Sam Morris / Las Vegas Sun
Thursday, March 13, 2014 | 5 p.m.
St. Patrick’s Day Weekend is upon us with plenty of festivities and food and drink specials across the Strip.
But if green isn’t your color — or you’re looking for something a little different — there’s still plenty else to keep you entertained.
Here’s a look at our weekend best bets:
Tonight: Boys and Girls Club’s ‘Lions & Wine Oh My!’ Benefit
It’ll be a “rip-roaring” good time at Lion Habitat Ranch tonight at this free event benefiting Boys and Girls Club of Southern Nevada co-sponsored by Wirtz Beverage and Coca-Cola. Explore the ranch that is home to more than 50 lions while enjoying complimentary hors d’oeuvres, beverages, music and a raffle. The 21+ up event is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Tonight - Sunday: Mountain West Men’s Basketball Tournament at the Thomas & Mack Center
The teams of the Mountain West Conference — featuring our own Runnin’ Rebels (who defeated Wyoming this afternoon) — face off this weekend in a slate of games that promises to deliver for fans of every team. Times and prices vary — visit TheMW.com for more information.
Saturday - Sunday: Elvis Costello & The Roots at Brooklyn Bowl
British pub rock veteran Elvis Costello teams up with “The Tonight Show’s” beloved house band to celebrate Brooklyn Bowl’s grand opening at The Linq with an evening of eclectic rock tunes culled from their 2013 album collaboration “Wise Up Ghost.” Tickets are $70. Shows start at 9 p.m. Saturday and 8 p.m. Sunday.
Saturday: Flogging Molly and Ozomatli at Boulevard Pool
For a St. Patrick’s Day shindig slightly off the beaten path, head to the Cosmopolitan’s Boulevard Pool for a night of rowdy tunes by Celtic punks Flogging Molly and L.A. Latin world fusion rockers Ozomatli — and be sure to bring your dancing shoes. Tickets are $36, and the show starts at 8 p.m.
Tonight: Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour at Clark County Library
The annual traveling film festival returns to Las Vegas with a selection of top short films showcasing mountain culture, outdoor sports and other adventures that get up close and personal with Mother Nature. The free screenings begin at 7 p.m.
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas dares to be different. From the hotel’s red reservations desks to fine art found throughout the resort, The Cosmopolitan’s signature style is helping to pave its own path on the Las Vegas Strip.
Upon entering the resort, you’re greeted by pillars of video boards playing video art by Digital Kitchen and David Rockwell Studio exclusively produced for The Cosmopolitan. Just beyond that, you’ll find all your favorite casino games on the resort’s 100,000-square-foot casino floor.
The Cosmopolitan’s rooms standout as the resort’s most unique feature. About 2,220 of The Cosmopolitan’s 2,995 rooms have 6-foot deep terraces that span the length of the room, a first at a modern Strip hotel. Other in-room amenities include soaking tubs, kitchenettes and quirky accessories like artsy coffee table books.
The dining experience at The Cosmopolitan isn’t something you’ll find at other Strip resorts, either. All of The Cosmopolitan’s 13 restaurateurs are new to the Las Vegas market. You’ll find American steakhouse fare in a modern setting at STK, top-notch sushi at Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill and the freshest fish flown in from the Mediterranean daily at Estiatorio Milos.
Whether the sun is up or down, Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub is the place to find the party at The Cosmopolitan. The venue is a dayclub/nightclub, complete with a pool and cabanas outside and three different rooms with three different vibes inside.
If nightclubs aren’t your thing, you can grab a drink at one of The Cosmopolitan’s five other bars, like The Chandelier, which is encased in 2 million dripping crystals.