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McGrath's Irish Pub & Restaurant

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McGrath's Irish Pub & RestaurantMcGrath's Irish Pub & Restaurant
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

28 Ratings
Ratings: 28
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 8.43%
Taps: 21
Bottles: 75
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

202 Locust St
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 17101-1508
United States
phone: (717) 232-9914

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @mcgrathspub202

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Reviews by kingcrowing:
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4.2/5  rDev -1.6%

Stopped in after dinner after some good reccomedations here on BA. Nice spot, easy to find and a nice atmosphere. I got bells two hearted on tap which was solid and Ialso got a yell pils from oskar blues and a weyerbacher heresy to go so I'm looking forward to that.

Worth checking out great atmo and had some other awesome beers on tap- even chimay which I should have tried! I didn't have the food but a couple of guys next to me got some crab dish that looked awesome. I'd say you should go and eat so you can have a couple beers while you're there!

kingcrowing, Mar 12, 2010
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4.68/5  rDev +9.6%

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

orangesol, Jul 02, 2014
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4.15/5  rDev -2.8%

Definitely my go-to pub in Harrisburg. This is the place you can go to for conversation, good beer, good food (daily specials seem to be the best). Bar is small and cozy, staffed by attentive and engaging bartenders. While the beer selection is not the largest in town, they always have fine beers to choose from. The atmosphere here is conducive to socializing , which is what I enjoy. Very nice to be in a bar where most patrons at the bar are open to conversing, not consumed with their cell phones.

curl217, Nov 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

stakem, Oct 17, 2013
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4.86/5  rDev +13.8%

Came here last night after reading other reviews. Was in town for a conference and wanted to get my craft beer fix. Took the only empty seat at the bar as the place was quite full. Had a very nice craft selection but I settled on a Ballast Point Big Eye IPA then a Founders Breakfast Stout then another and another. Stayed with the tap offerings but the bartender showed some quite nice selections from the bottles they had. The service was outstanding! Never once did I have to wait once my glass was empty. Didn't get food but looked at the menu. Wings looked really good but it was too late for me to eat. The atmosphere was great. Had a pleasant conversation with the guy next to me, then with a younger couple to my left about rugby and cricket. When you have plenty of laughs with complete strangers, you know you're having a good time. Prices were all reasonable. $6 per glass of some awesome craft selections. Would come back in a heartbeat and def plan to next time in town!

jwhancher, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of bigfnjoe
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%

Been coming to McGraths for a few months, and I'm finally getting to a review after last night's visit. I go maybe once every week or two with my dad during happy hour, which runs from 4:30 to 7 during the week and features half price drafts. Well last night, they had Stone 15th, Double Bastard, and Java Stout on, which made my night. 3 bucks a glass for each, which is crazy. There are maybe 15 taps, which range from macro (Guinness, Harp, Miller, Woodchuck) to local (always a minimum of four Troegs taps on) to craft (the aforementioned Stone and Bells). They also carry bottles. Service is always great, as there's always a full drink in front of you even when it gets crazy. Food is fantastic. My go-to is the Celtic chicken wrap, which is a buffalo chicken wrap with their homemade buffalo sauce. It's a smaller place, but it's a great option for craft downtown.

bigfnjoe, Oct 26, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

I visited McGrath's for my third time on 3/26/11 as I knew they made great comfort food and that the beer selection would be worth it. My two pals and I had just did the whole Gettysburg 9 1/2 hour in-depth history thing and just wanted to eat and drink well so we show up and site in the front bar area. (there is a more formal dining area in the back of the place - not too formal, just no bar there) On draft there were 5 Troegs beers as they are known as a Troegs house in the area - and Mad Elf was one of them. I asked the bartender what was up with that and he said that one of the other servers tapped a keg being held aside for the Christmas In July promotional they run so they figured just keep it on and use it up. My gain. Also, there were 2 Terrapins on and one of them was Brown Karma. Good stuff. For food I got the meatloaf as I love meatloaf anywhere I can get it. The portion that came to the table was easily the biggest I have ever had anywhere. And it was wrapped in bacon - anything with bacon is better. If you are ever traveling through Harrisburg stop in and check the place out - it is well worth your time for beer AND food.

