McGuire's Irish Pub

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McGuire's Irish PubMcGuire's Irish Pub
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3.44/5
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15 Beers
134 Ratings
Place Score: 91
Ratings: 40
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: n/a
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[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

600 E Gregory St
Pensacola, Florida, 32502-4140
United States
phone: (850) 433-6789

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @mcguirespub

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Reviews by drinksandeats:
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4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

A friend of mine attending school took me out here one night. It was a good time. You walk in and you are immediately hit with a feeling of the pub's history. The entire ceiling is covered with dollar bills left by patrons. By "entire ceiling" I don't mean the bar area; I mean the whole restaurant.

Servers are friendy and they had a fair amount of stuff available. The place a very nice vibe, although I wasn't there on a weekend or during the summer. Folks dancing like they just didn't care who was watching, good live music, and no problem geting service.

More User Reviews:
Photo of HardyA
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Lagerheaded
4.88/5  rDev +20.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Don't you dare go in here and order a Bud Light! They brew their own and the owner makes the brewmaster keep a light, a red, a wheat, and a stout but the last tap he gets to show off with. Always try the seasonal, if you are lucky enough to catch the Imperial Red you won't be disappointed but anything he puts out is exceptional. Pair the seasonal with one of their burgers (almost as good as the seasonal) and you will leave fat and happy!

Photo of fisherbray
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of TheMarkE
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

If you ever get a chance to eat at McGuire’s Irish Pub, I suggest you do. Great food (from the 18 cent Senate Bean Soup to the 30 different burgers to steaks and seafood), the best wine cellar in Northwest Florida, and they brew seven different beers on premises (including a great root beer).

Then there are the dollar bills covering every wall and ceiling, the very tricky restroom signs, the Irish Wake served in a mason jar (limit 3 per customer for your safety), and even a $100 burger (ground filet mignon, served with a side of caviar and a Grand Magnum of imported Moët Impérial Champagne).

The original in Pensacola nearly always has a line, sometimes a two hour wait in the summertime. I prefer the newer Destin location. I've never had to wait for a seat, and if you can sit upstairs on the deck you have a fantastic view of Crab Island.

Photo of PorterLambic
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

Where to start. This a trout amazing place, unique in my experience. A great steak house that is also a brew pub.
The ceiling is covered in dollar bills. In fact, every piece of woodworking that isn't the bar has dollar bill stapled to it. I can't even describe the place accurately. And busy like I've rarely seen. Tuesday night at 7:30 and Friday at 6:30 were interchangeable. A wait but they move them through well enough.
And boy is it worth it. They food is fantastic, perfectly made, and well presented. As authentic as you can probably get without going to Ireland. Lamb stew with big chunks of parsnips, carrots, potatoes and Lamb, all well seasoned. The steaks are the best I've seen for under $50 though they are over $20 each.
Six different brews on today (of their own brewing). An Irish stout, a porter, red ale, Oktoberfest, a light ale and a raspberry wheat. Full bar as well.
There are tv's spread around so you can keep up with the game, especially if it is Notre Dame (boo, hiss).
Service is good but it can be hard to get the bartenders attention as they keep busy.
As to the price, the food is a bit expensive, $15 & up for entrees but the quality is impeccable. The beer is quite a bit cheaper @ $4.25 a full pint. In case you can't add it yourself that's 4 beers = 1 entree, maybe.

Photo of JayS2629
4.83/5  rDev +19.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I say a bit pricey, but it is reasonable for the quality. Everything I've ever ordered is divine. I love their steak, their prime rib, and their sheppards pie which is what I had this time. I also enjoyed a delicious deconstruction of a Reuben which was an egg roll with corn beef and sour kraut with a thousand island style dipping sauce. Delicious. Rich and decandent, savory, irish, traditional meals. Quality and quantity.

Spacious and clean. Fun environment. Classy, but rugged in an Irish fashion. Beers are ok. At least they are original recipe. The red aint bad.

Service was great. A little prissy, but he was precice and conversational. Stayed on the ball. A bit slow, but to be expected for things that need to slow cook and come out right.

Overall, absolutely awesome place to eat and drink. Nice, spacious, clean environment with great service.

