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Friends Toasting Beer on St. Patrick’s Day in Las Vegas

Ultimate Las Vegas Pub Crawl for St. Patrick’s Day

Las Vegas is no stranger to partying, and St. Patrick’s Day proves just that. From wild parties to getting decked out in green, celebrating St. Patrick’s Day is an unforgettable experience in Vegas. Use this guide to do the ultimate Las Vegas pub crawl to grab a pint or two. We’ve created a path that will lead you right to the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow – the Golden Gate and all the St. Patrick’s Day festivities in Downtown Las Vegas!

6 Best St. Patrick’s Day Las Vegas Pubs

McFadden’s | 7.9 Miles to Golden Gate

Established in 1977 in New York, McFadden’s has a long history of serving up some classic Irish fare. A rich mahogany bar is the focal point in this exciting Irish pub. From amazing happy hours and wild late-night parties to traditional pints of Guinness and shepherd’s pie, you’re sure to have a blast starting off your St. Patrick’s Day Las Vegas pub crawl.

McMullan’s Irish Pub | 6.7 Miles to Golden Gate

Open 24/7, McMullan’s Irish Pub is the perfect spot for St. Patrick’s Day shenanigans all weekend long. On top of that, six bands will be performing throughout St. Patrick’s Day on two stages. Classic Irish fare like bangers and mash, beer-battered fish and chips, and mushroom pie are perfect to enjoy before downing another pint.

Interior of Rí Rá Irish Pub Las Vegas

Credit: Rí Rá Irish Pub

Rí Rá | 6.0 Miles to Golden Gate

Rí Rá is almost as authentic as they come for Irish pubs in Las Vegas. With decorations from Dublin and staff with accents from the old country, it truly feels as if you’re in your local Irish pub surrounded by friends. On St. Patrick’s Day, enjoy a full Irish breakfast while catching Ireland v. England in the final day of the Six Nations Rugby Championship, or catch the live music later in the day while enjoying a shot of Jameson.

Nine Fine Irishmen | 5.3 Miles to Golden Gate

This Irish pub is almost as awe-inspiring as the men it’s inspired by. Nine Fine Irishmen manages to be extravagant and quaint at the same time, making for a spectacular experience that still feels like home. This pub uses the finest and freshest Irish ingredients to serve up some comfort food alongside your pint on St. Patrick’s Day.

O’Shea’s Casino | 4.1 Miles to Golden Gate

A visit to O’Shea’s will be more than just a visit to a pub. From Friday to Sunday, the O’Shea’s BLOQ Party takes place for a weekend filled with Irish fun. Irish folk bands, leprechauns, Irish dancers, and celebrity guests will fill the Promenade and paint the city green. Don’t miss out on a game of beer pong or the drink specials available on beer and Jameson.

Hennessey’s Tavern | 0.3 Miles to Golden Gate

It’s only right that the last stop on your St. Patrick’s Day Las Vegas pub crawl is located inside the World’s Largest Pint Glass! Hennessey’s Tavern is a Las Vegas gem that will transport you to Ireland. Open all day and late night to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, make the end of your pub crawl a memorable one with live entertainment and great company.

People Dancing at the Fremont Street St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

Credit: Fremont Street Experience

Downtown Vegas St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations

The Fremont Street St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

As if a St. Patrick’s Day Las Vegas pub crawl weren’t enough, Downtown Las Vegas kicks it up a notch with the Fremont Street St. Patrick’s Day Celebration 2019. Five blocks of green grandeur and Irish fun take St. Patrick’s Day to a level you’ve never seen before. Catch live entertainment all day at one of the three stages (with the Main Stage located right by Golden Gate) and eat, drink, and be merry with your fellow partiers.

Sham-Rock the Park

If you don’t have a green beer, are you really even celebrating St. Patrick’s Day? Get your beer fix, including a green beer or two, at the “Sham-Rock the Park” event in the Downtown Container Park. Enjoy live music with all-you-can-drink beer at this awesome beer event that will have you feeling like a true Irishman.

If you want a truly epic Las Vegas St. Patrick’s Day experience, book a room at Golden Gate Hotel to be right in the action. From block parties to pub crawls, there is no shortage of things to do for one of the best holidays to celebrate in Vegas. Just don’t forget to pack something green.

Outside View of The Las Vegas Strip

Vegas 101: Tips Straight from Locals to Visitors

There are few things more entertaining to local Las Vegans than going down to the Strip to people watch. We can always spot a tourist from a mile away, whether it be their hefty margarita pitcher for one or their Vegas-esque attitude. But if you don’t want to stand out like a tourist and want to secure some of the best deals for your trip, take these tips from locals to heart.

Tips for Vegas Visitors

These tips from locals will help you save some money, stay comfortable, and look the part:

Get the Best Deal on Your Hotel Room

If you’re balling on a budget in Las Vegas, these tips will help you save on your room:

> Don’t book during the peak times of year. Convention season, holidays and weekends are the worst times to book your hotel because they fill up faster and prices skyrocket. Before visiting, check for any conventions or holidays and try booking rooms on weekdays to help reduce costs.

