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MacGregor's Grill and Tap Room

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

11 Ratings
Ratings: 11
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 3.98%
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
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Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

381 Gregory St.
Rochester, New York, 14620
United States
phone: (585) 271-3592
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Reviews by CBFanWish:
Photo of CBFanWish
4.33/5  rDev -4.2%

For the beer drinker who put quality before quantity, MacGregor's is the place to go. With a selection of 70+ beers on tap, they have one of the best selections in the city of Rochester. With everything from Labatt's to Victory, You will probobly find it here cold and on tap. The service was pretty good, as I have never had a problem with any bartender or server, and the atmosphere was relaxed. The only problem that I have with them is the lack of local craft brews. But in all, it is a fantastic bar.

CBFanWish, Oct 22, 2003
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Photo of frankgate
4.44/5  rDev -1.8%

This was my second visit to a MacGregor's and the first to this location. As on my previous stop at the Henrietta location, the biggest challenge here is to narrow down what to have. It's depressing knowing that you will leave there not being able to have a pint of everything that you'd like to. I was surprised how small the crowd was for a Friday night. If I lived in Rochester, I'd have my own bar stool here. Although I didn't see any signage, I inquired if they filled growlers, as I usually have an empty one in the van. Of course they do! They're a beer bar. So, as a result I got to enjoy some Ithaca Cascazilla in the comfort of my hotel room at the Hyatt with my wife.

frankgate, Mar 15, 2006
Photo of lizardc213
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

I have visited this MacGregor's a handful of times...

Great bar food: awesome reubon, even available with choice of turkey meat for those of us who don't eat red meat. Homemade potato chips served warm! Surpurb selection of beers minus the occasional overflow of CA beverages. Had Anchor Xmas when I visited in May, and again when I visited in August! Also had Sam Adams Octoberfest during same August visit!! Have hard to find beers such as Southern Tier Imperial Stouts series, and Ithaca Partly Sunny. Hanging out with High Falls head brewer made my recent visit all the more memorable.

lizardc213, Aug 22, 2005
Photo of YankeeDave
4.4/5  rDev -2.7%

The original location and still the best, the Gregory St. MacGregor's would be a great neighborhood bar in any event, but the killer beer selection takes it to the next level, making MacGregor's a true local treasure. To make things even better, the prices are very good, with 3 different beers on special every day, plus MacGregor's lineup of contract-brewed house beers. How does a $5 pitcher of Brooklyn Brown sound? Even aside from the specials, the prices are good, with most (20 oz.!) pints going for $3.50 - $4.
The staff and patrons are friendly, and although there is the occasional misfire, the food and service are typically good too. It's open every day from 11 am to 2 am, and makes an equally good afternoon hangout or late-night stop.
The only bad thing I can say is that, as someone else on here mentioned, it's currently for sale. I can't imagine a new owner changing the basic formula, but ya never know, so get there while you can.

YankeeDave, May 03, 2005
Photo of wailingwench
4.68/5  rDev +3.5%

Cheers: Huge outdoor patio. 3 brews are served as their cheap ass pint of the day. Same brew in pitcher form will set you back either 7 or 8 bucks (a tad hazy on that). Brews served in 20 oz mugs, no worries about dropping. Awesome bartenders. Clam chowder and fingers are to die for. Dip the fingers in the soup, really !! NO Blue and Bud on tap. House brews (Mumblin and Spilly's) are A ++. Patrons are real friendly. Southwedge neighborhood is my home away from home. Park down the street to camp out in (done it twice).

Recent visit met the bar manager. Gave us multiple samples. Let me bum a smoke. He looked down cellar for some Anchor Chrimas Ale. Traded out my Hop Hazzard as it was flat for the River Horse Winter. 3 River Horse taps. oat on tap. Cali beers are AWOL, prefer local/regional beers for my "hard-earned dollars." All in all, a perfect visit for the finish of a perfect night outside of Buffalo.

Jeers: For sale. Nazi-ish on the ID's. Hop Hazzard was past it's prime.

wailingwench, Nov 18, 2004
Photo of FranklinPCombs
4.63/5  rDev +2.4%

Really, theres nothing bad about MacGregor's on Gregory street. The atmosphere is amazing. Its big enough to hold plenty of people and not have you feel like youre going to be falling over everyone else to get to the bar, but its small enough to still afford a feeling of coziness. Its very dark, except for the soft glow from the Macro-Neon signs and from the unobtrusive TV sets hanging about. Its just an all around comfortable place to be. There are plenty of tables, or if you want, huddle up at the bar with a few friends and just talk the night away. The service is also wonderful. The waitress was incredibly friendly and fast. She even offered me a suggestion and a sample when I couldnt decide on what beer to get next. It was a great suggestion too, as I ended up getting an Imperial pint (I think it was Sierra Nevada Celebration, but I cant trust my memory). The selection of taps is simply incredible. Theres everything that you could ever want on tap at MacGregors. IPA's, Stouts, Dark ales, Belguians, Lagers, you name it. Its almost intimidating when you see the beer list. But pick one, or ask for a reccomendation based on your tastes, and you'll be sure to get something you'll like. The beer is served at a good temperature, and who can argue with an Imperial pint over a regular one? The food is a perfect compliment to the beer too. Usually I just get appetizers when here, so i cant really comment on the overall quality of the food, but if I do say so, the Cajun Gold wings (made with Guinness) are exceptionaly tasty, and I'd reccomend them to anyone looking for a good little bite to eat with a few beers. Altogether, this is simply a great place to come, for the beer, for the food, for the atmosphere.