Photo of brewskifan55
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

I went in late May with my wife, son and a dozen other kids from their youth choir. McGuire's has one of the coolest decors, lots of old wood and Irish attitude.
Hamburgers are the main event on the menu. For about $10, you can get a huge burger (from a choice of 20 on the menu)with fries. There're also sandwiches and po-boys. Nothing is truly exceptional except the atmosphere.
You can order a sampler set of their six beers, brewed on location. The waiter brought out a rectangular board with holes in it to fit the test tubes of brew. Once you try them all, you can decide on which pint-sized portion you'd like. The waiter was very knowledgeable about the styles. Nothing really outstanding about any of the beers. Not bad, just not memorable. Made me look forward to visiting Four Winds later on.
McGuire's has a great gift shop to get lost in. Lots of t-shirts and mugs. Wander around the place and check out the decor.
Fun for families, decent sampling for beer fans.

Photo of DrWangerBanger
3.1/5  rDev -23.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 2

I went against my usual instincts of avoiding really touristy looking places to go here because I saw they brewed their own beer. In the future, I'll know better. The beer isn't great to begin with and in addition to this, they are served in 14 oz "falsies" - an annoyingly popular trend these days. On top of all this, glasses are chilled to freezing, another annoying popular practice that helps demolish any trace of flavor the beer had to begin with.

Food is overpriced for what you get. I ordered a burger I had heard was good, and got a pretty typical, slightly larger than usual burger with cheese that the chef hadn't even attempted to melt.

Photo of BoilerUpNavy
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I may label the beer they make as "tourist style." It is by no means a high quality craft brew, rather a middle of the road product made to please the masses. It is at least a step above macros bought in local big box/grocery stores.

The food is all tasty, if not a little over priced. The burgers are huge and can be split between two moderately hungry people.

The atmosphere is very good for an Irish bar. The dollars hanging everywhere are quite the sight to see. Write on one of your own and leave your mark!

With not much else to do in Pensacola (besides the Naval Aviation Museum), this is a mandatory spot to at least grab a beer.

Photo of kevinv
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I decided to review McGuire's as I was feeling a bit nostalgic today and missed this place. I lived in Pensacola for about 5 years and visited McGuire's at least once a month. It's a really fun place if you go on a Friday/Saturday night. Great place to hang out with friends and have some great steaks and Irish food and listen to live music.

Atmosphere:
Doesn't look like much from the outside and you'd probably pass it by if you didn't notice the packed parking lot and great smell as you pass by. Depending on which side of the restaurant you park on, you'll notice the large copper beer tanks as you walk to the front door. Once you enter, you're greeted with a dimly lit atmosphere, dark woods, and hundreds of thousands of autographed dollar bills stapled to every surface possible. There are a bunch of framed photos of celebrities with their own autographed dollar bills on the walls too. If you're a regular there, you may have seen this article on the wall, but there is a funny newspaper clipping of somebody who had ripped a bunch of the dollar bills off the wall and then tried to use them at a store down the street. To any local, it's well known where those dollar bills came from. Needless to say, he was caught/arrested.

Quality:
I never had a bad meal here. The steaks are top notch. As this is BEERadvocate, of course I have to comment on their beers. They have 5 beers on tap, my favorites being the Irish Red and the Porter. Great taste. If you're there with the kids, get them a McGuire's Root Beer, also brewed in house and so thick, the straw won't stay in the glass.

Service:
Overall, I had great service every visit. It's a fairly large restaurant and they always seem to have adequate staff. It can get busy at nights, especially on the weekends, so there will be a few times where you're waiting for the waiter, but it's expected and is never excessive.

Selection:
The beer selection is good, but I believe a bit smaller than the McGuire's location in Destin. The food selection is pretty good too and they have something for everyone, but there have been a few times that they've been out of certain cuts of steak.

Food:
Everything is extremely tasty. My favorite was the peppercorn crusted steak. All of the pepper on there makes it very hot. My fiance loved their Shepherd's Pie. For an appetizer, I recommend the Irish Boxty's, which are garlic mashed potatoes rolled in bread crumbs and then fried. If it's your first time here, you should order their staple drink, the Irish Wake. From what I remember from one of the bartender's, it's got Bacardi 151, vodka, gin, a white rum, blue curacao, and orange juice. As they make the drink, you can watch them fresh squeeze the juice from the oranges behind the bar. The orange juice mixed with the liquors causes the drink to turn a murky green color. It's served in a mason jar that you get to keep.

They also have an extensive vintage wine/champagne list for others if that's what they desire.

Value:
Can be pricey, especially if ordering steaks and multiple drinks. The experience is worth the price though, especially if you go when they have the live music and dirty limericks going on.

This is a place that can't be skipped when you're in town. So if you've vacationing in the area, go here for a night out. If you're a local and haven't been, why not?