> Book your room directly. Reduce costs by not booking your room through a third party, but booking directly from the hotel’s site. This way you can see an actual breakdown of costs and fees and may get a discount for booking direct. Also, third-party sites are known to cancel reservations, so protect yourself by working with the hotel directly.

Get a Hotel Loyalty Card

Going to come to Las Vegas often? Sign up for a hotel loyalty card to earn points and savings. All you need is a valid driver’s license or passport to start earning points on the money you spend on the dining, entertainment, and gaming. Earned points can get you free perks including discounted show tickets, 2-for-1 buffets, or even a free room.

Save Cash

Locals are chock-full of money-saving tips (we live here, after all). A Las Vegas Power Pass is the ultimate fast pass for Las Vegas attractions. You choose an adult or child pass for one to five days. With this pass, you can experience over 30 attractions, museums, and tours for free. Another great tip is to buy tickets to a show the day of. Often, you can even get up to 50% off.

Visitor Walking Around on The Strip

Eat Off the Strip

Most locals turn to the Strip for all their culinary delights and while there are plenty of world-class restaurants, that’s not your only option. Here are some other choices if you don’t feel like heading into the masses:

> Get groceries delivered to your hotel room.  That’s right! You can order all the groceries you want while here in town right to your hotel room, as long as you’re an Amazon Prime member. In as little as two hours, get your Gatorade, Red Bull, or Doritos as room service.

> Buy food and drinks at the local store. Go off the Strip to buy your food and drinks because they will be much cheaper and you’ll have more options. Locals hardly ever buy anything on the Strip because of this same reason, so you’ll definitely look the part by shopping elsewhere.

Take Care of Yourself

There’s no doubt that Vegas gets hot, especially for visitors not used to the climate. Locals know how to take care of themselves in the heat, so you should to. Remember to drink plenty of water (don’t forget your reusable water bottle that you can refill throughout the day!), wear sunscreen, and wear comfortable shoes.

Next time you plan a visit to Las Vegas, check out these tips. They are sure to help you feel more like a local and less like a visitor.

Group of people dining together

The Best Downtown Las Vegas Restaurants for Foodies

Las Vegas is a hub for fine dining and brings cuisines and talented chefs from all over the world. Whether you’re visiting just to try the new cuisines or are looking for something to eat before going out, don’t miss some of these Downtown Las Vegas restaurants on your next trip out to Sin City.

If you love new twists on old classics…


Enjoy a classically delicious brunch when you visit one of the original Downtown hotspots. At Chef Natalie Young’s Eat., you can recover from a night out on the town and start the day off on the right foot with breakfast and brunch options that will make your mouth water with just a glance at the menu. Some favorites are the Truffled Egg Sandwich and the Cinnamon Biscuits with powdered sugar and warm strawberry compote, just to name a few.

Platter of gourmet hot dogs

Cheffini’s Hot Dogs

Another casual spot serving anything but casual flavors is Cheffini’s Hot Dogs. Located in Downtown Container Park, in an open-air shopping center no more than a short walk away from Golden Gate Hotel & Casino, this local eatery takes one of the most classic foods, a hotdog, and puts a delightful gourmet spin on it. Take a break from your shopping spree and enjoy adventurous toppings like chorizo and crushed potato chips on a gourmet dog.


If you’re in search of the best Downtown Las Vegas restaurants, find this unique eatery on the one and only Fremont Street. Eureka! takes our old favorites like deviled eggs and macaroni and cheese, flips them on their head, and somehow makes them even better. Enjoy your cheesy childhood favorite turned into Mac N’ Cheese Balls, paired with beer cheese sauce and Fresno chiles. They also have tons of great burgers, salads, and beers to top it off.

If you’re feeling exotic…

Le Thai

Another one of the best restaurants in Downtown Las Vegas is Le Thai. Serving decadent curries, noodles, and their fresh signature “waterfall sauce,” there is a reason this authentic Thai spot has been a consistent favorite for Downtown Vegas locals and visitors alike. Visit their famous beer garden on the weekends and enjoy traditional Thai recipes inspired by Chef Dan Coughlin’s Thailand-born mother and grandmother.

Bocho Downtown Sushi

Opened by the same owner of Le Thai, Chef Dan Coughlin has done it again. Bocho Downtown Sushi is not just another sushi restaurant. They offer only the freshest Japanese cuisine and you won’t be disappointed if you stop into this hot sushi spot before going out.

If you’re ready to cleanse…  

Flock & Fowl

Flock & Fowl opened in 2015 and only features foods that are natural, pure, and fresh. Located at The Ogden, Flock & Fowl is even vegetarian-friendly. Meat or not, every dish is sure to be delicious.


