Food & Drink

The Best Irish Pubs in Las Vegas

Published On 03/16/2016 Published On 03/16/2016
Ri Ra Irish Pub interior and bar chandelier
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Ginger Bruner


West Valley

The perfect combination of size, charm, and a menu of authentic Irish food any time of day -- including a breakfast menu served 11pm-11am that features a tasty corned beef hash and poached eggs -- McMullan's is located just across the street from The Orleans casino. Take a seat at the bar and choose wisely from the deep selection of Irish whiskeys. The place really nails the Irish pub concept with an energetic atmosphere, private booths that feel like small apartments, and TV screens with nonstop rugby and football games. (And by "football," we of course mean soccer).

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Nine Fine Irishmen

New York-New York

Built in Ireland first before being shipped to Las Vegas brick by brick, Nine Fine Irishmen is your best bet for an authentic Irish experience on the Strip. There's no shortage of stouts, ales, and lagers to enjoy on the outdoor patio, especially during the annual Celtic Feis celebration. It's one of the biggest St. Patrick's Day parties in town and takes place near a replica of the Brooklyn Bridge along Las Vegas Boulevard.

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Rí Rá Irish Pub

Shoppes at Mandalay Place

Rí Rá takes its whiskey selection seriously, and is probably the most fun you can have at a bar inside a shopping mall. Live music is offered seven nights a week, with bands often brought in directly from Ireland. Each room is distinct and modeled after vintage watering holes from Ireland, with salvaged items like a Georgian archway or an etched cut glass window that date back decades, if not longer.

Three Angry Wives

West Valley

This is one of the few places inside the Boca Park shopping plaza that's open 24 hours a day, and just two doors down from The Vitamin Shoppe (in case you need to load up on extra Vitamin C after a long night of drinking). The atmosphere is fun, but the menu sticks pretty close to the usual bar food -- although names like the Dublin Cheesesteak Sandwich and the Blarney Burger at least make them seem Irish.

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Hennessey's Tavern


This place is easy to spot: just look for the world's tallest pint of beer out front. Sitting on the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and the Fremont Street Experience, the multi-level bar attracts a large amount of locals in addition to the obvious tourists for a diverse lineup of bands and the tastiest Irish bar food Downtown. Go with the pound of ribs in Jameson BBQ sauce or the "Top O' The Mornin', Lunch or Evenin' Brekky Sandwich": two fried eggs on a pretzel roll with cheddar cheese and bacon.

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In addition to its own officially designated leprechaun, this Irish party hangout has beer pong, gambling, and music, along with two long bars down each side of a large rectangle of a room. It also serves as a gateway from The LINQ casino lobby to the outdoor promenade, offering the perfect excuse to grab a drink while on your way to play tourist on the High Roller observation wheel. Plus, it's ground zero for The LINQ's annual St. Patrick's Day block party. 

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JC's Irish Sports Pub

JW Marriott

Also known as J.C. Wooloughan's, this little spot inside an off-Strip property may be one of the most overlooked Irish pubs on your list. But it's earned some loyal fans by proving to be a good value, with $3 craft brew specials, a beer garden on the patio, and generous portions of corned beef & cabbage. If you need more of a discount, there's a free shot of Guinness at 4pm each day, which just so happens to be midnight in Ireland.

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Sean Patrick's

North Las Vegas

A few years ago, Morrissey's and Kavanaugh's was scooped up by the company behind PT's and Sierra Gold. What you have left over is pretty much an Irish pub version of PT's or Sierra Gold -- which means neighborhood locals taking advantage of a busy kitchen, gaming, billiards, and a hearty happy hour with half off any drink. There are two locations in North Las Vegas: one in the Southern Highlands and another in the West Valley near Summerlin.

The Auld Dubliner

Lake Las Vegas

This is a more laid-back alternative to rowdier Irish pubs, but that's what you get when you're out by the water at Lake Las Vegas. There's still plenty of fun, with lively nights of drinking and music. The cozy venue can get packed quickly, but it's definitely worth a visit for a pint of Guinness, Irish egg rolls, or a game of darts while strolling through the outdoor area known as The Village.

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Town Square

McFadden's is an Irish bar and restaurant for the party crowd that pairs well with the Blue Martini hookup joint next door. If you like bartenders in skimpy plaid skirts pouring shots straight from the bottle, this is the joint for you. Everything from burgers and pizza to blue cheese Brussels sprouts are on the menu, but every meal should begin with an order of crispy bacon served in a pint glass.

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Jack's Irish Pub

Palace Station

For some people, Palace Station is best known as the place O.J. Simpson got busted for robbery. But it's also home to underrated dining spots like Little Tony's Pizza and Oyster Bar. A worthy addition to the list is Jack's Irish Pub, which offers a cozy escape from the casino and a jumbo-sized happy hour 4-8pm every day, featuring two-for-one Jameson shots.