Photo of Adonis
4.78/5  rDev +18%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

From the moment i walked into McGuire's Irish Pub i knew i would like it. They brew their own beers, they have an authentic Irish Restaurant and bar feel, and they have live Irish Music at nights several nights of the week and weekend. They hold one of the largest timed runs once a year around St. Patrick s day and just for entering you get free beer and irish wakes. All of their brews are very good and i've never been disappointed. Their Blue Cheese Chips, Artichoke Dip, Guacamole Burger and most of their finger foods are great. Definitely on the top 5 of things to do in Pensacola. It can be pricey but definitely do-able on a budget.

Photo of jadpsu
4.88/5  rDev +20.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

For a number of years we vacationed in Pennsacola Beach. We never missed going to McGuire's.
Perhaps, my all time favorite. Everything about this place is exceptional.
From the hourly drink specials that are decided by spinning a numbered wheel, the misleading signs on the restrooms, the Irish folk music, the Green Aligators songs leading to having to kissing the Moose, the micro-brewery, the extra large portions and of course the $100,000 plus dollars on the walls and cealings.
The sign outside says FUN,FOOD AND DEBAUCHERY. If you go on a weekend the wait could be long, but the weekend is when the atmosphere heats up, it is a wow kind of place. Make sure you ask for the room where the band will be playing.

Photo of db84
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Been here 3 times in the past month. Twice for dinner with friends, once for drinks after a wedding reception. The interior may be a bit over the top, but it is certainly welcoming and the staff is generally very friendly. Since a large portion of the cliental are tourists, dollar bills cover the walls and ceilings. The menu contains a decent selection of steaks, burgers, salads, some pasta and seafood, and what they refer to as "typical pub fare". The fish and chips were some of the best I've had on this side of the Atlantic but at $15 were a bit pricey. Overall the prices aren't bad and you certainly get plenty of food, but for the Florida Panhandle I think the prices are a bit higher than usual. The only draft beers are McGuire's own, and I've never asked what they have in bottles. The beer prices are pretty good at ~4 per pint and samplers are available. Overall it's a pretty good place to go eat dinner or just have a drink. IMO this is one of the better places to grab a beer in the PCola area.

Photo of woodychandler
3.28/5  rDev -19%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Pepsi-Cola was our last stop in our two-week tour of The Sunshine State! Pepsi-Cola hits the spot! Twelve full ounces, that's a lot! Twice as much for a nickel, too! Pepsi-Cola is the [place] for you!

The building was not as tall as the Destin location, but it was equally wide. The copper-jacketed brewhouse sat in a series of windows to the right of the entry. Upon transiting the entry way, the m.d.s. was straight ahead on the left and fronted a long pathway ahead leading to multiple dining areas and a set of steps up to the bar on the right. Here, the bar was a snaking, inverted "S"-shape of varnished light wood and decorated with their own brass "Customer of the Month" plaques. Once again, $1 bills were adhered to every available surface. To the right of the bar area was another extensive restaurant area. The gift shop was just past the m.d.s. on the right. I wish that I could say that I liked it more, but it just seemed a bit outdated. Beers were the same as at the Destin location. If I lived in the area, this would be a god place, but for a traveler, it was not really a destination. A fond farewell to the Sunshine State!

Photo of Beerbuddha
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Atmosphere: Same as all of them. Attempting to capture the Irish pub feel with dollar bills EVERYWHERE.

Quality: The beers served were incredible. I went and spoke to the brewmaster who someone recognized me from my blog and he just started throwing beers at me. It was great and so was the beer. I really enjoyed the IRA the most.

Service: Fantastic.

Food: Food was great. My family loved the food and the price is reasonable.

Great place to go when in Pensacola. Make sure you go see the brewery section. Pretty cool!!

Photo of david131
3.3/5  rDev -18.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 4

The place doesn't look like much from the exterior, but the inside is incredibly unique with hundreds of thousands (no exaggeration) of $1 bills signed by patrons stapled to the walls and ceilings. The lighting is really strange with a combination of white and red lighting. Overall, the visuals of the place is an assault to the eyes, but it is not a bad thing- just really unique, and it works. They had their own brews on tap, nothing really unique, but their Irish stout was pretty tasty. The food was pretty good, and they had quite the selection. I thoroughly enjoyed the 18 cent soup. The only downside to my visit was the waiter, overall he was good natured but I think he was high or something because he forgot a few things, tried to pour water into my beer, and just seemed spacey. Overall, it was an enjoyable experience and I would go back if I were in the area.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Stopped in here on a trip to Florida and did not regret it one bit. A bus full of mannequin's on the side of the road tells they way of how to get here and was quite an entertaining sight. Large restaurant size building with big parking lot as well.

