Wednesday, March 17, 2010 | 3:19 p.m.
Platinum blonde Peepshow star Holly Madison is going green today and kicks off St. Patrick’s Day celebrations at center Strip. She marched at noon with lucky leprechauns right into O’Shea’s, the only Irish-themed casino on the Strip, and contributing photographers Erik Kabik and Scott Harrison were there for all the action. It will signal the start of a four-day-long block party, and Holly will challenge guests to beer pong games.
Meantime, Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria Parker throws her first Pot of Gold Ball at her Eve the Nightclub in MGM CityCenter’s Crystals tonight. Eva will give away a lavish lineup of designer handbags to the sexiest women in Las Vegas who turn up dressed in gold (maybe a hint of green somewhere?). One of those bags will contain $2,500 in cash to spend at the neighboring luxury stores.
John O’Donnell, who has been named our city’s best bartender, will leave his post at N9NE Steakhouse in the Palms to host his St. Patrick’s night party upstairs in Ghostbar. You can bet the bank that this will be one of the great parties for the wearin’ o’ the green.
Leprechauns, complete with pots of gold, will be passing out chocolate coins in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day at the official public opening of Todd English P.U.B. in Crystals, which also today is a fundraiser for the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health -- we posted earlier today a story and photo gallery from last night’s VIP opening. “We’re inviting everyone to come out to Todd English P.U.B. to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and support a wonderful cause at the same time,” Todd said. “The center provides crucial research and treatment to patients, and we’re proud to support them.” Each of Todd’s beer-challenge glasses will be filled with brew, with the $20 charge all to the brain center. The three-time James Beard Award winner’s modern interpretation of a traditional English pub includes Irish beer and whiskey!
Over the years, there have been many celebrities of Irish descent, and to celebrate, Madame Tussauds is renaming itself Madame O’Tussauds for the day. It also will reward the wearin’ o’ the green by reducing general admission to $17 for anyone sporting green. Among the many stars now on show at Madame Tussauds outside The Venetian is Ireland’s favorite son Bono -- his wax figure cost about $300,000!
Here are other highlights, as resorts throughout town are celebrating with festivities that will paint The Strip green so you can shake your shamrock all night long.
Sage presents a Sierra Nevada Beer Dinner. Guests are invited to enjoy five courses of chef Shawn McClain’s contemporary American cuisine paired with the award-winning brews of Sierra Nevada. A reception with passed canapes begins at 7 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:30, and the cost is $95 per guest. … Guests hoping to sample tastes of the Emerald Isle need look no further than The Buffet at Aria. A menu of corned beef and cabbage, Guinness braised short ribs, Shepherd’s pie, baked parsnips and Irish lamb stew will be served all day.
LUXOR AND EXCALIBUR
Enjoy a day tasting pint after pint of Irish beer at the St. Patrick’s Day Guinness Beer Crawl at Luxor and Excalibur. Participating venues include Aurora and Liquidity at Luxor and Octane and The Lounge at Excalibur. Guests who make it to every stop will receive a free St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl T-Shirt and will be entered in a midnight drawing to win a Guinness dartboard.
Spend St. Patrick’s Day rocking to the beat of Irish bands and enjoying food and beverage specials at Mandalay Bay. The resort-wide party kicks off at Mizuya as The Wild Celts take the stage from 3 to 6 p.m., then continues with The Chancy Bros from 6:30 to 9 p.m. and Rattle and Humm from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Guests also can catch the beat of Irish Affair appearing live at Orchid Lounge from 7 to 11 p.m.
Grab an MGM Grand Crawl passport and journey through four lounges featuring festivities and drink specials. Enjoy $3 Jameson whiskey shots with the purchase of a $5 Guinness at Zuri, West Wing Bar, Centrifuge and Rouge. Guests will receive a stamp on their passport for every drink ordered at each participating location. Lounge hopping is encouraged as guests who get at least one stamp from each location receive a complimentary Irish Car Bomb shot.
Forget grits for a day and eat like an Irishman at B.B. King’s Blues Club with a menu guaranteed to fill guests’ bellies from breakfast to dinner. Start the day off with green eggs and ham with potato biscuits, then finish with a corned beef and Swiss cheese sandwich or traditional corned beef and cabbage. … Rhumbar will go all Irish with an Irish DJ, shots, beer and, of course, Car Bombs. The fun kicks off March 17 with emcee Elissa and her lucky leprechaun co-host, who will have just about everyone doing the Irish jig. A pair of Irish DJs will be spinning Irish bar favorites and all the U2 one could ever want on the patio.
Guests are invited to “Drink Until Someone Looks Pretty” at The Pub. Killian’s Angels start the party with rocking Irish beats from 6 to 9 p.m., then guests can dance the night away when DJ Albert spins the hottest Irish hits from 9 p.m. to midnight. Guests can compete for $500 in the party’s Irish Jig Contest.
NEW YORK-NEW YORK
Celtic Feis returns to New York-New York featuring a full day of Irish entertainment, music and beer. The party kicks off at 11:30 a.m. with live music at Nine Fine Irishmen and the Brooklyn Bridge featuring Irish favorites Mike Bowman, Frank Joseph, The Limey Barstewards, Ri-Ra, Celtic Rockers and the DesertSkye Pipe Band. A colorful cast of St. Patrick’s Day characters winds its way through the casino to kick off Celtic Feis.
To all our Irish friends: Have a great holiday, and enjoy the celebrations!
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