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St. Patrick’s Day 2009 Party Guide

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St. Patrick’s Day reminds fun loving partiers around the world that there are so many bars, so little time. Of course, you can throw down gallons of beer any night you want, but there is something about this holiday that brings out the party animal in all of us. Maybe it’s the green dye no. 6.

Whatever the reason, people come out of the woodwork to put an O' in front of their last names and pile into pubs chugging booze the color of mouthwash for one special night. So, to help you pick your poison, your venue and maximize your musical merriment on Tuesday, here are a few ideas to get you started:

St. Patrick's Day beer pong tournament at Ovation: We’re not sure if throwing ping pong balls at plastic cups has the same cache in Ireland as it does here, but we suspect that winning money while getting drunk is universal. One thousand dollars are up for grabs at Ovation’s beer pong tournament. After that, the Sin City Sinners rock the night away from 9 p.m. until midnight. Check out Sin City Sinners in Las Vegas Weekly's local band guide. Tournament: 6 – 9 p.m.

St. Patrick's Day at Nine Fine Irishmen: New York-New York’s Nine Fine Irishmen will lead a St. Patrick’s Day parade along the Brooklyn Bridge, complete with bagpipers to get the celebration started and performances by Irish groups including Ri Ra, the Celtic Rockers and U2 cover outfit Rattle and Hum. Authentic Irish cuisine, including ale-battered and spicy sausage, fish ’n chips and bangers and mash, will be served.

St. Patrick's Day Celebration at the House of Blues: Enjoy Ultimate Happy Hour at the House of Blues Restaurant on St. Patrick's Day. Make the most of your night with drink and food specials from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. and live music.

Our Shamrocks Are Bigger Than Yours at Pure: Party at Pure to see if they can live up to their party pledge: Our Shamrocks Are Bigger Than Yours. Drink green beer and dance to the tunes of DJ AM.

St. Patrick's Day at Margaritaville: In a sort of numerical coup, St. Patrick's Day will kick off at 3:17 p.m. at Margaritaville. Folks arriving dressed in green will receive $3.17 green margaritas, draft beer and food specials. Register to win $317 in prizes, and if your birthday happens to fall on this auspicious day you will receive a $31.70 gift certificate.

The Luck of the Irish at Studio 54: Hosted by two leprechauns, Studio 54’s party blends Irish fun with a New Orleans fashion sense and a very Vegas payout. Guests will compete to collect the most beads, with the winner taking home a MGM Grand luxury package. Entry into the club gets you one strand of beads, each bottle purchased gets you 10 strands and every drink you order gets you another strand. We’re guessing that showing off your own pots o’ gold will earn you a few, too.

St. Patrick's Day at the Yard House: At Yard House at Town Square St. Patty’s Day is all about the beer. Corned beef brisket is braised in Irish beer and shepherd’s pie features Guinness-stewed beef sirloin. Wash it all down with emerald-colored Coors Light and Pyramid Hefeweisen or Irish favorites like George Killian’s Irish Red, Guinness Stout or Harp Lager.

Mark McGrath hosts St. Patrick's Day at Lavo: Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at Lavo with host Mark McGrath. The Sugar Ray singer and Extra host will celebrate the biggest drinking day of the year in Las Vegas.

St. Patrick's Day concerts and drink specials at Mandalay Bay's J-Pop Lounge: Starting at 3:30 p.m., enjoy live music by Rattle and Hum, Wild Celts and The Limit plus drink specials including $4 16-oz. Guinness beers, $5 Irish-‘ritas and finger food like corned beef sliders and potato skins.

St. Patrick's Day Street Party at O'Sheas: The Strip's only Irish casino is celebrating its heritage with the wildest St. Patrick's Day party right out in the street. Enjoy drink specials, entertainment, contests and loads of drunken tourists.

St. Patty's Party at McFadden's Beer for breakfast? Things are starting early at McFadden's Irish Pub at the Rio where the beer will start flowing at 7 a.m. The day will include a green bikini contest and a Last Man Standing contest. The Last Man Standing in a Green Bikini contest was canceled due to who-the-hell-wants-to-see-that.

St. Patrick's Day at Quinn's with Darby O'Gill: The party at Quinn's starts at 10 a.m. with $2 draft beers. The Limey Bar Stewards take the stage from 5-9 p.m., and Irish bar band extraordinaire Darby O’Gill & The Little People start at 10 p.m. One lucky party-goer will win a trip to Ireland. Check out Darby O'Gill and the Little People in our Local Band Guide.

Fado's St. Patrick's Day celebration: Fado's Irish pub will celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a blowout bash featuring music from Finnegan's Wake, The Cronies and Acoustic Soul plus beer trucks and tents outside so you can enjoy the beautiful weather.

Corned beef eating contest at Hash House A Go Go: Hash House A Go Go and country station KWNR will host a corned beef eating contest in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Cheer on the pre-registered contestants as they race to devour two pounds of corned beef and a wedge of cabbage. Extra points to anyone who can dance a proper jig with all that in their stomach.

Pub Crawl at the Fremont Street Experience: Try a Pub Crawl on St. Patrick's Day at the Fremont Street Experience. Enjoy drinks at Hennessey's Irish Tavern, Mickie Finnz, Brass the Lounge and Las Vegas Country Saloon. There is a host of other drink specials at downtown casino bars including $2 shots of Irish Whiskey and a souvenir shot glass in the Vue Bar at Fitzgerald's. Enjoy live music by Tempest and Whiskey Galore on the Fremont Street stages.

McMullan's St. Patrick's Day Party: McMullan's Irish Pub celebrates St. Patrick's Day with concerts by Darby O'Gill and Tartanic plus a Guinness beer truck outside along with bagpipers and Irish dancers from the Sharon Lynn Academy.

St. Patrick's Day at Santa Fe Station: Santa Fe Station's lounge will be giving away a free round of shamrock shots every time the DJ plays an Irish jig. We don’t know what’s in a shamrock shot, but free is free. If only the giveaway was based on every time someone slurred the word Guinness. Ladies drink free champagne all night long.

Erin Go Bra-gh St. Patrick's Day party at Blush: Blush presents Erin Go Bra-gh, a St. Patrick's Day party with Jameson's and a green bra competition for cash and prizes.

Steiner’s serves up craic: No, craic is not how they pronounce “crack” in Ireland. The word means good fun and there’ll be plenty of it with $5 Jameson and Midori based cocktails, Guinness Car Bombs and Red Bull leprechaun cocktails at $6 and Guinness, Bass and Blackthorn draft pints at $4 each.

Breakfast of champions?

Breakfast of champions?

St. Patrick's Day at Coyote Ugly: Coyote Ugly gets in on the holiday with two-for-one draught beers from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

St. Patrick's Day at Rockhouse: Rockhouse keeps it simple with two-for-one green Budweiser drafts, 100 ounce green daiquiris and no “clover” charge before 10 p.m.

St. Patrick's Day at Dick's Last Resort: Party at Dick's Last Resort at Excalibur on St. Patrick's Day where the party will feature green daiquiris, a two-for-one special on draught beer and a waitstaff making fun of you for your lame attempt at channeling the Lord of the Dance.

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