If you’re in Las Vegas for St. Patrick’s Day, check out 9 Fine Irishmen.
We had read about 9 Fine Irishmen and decided to try it for ourselves this past Saturday night. The food and atmosphere both lived up to any fine Irish bar and restaurant anywhere.
Even though it was Saturday night, we were seated immediately for a table for two in a quiet alcove. It would get increasingly bus the closer it got to 9:30, when live music would begin. We passed the bar as we were escorted to our table and noticed it was quite lively, with people mingling and standing around.
The wait staff was friendly and joked that the door we were seated next to only opened on Halloween.
We ordered a glass of Harp beer, a pale Irish beer, and a Vodka Martini on the rocks and our drinks arrived while we perused the menu. The beer was flavorful and the martini was generously topped with 3 Queen-sized green olives.
While the appetizers and soups looked tempting, we suspected we were only hungry enough for an entrée. We ordered the following:
Entrée 1: Banger & Mash
Irish sausage, mustard mash, seasonal vegetables & mushroom jus
Entrée 2: Shepherd’s Pie
port wine infused prime beef and vegetables with creamed potatoes
The Shepherd’s Pie was delivered in a cast-iron kettle and the port wine infused beef and potatoes were well-seasoned without being heavy.
The Irish sausages had a lovely texture and taste and the mustard mash offered a unique flavor that was hard to identify as mustard.
Too full for dessert, we joked that if they had Sticky Toffee Pudding like Rose & Crown at Walt Disney World, we’d have to order one. Rich reminded me that Rose & Crown was English and this was Irish but we took a peek at the dessert menu and almost caved when we saw “Sticky Toffee Cheesecake” on the menu.
The atmosphere was delightful with small rooms decorated in a homey atmosphere with grandma’s book shelves and a mix of wooden and chaise lounge chairs at tables for two and four.
As a special touch, you could hear the whirling of the roller coast overhead, making us feel as if we were dining at Disney World, rather than Las Vegas, although the rowdy crowd at the bar reminded you that you were at an adult playground. Live music started at 9:30 pm but the piped in Irish music gave off a feeling of Irish authenticity.
The web site for 9 Fine Irish Men states: “Anyone who would build a pub in Ireland, ship it to America, and install it in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, must be a fool or a bleedin’ genius.” We suspect the latter.
From their web site, you can also discover what Irish lingo is all about, take a history lesson, read the menu, learn about Irish whisky, make a dinner reservation, and get the lowdown on the entertainment, especially for St. Patrick’s Day.