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McGuire's Irish Pub of Destin

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McGuire's Irish Pub of DestinMcGuire's Irish Pub of Destin
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3.24/5
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7 Beers
86 Ratings
Place Score: 91
Ratings: 42
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: n/a
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Cask: N
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[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

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

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3.05/5  rDev -24.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.25 | selection: 2.75 | food: 2.5

Went to the pub for dinner on a Friday...wow, what a crowd! Along with the mass of people waiting, there was a line to put your name on the waiting list. Luckily, parties of two are very easy to sit, so we didn't wait long. While waiting though we easily snared some beer at the bar. The atmosphere is great and very unique, especially with the endless amounts of signed dollar bills covering nearly every inch of the place... As long as you don't go touching any of the money, I'm sure sanitation won't be an issue...

The beer was pretty decent, but nothing special really. Had the Porter and Stout, and the GF tried the Rasp. Wheat, and none were particularly great. I'm not sure what they carried that wasn't in house brewed, but I'd venture to say it wasn't more than BMC. They had 6ish house taps with the inclusion of a season, which was the Hefeweizen. I actually ordered the hefeweizen, but the waitress ended up never bringing it to me...which seemed out of character for the waitress, as she had been pretty adamant about asking to, and bringing me a new beer up until then. Aside from the lost beer order, service was good.

The food was for the most part forgettable...at least what we had. I had a burger and the GF had the tuna, to which we both agreed was not bad, but not great either. And we also thought that the fries sucked. Anyone can slice some potatoes and fry em...jazz em up though, make em your own! They were bland, simply put. I think the burger could have been better if they allowed you to choose how you wanted it cooked, as most places do...but, they never asked, so I got a well-done burger, when I would have asked for medium.

Price was reasonable for the most part.

Overall though, I just don't see the greatness here. The atmosphere is really cool, the brews were okay, and the food was edible, but to throw that into the mix with a potentially epic wait time, the appeal just get's lost for me.

I'm glad I went here, but it's just not worth the hassle again.

More User Reviews:
Photo of WoolyFSU
3.66/5  rDev -9.6%
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

Photo of MorganMessersmith
5/5  rDev +23.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Outstanding food and terrific home-brewed beers.

Photo of Yetiman420
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Photo of amano_h
3.45/5  rDev -14.8%
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

Photo of kanghis
1.95/5  rDev -51.9%
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.

Photo of thagr81us
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Photo of RollTide05
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of gerite
3.93/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

I just returned from a trip to Fort Walton Beach and had to try McGuire's Irish Pub in Destin while I was in the area. First of all the atmosphere is unbelievable, they actually do have over a million dollars in one dollar bills stapled all over the ceilings and walls!

Me and my drinking buddy showed up there on a Wednesday evening and the place was packed. No place to park and no place to sit. This is on the Miracle Strip, in Destin, FL in July. After finally finding a parking place, we were able to snag two stools at the bar and found the service to be both friendly and fast. They specialize in their home brews so I had the Porter and my drinking buddy had the Irish Red. The Porter had a good dark color and a distant chocolate malt taste. I easily downed two pints of Porter with my burger and my friend had two pints Red with his Shepherd's Pie.

McGuire's Irish Pub is a must place to visit if you are in the area, but be warned that it is crowded in the summer season. Good reasonably priced food for the area and outstanding locally brewed beer.

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

If you are in Destin and you do not visit this place, you need your head examined. Or you're not in Destin.

The second you walk into this cavernous establishment, you are confronted by an undulating tapestry of baize upon the walls and ceilings; over a million dollars in one$ is taped and stapled in every possible nook and cranny (not to mention the occasional de riguer Tom Jones souvenir.)

The place is enormous, it can probably sit over a thousand. The staff is everywhere you turn, so service is prompt.

Beer-wise: the brewers are very good; the palate of the customers notsomuch. The result is a relationship of concession and simplicity between brewery and public which is working fantastically. They only have 5 or 6 brews at any given time, if I recall correctly, but none of them are bad, including the lawnmower-type brew (Light Ale?).

Food is insane. Get the nachos, definitely, but if you want to finish them all, make sure there are at least 2 or 3 of y'all, unless you weigh 600+lbs or are named Joey Chestnut.

