Rosie McCann's Irish Pub & Restaurant

Bar, Eatery

1220 Pacific Ave
Santa Cruz, California, 95060
United States

(831) 426-9930 | map

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Reviewed by sweetbrew82 from California

3.29/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.5
Honestly the selection was sub par but I had Old Rasputin on nitro and enjoyed the hell out of it. Chatted it up with some super friendly folks at the bar but the bartender on the other hand was not very sociable and actually kinda cold towards some of the customers. Maybe she was having a bad day tho so it's all good. Still a nice clean bar to hang out in
Feb 13, 2019
Rated: 3.25 by LakerLeith from California

Jun 09, 2014
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Reviewed by DoubleJ from Wisconsin

3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5
Not your typical Irish-styled pub. Rosie McCann's stands a floor above where you enter, so as you walk in, get ready to climb a long flight of stairs, and boom! You're there. Then you run into a fork in the road. To sit at a table in the bar area, go right. To sit at a seat at the bar, go straight ahead. To sit at a table in the dining room, go left. I was alone that night, so I choose option two.

Very neat and clean interior. The ceiling is very high. There isn't an overabundance of Irish-theme goodies around the pub, just a few flashes here and there which blend very well with the decor.

Sure, there is a dual Guinness tap, but among the major British Isles brands on-tap lays a solid selection of American crafts. Brands like Abita, Green Flash, Speakeasy, Lagunitas, Firestone, Anchor are available. In the bottle is a fine mix,ranging from Chimay and Delirium to Brrrbon Ale. Somehow, I managed to tick a beer that I never tasted before. The prices are fine, with *pints selling at $5, larger 23 ounce pours at $7, and many Belgian bottles at $7.

Despite the Irish theme, Rosie McCann's would be an acceptable place for the craft ber lover. Just one more of several good options to choose in downtown Santa Cruz.

* 14 ounces. Where's Weights and Measures when you need them?
Sep 12, 2012
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Reviewed by John_M from Oregon

3.21/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4
Located in the Pacific Garden Mall, Rosie's is your typical faux Irish Pub with the predictable green and dark wood adornments inside. The place is surprisingly good size, with a good size bar area facing you as you come up the stairs from ground level, and then two sizeable dining areas to your left and right as you're facing the bar.

As for the beer selection, it's pretty good, with some 25 or so tap choices, most of which are pretty decent. They have PBR, bud light and coors light on tap, along with your predictable Euro macros (Guinness, Murphy's, harp, bass, etc.). Everything else consisted of local and regional craft beers, which on this day included stuff from Widmer, Port, Lost Abbey, Speakeasy, Sierra Nevada, etc. This isn't the sort of place to expect to find anything unusual or exciting, though they did have Lost Abbey Judgment Day on tap today. There is also a selection of roughly 15 of so bottled beers, evenly split between crap like corona, bud, bud lite and heineken, and then things like Chimay Blue and Red, Delirium Tremens, etc.

On this particular day I ordered a pint of celebration ale, and here's where things took a turn for the worse. The beer was clearly off, either due to an old keg or dirty tap lines. I'm going to assume it was the latter given how popular the beer is, but either way, the beer was nearly undrinkable and it made me wonder what I might encounter if I ordered anything else. In the end, I made it through half my pint and then just gave up.

As for service, it was OK. The young barender was friendly enough, even if he didn't strike me as particularly knowledgable about the beers on tap at the pub (I didn't bother to try to talk to him about the celebration ale - I was pretty certain he wouldn't have any idea what I was referring to). Prices were likewise OK, with my pint of celebration ale going for $5.

Shrug. I guess this is an OK place, but there are plenty of better spots in Santa Cruz, so I doubt I'll bother to come back. Oh well....
Dec 24, 2010
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Reviewed by bradybeer from California

4.38/5  rDev +23.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
Rosie McCann's is located on Pacific Ave which is the main drag of downtown Santa Cruz. There are two entrances-one on Pacific Ave which is a long staircase-and one at the rear which is where the elevator is located.

This is not a fake Irish bar-it is a bar/restaurant that has a slight Irish theme-but doesn't smack you in the face with over the top Irishness.

When you get to the top of the stairs you first hit a very long wooden bar with about two dozen on beers on tap. To the left is the dining area-which has a few seats overlooking the Pacific Ave street scene (which can be very interesting) , booths, and large group tables. I have never been to the right of the bar-however, this is where there is dancing and music on the weekend nights.

The beer selection is excellent-they have some macros on tap-including Irish beers (expected) with about half the taps being micro. The micro selection includes-Lost Coast Downtown Brown Ale, and IPA. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Firestone, etc. They have increased their micro selection. There is a bottle selection but it is not worth mentioning.

The food here is excellent-I have had the growth hormone free hamburger on a number of occasions-and love it. My wife and mother-in-law can't get enough of their chicken sandwich. I was not impressed with the fish & chips-wouldn't get that again.

Service is always very good-the wait staff is all alternacruz women (tats, etc).

I love this place-it is a great place to whittle away some time over a few pints-I have seen groups of teachers, office workers, and students enjoying pitchers of craft beer together.
Sep 27, 2006
Rosie McCann's Irish Pub & Restaurant in Santa Cruz, CA
Place rating: 3.55 out of 5 with 5 ratings