If you can’t make the trip across the pond to Ireland, then finding an authentic Irish pub is the next best bet. Well, as authentic as it can be for not being in Ireland. For those of us who love basking in Irish culture, all we really want is a cozy atmosphere, good Irish music and a cold pint of Guinness. Well, I found it! Ireland is in Nevada. The luck of the Irish has made a home in the town of lady luck. That’s right, my favorite Irish pub and drinking-hole in general is Nine Fine Irishmen in Las Vegas. Named after the nine Irish nationalists that fought for Irish Independence, the Nine Fine Irishmen is located at the New York New York Hotel and Casino. This pub was built in Ireland then shipped in parts to Vegas where it was reconstructed and for the past ten years has sat proudly as a Mecca of food, drink and entertainment.
The menu has a delicious selection of Irish dishes, using traditional Irish ingredients as well as the usual pub favorites. We used to always get the sausage bucket, but they don’t have it on the menu this year. If you visit and it happens to be on the menu, I recommend trying it. Until then, I really love the baked brie for a starter. You also can’t go wrong with the Drunken Onion Rings, which are marinated in Blood Mary. Yummy!
Although the food is good, let me be honest, I go there to drink and listen to my favorite Irish band. You can’t go to an Irish pub and not sip on a pint of Irish beer. Luckily for me, I love Guinness. My mom has a bit lighter palette and prefers Harp. In addition to traditional Irish drafts, Nine Fine Irishmen offers up some interesting combinations such as the Half and Half (Harp & Guinness) or Black & Black (Guinness & Black Currant). Irish beer has such great flavor and it is fun to play around, especially if you visit as often as I do.
They also have a variety of Celtic Cocktails. Instead of dessert I opt for a liquid variety such as the Nutty Irishmen (Baileys & Frangelico). If I want to get the party started, then go straight for a Guinness Bomb (Guinness, Jameson Whiskey, Baileys).
I love whiskey and Nine Fine Irishmen have a great selection. Jameson and Powers are great for introducing the palette to whiskey. Nice and smooth for easy sipping.
Be sure to stop by for happy hour, which runs Monday through Thursday from 2pm-5pm. During this block of time they offer $5 drinks and $6 appetizers.
Besides the beer, seeing Sin E Ri-Ra is my number one reason for planting myself at the Nine Fine Irishmen. They are great and very entertaining. The Irish folk music that Sin E Ri-Ra performs adds to the authenticity to the pub, really making you feel like you are in Ireland. Now that I have kids it is a little trickier, but I still find my time to enjoy a few pints and at least one set of Sin E Ri-Ra. The music starts at 9pm and dinner is served usually until 10pm. So what this means for people like me with kiddos, you can enjoy at least an hour of entertainment if you come for dinner.
My daughter loves the Tara, the Irish dancer and we have to make frequent trips inside to let her watch the show. The band performs nightly from 9pm until 2:30am, except for Tuesdays; that’s when the Celtic Rockers play.
Anyone who knows me knows that I’m kind of obsessed with Irish culture (see my interview on Lazy Travelers). Nine Fine Irishmen, gives me and my family the chance to immerse ourselves in all that is fabulous about the Irish. The gift of gab, the love of drink and the need to enjoy life are the Irish qualities that are exemplified when you visit the Nine Fine Irishmen. I’m not the only one can’t enough…
This lady as has been coming for ten years just like me and I have seen her EVERY single time I’ve visited Las Vegas, which means she probably comes every night. Talk about a loyal patron. If you like a good time, then you’ll love this pub. As they say, come in thirsty and stumble out Irish. Meet you for a pint!