when drunk)
May the road rise to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face.
And rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the hollow of His hand.
(try to get that one out early in the night)
-May you live as long as you want, and never want as long as you live.
-May you be in Heaven a full half hour before the Devil knows you're dead.
That’s about does it you are now ready to take on St. Patrick’s Day in Vegas. But If you still don’t have IRISH blood anywhere in your veins, just go ahead and lie, put on just a green shirt with a funny slogan, such as “F#$% ME, I’m IRISH” or “I-RISH I had another Beer” , because we don’t care on St Patrick’s day.