sudzweasel, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%

Stopped in McGrath's based on recommendation of one of the Troegs brewers. Not a very big place but it does have a very nice feel to it once you walk in. It has an upstairs as well but I didn't venture up there so I can't speak about it. They had a pretty good selection of beer on tap and in bottles. Hardly any BMC products whatsoever and beers ranging from West Coast, East Coast, and Europe. The wait staff was super friendly and prompt. Food was teriffic, I had the Irish Lamb Stew, and it was great...especially with fresh Troegs on tap! Speaking of which, Troegs brews an exclusive ginger beer just for McGrath's and to me that's worth the trip itself! Would definitely recommend this place.

VaTechHopHead, Mar 18, 2010
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4.13/5  rDev -3.3%

This establishment was difficult to find, thanks to my blazing fast and totally inaccurate AT&T 3G network navigation system that had me on the wrong side of town five miles off course.

That being said, once I did find it (on my own accord, turned navigation off out of frustration)McGrath's has a cool vibe with a tin/aluminum sculpted ceiling, tile top bar, back lighted stained glass behind the bar, and the room is long and narrow with two additional floors above the main level. The bar area is absolutely spotless and well organized. At the far end of the bar area is two steps that lead into an elevated dining area with a fireplace, makes for a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. There's about 21 taps and another 50-60 bottles in the fridge next to the bar. The menu posted online is very limited and is only about 1/3 of what they offer. There's a nice selection of appetizers, entrees, sandwiches, wraps, burgers, and salads. Tap selections included several taps from Troegs (including Nugget Nectar), Weyerbacher Heresy, Dogfishead 90, Newcastle, Harp, Guiness, Chimay, Allagash, and others.

There's a small parking lot across the street and parking was a flat $5 making it very convenient.

One very cool thing is they fill growlers , besides a brewery, something I haven't seen very often in PA.

The service was good, the food was good and overall, a place that I would definitely visit again next time I'm in town.

jzeilinger, Mar 03, 2010
Photo of thain709
4/5  rDev -6.3%

I visited on a Friday afternoon. Not many people at the bar...but I could imagine what it would be like at night.

A pretty long bar upon entrance. Tables were in the back for dinning. Two sets of taps with about 20 taps or so. The selection was four Troges, two Bell's, Ballast Point, Allagash, Blue Point, and your typical pub beers. I was greeted as soon as I sat down and ordered my beer...then that was it.

The place had your typical pub feel. As I said it was pretty empty. I did not try the food this time...but I will be back to try it. McGrath's is a nice place to stop if you are looking for a good selection and a good pub in Harrisburg.

thain709, Jun 27, 2009
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3.68/5  rDev -13.8%

Visited after the early session of the Harrisburg Brewers Fest.

Atmosphere: The restaurant has the feel of a pub with a long bar immediately on entrance. Some stained glass brightens up the bar, which has two flights of taps.

Quality: The overall experience was pleasant, few people and fast service made the difference.

Service: Prompt on entrance and with drinks. After lunch arrived, I don't think we were visited until we were finished. An interim stop would have been nice.

Selection: I didn't review a bottle list but the tap list was nice with Bell's Two Hearted, Ballast Point, Troegs, Railbender and Allagash available. I went with the old reliable, Two Hearted Ale.

Food: I had the Celtic burger that featured a nice fiery kick. The sliced fries were also nice. I'd stop by again to try some other offerings.

akorsak, Jun 21, 2009
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4.33/5  rDev +1.4%

A 4.5 Q -4.0
Serv-4.5- Selec4
I had a chance to stop in at McGrath's for late lunch and was glad I took the time.
Atmosphere - the place has the appearance of an Irish Pub inside, the brass handle setting off the wood door as you walk inside.

There is stained glass that is custom w/ the pub name behind the bar and the capitol dome next to it. The bar is fairly long and there are bistro tables on the left side. The dining area is to the back. The place was well lit, clean and comfortable inside

Service - right off I was greeted and questions about tap selection were answered. I found the service to be friendly, attentive, quick and accurate

The tap list was fairly good since they had Gritty McDuff's 21 IPA, Duck Rabbit Milk Stout(my choice) 4 Troegs -Hopback, Troegenator and Dreamweaver -special NA Atomic Ginger ale, and Bell's Oberon+Two hearted. They had Guiness 250th and the usual import suspects: Smithwicks, Boddingtons, Lindeman's Newcastle etc.
The bottle coole is near the dining room at the end of the bar and many great choices are visible there: Nugget Nectar, Three philosophers, Great Divide, Delerium Tremens, Samuel Smith's, Chimay as well as other seasonals.