FranklinPCombs, Feb 19, 2004
Photo of longpondbeerman
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

While I've been to the Gregory St. venue several times over the course of the last year, I decided to wait a while before writing up a formal review. As it turns out, I was able to attend a BA gathering there this past weekend, and so I figure there's no time now better than the present.

In short, MacGregor's is simply a wonderful neighborhood pub. It is just the right size and just the right configuration for whatever you fancy: a belly up to the long bar with some BA friends, a quieter table seat along two-sides of plate glass windows overlooking Gregory St., or a spot at the other scattered of tables for a quick bite to eat. There's even a back room for shooting some pool.

The selection was excellent--I'm going to guess about 50 or 60 beers on tap, ranging from Victory's Hop Devil to the uniquely balanced Red Rocket from Great Bear to the Blithering Idiot barley wine. I never even got to the bottle list. The barkeeps are friendly and helpful, and the local patrons are really into and knowledgable about good beer (John, Greatpondbrewer, Murtyman, Rugbycritic).

The food, too, is quite good--though I just stuck with the cheddar potato skins this time around.

It must have been 10 degrees and outside and--as usual--snowing in Rochester that night, but it was cozy, warm and cheerful--as usual--inside at MacGregor's.

longpondbeerman, Feb 09, 2004
Photo of crookedhalo
4.14/5  rDev -8.4%

MacGregor's is a really nice pub with a huge selection of beers. My only disappointment is that there weren't more Belgians, but that's just me. I don't drink Belgian all the time, so I tried out a few IPAs, one of which is one of their house brews made by local brewery Ithaca. Very nice. I was with a couple friends, and being from out of town, got some growlers to go. Their prices are very reasonable, I think we refilled 2 growlers for $9 each and I bought a growler and filled it with a $9 refill, too. Quality beer for $9! I'd definately recommend this place (We were only at the Henrietta location, I understand they have a total of 5 locations). Next time your in the Buffalo/Rochester locale, check them out.

crookedhalo, Nov 04, 2003
Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4.72/5  rDev +4.4%

Absolutley great place to get a beer! This has the atmosphere of a neighborhood bar, yet it offers 70+ taps. Gregory St. is a cool little place within itself and the bar makes it perfect. The bar is divided between 2 main rooms, one housing the bar area the other with more tables, booths and a pool table. Lighting is dark and perfect. There are also tons of neon signs and posters of various beers all over the wall, which definitely gives it a used feel. The taps range from the very close by such as Middle Ages and Custom BrewCrafters through Dogfish Head and Smuttynose and as far reaching as Fullers London Porter and Lindeman's Framboise. Not to mention everything in between. The Quality of the beer was fresh for sure(I had a Allagash Wit, 60 IPA and Southern Tier Porter) so nothing to complain about there. As for the service my waitress started out a bit bitchy, but once she realized that we were into beer warmed up a bit. None the less service was a little slow. All in all there is not a place I would rather go then MacGregor's. The selection is top notch, the people are knowledgable (nary a budweiser could be seen) and the prices cannot be beaten anywhere.

GreatPondBrewer, Oct 18, 2003
Photo of steelreign
4.58/5  rDev +1.3%

I read about this place in the Great Lakes Brewing News, and thought since its only an hour and a half away, what the hell.

Man, nothing could have prepared me for what I was in for. Choices, choices....100+ beers on tap, and I reconized a majority of them as top rated BA beers! Damn, what could I do now? I had to drive home still, so I tried talking my wife into driving home. No deal. OK, my plan was to try at LEAST all of the dark ales and porters, but only made it through about half. Among my choices were Fuller's London Porter, Spaten Optimator (oh yeah this was great!) Victory Storm King (Aaaarrggh!!) and a couple similar brews. In my beer induced madness, I decided I wasn't leaving without a couple growlers, since I couldn't stay as long as I had planned. So, on the way out, I grabbed a growler of Victory Storm King and Rogue IPA. Man, what a place! I will surely be back here sooner or later - probably sooner! Excellent beer pub!!

steelreign, Aug 27, 2003
Photo of John
4.78/5  rDev +5.8%

One of the best beer bars anywhere on the planet. 70+ taps in addition to a dedicated Belgian tower. Plenty of rotation in the beer selction as well as some solid mainstays. A genuine, friendly, neigborhood atmosphere. Some of the best $5.00 pitcher specials to be had anywhere. Great pub grub with a nightly dinner special. This place rocks!

John, Apr 22, 2002
MacGregor's Grill and Tap Room in Rochester, NY
96 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.