M'Coul's Public House

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M'Coul's Public HouseM'Coul's Public House
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89
very good

18 Ratings
Ratings: 18
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
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[ Bar, Eatery ]

110 W. McGee Street
Greensboro, North Carolina, 27401-2724
United States
phone: (336) 378-0204

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Ratings: 18 | Reviews: 15
Reviews by timtheenchanta:
Photo of timtheenchanta
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Cozy feel with small bar in the middle. Semi-circular bar is surrounded by 25-30 stools. There's a nice patio outside for the smokers leaving the inside smoke-free. There's some Irish music playing outside and in but it's completely tolerable. There's a smaller bar upstairs with another patio with a decent view of the Greensboro skyline.

The barkeep was way off on a few points she made to couple at the bar. She told them the nitro taps were CO2 taps and that the rest were "natural." Other than that, she was helpful and somewhat knowledgeable.

They had 16 taps with quite a few Irish stouts but with some notables. Maredsous 8, Chimay tripel, and Hennepin.

Not a bad place to stop and it's right across from Natty Greene's so it's convenient.

Make sure to stop here if you're in town.

More User Reviews:
Photo of irishstoutlvr
4.63/5  rDev +16.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

I love this place. They have a great selection of beers. Their staff is very, very friendly. This is my kind of Irish hangout. The place is somewhat small, but that helps with its charm.

The food is excellent. I recommend the Guinness meatloaf, or the meatloaf sandwich.

Photo of thegodfather2701
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

M'Coul's has that classic Irish pub look and feel. It has a nice atmosphere. It has two levels, both inside and outside. The food was very good, especially for a pub and the menu was quite large. The service was very good. Their draft menu focuses on imports and is a decent size. They featured some classic English ales and some Belgian beers as well. My only critique is that it is a little pricey. For example they featured bottles of Two Hearted for $6.00, which seems outrageous. However, I had a great time and hope to go back.

Photo of msfoster77
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5

Food was amazing. Thy had a pretty good tap selection and a good off-tap selection but it was pretty expensive compared to other places. They had authentic Irish food...I got the shepherd pie which was awesome. I have only had better shepherds pie at another Irish pub. The place is two stories. Both levels have bars on them. The bar on the bottom level has a better beer selection than the bar at the top.

Other than the grew food and beer the bar has a great atmosphere. There are beer signs and crazy pictures all over the walls which create a fun place to sit and have a beer or watch a sorts game.

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Visited in September 2010:

At this point, I think that the previous reviewers have pretty well spelled out the place, except I noted that the place, as far as I know, didn't have any TV's in it, which was for once, was kind of nice.

The atmosphere was good, I think that I visited on a Tuesday or Wednesday night; therefore, not overly crowded, but there were more than a few folks in the place. The service at the bar was good, but sometimes a little slow.

The selection of beer was slightly better than average. As noted by other reviewers, it had your typical "Irish pub" beers, but also had a few that you didn't expect, which was nice. I had a Meantime Coffee Porter, bottle, as Meantime is touch to find in GA and a good brewer.

I had the fish and chips, the fish was nicely done and well seasoned, but it certainly did not wow me in any way. I thought that the prices were reasonable.

Overall, a good place to go and drink and have a good conversation with friend, but I would probably find myself at Natty Greene's more often.

Photo of thagr81us
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Stopped in here quite awhile back and just couldn't remember the name of the place as I was out drinking a lot that night. Was in Greensboro this weekend and saw it and remembered. Anyways, when you walk up to this location you will notice the brick wall with ivy growing on it. Upon walking in there is a small bar area downstairs or you can walk upstairs and there is another area with TONS of tables and a small bar. The upstairs bar is where I spent my evening this time. The upstairs bar really reminded me of an Irish Pub through-and-through. They only serviced Irish brews and liquors. I had a few Smithwick's while there and then headed out to another location. Didn't get to eat anything, but the food looked to be really good however. Worth stopping in for sure.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Another nice little local pub that I was able to stop in an try. This one seemed to have a nice charm about it as I wondered inside. Small, with a decent sized crowd for mid week, I proceeded to go over to the counter and check out the taps. A greatlakes on tap, nice. DFH, a nattys again, foothills and highland./ Seemed to be a nice local focused selection, Everyone was very friendly and I left with a really good vibe. Overall I would love to check the place out again. Greensboror really does seem to have a really nice scene going here.

Photo of adam42381
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Went there for the first time a few weeks back. Beer selection is pretty decent for this area with some good high end beers. Not as extensive as I would have liked but not bad. The beer is a bit overpriced for this area. I ended up going for a couple Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stouts which didn't disappoint. I couldn't bring myself to spend the extra money for the Chimay. The food was excellent. Most things on the menu are typical Irish pub fare, but they do offer some other options as well. I'd recommend this place if you're in the Greensboro area.

Photo of ncbeermonger
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3

The irish Pub of Greensboro is a pretty cool place to visit. The beer is a bit pricey, and the beer menu isn't much to talk about. Of course they have Boddingtons, and Guinness, and I'm pretty sure they have Harp. Note to Beer Advocates, this place is a bit pricey!

The rooftop is pretty cool and the inside is buzzing with young adults. The stairs are a bit tricky, and I wouldn't be surprised if someone had already fallen down...if not somebody will at somepoint!

the atmosphere was good, quality was decent, it was hard to discern the service as it was so busy. The selection leaves a lot to be desired and I didn't try the food.

