Vegas Values: Shenanigans & Hoopla

Las Vegas has a frenzy ahead fueled by green beer and brackets as the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament kicks off and revelers celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, March 17-20. The opening weekend of March Madness features two rounds of crazed college basketball action, there are 32 games in the first two days and wagering opportunities are available for every single one.

Hoops on the Mezz draws a crowd
photo courtesy of Tom Donoghue Photography

Optimum viewing during the Madness can be had at Planet Hollywood. Hoops on Mezz will show all of the basketball games in a comfortable setting with multiple televisions and an all-you-can-eat buffet and open beer bar. The Full Court Package is $49. Semi-private Man Caves are available for groups of 8 or more from $1200. This package offers front of the line sports betting, premium all-you-can-eat buffet and bar. Plus, access to foosball, beer pong, and pool tables. Tickets for Hoops on Mezz can be purchased by calling (877) 374-7469.

The SKYBOX Sports Bar and Grill at Aria features a March Madness menu to be enjoyed with one of the 12 beers on tap while watching the 23 high-definition screens.

The Pub at Monte Carlo will show the games on more than 30 TVs and there will be pub food and hundreds of drinks to choose from, including a collection of 89 distinctive beers on tap and 121 bottled beers.

The excitement from the games drives the energy level in sports books and sports bars off the charts. When the games wind down fans hit the bars, restaurants, and clubs… the party vibe is everlasting, much like the merriment on St. Patrick’s Day.

The luck o’ the Irish paves the way for this action packed weekend. St. Patrick’s Day is widely celebrated across the valley with green beer, Guinness, Irish whiskey, and live entertainment. On the Strip don’t miss hotspots like O’Sheas Casino, Nine Fine Irishmen inside New York-New York, Rockhouse at Imperial Palace, Rhumbar at Mirage, and the latest Irish Pub to open, Rí Rá at The Shoppes at Mandalay Bay. Each will have every partier feeling Irish by the end of the night.

Nine Fine Irishmen is home to Celtic Feis, a grand celebration
Photo courtesy of MGM Resorts Int'l

Off the strip, J.C. Whooloughan Irish Pub at JW Marriott hosts a six-day celebration beginning on March 11. Festivities include Irish happy hour from 5 to 7 pm featuring $4 pints of Guinness, Harp and Smithwick’s. Live music by the Wild Celts. On March 13 it’s a family affair with entertainment provided by Martin Percival School of Irish Dance and John Windsor. Admission is $25 per person. Children 10 and under are $15. Reservations are advised and can be made by calling (702) 869-7725.

Another can’t miss St. Patrick’s Day party is at McFadden’s inside the Rio. There will be drink specials from 7am and an assortment of live entertainment from 2pm featuring Irish dancing, bagpipe players and a DJ. Those who don’t mind showing a little skin can compete in a build-your-own green bikini contest offering $1000 cash and a Gibson guitar as the grand prize.

Fun for the whole family can be had on Water Street during the 45th annual Southern Nevada Sons of Erin St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival. The festival runs March 17-20. The parade will take place 10am-noon on Saturday, March 19. Admission is free, however tickets are required for carnival rides. An “All Day Arm Band” is available for $25.

Be a part of the madness! Don’t miss these fun-filled festivities.