I didn't try the food but was able to see a group eating and the portion sizes were ample, the menu prices looked reasonable to me and the quality of beer and non alcoholic beverages is good. I am glad I stopped and hope to return next time I am in the area.

A - 4.5 Q -4.5 Serv 4.5 Selec 4.5 Food 4
Edit - I had dinner with my wife here which was very good and the beer selection was better so I would say it deserves an increase reflected in my rating - I enjoy this pub, very solid all around

Slatetank, May 15, 2009
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4.38/5  rDev +2.6%

Was here on a Saturday night w/ a lovely lady

Pretty chill crowd, started to fill up as it got later, there is an upstairs but i didn't go there, apparently you can smoke up there because i smelt alot of smoke coming from up there. 3 big screen tvs in the bar area

4 Troegs selections, (mad elf one of them) plus their ginger beer on tap, victory old horizontal, bear rep. hop rod rye, BMC, Bells 2 hearted ale, SN celebration ale, i cant remember the rest but i think you get the point

probably about 30 domestic and 30 imported bottle selection, pretty much every style covered, something for everyone no doubt

Service was great, bartender let me take my time to look over all the tap selections. We were sitting at a table and the bartender came to us instead of us having to get up to order from the bar.

Bar tab was $25 w/ tip for a martini, mixed drink, hop rod, old horizontal, so about $5 a drink wasn't bad

I found this place using the BA barfly, it just so happen to be around the corner from the place we went to find dinner. Overall a great find, recommended if in downtown Harrisburg.

bonbini26, Dec 02, 2008
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3.95/5  rDev -7.5%

McGraths is a great place. a smaller place with an irish pub theme. they have approximately 15-20 beers on tap. a good number of Troegs on tap - which i would expect since they are in each others' back yard. the bar area is nice - but can get a little crowded. there is a nice area in the back to sit and eat. they also have a very nice bottle beer selection. recently i had a Brooklyn Local 1, which is a great beer. the service is good - the wait staff doesn't know beer all that well, but the bartenders typically do. this to me is one of the best places in harrisburg for good beer on a night out. well worth the trip - just know that a friday or saturday night can get a bit busy.

Hophead101, Sep 22, 2008
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4.13/5  rDev -3.3%

McGrath's is just up from the corner of Locust and Second, it use to be The Pub at 202 Locust. It is right in the heart if the downtown 2nd St. strip area.

The interior is nice but can be cramped on a busy night. It is themed as an American / Irish pub. A long, narrow room with the bar on the right side seats maybe 20. A few pub tables line the left wall. In the rear of the place is a sit-down dining area that is up a few stairs and slightly removed from the bar area.

Around 20 taps are offered with a very good bottle (if at times a bit pricey) selection. Being the de-facto tap house for local brewery Troegs McGrath's often gets things that few other places do...like Naked Elf on tap before anyone else had it. They also get a wonderful full flavored ginger beer which is only available here.

Food has always been good. It is along the pub grub line, with burgers, soups, wings etc, but with some traditional Irish meals, like bangers and mash and "stew" available as well. You wont go hungry I assure you.

Service is usually friendly and attentive, but can sometimes lack when it gets really busy on a weekend night. I appreciate the swift bar service but sometimes feel like I am being a pain trying to make beer talk.

Overall, I enjoy my visits to McGrath's and try to make it down once a month or so. It can be a pain to get to on a busy weekend night downtown in "the Burg". But, on a "regular" weekday night or during the day it is a very relaxed an enjoyable place.

Deuane, Oct 28, 2007
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3.98/5  rDev -6.8%

McGrath's is situated basically on the corner of Locust and Second, so it's right in the heart of Downtown Harrisburg and is easily accessible from just about anywhere in the Downtown area.