I had a blast here, and will be back in the near future! I love downtown Greensboro, I wish Winston had this kinda vibe downtown, maybe we will one day!

NC BEER MONGER

Photo of bboven
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Great beer selection that revolves regularly to allow for seasonals. Great Irish food and out-of this-world brunch. Outside dining on two levels and a smoke-free first floor are definitely a plus. There's live music every once in a while; always something mellow and acoustic. Staff is sometimes downright unpleasant (actually, just one girl but I always seem to end up with her when getting food there) but that's the only sore spot with me. I suggest brunch on Sunday with two imperial pints of wheat or bitter. My favorite beer bar in Greensboro.

Photo of NClifestyle
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

If you ever find yourself in Greensboro, M'couls is the pub to visit. As authentic as you can get, decor wise. A great, dark, cozy little spot. Downstairs there is a great patio outside, inside is non-smoking. A decent sized bar with, I believe, over 10 taps, Guinness, Beamish and Murphy's never leave. Large booths. Upstairs is a large bar and room, and a big balcony. Beer selection is best in town, and most are beers you want to actually drink (no macro-brews on tap). I can't say enough good things about the place; I spend waaay too much money there, but it's always worth it. As of right now, they have Fullers ESB on tap, a favorite of mine.
Cheers...

Photo of oberon
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Personally my favorite bar in all of Greensboro go there alot and I hope Natty Greenes doesnt take away to much of there business it is keeping some of the yuppies away wich is a good thing.A nice outdoor courtyard welcomes you attached to an old looking building with some vine attached walking in you see a very "cozy",friendly interior that looks quite UK a mix of Irish and Scottish I think (never been there)alot of dark wood and is dimly lit.The bartender who is usually there when Iam there is a fellow northern Michigan man so we always strike up a good conversation about Michigan football and such and the cute servers are usually really on the ball.The bar has the three big Irish stouts most know what they are as well as some English brews like Hobgoblin and Boddingtons,as well as Smithwicks and a nice selection the others around five or six more.Nice generous portions of hearty fare like shepards pie and bangors and mash,lamb stew is also quite good.Had Sunday brunch yesterday shrimp and grits with a pint of Beamish man nothing better than Beamish for breakfast grandma who was from county Cork would be proud she loved her Beamish.Anyways I love this place and wished I lived with walking distance I would be there way to much for my wifes liking though,friendly and authentic a real winner in Greensboro.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Stopped for a pint and some conversation a few nights ago with AKSmokedPorter, Mrs. AKSP, and Stoo333.

We sat outside for the evening. Open-air patio with a 2nd level (smoking) overlooking us. Not too many people for a late Wednesday night. Inside is tiny, with only a few booths and a dozen or so bar stools 'round the bar. Dark. Inviting.

Beers are what you'd expect from an Irish pub: lots of English and Irish offerings (see previous reviews for details), though they were out of Smithwick's, which is the main reason we stopped by. Decent lineup of beers, but nothing off the charts.

Good service. Attentive waiter who got our order quickly and checked back every so often. Not overbearing at all. Didn't try the food, but I head the fish-n-chips are kick ass.

Given that Natty's opened across the street, and that Natty's pint prices are $2 cheaper than M'Coul's, I'd more often than not be tempted to suggest Natty's over M'Coul's. However, M'Coul's has the edge in atmosphere, I think.

Photo of Stoo333
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A very comfortable pub setting. Dark, old, beat-up wood all around. I love it-- long bar, wooden tables inside... it's all there. Upstairs and outside patio area are great as well. Enjoy live music late-night on Fridays and Saturdays. On Fridays there is a Irish traditional music duo playing fiddle and guitar. On Saturday nights between 10-1 enjoy Dan Diffenbacher on guitar performing traditional Irish songs as well. You'll enjoy it...buy him a beer.

On tap they have popular imports and a few domestic micros--Guinness, Murphy's, Beamish, Harp, Boddington's, John Courage, Smithwick's, Pilsner Urquell, Hobgoblin, SNPA, and Anchor Steam come to mind. I've never ran into quality issues here.

The food is really good. Enjoy the burgers for $4 after 11pm every night. All other entrees I've had have always been above average. The service is both friendly and attentive; I've had no problems.

One of my favorite downtown hangouts--especially late night on Saturdays for the music. It's always a good time.

Photo of Loki
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

What can I say about M'Coul's Public House except that it was one of the finest additions to down town in a long time.

Atmosphere: Fantastic. Always lively and yet laid back. The bar is has two floors with an outside dinning patio as well. The only smoking is upstairs on the open deck. Very nice. Their are bars both upstairs and down, all though the downstairs bar has a much better selection, but I don't smoke so it works well for me.

Quality: One of the best selections in town, probably about number 4 or 5 in the top five.

Service: You have to wait sometimes, but it is a bar. The servers are always very friendly and the food comes quickly. Always good service.

Selection: Good selection of different English, Irish, imports, and craft beers. Some macros, but all and all a good selection. And again in the top five in the city.

Food: Very good food and much better than pub fare. You could easily come here just for the food, but why would you?

Easily one of my favorite haunts when downtown.

M'Coul's Public House in Greensboro, NC
89 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.