MacGregor's Grill & Tap Room - Henrietta
Ratings: 39 | Reviews: 35 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by rarevos:
3.85/5 rDev -0.8%
I'll admit that it bothers me slightly when I read reviews of MacGregor's that overanalyze what they DON'T have rather than concentrating on what they do. You want cask ale? Go someplace else. You want limited release oak-aged one-offs from California breweries? Ditto. But do you want a gajillion varieties of Brooklyn, including Antwerpen and Blanche? You want fresh Ithaca seasonals, like the Smoked Porter and the Partly Sunny? Southern Tier IPA ALL THE TIME? Then you come to MacGregor's...
...just maybe not this one. Sure, it's got a lot of taps. But it's also the loudest MacGregor's I've been to, mostly owing to the Rochester Institute of Technology across the street. OK, OK, I went there for grad school, "RIT Student" once described me, etc. But of all the MacGregor's locations, this is the one most likely to have frat guys guzzling pitchers of McBeer and being as loud as, well, drunken frat guys. I usually sit at the bar, or else in the smaller room to the left of the bar. Just stay away from the pool tables, especially when evening rolls around, unless college guys dropping f-bombs is your thing.
Food is pretty much the same as at all of their other locations. Pub fare. Decent stuff, not terribly pricey, but you're not here for the food.
They will pour an 11 oz glass if you ask for it, but if you just say "a (beer name), please," you'll get a pint (mug, usually). Getting samples sometimes depends on the bartender, but I've never had much trouble getting samples of something if I ask nicely, and they're all about giving samples of their own line of beers. Mostly staffed by area college students; if you want bar staff who also homebrew and read BA and want to talk your ear off about brewing scotch ales with real heather, I think you'll be let down.
It's no longer a craft beer mecca that causes you to gasp with delight, but what it is isn't so bad: a pretty comfortable place with a lot of good craft beer choices for about 4 bucks a pint, a solid lunch destination if you need a hop fix to help get you through a Friday afternoon of drudgery at the office, and a good place to try out the early seasonals before you hit Beers of the World or Southtown Beverage to stock up. If you lower your expectations a bit and accept that 40 of their 100 taps are beers you don't want, you'll be fine. But are we really so spoiled that a bar with around 50 solid-to-good craft offerings isn't good enough anymore? That many of those 50 offerings are also available in and around Rochester speaks more to the vibrancy of the craft beer community here than any failing on MacGregor's part.
08-19-2007 16:10:48 | More by rarevos
More User Reviews:
3.5/5 rDev -9.8%
This place has the most taps of any place I've ever been. Not necessarily a good thing though- 140 taps means some stuff is gonna be old. I've had some issues with dirty lines.
Nonetheless, you can always find something good on tap. It's best to pick the more unusual, rare, special stuff- as the run of the mill (but still good ) stuff like Southern Tier IPA or Edmund Fitzgerald is likely going to be old. Seasonals are also a good option because they're less likely to be old or dirty.
The food is alright. Not particularly healthy. The menu is large, but has all the typical bar stuff, sandwiches, salads, wings, burgers, etc. Nothing you haven't seen before. Prices are all right.
The service is a bit lacking. Not always friendly or knowledgeable about beer.
Worth a stop simply for the volume of beer, but be wary of old beer and choose wisely.
01-24-2014 21:52:22 | More by GreesyFizeek
4.58/5 rDev +18%
MacGregors is my all time favorite place in Rochester. Their wings and boneless wings are not to miss! Especially their Chipotle BBQ sauce, that's definitely one of their most unique items and definitely the best sauce they offer.
Their outstanding selection of drafts and reasonable prices are a win too. Their specials are great, usually different selection than most places for an affordable $9.00/pitcher.
Whenever I leave Rochester and come back to visit, I always have to go here. This location is far better than all of the rest. I think I have only ever been
Disappointed with this place maybe one time out of the last 30 times I've been here.
Do not miss :) the food is delicious and the beer is outstanding!
07-27-2013 22:51:26 | More by Skulpinski
3.5/5 rDev -9.8%
A decent spot if you are in Rochester. Settled in last night just prior to the Bruins game.. The beer selection is large.. Too large. The first sip of the first beer told the story. Dirty tap lines everywhere. It's one of these places from what I consider the last generation of craft beer bars. Ones where more tap lines were considered better. There is no way they can sell that selection of beer and keep their inventory fresh... a taste says it all. Don't get me wrong, the selection, itself, is pretty nice... But a disappointment that My Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA had that obvious dirty line taste...
Service was fine, but a little thin. Once you caught their eye, they were fine, but after sitting at the bar for 2+ hours, you'd think you'd get a "how are you doing" at least once...
Had wings and onions rings. The wings were actually pretty darn good. Nice to have a place make a VERY spicy wing when they call it one. The sweet/Chili was also very good.
Onion rings were sadly frozen versions.... (I had expected more)
Bottom line... If you are in the area, it's fine. Don't go out of your way.
06-04-2013 12:02:05 | More by Reagan1984
4.43/5 rDev +14.2%
Compared to other places I've been, this bar has an impressive variety of top-notch beers; based on pure volume of different beers, this is one of the best places to grab a drink.
Additionally, their food is tasty. They have a number of dishes worth trying--most of them being of the heart-attack-inducing variety! It's a really cool place!
06-03-2013 23:28:46 | More by MJSJr
2.26/5 rDev -41.8%
The place is filthy, the food made me sick. The glasses taste and smell like feet beer due to the rinse system. All around horrible place to be, have been here twice. I will never go back. Only good thing is variety of beer but much of which tastes old or flat. The owner and his counterpart seem to be very bad people according to the locals.
04-08-2013 19:10:27 | More by DonBar
MacGregor's Grill & Tap Room - Henrietta in Rochester, NY
88 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.