McGuire's Irish Pub

McGuire's Irish PubMcGuire's Irish Pub
McGuire's Irish PubMcGuire's Irish Pub
Brewery, Bar, Eatery

600 E Gregory St
Pensacola, Florida, 32502-4140
United States

(850) 433-6789 | map

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Reviewed by jadpsu from Georgia

4.88/5  rDev +20.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5
For a number of years we vacationed in Pennsacola Beach. We never missed going to McGuire's.
Perhaps, my all time favorite. Everything about this place is exceptional.
From the hourly drink specials that are decided by spinning a numbered wheel, the misleading signs on the restrooms, the Irish folk music, the Green Aligators songs leading to having to kissing the Moose, the micro-brewery, the extra large portions and of course the $100,000 plus dollars on the walls and cealings.
The sign outside says FUN,FOOD AND DEBAUCHERY. If you go on a weekend the wait could be long, but the weekend is when the atmosphere heats up, it is a wow kind of place. Make sure you ask for the room where the band will be playing.
May 05, 2010
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Rated: 3.94 by Griffith from Connecticut

Nov 02, 2020
Rated: 3.68 by StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama

Feb 26, 2019
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Reviewed by beeroclock from Florida

4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
This place kicks butt. Make sure you aren't in a hurry if you come in the evening, especially weekends. It gets packed for a reason. Get the Reuben eggrolls and either a burger or steak. Finishof with some brew. Not the best beer but it will do.
Dec 20, 2018
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Reviewed by Donovanj from Georgia

5/5  rDev +23.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5
Absolutely my favorite pub on the entire planet!

This is where i first started learning about beer when I was stationed in Pensacola in the 80's. It has held a place in my heart ever since!

Great food (smoked Prime rib is to die for)
Great fresh beer (as much as I am a hophead, the Red ale is still by far my favorite)
Great wine (one of the largest restaurant wine cellars in the world)
Great entertainment (live traditional Irish music)
Great time!

Truly a unique place that has loads of character!
Aug 26, 2018
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Reviewed by T1overland from Florida

4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5
Food is excellent , go hungry. On weekends and holidays expect a wait, but still worth it. They have an excellent on site brewed stout and a very good IPA. There's also a passible Red and seasonal brews. This is one of those places you will always remember and return to often. One of my favorites for Over 40 years.
Jan 26, 2017
Rated: 3.29 by MetalCath from Canada (QC)

Oct 27, 2016
Rated: 3.5 by Marklaker from Florida

Jul 05, 2016
Rated: 3.78 by Squire from Mississippi

Jun 26, 2016
Rated: 4.31 by Golden32 from Alabama

Jan 10, 2015
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Rated by Beer-Zombie from Oregon

4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3
Very cool place. So much stuff going on there, you just have to visit to experience it. Went here on January 1st, 2015
Jan 02, 2015
Rated: 4.25 by AlaYank from Alabama

Aug 14, 2014
Rated: 4 by speedvagen from Ohio

May 05, 2014
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Reviewed by Lagerheaded from Florida

4.88/5  rDev +20.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5
Don't you dare go in here and order a Bud Light! They brew their own and the owner makes the brewmaster keep a light, a red, a wheat, and a stout but the last tap he gets to show off with. Always try the seasonal, if you are lucky enough to catch the Imperial Red you won't be disappointed but anything he puts out is exceptional. Pair the seasonal with one of their burgers (almost as good as the seasonal) and you will leave fat and happy!
Mar 23, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by fisherbray from Florida

Mar 16, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by will_eye_e from Florida

Feb 11, 2014
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Reviewed by TheMarkE from California

4.75/5  rDev +17%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75
If you ever get a chance to eat at McGuire’s Irish Pub, I suggest you do. Great food (from the 18 cent Senate Bean Soup to the 30 different burgers to steaks and seafood), the best wine cellar in Northwest Florida, and they brew seven different beers on premises (including a great root beer).

Then there are the dollar bills covering every wall and ceiling, the very tricky restroom signs, the Irish Wake served in a mason jar (limit 3 per customer for your safety), and even a $100 burger (ground filet mignon, served with a side of caviar and a Grand Magnum of imported Moët Impérial Champagne).

The original in Pensacola nearly always has a line, sometimes a two hour wait in the summertime. I prefer the newer Destin location. I've never had to wait for a seat, and if you can sit upstairs on the deck you have a fantastic view of Crab Island.
Jan 13, 2013
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Reviewed by PorterLambic from Florida

4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5
Where to start. This a trout amazing place, unique in my experience. A great steak house that is also a brew pub.
The ceiling is covered in dollar bills. In fact, every piece of woodworking that isn't the bar has dollar bill stapled to it. I can't even describe the place accurately. And busy like I've rarely seen. Tuesday night at 7:30 and Friday at 6:30 were interchangeable. A wait but they move them through well enough.
And boy is it worth it. They food is fantastic, perfectly made, and well presented. As authentic as you can probably get without going to Ireland. Lamb stew with big chunks of parsnips, carrots, potatoes and Lamb, all well seasoned. The steaks are the best I've seen for under $50 though they are over $20 each.
Six different brews on today (of their own brewing). An Irish stout, a porter, red ale, Oktoberfest, a light ale and a raspberry wheat. Full bar as well.
There are tv's spread around so you can keep up with the game, especially if it is Notre Dame (boo, hiss).
Service is good but it can be hard to get the bartenders attention as they keep busy.
As to the price, the food is a bit expensive, $15 & up for entrees but the quality is impeccable. The beer is quite a bit cheaper @ $4.25 a full pint. In case you can't add it yourself that's 4 beers = 1 entree, maybe.
Oct 20, 2012
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Reviewed by JayS2629 from Alabama

4.83/5  rDev +19%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5
I say a bit pricey, but it is reasonable for the quality. Everything I've ever ordered is divine. I love their steak, their prime rib, and their sheppards pie which is what I had this time. I also enjoyed a delicious deconstruction of a Reuben which was an egg roll with corn beef and sour kraut with a thousand island style dipping sauce. Delicious. Rich and decandent, savory, irish, traditional meals. Quality and quantity.

