From Celtic cocktails to corned beef and cabbage tacos, 7 treats to feast on St. Patrick’s Day

Serving green beer outside Fitzgerald’s Casino in downtown Las Vegas during St. Patrick’s Day Thursday, March 17, 2011.
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Guinness and corned beef and cabbage again? Not this year, Las Vegas.

While many folks may spend St. Patrick's Day weekend indulging in the usual beer, whiskey and bar food, many bars and eateries are serving up fresh, gourmet takes on typical Celtic fare.

From green eggs and ham to bacon mashed potatoes to decadent green cocktails, here are a few of Las Vegas' best sips and bites to indulge in on St. Patrick's Day.

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      Hash House a Go Go's signature Kokomo meatloaf sandwich is another good option for hungry partygoers this St. Patrick's Day.

      The Dubliner @ Hash House a Go Go

      You're gonna need a hearty meal to go with all of that festive drinking, and the folks at Hash House a Go Go have got you covered. Go for the Dubliner, their souped-up version of corned beef and cabbage: corned beef brisket on bacon mashed potatoes with sauteed Napa cabbage, topped off with spicy brown mustard. Considering you probably won't need to eat much else for the rest of the day, it's a steal at $16.95.

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      Corned beef and cabbage tacos

      Corned beef and cabbage tacos @ Coconuts

      If "Psycho Midget Wrestling" isn't enough of a draw for you to come down to Coconuts on Saturday, the corned beef and cabbage tacos should be. A fresh twist on a heavy, decidedly party unfriendly dish, these tacos will be perfect served up alongside drink specials like green beer and whiskey.

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      Tabu's Dublin Shake

      The Dublin Shake @ Tabu

      Described by the folks at Tabu as "the Irish version of a root beer float," the Dublin Shake is one of three St. Patrick's Day-inspired cocktails the ultra lounge is serving this weekend. If you want to take a crack at concocting the libation yourself, throw together ⅓ ounce Bailey's, ⅓ ounce Jameson Irish whiskey and ⅓ ounce Kahlua liqueur and float it over 3 ounces of Guinness. Serve the drink chilled in a martini glass with chocolate shavings.

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      Ri Ra's stout-steamed mussels

      Stout-steamed mussels @ Ri Ra

      There's Irish-inspired food, and then there's the real thing. The latter would be Ri Ra's speciality. In addition to an all-out celebration featuring authentic music and dance (there will be bagpipes), the bar-eatery will be offering loads of food and drink specials throughout the day. Consider Ri Ra's latest starter, stout-steamed mussels: mussels cooked in a broth of Guinness stout, garlic, shallots, bacon and cream, served with pretzini on the side. Then consider getting seconds.

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      Five Leaf Clover @ Petrossian

      If you want to luxe up your St. Patrick's Day, this is the way to do it. Bellagio’s Petrossian Bar will be serving the Five Leaf Clover, a five-layered specialty featuring Moet & Chandon Imperial, Nagomi Matcha Green Tea syrup, Midori, Rock Sake Nigori and homemade apple sour. The Celtic cocktail is served in a chilled champagne flute accompanied by a spoon of Lychee Caviar. Don't miss it -- this drink is being served on St. Patrick's Day only!

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      Green eggs and ham burrito @ Rhumbar

      Rhumbar at the Mirage is hosting a drink specials-packed St. Patrick’s Day featuring $3 Jameson shots, $6 Irish Car Bombs and more. But the true highlight is arguably its green eggs and ham breakfast burrito for $8. Made from real green eggs!

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      Wyatt Kykamp of Denver finishes off a green beer outside of O'Sheas Casino in Las Vegas during St. Patrick's Day Thursday, March 17, 2011.

      Green beer @ O'Sheas St. Patty's Day Block Party

      Green beer isn't anything new for St. Patrick's Day, but if you're going to drink some, drink it one last time at O'Sheas on the Strip; the Irish-themed casino recently announced plans to close in April, though it will move to a new location at Linq. Come bid farewell to the joint at their annual St. Patty's Day Block party, where you can indulge in plenty of drink specials, and even more dancing.

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