The Feast of Saint Patrick is upon us once again, a national festival celebrated in more countries than any other. That means you don’t have to be Irish to eat corned beef and cabbage and drink too many Guinnesses or Harps—or maybe something different this year, like White Hag Little Fawn IPAs?—but it helps. And you can party at any bar, but you might have the best time at one of these taverns.
Nine Fine Irishman
Long one of the Strip’s favorite bars for black and tans, black and blacks, half and halfs, yellowjackets and snake bites, NFI also fills you up with beer-cheese dip, colcannon soup and lamb stew. There’s a parade Saturday outside at the Park at 4 p.m. and live entertainment all day on the Brooklyn Bridge. New York-New York, 702-740-6463.
St. Patrick’s Day starts early here, at 7:45 a.m., with the Six Nations rugby match between Ireland and England. Morning pints should boost your appetite for lunch, when the Black Donnellys perform while you nosh on shepherd’s pie and sausage rolls. If you’re still Irish into the night, change the pace with special Guinness mixology cocktails. Mandalay Place, 702-632-7771.
The neighborhood fave is serving up specials on Guinness, Bud Light, Jameson and its own PT’s Brewing beers, including the smooth and malty Irish Red. The corned beef is solid (and you can get it on crispy potato chips with cheese sauce and spicy ranch, too), but the steak sandwich with dark ale mustard is the best way to go. Four locations, pteglv.com.