Upon entering you'll be greeted by dim lighting and lots of dark wood. Quite an authentic Irish pub vibe here. There's a large bar along with tons and tons of restaurant seating. Seriously, this place is cavernous and it's a must to walk around after your meal / drinks. The wine cellar is awesome and there is stuff to look at everywhere. You're bound to notice the $1 bills hanging and posted everywhere, signed by customers, I believe it was a tradition started in the 70's and it's quite an amazing sight. The washrooms will bring a chuckle as well.

We decided to eat here and had great, friendly service along with some of the biggest, juiciest burgers I've had in awhile. I decided to have the porter with my meal and it was a nice combo. All of the beers here were quite tasty. The small brewery located in the restaurant has some beautiful wooden tanks and looks like it would be a blast to brew on. There were about 5 beers on tap while we were there.

Overall, this is a great place for food and beer and I wish I would've had time for a second trip back. If I am in Pensacola again I will be stopping here. Well worth a visit for an authentic Irish pub experience in Florida.

Photo of everetends
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This place never disappoints me. If you like beer, Irish food and Irish music, go here. They are a brewpub and they brew their own beers. They have 5 on tap at all times (Irish Red, Raspberry Wheat, Irish Stout, Porter, etc) and then they have their seasonal (IPA this time). The beers are good and worth trying. Get the sampler, 6 beers and beer guide with it.

The food is awesome because I love traditional pub food. I had Steak and mushroom pie with a puff pastry crust and the lady had corned beef and cabbage. Both were amazing. Get the Rueben Eggrolls for an app, they are awesome.

The service is a bit lacking at times because they are always so damned busy. Worth it though.

I love McGuire's and it is always a fun stop when you are in P'cola or Destin.

Photo of DrummerDan
4.95/5  rDev +22.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

St. Patrick's day at McGuire's may have been the most foolish thing I've done in years. This was my first visit and I'll definitely be back but never on March 17 again!

No chilled glasses and probably the best Guinness I've had this side of the pond.

The servers had great attitudes and were extremely good with drunk, loud customers.

I was drinking the requisite Guinness, but had my choice of many other fine taps and bottles.

Fabulous food but a bit pricey. Lots of character and nooks and crannies.

Overall, you must visit McGuire's when you are anywhere near. This is the only place for beer in the Northwest of Florida and even the FSU students make the trek down for St. Paddy's.

Photo of charlzm
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I have been to McGuire's three or four times in the last ten years and always make it a point of visiting whenever I'm in Pensacola. My most recent visit was on 03/27/08. They have some of the best food in town and are the only microbrewery in town. The decor is unique and fascinating (it looks a hundred years old despite having been built in the 80's) and excellent service. The interior is a maze of little booths and private wings. On my latest visit, I was seated in a room next to the wine cellar that looks like something out of a European castle.

The food is very, very good if a bit pricey. I had a steak dish and both it and all the sides were utterly outstanding. The beer is more typical of a brewpub, in that it's somewhere between serviceable and good. In other words, you don't go here for the beer.

This place is very popular: make reservations even on weeknights or you may find yourself waiting an hour for a table for even a small party.

The atmosphere is highly variable, depending on who is seated near you. My latest visit placed us in the same room with a bunch of Navy guys who couldn't decide whether to chug mixed drinks and macros, swear, or laugh, so they did all three all the time. Loudly. It was a bit less than fun for everyone else in the room, though they were clearly having a ball. And this wasn't even a weekend!

Also, be careful of the deceptive signs for the restrooms!

This place would do gangbusters business anywhere in the USA. And in this area, it's a must-visit for any beer/food enthusiast.

Photo of beerNdarts
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

McGuires was amazing, in all senses of the word. We went on a Saturday evening after some training at the Navy base down the road... after a hair raising ride in one of Pensacola's fine cabs we finally made it to McGuires.

For beer, I had a pint of Smithwicks (Smitticks) and 4 of some Guinness off the tap. Amazing. Food was excellent as well, I highly recomment getting the NY Peppercorn Sirloin. A little bit spicy, but goes great with the Guinness.

And make no mistake. If you ever visit you'll discover that that isn't a carpet on the celing... it's a million dollar bills, and they do not like it when you try to take them!

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McGuire's Irish Pub in Pensacola, FL
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