You know what they say: St. Patrick’s Day is the one day of the year when everybody’s Irish—even if you’re not. From parades and family-friendly events to bottomless green beer and adult shenanigans, Las Vegas offers a little something for everyone this time of year.
Luckily for you, Things To Do In Las Vegas put together this handy guide of the best things to do for St. Patrick’s Day in Vegas.
One of the things we do best here in Vegas? Making you feel like you’re in wildly different parts of the world all at once. Travel back in time to the Roman Empire at Caesars Palace, visit ancient Egypt at the Luxor, find out if a pirate’s life is for you at Treasure Island—you get the picture. Thanks to the dozens of Irish pubs both on and off the Strip, you can drink like a proper Irishman any day of the year. Check out some of our faves below.
Located inside the Mandalay Bay, Rí Rá Irish Pub is as authentic as it gets on this side of the Atlantic. With live music performances every night of the week, a dim and cozy interior, and more than 60 beers to choose from, Rí Rá is a great lowkey locale to spend the holiday. While you’re at the Mandalay Bay, take a sip back in time by grabbing a drink at the traditional speakeasy 1923 Bourbon Bar before rounding out the night with live music at the world-famous House of Blues.
Nine Fine Irishmen in New York New York takes Irish-inspired to a whole new level—this pub was literally built in Ireland before being shipped over to the U.S. The pub’s name is a nod to the nine Irish nationalists who were sentenced to death after fighting valiantly for Ireland’s independence in 1848.
Today, the pub offers more than twenty varieties of Irish Whiskey including signature cocktails like the Nutty Irishman, made with Bailey’s Irish Cream and Frangelico. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at Nine Fine Irishmen, so plan your visit any time during the day for an excellent St. Patrick’s Day in Vegas.
With its iconic exterior (an 85-foot tall pint glass) lighting up the historic Fremont Street Experience, Hennessey’s Tavern serves up delicious food, frequent drink specials, and nightly live music. For a true downtown Las Vegas experience, drink a pint on the patio outside, where you’ll be dazzled by the overhead Viva Vision Light Show while you enjoy the unique energy of downtown— a can’t miss on any Vegas vacation.
Check out even more Irish pubs you can visit this St. Paddy’s Day.
St. Patrick’s Day Parades
Nothing can compare to New York’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade…or so they’d have you believe. There will be multiple parades and festivals in the days leading up to St. Patrick’s Day in Vegas this year. Here are some of the biggest and best ones to watch for.
Friday, March 13 – Sunday, March 15
Henderson Events Plaza
If you’re looking for something more family-friendly to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Vegas, the city of Henderson St. Patrick’s Day parade, festival, and carnival is your perfect destination. The parade will take place at 10:00 a.m. sharp on Saturday, March 14 in the Henderson Water Street District and is free and open to the public.
Throughout the weekend, there will be plenty of live entertainment, vendors, food, and a carnival. Don’t miss the Irish Whiskey Tasting Contest, Boulder City Cruisin’ car show, or St. Baldrick’s Head Shaving, which raises money to support childhood cancer research. Make a day of it and explore all the fun Henderson has to offer.
Friday, March 13 – Tuesday, March 17
Tickets from $15
You’ve got multiple chances to witness the spectacle of the 11th Annual Celtic Feis Celebration Parade, hosted by New York, New York in conjunction with The Park at MGM. The festivities begin at 3:00 p.m. on Friday (and again at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday) at the Bliss Dance sculpture in The Park, where a traditional Irish pipe band will wind its way through the casino, making its way to the Brooklyn Bridge for a spectacular finale. Live nightly entertainment will also be available Saturday through Monday starting at 5:00 p.m at the bridge.
All ages are welcome during the parade, although the event will be 21+ after 10:00 a.m on St. Patrick’s Day. Tickets for the Ultimate Irish Food & Drink Package start at $75 and include five beverages and one food item. They can be purchased at Nine Fine Irishmen inside the New York New York.
Tuesday, March 17 – 12:00 p.m.
This St. Patrick’s Day parade, hosted by the Las Vegas Firefighters Benefit Association along with local bar Hogs & Heifers Saloon, is a downtown favorite. The parade will start at Fremont Street and 3rd, making its way to the 3rd Street Stage (located between The D Las Vegas and Four Queens), where Irish dance and bagpipe performances will be held.
This parade is open to all, including families, although only those 21 years and older will be admitted into Hogs & Heifers for additional St. Paddy’s celebrations. Don’t miss the Wheelbarrow Race, 5-inch Hose Drag, Hose Bowling, Bucket Brigade, and Tug of War competitions, open to the public.
St. Paddy’s Parties & Pub Crawls
Las Vegas knows how to party. It’s basically in our DNA at this point. For St. Patrick’s Day in Vegas, we’ve gone all out this year on parties and celebrations at the best bars, pubs, nightclubs, and more. See what the lineup looks like this weekend for a little early celebration, or hold off for the midweek events on March 17. After all, partying on a Tuesday in Vegas is…well, just another Tuesday.
Tuesday, March 17 – 7:00 p.m.
The Plaza Hotel in downtown Las Vegas will once again throw a St. Patrick’s Day party to impress this year beneath its trademark dome entrance, complete with a green firework display to end the night with a bang. A live DJ, photo booths, and Irish-inspired menu will be available to guests in addition to beer pong, flip cup, and other games.
Drink specials include $5 Jameson shots and Guinness, or a shot of Jameson and domestic beer for just $8. Admission to this party is free! The Plaza is just steps away from the rest of the celebrations which will be ongoing on Fremont Street throughout the weekend and through Tuesday.
O’Sheas BLOQ Party
Tuesday, March 17 – 12:00 p.m.
O’Sheas Casino & Pub originally opened in 1988 and quickly became a fixture on the Las Vegas Strip as an Irish pub and casino. Although the location moved in 2013, you can still find the same vibe in the new O’Shea’s located inside the LINQ, with low minimum table games, a beer pong arena, live nightly music, and an outdoor bar.
Mr. Lucky the Leprechaun, a crowd favorite, will host this St. Patrick’s Day bash and parade through the LINQ Promenade starting in the afternoon. Drink specials will be aplenty along with Irish song and dance, stilt walkers, bagpipers, and more! While you’re there, take a ride on the High Roller just above your head (which will turn green at sunset) for a truly memorable St. Patrick’s Day in Vegas.
Saturday, March 14 – 6:00 p.m.
Tickets from $20
Experience a dozen St. Patrick’s Day parties in one night with this exclusive pub crawl in downtown Las Vegas. You’ll meet up at Hennessey’s Tavern and hit some of Fremont Street’s best bars and clubs, including Gold Spike, Therapy, The Nerd, Inspire, Mickie Finnz, and more! Your Lucky’s lanyard and badge will qualify you for drink specials at all venues and entry into a $500 prize costume contest.