Las Vegas Rolls Out The Green Carpet For St. Patrick’s Day

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Around the U.S., COVID-19 lockdowns are out, re-opening is in. Vaccinations are in (by the first week in March, almost 80 million Americans have been inoculated), COVID-19 cases are down. And if you’re ready, Las Vegas really, really wants you to fly or drive in to celebrate this St. Patrick’s Day.

Vegas is getting back to business, and the city is hoping that such celebrations will result in a flowing of the tourist’s green. Although nightclubs, ‘adult-entertainment’ venues and karaoke spots remain closed, the city’s bars, shut down last spring, have reopened. Restaurants, bars, wineries, gaming areas and arcades are now open at up to 35 percent capacity, while stores can operate at up to 50 percent.

So, on March 17, Las Vegas will be awash in green light and alcohol as the worldwide destination continues its comeback.

Las Vegas’s tallest monument to itself, the Stratosphere (now branded the STRAT) on the north end of the Strip will be lit from base to tip, with all 1149 feet of the iconic tower bathed in green light. Spokespeople say the STRAT will celebrate the day with Celtic music, authentic Irish fare and perhaps less authentic but still popular green beer specials.

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Green beer might be the perfect complement to other STRAT specials, like the deviled green eggs and ham (unless Dr. Seuss is officially cancelled) at PT’s Wings & Sports. PT’s is also offering Irish corned beef nachos, $17; a shot of Baileys Irish Cream combined with Jameson Irish whiskey served with a Guinness stout, $16, and Sean Patrick’s Irish Red beer served with a shot of Jameson, $16. You might want to try the specials after you try the STRAT’s thrill rides like Big Shot, Insanity and X-Scream, located at the top of the 1100-foot tower,

As for music, “the hooley will continue” at REMIX Lounge with ambient music provided by The Celtic Rockers, beginning at 8 pm. Ask the buskers to play “Whisky In The Jar,” or if you’re in a mood to remember the departed, “Danny Boy.”

In the center of the Strip, the High Roller Observation Wheel will light up the skyline in shades of green throughout the evening of March 17. That day, the Sky Lounge, the bar on the way up to the High Roller, will offer a “Shamrock Sour” made with Irish whiskey, melon liqueur, sour mix and Sierra Mist, $11. Meanwhile, ICEBAR offers the cross-cultural mix that is green draft Modelo beers ($6), $7 Guinness cans, $7 Jameson shots and for those that can stomach it, Irish Car Bombs, ($12.)

“Shamrock Sour,” for St. Patrick’s Dy, available at Sky Lounge at High Roller Observation Wheel., … [+]

Around the big wheel, the LINQ Promenade will extend St. Patrick’s Day into the weekend, with Irish-inspired décor, food and beverage mobile carts and themed cocktails, from March 17 through March 21.

Off the Strip, Landini’s Pizzeraia has an intriguing spin on the “green” theme with its San Patrizio pizza, available on Wednesday, March 17. The specialty San Patrizio pie will be topped with chicken, spinach, onions, artichokes and dollops of house-made pesto sauce. The green-topped pizza, priced at $25.50 for the 18-inch pizza and $17.50 for the 12-inch pizza, will be available when dining in the restaurant or for carryout.

The Mob Museum isn’t specifically celebrating the history of the Irish mob this year, although it does have a wall of bricks from the St. Valentine’s massacre, where seven associates of Irish gangster George “Bugs” Moran were executed on orders of Al Capone. But it is featuring Irish-themed cocktails in its Underground speakeasy.

From March 13-19, the Underground is offering the Top O’ the Morning cocktail a blend of Jameson Cold Brew, cold brew coffee and Licor 43, ($10) or the more traditional Guinness and shot of Jameson ($12.) If you prefer your Irish whiskey straight, the Underground is offering a flight of four Irish Whiskeys (often considered the first true whiskey) from the Jameson Distiller for $45 all month long.

Las Vegas Pinkbox donuts for St. Patrick’s Day, March 2021.

What goes better with alcohol than donuts? Popular Pinkbox Donuts is betting you will come to its three suburban locations around Las Vegas (or order from its website) to pick a box of garish green St. Patrick’s Day donuts. The “Green Machine,” a glazed pistachio cake topped with pistachio cream cheese buttercream and pistachio cake crumbs, will set you back $3.

Other St. Patrick’s Day doughnuts, available from March 1 to March 17, will include the Leprechaun Ring, a green glazed raised ring, ($1.75), the Irish Unicorn, white frosted pink velvet cake topped with unicorn and St. Patrick’s Day décor, ($3), and the sure-to-be-lucky Four Leaf Clover, a green frosted raised clover topped with clover décor, $3. But the best candidate for a sugar overload might be the Lucky Charms™, ($3), a green frosted raised bar topped with Lucky Charms™.

And if you can’t make it March 17, it’s always seems to be St. Patrick’s Day at O’Sheas at the Linq, although technically it is only open Friday through Sunday, 4PM to 12AM. Try some table games, a frozen Bailey’s at this self-described “raucous Irish pub,” or if you’re really feeling daring, some beer pong in the back.

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