Photo of aasher
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

After a week of seafood we decided to stop by this place for more traditional fare. When you walk in you're assaulted with the aromas of delicious steak and grilled salmon. You also see thousands of dollar bills stapled to the ceiling and walls. You can "donate" a dollar to become certified as an Irishman. The restaurant is huge. There are several large seating areas and a bar area. The restaurant is very family friendly.

The food itself and very well priced especially for the area. One of their specialties is an 18 cent bowl of bean soup and it's actually quite good. I got their steak and mushroom stew and it was delicious and the filet tips were very tender. My girlfriend's burger was delicious as well. All of their Irish fare looked spectacular. I'll definitely try the Reuben next time.

All of the beer that they have is brewed there. I tried their porter and it was actually quite good. They have five beers to choose from, some rotating. A pint was only $3.75. You can also sample all five of their beers for $4.25.

All in all, you can't go wrong with trying this place.

Photo of JayS2629
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

I love this place! I went TDY to Hurlburt Field, and my boss made sure I went to this place. Even better, he bought. Their house brews were not bad at all. I especially enjoyed their red. The stout wasn't bad either. I went with the highly suggested steaks, and got a filet! Most excellent food! Definitely not the typical bar food. The place was full of families in flip flops and tank tops. Definite relaxed beach vibe going and I loved all the dollar bills hanging from the ceilings and walls. I heard they take these down once a month and donate to charity. Awesome place! Highly suggested!

Photo of Shrews629
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I love this place!!! My Aunt lives in Destin for about half the year, so when we go down, this is one place I make sure that I go. I have been 6 times and look forward to it every year. The beer is well above average and the food is spectacular. I particularly like the Stout and the Red. The ribeye is the best I have ever put in my mouth. The atmosphere is superb and the bar and restaurant themselves are great. The dollar bills that adorn the walls and ceiling are a nice little touch. I always pick up a new shirt everytime I'm there. It's very family friendly and I never hesitate to take the family or friends there. One may sit inside or sit on the 2nd floor deck and breath the fresh air and view the bay. The feel of Ireland is all around with decorations and Irish music is constantly playing, which sets a great mood. One can see directly in the kitchen, which is a plus. Just an all around great place to visit.

Photo of Radome
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5

If you are in Destin you MUST go to McGuire's. Period. Go for the food, the attitude, the unique dollar-carpeted ceiling and the beer.

This is the only microbrewery within 50-60 miles (the next nearest is the original McGuire's location in Pensacola). The beers are well-made and solid, even if not incredibly creative. They usually have a pilsner or light ale, a red ale, a porter, a stout and a seasonal on tap. The Irish Red is their most popular, but I think their Porter is their best "regular". I've had an outstanding barley wine and a Belgian strong that were very good.

The brewing is done right in the middle of the dining area during the week and the brewers are friendly and talkative. Their wait staff and bartenders seem knowledgeable on beer and they also have a good selection of liquor behind the bar.

Still, I have to admit the food and not the beer is the top asset of this place. But, given the fact that you can't get freshly made beer anywhere else within miles and miles, this is the spot for beer lovers in Destin and Fort Walton Beach.

Photo of heath1agnew
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Good ale selection, and I do mean just good. I had an ipa that was fair, nothing is to high in the abv area. But as far as the food goes, it was excellent. Best burger I've maybe ever had. I was also told the steaks are awesome. The atmosphere was really cool. Dollar bills everywhere! Over 800,000! If you find one try it because you won't regret it. The service is great as well, very laid back so you feel at home. Some noted appetizers were the calamari, potato cakes, and spinach dip. Plus if you just sit at the you get fresh popcorn...brilliant!

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

An immense place that sat right on US98 and could be seen from a good distance, thanks to its bright green signage and a bell tower that was being used for keg storage. The sign over the doorway read "Feasting, Imbibery, and Debauchery"! Well, now. That's the spirit, boys. The m.d.s. sat in the right doorway beneath a mounted moose head. Another moose head was to the left, above a coffin containing the skeleton of Bridget McGuire, a legend who strangled men with her brasserie and in a bit of poetic justice, was sentenced to death by hanging by said bra. A set of four steps just past the merchandise led up to the polished blonde, wood octagonal bar ringed with brass plates enumerating "Customer(s) of the Month". High tables and Captain chairs lined each side of the raised bar area. To the left of the stairs to the bar were a refigerator with cuts of beef and a tank with live lobsters. Restaurant seating was on the ground floor on either side of the bar. The Mug Club steins were all of the way aft of the bar, stored behind Plexiglas. The kitchen was aft on the right side of the bar. Continuing right from the m.d.s., another restaurant area, followed by their extensive gift shop; the wine cellar with a modest selection of beer; and the too-clever-by-half-labelled lavatories. Some games I can do without. The entire interior was festooned with $1 bills, over 550K of them! That went with the B & W rugby photos, the signage, the Notre Dame posters, etc. The copper-clad and wood jacketed brewhouse was visible both inside in an alcove headed to the Gift Shop's entry and in an exterior facing window to the left of the gift shop's entry. Staff in black pants, black vests with an embroidered logo, and white shirts with black bow ties.

