Rí Rá focuses on whiskey this fall celebrating the liquor’s full flavors. By ordering the Rí Rá Whiskey Sampler ($18) guests can try two of Ireland’s and Scotland’s finest imported whiskeys.
From Ireland, guests can taste Jameson Whiskey, a Dublin whiskey delivering a perfect balance of spicy, nutty and vanilla flavors with hints of sweet sherry, and Bushmills Whiskey, the world’s oldest whiskey revealing a gently warming taste sweetened with a touch of honey and spice. The single malt Lagavulin 16 Year Old Whiskey, imported from Scotland, is aged in oak casks, to guarantee intense flavors of dried fruit and peppery smoke. Also from Scotland, Oban 14 Year Old Whiskey has a taste reminiscent of dried figs and honey sweet spices. This dry, smoky Highland single malt follows with a long smooth finish.
Rí Rá Las Vegas Nightly Entertainment
Guests can enjoy live, authentic Irish music nightly during dinner and evening hours with many of the bands coming directly from Ireland.
A two piece group from Co. Cork, Ireland, Natural Gas is an experience that will linger long after the final note is played. Combining sheer energy and enthusiasm with good humor and musical abandon, the group guarantees a great night for everyone. Natural Gas boasts a gigantic repertoire of songs ranging from slow and plaintive love songs to lively sea shanties, rousing ballads, recitations and live dance music.
Nov. 14, 21 and 28 at 8:45 p.m. nightly
A permanent entertainment fixture in Irish pubs throughout Las Vegas for more than a decade, John Windsor is a multi-talented performer who uses a signature personal touch to put a smile on the faces of his audience. Windsor provides nonstop entertainment throughout his sets by blending guitar, harmonica and amazing vocals into one spectacular performance.
Sean McNally and The East River Bandits
Nov. 8-13 at 8:45 p.m. nightly
Sean McNally and The East River Bandits are a New York City based group of folk musicians with deep roots in traditional Irish music. McNally leads the group on guitar and vocals with help from Margaret Dudasik on fiddle and Sebastian MacLochliann on tenor banjo.
Peadar & Pio
Nov. 15-20 at 8:45 p.m. nightly
Tipperary born and bred Pio Ryan is an Irish-tenor-banjo musician who has been playing the New York City traditional Irish music circuit for more than three years. Ryan officially transplanted to the United States in 2005, finding a home at the Irish Arts Center where he originated the Irish Tenor Banjo program, which continues to grow with a strong following. His deep rooted traditional style mixed with blues and bluegrass influences creates a unique sound that is both driven and refreshing.
Ryan will team with Dublin folk singer Peadar Ó hÍcí for their Rí Rá engagement. Ó hÍcí is a “true Dub” who learned his trade on the banks of the river Liffey in Ireland’s cultural quarter. Ryan and Ó hÍcí first paired together while performing at Irish Arts Week in East Durham. The pair then took their show to New York City and currently performs weekly at Emmett O’Lunney’s, a bustling Times Square venue. A fluent Irish language speaker, Ó hÍcí brings an important aspect of Irish culture to the duo’s shows with many songs sung in the old language and a vast repertoire of ballads in English.
Nov. 22-27 at 8:45 p.m. nightly
Fronted by the lead fiddle soloists from Michael Flatley’s ‘Lord of the Dance’ show, The Bridies is an explosive female group of high-powered, talented musicians. Producing a unique blend of Celtic music, rock n’ roll, dance and comedy, The Bridies leave guests energized and fully entertained.
Derek Warfield & The Young Wolfe Tones
Nov. 29 and 30 at 8:45 p.m. nightly
Following his success as the founding member of the legendary Wolfe Tones, Derek Warfield has assembled some of the finest young talents on the Irish music scene. Derek Warfield & The Young Wolfe Tones present a fresh and invigorating approach to Ireland’s music tradition. In 2010, the group performed more than 180 concerts across six different countries and was nominated as Ireland’s best folk group.
Rí Rá Live
Every Friday and Saturday night at 9:30 p.m.
Rí Rá Las Vegas turns the lights down and the sound up as Rí Rá Live takes over the authentic Irish pub. Bands that perform earlier in the night on Fridays and Saturdays will take the stage for Rí Rá Live as they blend together high energy Celtic rock with classic rock and pop music covers.
Sean McNally and The East River Bandits
Nov. 11 and 12
Peadar & Pio
Nov. 18 and 19
Nov. 25 and 26
About Rí Rá Las Vegas
Crafted in the warm pub style of 19th century Ireland, Rí Rá Las Vegas is located inside The Shoppes at Mandalay Place. The authentic Irish pub features a multitude of artifacts that were carefully restored in Wicklow, Ireland and shipped to their new home in Las Vegas. Rí Rá Las Vegas contains an authentic Victorian Shop bar that began its life in Ireland in the 1880s, a whiskey bar adorned with an original glazed jewelry cabinet from 1900, an oak floor from a whiskey distillery and an 8-foot-tall, 500-pound carved plaster statue of St. Patrick dating back to 1850. The pub hosts live entertainment seven nights a week in a music room constructed with artifacts dating back to 1890 from the Olympia Theater in Dublin, Ireland. On the weekends, guests can kick back at Rí Rá Live, where every Friday and Saturday at 9:30 p.m. the best bands in town take the pub’s stage. Born and raised in Dublin, Rí Rá Las Vegas owners David Kelly and Ciaran Sheehan have been close friends since they were 14-years-old. Kelly and Sheehan later partnered with Jay Luther, whom Kelly met while working for Guinness. Rí Rá Las Vegas is the 12th pub the trio has opened in the U.S.