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The Orleans

More of a casino sports bar than a traditional Irish pub, Brendan's is big, bright, and covered with TV screens. There's plenty of space and the energy tends to pick up when live musicians hit the stage (or when a big game is on). Just a warning: if you're looking for authentic Irish food, you're better off visiting McMullan's across the street. But don't worry, there's still a menu on each table at Brendan's offering Fuddruckers burgers from The Orleans' food court to keep your belly full between pints of beer. So, um, yeah.

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1. McMullan's Irish Pub 4650 W. Tropicana, Las Vegas, NV 89103

Guinness flows freely from tabletop taps and trivia nights pack in the crowds at McMullan’s Irish Pub. They've got a countdown to St. Patrick's Day too, just so everyone knows how long until they can drink green beer again. And don't forget the Irish American menu (think corned beef hash and poached eggs), and the battalion of TVs, on which rugby is always playing.

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2. Nine Fine Irishmen 3790 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

You can’t go wrong with the Guinness on draft or the nice selection of Irish whiskey, but the best reason to come here for St. Patty’s -- more specifically, the Celtic Feis celebration -- is the annual outdoor celebration that takes over the replica of the Brooklyn Bridge right outside the front door.

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3. Rí Rá 3930 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89119

An Irish pub cozily situated in the Shoppes at Mandalay Place, Rí Rá is known for stellar Atlantic Haddock fish n' chips, and, naturally, Guinness. But the real giants at this popular spot are the formidable whiskey collection and authentic Irish live music seven days a week (performed by musicians directly from the Emerald Isle!).

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4. Three Angry Wives Pub 8820 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89117

Located inside the Boca Park shopping plaza, this Irish-themedpub offers a diverse menu of bar bites and standard libations. What puts this place on the map, however, is that its one of Vegas' most popular, 24-hours-a day gaming venues. Spend the day, the night, and the next day sipping on pints and giving your thumbs a workout.

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5. Hennessey's Tavern Las Vegas 425 Fremont St., Las Vegas, NV 89101

If the quintessential name doesn't indicate that this is an Irish pub, the world's tallest "pint of beer" outside of it will. This casual, multi-level bar chain on the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard features tasty Irish food, burgers, and other pub fare in themed digs. The pound of Jameson BBQ ribs is worth dealing with the tourists.

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6. O'Sheas 3555 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, 89109

The love child of a college sports and Irish pub, O'Sheas is a high-energy hangout in the LINQ that features pong, music, gambling, and other casino games among 50 beers options, live music, and outdoor space. Keep your eyes peeled for Lucky the Leprechaun, O'Sheas' colorful host.

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7. J.C. Wooloughan's Irish Pub 221 N Rampart Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89145

Located in the JW Marriott, J.C. Wooloughan's -- commonly referred to as just "J.C.'s" -- is a lively Irish pub with frequent brew specials, an outdoor beer garden, live music, and an impressive whiskey selection. Generous menu portions are also offered, which includes both typical bar foods and Irish-inspired dishes, like shepherd's pie and bangers 'n' mash.

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8. Sean Patrick's Irish Pub & Grill 8255 W Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89147

From the company that brought you PT's Pub and Sierra gold, Sean Patrick's -- a smaller franchise -- is neighborhood-friendly Vegas chain that supplies billiards, gaming, and a sweet happy hour. Be sure to try the fish fry or roast pork, and to take advantage of the various food and drink deals.

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9. The Auld Dubliner Irish Pub 40 Via Bel Canto Ste 100, Henderson, NV 89011

Although this is an Irish bar, the menu isn't just limited to Emerald Isle brews. Global craft beer offerings make this a Lake Las Vegas favorite, along with its laid back atmosphere (but it can get quite lively on the weekends) and authentic, ceiling-to-floor dark wood. The Auld Dubliner also boasts occasional themed nights and hosts live musicians.

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10. McFadden's 6593 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89119

Scantily clad ladies, three-pound burgers, a 4A liquor license, and 40+ screens to catch every game are offered at this world-famous pub in Town Square. This upscale playground (which first opened in New York City in 1977) also boasts a great happy hour and a late-night, Irish-American inspired menu.

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11. Jack's Irish Pub 2411 W. Sahara (Palace Station), Las Vegas, NV

Located in the Palace Station Hotel & Casino, this old-school alehouse is a cozy retreat from the high-energy, manicured casinos and restaurants in the area. Themed decor, imports on tap, and delicious Irish and American menu items may make your forget that O.J. Simpson was busted (for robbery) in the very same hotel

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12. Brendan's Irish Pub 4500 W Tropicana Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89103

A casino/sport bar in Irish-themed/mahogany digs, Brendan's is a vibrant spot located in The Orleans. And with TVs and whiskey a-plenty, there's something for everyone. Be sure to check out their entertainment schedule, which features regular performances by Irish bands and musicians.