There is something right about serving a Guinness and Irish stew with traditional Irish soda bread on a cool day, and there’s nowhere better than Las Vegas to indulge in this treat, whether or not it’s St. Patrick’s Day! The chewy crust and tasty soft inside make for a perfect pairing with stews, soups, cheese dips and other savory dishes. Where better than an Irish pub to enjoy this bread, sing some Irish ballads with the band and hoist a few pints in honor of the occasion? Or you can find a great bakery that will allow you to take the experience home.

Nine Fine Irishmen
New York New York Hotel and Casino
3790 S. Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 740-6463

From the traditional Irish pub fare to the Irish dancers and singers, this place is as Irish as you can get outside of Dublin! Their Irish soda bread is touted as the best in town, and that comes as no surprise. You certainly can’t beat the authentic atmosphere, since this pub was actually built in Ireland and shipped here to Sin City. Using the freshest and finest Irish ingredients, this truly Irish dining establishment has some of the best grub in town; just try the beer and cheese dip with assorted country breads for a real taste experience.

Great Harvest Bread Company
661 Marks St., Suite B
Henderson, NV 89014
(702) 454-1262

Great Harvest has some of the best bread in the city. They are constantly changing their menu of great breads, and they use innovation and talent to improve the selection without losing the quality for which they are known. When in production, the Irish soda bread is some of the best in town, and you are sure to be able to find it when it gets closer to St. Paddy’s Day. Be sure to also check out their other limited time specialty breads while you’re there.

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Rí Rá
Mandalay Bay
3930 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89119
(702) 632-7771

Rí Rá has the atmosphere of a new Irish pub, with decor complimenting the menu and live bands in the evenings. In fact, this pub was restored in Ireland and shipped to Las Vegas, so you certainly can’t get any more real than that! The Irish dishes, including Irish soda bread, are excellent and highly recommended by locals. The prices are moderate; the atmosphere is casual, and you can join along with the band as they play all your favorite Irish tunes. Also, the Irish breakfast and fish & chips are highly recommended.

McMullan’s Irish Pub
4659 W. Tropicana Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89103
(702) 247-7000

Sources strongly recommend the Irish nachos, humongous flaky sausage rolls and, of course, the fish & chips at McMullan’s Irish Pub. But customers also can’t stop raving about the breads at this pub, including the Irish soda bread. There’s a real pub vibe here, with locals recognized and newcomers warmly welcomed. So as they say, come on down and “join the Craic!” From the hearty breakfasts to late night menus, there is definitely something to be said about Irish pubs and Las Vegas!

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Sharon Damon is a preschool specialist, avid reader, passionate writer and creative baker/ cook. She has been a cooking instructor at a local Rec Center in Henderson, NV since 2011, and has written for Examiner and other publications since 2010. She knows her way around the keyboard and the kitchen! Sharon moved from a small city in Canada to Las Vegas 6 years ago, to marry the love of her life, and has since been swept up in the whirlwind known as Sin City. Her work can be found at