Slainte! at McMullan’s Irish Pub

Bars Clubs Lounges, Restaurants | | February 4, 2007 at 10:34

Step inside and enter a wee bit o Eire in the form of an Irish pub best found down by the harbour in old Dublin. This is another of the multitude of “transport” experiences that carry you away to exotic and foreign places when you walk through a door and leave Las Vegas behind. The bar is packed and lively; you can join the boisterous crowd, or retreat to one of the many intimate alcoves such as “Captain’s quarters” or “Second-class cabin.” Tucked away in a nook and cranny is McMullan’s Funeral Parlour with deep red walls, glowing dark wood and heavy velvet draped at the windows, a perfect spot for a small party. Saturday nights The Las Vegas String Band with 2 fiddles, 2 guitars and electronic bass (odd-shaped Chekoslavak last night) enliven with the Irish jig and other tunes you might remember from the old country or the Titanic. Clap your hands and sing along while downing pints of Guiness or any of the other 15 beers and ales on tap. I counted 22 Irish whiskies on the drinks menu and tried a couple, as well as the highly recommended Irish coffeee, served with a cinnamon-powder shamrock on top.

The menu includes Shepherd’s Pie, Irish Stew and, of course, corned beef and cabbage. I saw big platters of nachos being served, which looked delicious, but I don’t quite get why you’d order that in an Irish pub. But, hey, this is America, not really Ireland, so a smart pubowner gives the customer what he wants. My vote goes for the Irish fare, but the humungous hamburger did look good! It’s a community kind of place with the Brainstorm Pub Quiz on Tuesdays where you are encouraged to “grab your smart friends, put on a team and join us” or the fascinating “shave your head for Children’s Cancer.” McMullan’s also will host the Las Vegas World Affairs Trivia Event on Mar 30. I was intrigued by the Great Guiness Toast where you “TEXT-TOAST-BE COUNTED 02-16-07” to help support RADD. An electronic ticker is counting down the seconds to that date. Of course, you want to be at McMullan’s on St Pat’s Day, Mar 17, even if you’re not a “real Colleen.” 4650 W. Tropicana, just west of the Orleans. 702-247-7000. Open for food and drink 24 hrs. SMOKE-FREE.

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