Cost - $ - inexpensive. $10 for 3 beers.

Beers: McGuire's Old-Fashioned Ale; Wild Irish Raspberry Wheat; McG. Irish Red; McG's Porter; McG's Irish Stout.

Seasonal: Hefeweizen.

The porter was the best of the lot. I was underwhelmed.

Mom: Maybe, but it was a bit dim and trying too hard to be Irish.

Photo of Beerbuddha
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Went to this one to go try Tom's(the brewmaster)beers!

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

Quality: The beers served were incredible. Tom does a great job with his beers. I especially enjoyed the barley wine. Don't just go by the menu. Always ask if they have something special on draft.

Service: Fantastic.

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

Definitely a place to go here in the Panhandle. The ONLY brewpub there is.

Photo of Blazer06
4.83/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Stopped in here on my last beach trip with my girlfriend. Located on US-98 on the Destin side of the bridge into Ft. Walton.

Atmosphere here is really cool. It's got dollar bills hanging from the ceiling, low-lighting, wooden pub feel, and brewing equipment in plain view. Perhaps a tad bit touristy for my tastes, but it's still a really cool joint. Fun little gift shop next door that also sells wine, beer, and liquor. It's got a nice beer selection and they don't charge a corkage fee if you buy your bottle in their store.

The beer quality was definitely a plus. I got a sampler that included an Irish dry stout, Irish red ale, IPA, raspberry wheat ale, and their version of a macro lager/euro pale lager. I went with the IPA, which was solid, though the Irish dry stout had a good bit of flavor to it, a-la Beamish. My girlfriend thoroughly enjoyed the raspberry wheat beer, and it was a legitimate fruit beer--not a malternative.

Service is where this place stands out. As someone who has worked in restaurants my whole life, I notice every little thing that goes on, and the staff at McGuire's did everything well. They work as a team, and our server was personable, helpful with the menu, knowledgeable about the beers, and very attentive. This guy really blew me away and made the experience very positive.

Selection is lower because they didn't have any kind of a special, "off the beaten path" beer. One of the cool things about brewpubs is that a lot of times they'll have one-offs or things they're experimenting with, but that wasn't the case on this particular visit. Still, they did have a good variety of styles, so I can't knock them too hard.

The food is traditional Irish fare mixed in with American pub grub. It tastes good and you get a LOT of it. I was absolutely stuffed when I left this place and I still had a 1/3 plate of food left. Everything is priced well, too.

I will most definitely be going to McGuire's on every subsequent beach trip. This place is a can't-miss if you're in Destin or Ft. Walton Beach. Hell, you could come over from Panama City if you wanted too. I strongly recommend it to any beer lover looking for a nice place to dine in Destin.

Photo of everetends
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5

I went down to Destin recently and this place really stood out with me. We had an afternoon lunch here and it was quite enjoyable. The place is a little dark on the inside but it does with the groove and is a nice break from the scorching sun outside.

The service was great. We had an awesome waitress who was very in the know when it came to beer and she was quite funny. Made the experience even that more enjoyable.

They brew their own beer here and it is all out in the open for all to see and ask questions about. The had a fair amount of their beers available and all were tasty. Nothing was terrible, some were great. They also have great bartenders, so if you are with liquor drinkers, they will be taken care of.

The food is where this place really shines though. It is amazing with a rueben egg rolls (strange but amazing) and great traditional Irish pub fare.

Love this joint and I will definitely be back.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5

Anyone who has been here knows the food is AWESOME!!! Some of the better steaks, prime rib I have ever had. You may laugh but until you go then you can't understand. My friends rave about this place even years later. I had a rarity while there in Sept of 06, barleywine. The staff was nice and attentive. This place stays busy and for the right reasons. It is pricey but good food is and the food backs up the prices.I did not visit the Pensacola but loved the Destin location. The bar is elevated and in the middle of the restaraunt. Lots of writing and dollar bills tapled everywhere. The scotch selection is also very good. It is somewhat dark on the inside and loud on the weekends. If you are in the area it is a MUST!!

