McGuire's Irish Pub of Destin

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McGuire's Irish Pub of DestinMcGuire's Irish Pub of Destin
BEER AVG
3.21/5
Based on:
7 Beers
29 Reviews
Place Score: 90
Reviews: 27
Visits: 44
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

33 Highway 98 E
Destin, Florida, 32541-2309
United States
phone: (850) 654-0567

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @mcguirespub

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Reviews: 27 | Visits: 44
Reviews by Blazer06:
Photo of Blazer06
4.83/5  rDev +19.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

McGuires is one of my favorite places to eat at in Destin. They have great steaks and the cooking staff is great. The food can seem a bit pricey but in this case you get what you pay for and a lot of it. You will leave stuffed.

The staff is excellent. They are very well trained servers that seem to all take their job seriously. They are friendly and take care of the customers.

The atmosphere is that of an Irish pub. Great place to sit upstairs if you want to enjoy the weather on a nice day.

The beer selection is just their in house beers (other than a few Bud, coors,etc.). Ireally enjoy the beers. The stout and porter go great with the steak. The red ale is very popular as well. The seasonal and specialty beers are good as well. I enjoyed the IPA and the Imperial Red Ale. The brewers are typically there during the week and brewing during the day. They are great to talk to and answer you brewing questions. All the brewing equipent is right in the restaurant and open for you to see what is going on. (1,016 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Texasfan549
3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of WesMantooth
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

From a beer standpoint, everything is pretty average. The place is difficult to find parking for and a little bit too dark (I know, I am getting old). It also doesnt come across as a 100% geniune Irish joint, but whatever.

On to the better stuff. They butcher their own and wood fire grill. The filet is phenomenal. I also had a Reuben egg roll appitizer that was very good also. The service was great and we only had about a 20 min wait at 6:30 on a Tues night. It is a very large and impressive place with their own liqour store and a separate outside bar and patio. Highly recommend. (588 characters)

Photo of SlightlyGrey
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of lemmy187
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Photo of jbarker7070
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

Photo of WoolyFSU
3.66/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3 | food: 4.25

It's hard for me to rate this place without bias, as I grew up in Destin and was the first person to ever finish their 3 cheeseburger challenge (true story), but it has become a shell of what it started out as. The food and atmosphere are really good (formerly great), but the beer selection is what it is. Unfortunately for us the lure of fresh tourists every week supersedes the local that was really hoping for a legit local beer place. It is definitely worth stopping by and I still recommend it wholeheartedly (514 characters)

Photo of MorganMessersmith
5/5  rDev +24.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Outstanding food and terrific home-brewed beers. (48 characters)

Photo of Pens1967
4.03/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of DarkBeerFan
4.8/5  rDev +19.1%

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4.2/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of JDizzle
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of DarthGator
3/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of ArmyATCBrewer
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Yetiman420
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.25

Stop #427 on my world brewery tour.

Was on vacation with the family the last week of spring before the "never ending weekend" as the locals call it begins. Very crowded. Wife and kids went to the water-front shops across the street while daddy got his drink on.

Had to squeeze into a standing spot at the end of the bar by a bunch of very friendly regular locals. I ordered the sampler. All the dark beers were fine. The light beer was a diacetyl bomb smelling of a can of creamed corn.

Nothing hoppy on tap which is a bit of a drawback in my book but it is an Irish bar so I understand. The porter was very good but they only had it at the inside bar and I got the stout at the outside bar (waiting area).

Overall a fun place with good service and atmosphere. Seems like people were here more for that (and the food) then the place as a brewery. (854 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of amano_h
3.45/5  rDev -14.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 2.75 | food: 4.5

McGuire's is like the mother of all Irish pubs/restaurants that ever was, is, and will be.

If the Philip J. Fry of Irish pubs went back in time and did the nasty with his Irish pub grandmother, McGuire's would be the awesome end product. Take anything that remotely resembles Ireland or Irish culture and stick it into a massive commercial plot filled with Notre Dame memorabilia and you pretty much have the gist of what McGuire's is.

To be more specific, McGuire's is an Irish pub/steakhouse/frat bar/souvenir shop/microbrewery all rolled into one. There's definitely something here for everyone irregardless of age and culture, which makes it an easy choice when you're driving in from the Creestview area and everyone wants to eat something different and you're given the task of making the executive decision. Although I wouldn't quite recommend those of the younger populace to frequent here past eight o'clock, this place is quite family friendly, and rightfully so, for all the tourists that freqent the Destin/FWB area.

