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Casa Fuente. Casa Fuente, a full-service cigar shop, reproduces the decor and atmosphere of El Floridita, Ernest Hemingway's favorite Havana watering hole. Its sophisticated lounge is a great place to enjoy your smoke. Forum Shops, 3500 Las Vegas Blvd. S, Center Strip, Las Vegas, NV, 89109. 702/731–5051. www.casafuente.com.
Napoleon's Dueling Piano Bar. This baroque Paris piano bar can get loud, but it's all good fun. Free performances nightly at 9 p.m. It's also home to live entertainment from American Idol winner Taylor Hicks, so check before heading over. Paris Las Vegas, 3655 Las Vegas Blvd. S, Center Strip, Las Vegas, NV, 89109. 702/946–7000. www.parislasvegas.com.
Brendan's Irish Pub. Drams taste more authentic at this slice of Ireland inside the Orleans Hotel. The pub imports bottled and draught beers, including Guinness, from the motherland, as well as ales and Irish whiskeys. Live music on weekends can be rollicking, though—curiously—not always Celtic in genre. Orleans Hotel & Casino, 4500 Tropicana Ave., West Side, Las Vegas, NV, 89103. 702/365–7111. www.orleanscasino.com.
Nine Fine Irishmen. Don't be surprised to see patrons break into impromptu bouts of step-dancing at this authentic Irish pub inside New York–New York. It's so authentic that the place was built in Ireland, shipped over, and reassembled in Vegas. Today, barkeeps pour all sorts of Irish whiskeys, and cooks crank out Irish food and traditional Irish breakfast all day long. Live Irish music rounds out the toe-tapping sing-along entertainment here. New York–New York, 3790 Las Vegas Blvd. S, South Strip, Las Vegas, NV, 89109. 702/740–6463. www.ninefineirishmen.com.
Quinns Irish Pub. At the Green Valley Ranch, this rollicking establishment mixes straight-from-Ireland whiskeys and beers, authentic Irish fare, and live Irish music (on most nights). The place offers great drink specials, too. Green Valley Ranch Resort & Spa, 2300 Paseo Verde Pkwy., Henderson, NV, 89052. 702/617–7777. https://greenvalleyranch.sclv.com.
Rí Rá Irish Pub. Like the Statue of Liberty, this pub was constructed in Europe, then shipped over piecemeal and reassembled in Mandalay Place (yes, Lady Liberty is in New York; you know what we mean). Highlights include the music—which regularly comprises Irish sessions—and the menu, which boasts enough sausage rolls and fish & chips to make you feel like you've flown to Dublin. The Shoppes at Mandalay Place, 3930 Las Vegas Blvd. S, South Strip, Las Vegas, NV, 89109. 702/632–7200. www.rira.com.
Lagasse's Stadium. Jumbo video screens on the walls, more than 100 high-def TVs, and delicious down-home cooking (from celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse!) are all found at Lagasse's Stadium. Add in mobile sports betting devices from the Palazzo's sports book (located next door) and there's no better place to enjoy a game. Palazzo, 3325 Las Vegas Blvd. S, North Strip, Las Vegas, NV, 89109. 702/607–2665. www.emerilsrestaurants.com.
A Tequila Sunrise
Tequila Bar & Grille. Latin music, Mexican meals, and more than 60 types of tequila—all these are found at Tequila Bar & Grille, one of the only legitimately rollicking spots inside Bally's Las Vegas. The $2 menu (tacos, margaritas, shots, and draft beers) offers great value. Bally's Las Vegas, 3645 Las Vegas Blvd. S, Center Strip, Las Vegas, NV, 89109. 702/967–4111. www.ballyslasvegas.com.
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