Inside presents a nice but much smaller than expected slightly American-ized take on an Irish pub. The setup is a long-ish narrow room with the bar (probably seats 15-18) running the length of the wall on the right and some (three or four) pub tables on the left wall. A more traditional sit-down dining area is up a few stairs and encompasses the back half of the establishment.

A rough count of around 15-20 taps complimented the numerous bottles listed and shown in the cooler behind the bar. Offering included much of the Troegs lineup (including their low-alcohol Ginger Beer which is apparently only available here), some Stone products, Russian River, Breckenridge, Bell's, Dogfish Head and much much more. I'd call the selection 60/40 American micro to Imports. Definitely something for everyone. Quality of any beer I've had there has been quite fresh.

The food is pretty good overall. It's along the pub grub line, with burgers, soups, wings etc, but with some traditional meals available as well.

Service is friendly and attentive and has some knowledge about the beers, but could stand to know a bit more. They at least seem to have tried many of the available beers which is always nice in being able to get an opinion on something new.

Overall, I like this place and try to hit it on every visit to Harrisburg. It's certainly got the best overall beer selection in Harrisburg as far as I've seen.

SixpointJMH, Jul 17, 2007
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4.29/5  rDev +0.5%

Hit McGrath's for the first time today. The beer selection wasn't quite as good as I was hoping, but still pretty damn good for the area.

While at the pub this afternoon I had a Brewer's Art Resurrection and a Nugget Nectar along with some shared sips of Hopback Amber and Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat. The bartenders were knowledgeable but not necessarily friendly.

Surely the highlight of my time at McGrath's was sharing the bar and a lively conversation with a fellow homebrewer who also happened to be John and Chris Trogners' fifth-grade teacher.

McGrath's had a decent selection of draft beer including pretty much all of theTröegs lineup. The bottle selection was fairly impressive but was dominated by bombers and 750's that were priced way out of my budget for the day. (Including Avery's Maharaja IPA at $19 per bottle.)

The tap selection was not as impressive today as the one reported by my boy Phatz (in the next review down). They did have a DFH tap (presumably 60-Min) but no Wailing Wench, which I was looking forward to sampling on-tap.

I didn't get a chance to sample the food but I will definitely try to work that in to my next visit to McGrath's.

Overall I was very satisfied. Mcgrath's is an attractive bar with good beer and friendly clientele.

froggyfrog, Mar 24, 2007
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4.15/5  rDev -2.8%

I visited McGrath's Pub on 1/13/07 with my good friend Dakotablue. This is the best craft beer selection on 2cnd Street in Harrisburg (the beer bar strip). Don't let the adress fool you it is Locust street but right around the corner from Second street and easy access from the parking Garage. I suggest you pay $2 to park in the garage and walk across the street.

It has an Iris pub feel, (with beautiful hardwood trim, and emerald colored ceramic tile on the bar) but it is certainly focused on beer. 21 taps and a great bottle selection for on premise or to go. Of course they have the obligatory Irish pub beers dedicated on tap with Smithwick's and Guinness and they do keep a Miller Light as well, other than that they had 4 dedicated taps to Tröegs. Including the DreamWeaver Oatmeal Stout Hopback Amber and Pils. This seams like a lot of Tröegs but I understand these are dedicated taps they always carry. 13 other taps rotate with a good selection of micro beers. The day I was there I had a Brooklyn Cuvée D'Achouffe, South Hampton IPA, and Tröegs ginger beer. Also on tap were Anchor OSA, Rogue Santa Private Reserve, Lindemans Frambiose, Slyfox Raspberry Reserve, Middle Ages Wailing Wench, and more. None these are blow me away special like the RR PtE they had a few weeks ago. but I missed that. Certainly a very suitable selection from which most beer fans would find something they like.

The refrigerator selection was even better; with gems like Russian River Damnation, Urthel Hop-It, a variety of Stone beers and much more.

The menu is decent though $9 for a Roast beef sandwich is a little high, still it was decent and most people probably come to McGrath's for the beer anyway.

I sat at the bar and the service was friendly but not extremely knowledgeable, still, more than adequate.