As you can probably guess by the name, Vegenation serves 100% plant-based foods. Even their meats, cheeses and ice cream are made from plants. Hey, no one said tasty had to mean bad for you. If you’re searching for where to eat in Downtown Las Vegas, look no further than this healthy and delicious little joint that will leave you and your taste buds feeling great. VegeNation even features some of their very own signature cocktails made with local ingredients.

If fun is your middle name…

 Signature drinks at Downtown Terrace Kitchen & Bar in Downtown Las VegasAttribute: Downtown Terrace Kitchen & Bar

Downtown Terrace Kitchen & Bar

Downtown Terrace Kitchen and Bar features a delicious brunch with bottomless mimosas, Bloody Marys and Bellinis on the weekends. But “bottomless” doesn’t just have to be on the weekends! On Sunday through Thursday, their idea of “Happy Hour” goes from 5pm until close and includes bottomless wine. It doesn’t get much better than that.

After checking out all of these amazing Downtown Vegas restaurants, you’ll be a certified Las Vegas foodie in no time. Book your stay at the Golden Gate Hotel & Casino in the heart of Downtown Las Vegas today to experience a taste bud journey like no other.

Project BBQ food truck found in Downtown Las Vegas.

Project BBQ Las Vegas

Walk down Fremont Street in Las Vegas and you’ll be greeted by the flashy lights of the hotels and casinos, the many gift shops and entertaining street performers, and countless food options to satisfy the hungry traveler. Enjoy gambling at The D, Golden Gate, or one of the many other casinos location in Downtown Las Vegas to get the full experience (and enjoy a complimentary drink as you are pulled onto the exciting gaming floor!). After you collect your winnings, try out some of the amazing food that this desert city has to offer. Speaking of great food, Fremont Street and Downtown Las Vegas are proud to announce the launch of Project BBQ, a permanent food truck serving up Southern classics.

Introducing Project BBQ LV

At 18 East Fremont Street Experience, in the pedestrian only part of Downtown, you will find the Project BBQ Las Vegas food truck! This local spot all started with a dream to build a better BBQ and the favorite cuisine is a huge part of the founders’ culture. Chef Rex is leading the mission and his culinary experience spans from the Pacific Rim to the Carolinas. In his own unique way, he has taken everything he’s learned and developed new, modern ways to grill. To Project BBQ, there are no boundaries when it comes to BBQ and its flavors (but don’t worry, the team still pays homage to traditional methods!). Using the highest quality of meat, including Certified Angus Beef, and bold spices, Project BBQ boasts some of the strongest flavors in the neighborhood.

You’ll find the Project BBQ food truck at the corner of Fremont and Main, right across from the Golden Gate Casino.  Make yourself comfortable in this unique food alley and take in the graffiti wall, patio lights hanging above, and the synthetic grass. Grab lunch, dinner, or a late night snack from 11am-2am.

Chef Rex holding one of the sandwiches available at Project BBQ.

Meet the Chef

Making Fremont Street their home in March of 2017, Project BBQ has been nothing short of a success as their 1 year anniversary approaches. How did this world of BBQ begin, you might ask? Brought to the desert by 4 guys with big dreams, barbeque is not just a cuisine, it’s a culture and defines a lifestyle. Chef Rex leads the BBQ team by also bringing with him years of culinary experience and a diverse expertise in the world of BBQ, from the Pacific Rim all the way to the Carolinas, and not forgetting about Las Vegas in the middle. Upon developing this Las Vegas food truck, Chef Rex incorporated new and modern ways to bring the BBQ flavor to the desert, while also keeping the original BBQ style. When you stop by Project BBQ for a meal you can expect the highest quality meat, unique spices that develop the best tasting flavors, and a extensive menu to choose from!

A variety of food options available at Project BBQ.

Browse the Menu

In true food truck form, Project BBQ offers a simple, but delicious menu for their guests to browse upon. First, you choose your meat, whether that be the brisket, pulled chicken, or pulled pork. All three meats available on the menu are smoked in true BBQ style and seasoned to perfection, making it hard for guests to pick just one! Once you decided what you’re craving, the chosen protein is added to a french roll sandwich bun and topped with “truck made” coleslaw. Don’t forget to top off your meal with a side of homemade potato chips for the perfect lunch or dinner meal.

If you’re not in the mood for a sandwich, but you’re still looking to get your BBQ fix, indulge in Chef Rex’s signature dish, the “Garbage Bowl.” The Garbage Bowl is a frankenstein dish that Chef Rex created to satisfy all the taste buds at once. This BBQ creation consists of a handful of Project BBQ’s famous potato chips, covered with a portion of each meat available. All of this is then topped off with their tangy Carolina BBQ sauce, beer & cheese sauce, and don’t forget about the coleslaw and applewood smoked bacon to finish it off! Is your mouth watering yet?

Now that you know where it’s located, who brought it to the city, and what to order, it’s time to make your way over to the Project BBQ truck to find out for yourself just how delicious this Las Vegas food hub is. Make sure you grab a cold drink at the D Bar or LongBar located at the D Hotel Las Vegas before enjoying one of the best meals you’ll have while staying in Las Vegas.