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John D. McGurk's Irish Pub and Garden

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John D. McGurk's Irish Pub and GardenJohn D. McGurk's Irish Pub and Garden
BA SCORE
86
very good

16 Ratings
Ratings: 16
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 10.71%
Taps: 15
Bottles: 32
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

1200 Russell Blvd
Saint Louis, Missouri, 63104-3944
United States
phone: (314) 776-6309

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @johndmcgurk

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(Place added by: MJR)
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3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Brought here by my college friends when I was visiting.

Decent place, if you walk through the main door don't be surprised to be in the middle of a live music gig. There are a lot of small bars scattered over a massive floor plan. If you make your way outside there are a lot of tables. Here the bar has a lot more draft choices (mostly regional) and a unique craft bottle selection.

The food was great. I enjoyed the "Toasted Ravioli" that was deep fried joy for beer pairing. The Fish and Chips were also good. The service was prompt and overall pretty good considering it was a full house. The crowd contained a good mix of people.

I'd recommend it for anyone coming to the area.

Photo of WallaceTheGreat
3.26/5  rDev -10.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

Just visited this place on a short trip to STL. I am a bit of an Irish Pub snob, as I am an unabashed Eire-phile. Went on a Tuesday night,so the place was not very busy. There was a live Irish band playing, and they were good, though not too loud or dominating to have a conversation. I sat with my group at a table behind the bar, with an awesome view of the small stage. The atmosphere was really good for a pub, lower light level but not dark dark. The beer list was ok, but won't blow you away about 10 taps and another 10 bottles or so. Couple Schlaflys, Irish standards, and a couple random crafts thrown in. Enough that I was happy with the selection but not necessarily impressed. It was a good Irish pub: laid back, good music, good and nonintrusive service. I did not have any food, so I can't speak to that. I'd go back, especially to catch up with friends, at least on a week night like this.

Photo of Chincino
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

I thought the atmosphere of this place was that of your average irish pub. It was great that they had an Irish band playing and the crowd was happy and lively. This place definitely had a good vibe.

My friend and I split the grilled cheese sandwich which was good and I had my first Schlafly beer here which was an IPA. The beer selection was average, but I was happy to have a couple of beers local to Saint Louis while here.

I did enjoy my time at this establishment and think it's a great Irish pub, but would not recommend it as solely a beer destination.

Photo of phaleslu
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5

I remember in college, when we'd come over to McGurk's on a weekend and all jam into a fun Irish Bar, spend a little more than we did at the college bar on Guinness, and have a great time. Or we'd come here for a friend's birthday for dinner and drinks and enjoy the hearty Irish food. Then it started getting more and more crowded, added a massive patio, and got douchier and douchier. Now this is St. Louis' go-to spot for corporate types who like to dress like they're playing golf on Saturday nights. The service is below average, the prices are too high, and the Irish pub atmosphere has been sacrificed for growth. Hey, I understand wanting to get big, but that doesn't mean I have to enjoy the place or come back here anymore.

Photo of Vancer
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Been here a few times, thought I'd write up a few notes this time.

Overall, a good place to have beer and dinner. The menu has a bit of everything, from great pub burgers to salad and steak. They also expanded the beer lineup to include more locals - I had a Schlafly ESB, O'Fallon 5 Day IPA this visit.

The multi-floor layout is pretty neat; each area has a separate bar - so no wait for beer. At night, the areas can be fairly dark, so watch your step. All staff was friendly and helpful, our party of 25 was well taken care of. Our "outside" area was enclosed and well heated (almost to a fault, it would get hot once in awhile).

Photo of Ave
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | food: 4

Not even a full mile from the AB brewery in St. Louis this is a regular haunt for me here in town. There is a wonderful feel to the place, lots of old brick & beam type interior, 4 bars, loads of Irish: maps, team jerseys, bric-a-brac about the place. The main bar is right inside the front door, has a nice standard bar on the band room side & a more table sort of bar on the other. The second one is the seat of choice in the joint. Two more bars as the place rambles through three more dinning rooms, & one outside in a wonderfully planted beer garden, complete with fountain in summer & fire pit in winter. The place can get over crowded with too many people drinking bud on the weekends, but I guess that helps keep the place in business.

The Beer selection won't blow your socks off but they are very well maintained: Caffreys, Boddingtons, a few Fullers, rotating New Belgians', & a few Sam smiths from time to time. If John (stout Irish bloke) is working the main bar he will pour you THE BEST pint of Guinness in town. John aside, the staff is usually very friendly & knowledgeable. I did once get a Guinness with a straight pour from a new employee & when I said something about it I was actually taken seriously & the beer replaced.

All in all the food is great. I'm a fish & chips guy 90% of the time & out of the...oh maybe....250 times I've had it, I've only regretted it once. Other traditional English/Irish offerings are beef stew & Shepard’s pie as well as more American items like spinach ravioli & turkey burgers.

They fly musicians over from Ireland for month long stints & house them in an apartment up stairs, so the music is always for real. No suburbanite would be folkies here. Even if Irish music isn't your thing, you should check out the groups they get to play here.

Great place, always worth a visit non weekend nights when the atmosphere is laid back & everything you could want in a local bar.

Ave

Photo of maxpower
2.78/5  rDev -23.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 1 | food: 4.5

First let me say this is not a beer bar or beer pub, not much selection mostly macros and the standard guinness, beamish, all mainstream brews, nothing really good for a beer geek. The atmosphere seems to be good in the past, I was there last on a Friday night and it was a wall to wall college crowd, I have to say the band was decent, I have been there early evening before and the crowd was more tame than last night, the service was decent for the huge crowd. The food is outstanding and I have never been disappointed, not much of a beer selection, still is a great place to eat.

Photo of MJR
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

Atmosphere: Located in the always fun Soulard neighborhood of St. Louis, McGurk's has a warm and inviting interior with lots of exposed brick and wood. The bar is located in the middle of the establishment, with bar stools on both sides. It gets a bit snug with a good crowd or when a good band is playing, but it's managable. McGurk's is known for it's live music, and usually has outstanding Irish/Celtic bands on it's tiny stage.

Quality: Overall quality of the brews and food offered is pretty good. The beers are always fresh and the food delicious.

Service: If they're busy, you'll probably wait for a drink at the bar, but that's expected. The service at the tables is adequate.

Selection: Their beer selection is a bit weak to me. They have Guinness and Beamish on nitro, Bass, Strongbow cider, a few local Schlafly brews, and a few macros on tap. Order an Irish stout and they automatically give you an Imperial pint-sized serving...I like that.

Food: Very good. Say what you want about 'Irish bars' serving the same food, but the fare here is quite good. They have a Baileys Cheesecake that is to die for!

John D. McGurk's Irish Pub and Garden in Saint Louis, MO
86 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.