One caveat with McGuire's is that everything they serve comes out in humongous portions; I ordered their steamed mussels which came piled atop a plate about the size of a regular-sized pizza pan. The calamari that my coworker ordered also seemed too burdensome to be labelled as "appetizers." Don't get me wrong--it may sound like I'm bitching, but this was actually a huge plus, if you disregard the fact that I couldn't finish my amazing lamb stew because I was so full.

It's really hard to recommend any one thing out of the menu since they seem to offer a buffet's variety in food. I wouldn't recommend their microbrew since it really isn't anything special; I tried their Red (Amber) Ale and their Porter and didn't really think too much of either.

All in all, a great place for family fun--an Irish "pub" without the lingering smell of piss and blood (1,890 characters)

Photo of speedvagen
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of fisherbray
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of memphischas
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of kanghis
1.95/5  rDev -51.6%
vibe: 2 | quality: 1 | service: 4 | selection: 1 | food: 2

I typically put a lot of stock in the reviews that are presented on this site, as the people seem in general to know what they're talking about as far as good food and drink. I knew I was going to be in the Destin area visiting from Pennsylvania and had looked up places in Destin, found these reviews, and was very much looking forward to it due to the reviews that I had read.

I can't even really describe how disappointing of an experience it was. The place just screams out 'tourist trap'. It does hokey nonsense like having dollar bills hanging everywhere, and the lighting is designed to burn your retinas with red lighting and make you feel like you're hung over after stepping into daylight. I really should've known better when I noticed that the place has a gift shop.

They brew their own beer, sure, but everything I tried but the porter was sub-par at best; and I would consider the porter merely average. The rave reviews that are given for this place suggest people that really don't know what they're talking about.

I was willing to let some of these things slide, and I'm also fully aware that this restaurant is a steakhouse; but I'm on the Gulf Coast, I want seafood. I had the bouillabaisse which was basically ketchup water with bits of seafood with about a half a pound of saffron thrown in. I have honestly made much better food in my own home.

The server was very enthusiastic though, and clearly trying very hard. I got the impression that she was trying to 'sell' us though, which is something to which I really object. I also am not thrilled when the 'favorite' menu items of a server happen to also be the most expensive things (gee, I can't think that to be a coincidence).

At this point, it might sound like I'm an overly critical cheapskate. I assure you I am quite far from cheap. When I go out to eat, I am willing to pay for the experience as a whole, and I truly believed that this place was not at all worth what you pay. I also spent about seven years in the restaurant business - anywhere from washing dishes to cooking to waiting tables to management.

I would say overall that if you like gimmicks and disappointment, this is your place. (2,181 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Stopped in here on the last night in town during aasher's wedding for a BIG group dinner. We went on a Friday night... All I can say, is HOLY SHIT parking nightmare! aasher and I drove around for about 5 minutes before we found a backlot sand parking spot around the back and off to the side. The crowd outside was definitely something to behold as well. This place was PACKED! However there were multiple entrances and exits to this place and there was TONS of seating as there were different sections setup throughout. While waiting there is a bar upstairs if you go all the way to the right of the restaurant and head up a few flights of stairs. The bar setup upstairs is more of a covered open-air setup. There was a decent selection of their own brewed beers on that night ranging from Hefe up to an Irish Cream Stout. The bartenders did a good job based on the amount of people packed into the bar that evening. We were finally seated in the wine cellar room. Pretty nice room with wine racks containing wine throughout the room. We never checked to see if they were vintage wine or not, but thought about it. A warning: when going to the bathroom, make sure you read the ENTIRE door before entering. They are quite misleading and just about every guy at our table entered the Ladies room before realizing they had made a mistake. Happened to me as well. :/ The food here was very good. We had an 'appetizer orgy' with a little bit of everything split between 10 of us. Really tasty but filling, so be warned. The steak I got was cooked perfectly and very tasty. Just wish I could have eaten more of it. They offer a sampler of all of their brews on tap as well. Nothing really exciting going on with that aspect of the trip, but worth trying or ticking if you are there. I would definitely go back here again when in town, but would likely have wine instead. (1,865 characters)

Photo of RollTide05
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

One of my favorite restaurants in Destin which is my hometown. The beer that they brew is all fantastic and unique. I would have to say that this place is a must visit place if you come to Destin or Pensacola for vacation. Again, the beers that they brew are awesome and unique. I happen to be friends with the brew master and he takes his job very seriously.

I have tried the raspberry imperial stout and must say that it is one of the best beers that I have ever had. Prepare yourself because the food comes in mega-size portions and you will need to take half of it home with you. But I really suggest that you have a few of their great beers before eating the huge feast that they will serve you. A trip to McGuires would be wasted without sampling some of their in-house brewed beers. Highly recommended. (811 characters)

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McGuire's Irish Pub of Destin in Destin, FL
90 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.