Overall, if you are visiting Harrisburg then you certainly must stop in at McGrath's, it is a worthy beer destination.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Phatz, Jan 15, 2007
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4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

Stopped in here on Saturday 11/4/06, after visiting Tröeg's. Four of us walked in wearing the very unique (and cheap) Tröeg's work shirts, and a number of Penn State hats. The shirts went over well, but the hats got us a lot of glares from all the folks watching the Notre Dame game. I found the bar to have a clean atmosphere, but without enough of an Irish or beer-focused setting (although we sat at a table, not the bar). The beers and food, both in quality, and variety, were wonderful. I had Sly Fox's Black Raspberry Reserve, Pliny the Elder, and Winter Solstice, all draft (if only I'd reviewed). And, from a BeerFly recommendation, we ordered the crab dip, which is both quite large and amazing. The bangers and mash were also very, very good. Pint prices were around $4. The service was definitely slower than it should have been, considering that the pub wasn't too crowded, but it wasn't horrible. I definitely will re-visit!

mjc410, Nov 07, 2006
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3.88/5  rDev -9.1%

I was here about 2 weeks ago (sorry for the late review - I took notes, though) during the World Cup, on a Saturday afternoon. There were about 20 people here, all sporting jerseys from different countries. The fact that this was during the World Cup made the experience much more enjoyable.

Anyway though...I had a Stone Ruination on tap and my fiance had an Oxford Raspberry Wheat; we also shared the pub fries, which were decent, but nothing special. I grabbed a Three Floyd's Robert the Bruce for the road, and paid a pretty penny for it. The atmosphere here is great - there are 3 flat-panel tvs at the front of the bar and plents of seats. They also have an upstairs, but I didn't go there. There's a parking lot across the street, and it's free until 5 PM. The service was pretty good - she checked up on us a lot. They had about 16 different beers on tap. I would definitely say to check this place out if in the Harrisburg area.

JohnnyM2002, Jul 19, 2006
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

My wife and I visited McGrath's on a Saturday at noon. The establishment was empty, except for one other couple, so we were offered virtually any seat we wanted. Our waitress arrived promptly with our menu and asked us about a drink order. The waitress recited the beers on tap for me, and I made my initial selection. It was served promptly in the appropriate glass. We selected sandwiches for our meal, my wife had the crab cake sandwich, and I had the turkey rachel. I also requested some of their Guinness Barbeque sauce for my fries. The food was served in an acceptable time frame and it was hot and delicious. Everything about McGrath's was first class. The bathrooms were clean, the service was excellent. We parked on the street across from the Pub, and it was shirt walk to Strawberry Square after we ate. I will definitely return.

tgbljb, Feb 26, 2006
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4.55/5  rDev +6.6%

Stopped here after touring the Troegs brewery on the recommendation of the Troegs brothers themselves.
Parking lot right across the street, free if you are there before 5:00 ($5 after 5:00). Street parking as well.

I was very impressed as soon as I walked in. The bar and seating area is a beautiful sturdy looking wood. We sat at the bar and found the seating very comfortable.

Food was awesome and not too pricey. I had the wings (with Guinness in the spicy sauce) and a bacon cheddar burger. The wing sauce was a hit with everyone. I usually could care less about fries, but after I dipped them in the remaining wing sauce they were a treat. My wife had portabella mushrooms stuffed with crab served over a salad and a turkey sandwich. The mushrooms and salad were great, but we were so full, only part of the turkey could be eaten. My friend ordered the crab dip and the Shepard’s pie. After seeing the size of the crab dip, he canceled the pie order. Huge bowl of crab with an ever refreshed allotment of toasted bread to dip. Wow.

SO apart from the great ambiance, food, and style the place has, the beer choices were phenomenal. 20 different choices on tap with only a handful taken up by BMC. All the Troegs, assorted locals PA's including a Sly Fox anniversary IPA, other guest taps included Wailing Wench, Rodenbach, Lindamens, and more. All served in proper glassware. The bottle selection was impressive as well. Full cooler devoted to craft beer. Will check that out more closely the next time we go. Will defiantly have to make a special trip up when Nugget Nectar comes out again…

Had a wonderful time watching college football on the three flat screens at the bar eating great food, drinking great beer, with attentive servers.

sacfly, Oct 09, 2005
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McGrath's Irish Pub & Restaurant in Harrisburg, PA
94 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.