Photo of VegasBill
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I had not been to Destin for many many years, so while I was not expecting the sleepy little beach town of past I was not prepared for the Destin of today. The beach is lined with high- rise condos, if there is still a public beach left I did not see it and the road was lined with cars, it took me 30 minutes to go only a short distance.
As for McGuire's what a true Irish pub, great atmosphere. They say the dollar bills on the ceiling are more than one hundred thousand, WOW, is that true? are thay insured? that is a lot of money by anyones standards.
I stopped for a late lunch and again at dinner .The waits at the other restaurants were more than one hour for dinner and at McGuire's I managed to get a spot at the bar. For lunch I had a burger and the Irish Red and IPA, both would get a good rating. For dinner I had corned beef, which was very good and another Red Ale and the White Ale, which is not my kind of beer but it was very good. I will try my best never to return to Destin again, I will miss visiting a truely wonderfull Irish Pub, but I will avoid a very unpleasant city.

Photo of Vipsanius
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Whenever I'm down in Florida I always try to make one stop at either this location or the one in Pensacola (the rest of the time it's all about the seafood restaurants for me).

The atmosphere is very similar to the one in Pensacola although it's at the end of a dinky strip mall, and of course, isn't exactly the same as the original. All of the Irish tidbits, the dark wood, and the green from the hundreds of thousands (literally) of dollar bills taped to the walls and ceilings give it the relaxing and inviting but with a touch of madness atmosphere that makes it fun.

The traditional pub food is what I usually go for and it's done very well. I've always had great service. Heck, this last time I went, the waiter kept giving me updates to the Saints game that was on TV as he'd walk under it.

Their beer is always at worse average for their respective type. I've never had a bad one there and it's always nice to try stuff you can't get anywhere else. This last time I tried the Irish Red, Rasberry Wheat, and their Oktoberfest, which was the best of the three. When I was leaving, I noticed that one of their batches was listed as a barleywine that'd be ready on 10/24/06. I would have definitely been interested in trying that if it were available.

Anyway, if you find yourself in the Destin area and want a good beer in a unique atmosphere, this is the place to go.

Photo of elmocoso
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

We stopped here after visiting the original site in Pensacola. We hit mid-afternoon and it was pretty dead, which was nice after the SRO at the first joint.

The decor was very much the same. Thousands and thousands of dollars taped to the ceiling, along with peso's and other foreign cash.

The beer selection was the same as the original place, with one seasonal that was different, that being a Imperial Stout, which was rich and tasty.

The beer here is pretty solid, though the selection was pretty average, only about 4-5 beers total.

It looks like if you find yourself in Destin, this is the place to go. It's a solid joint and will be sure to quench the thirst you acquired at the beach.

Photo of Brent
4.05/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

After a week of good seafood but crappy beer, this was beer heaven. Expecting a "faux Irish pub," I immediately was taken by the over the top decor - like they dug up a chunk of Ireland, concentrated it, and shipped it over. All sorts of quirky pub memorabilia, and several hundred thousand one dollar bills stuck to the ceiling - so much that they rippled in the breeze like wind through the grass. Really nice pub grub fare - with gigantic portions, our waitress warned us that most orders will feed two - and she was right.

The on-site brewing operation is very much out in the open - no glass walls to separate you from the beer in progress. If you show any interest at all, the brewers will come over and talk to you and even invite you into the brewing area. Tim showed me the spent grain he had just been working, and waxed with great enthusiasm about "drinking less, drinking better" and the challenges the brewers faced in educating the drinking public - no question this guy loved his job.

A very tasty assortment of beers -all quite solid and pretty much in keeping with the Irish take. The light was about as flavorful as a light can be, and the obvious concession to the macro drinkers. Likewise the raspberry wheat was a bit fru-fru, but well done for what it was. The red ale, porter and Irish dry stout were all good examples of their styles. The seasonal bock was a bit light in color, but tasty. The brewer explained that it was intentionally lightly colored so as to not scare off the causual drinkers. They were brewing a pumpkin ale at the time - would love to have tried it.

All in all, a very nice place with some well-made beers. Well worth seeking out for a respite from the beach food.

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McGuire's Irish Pub of Destin in Destin, FL
91 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.