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From Clondalkin to Vegas

Date: Thursday, 23 Feb 2017
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I started off working when I was 16 in a local pub in my hometown of Clondalkin

Since the pub was located in our village, everyone knew everyone and it was usually the same craic every week -weekdays would be quiet, then come the weekend all the mad buachaillí agus cailíní would come out to play. I remember before I arrived in Vegas I had a phone call with Scott where I asked him if the weekdays were quiet at Rí Rá, Scott laughed and replied ‘Oh no chica, everyday is the weekend in Vegas’.

I had no idea what I was in for. The nerves really kicked in once I got off the plane and caught my first glance of the famous Las Vegas strip. I was so in awe of everything, it really is like Disney Land for adults. The nerves quickly eased off though once I took my first steps inside Rí Rá. I felt so at home, the decor, the music, the atmosphere, and of course once I started hearing the different Irish accents from both staff and customers, I knew I was in a good place.

The thing I love most about working at Rí Rá is the opportunity i have to meet people from all over the world. It feels surreal going from a small local Irish pub in Ireland talking to mostly regulars, to now being in Vegas where you don’t know who is going to walk through the door.

Vegas is definitely a world of its own but it’s a world that I’m absolutely loving so far. I’m so excited for what this year has in store for me, everyday is so different from the next and I can’t wait for what’s to come!

– Amy Dodd

Update: March 19 2021

We are OPEN for indoor dining.  We are doing everything we can to keep our guests and staff safe and are following all recommendations from the Southern Nevada Health District as well as the CDC for COVID-19 prevention.  We are also adhering to all state and local mandates.  Thank you for your interest in Ri Ra Irish Pub and we look forward to seeing you.