Spacious and clean. Fun environment. Classy, but rugged in an Irish fashion. Beers are ok. At least they are original recipe. The red aint bad.

Service was great. A little prissy, but he was precice and conversational. Stayed on the ball. A bit slow, but to be expected for things that need to slow cook and come out right.

Overall, absolutely awesome place to eat and drink. Nice, spacious, clean environment with great service.
Sep 15, 2011
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Reviewed by brewskifan55 from Mississippi

3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3
I went in late May with my wife, son and a dozen other kids from their youth choir. McGuire's has one of the coolest decors, lots of old wood and Irish attitude.
Hamburgers are the main event on the menu. For about $10, you can get a huge burger (from a choice of 20 on the menu)with fries. There're also sandwiches and po-boys. Nothing is truly exceptional except the atmosphere.
You can order a sampler set of their six beers, brewed on location. The waiter brought out a rectangular board with holes in it to fit the test tubes of brew. Once you try them all, you can decide on which pint-sized portion you'd like. The waiter was very knowledgeable about the styles. Nothing really outstanding about any of the beers. Not bad, just not memorable. Made me look forward to visiting Four Winds later on.
McGuire's has a great gift shop to get lost in. Lots of t-shirts and mugs. Wander around the place and check out the decor.
Fun for families, decent sampling for beer fans.
Aug 11, 2011
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Reviewed by BoilerUpNavy from Wisconsin

3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4
I may label the beer they make as "tourist style." It is by no means a high quality craft brew, rather a middle of the road product made to please the masses. It is at least a step above macros bought in local big box/grocery stores.

The food is all tasty, if not a little over priced. The burgers are huge and can be split between two moderately hungry people.

The atmosphere is very good for an Irish bar. The dollars hanging everywhere are quite the sight to see. Write on one of your own and leave your mark!

With not much else to do in Pensacola (besides the Naval Aviation Museum), this is a mandatory spot to at least grab a beer.
Dec 08, 2010
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Reviewed by kevinv from Texas

4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
I decided to review McGuire's as I was feeling a bit nostalgic today and missed this place. I lived in Pensacola for about 5 years and visited McGuire's at least once a month. It's a really fun place if you go on a Friday/Saturday night. Great place to hang out with friends and have some great steaks and Irish food and listen to live music.

Doesn't look like much from the outside and you'd probably pass it by if you didn't notice the packed parking lot and great smell as you pass by. Depending on which side of the restaurant you park on, you'll notice the large copper beer tanks as you walk to the front door. Once you enter, you're greeted with a dimly lit atmosphere, dark woods, and hundreds of thousands of autographed dollar bills stapled to every surface possible. There are a bunch of framed photos of celebrities with their own autographed dollar bills on the walls too. If you're a regular there, you may have seen this article on the wall, but there is a funny newspaper clipping of somebody who had ripped a bunch of the dollar bills off the wall and then tried to use them at a store down the street. To any local, it's well known where those dollar bills came from. Needless to say, he was caught/arrested.

I never had a bad meal here. The steaks are top notch. As this is BEERadvocate, of course I have to comment on their beers. They have 5 beers on tap, my favorites being the Irish Red and the Porter. Great taste. If you're there with the kids, get them a McGuire's Root Beer, also brewed in house and so thick, the straw won't stay in the glass.

Overall, I had great service every visit. It's a fairly large restaurant and they always seem to have adequate staff. It can get busy at nights, especially on the weekends, so there will be a few times where you're waiting for the waiter, but it's expected and is never excessive.

The beer selection is good, but I believe a bit smaller than the McGuire's location in Destin. The food selection is pretty good too and they have something for everyone, but there have been a few times that they've been out of certain cuts of steak.

Everything is extremely tasty. My favorite was the peppercorn crusted steak. All of the pepper on there makes it very hot. My fiance loved their Shepherd's Pie. For an appetizer, I recommend the Irish Boxty's, which are garlic mashed potatoes rolled in bread crumbs and then fried. If it's your first time here, you should order their staple drink, the Irish Wake. From what I remember from one of the bartender's, it's got Bacardi 151, vodka, gin, a white rum, blue curacao, and orange juice. As they make the drink, you can watch them fresh squeeze the juice from the oranges behind the bar. The orange juice mixed with the liquors causes the drink to turn a murky green color. It's served in a mason jar that you get to keep.

They also have an extensive vintage wine/champagne list for others if that's what they desire.

Can be pricey, especially if ordering steaks and multiple drinks. The experience is worth the price though, especially if you go when they have the live music and dirty limericks going on.

This is a place that can't be skipped when you're in town. So if you've vacationing in the area, go here for a night out. If you're a local and haven't been, why not?
Dec 08, 2010
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Reviewed by Adonis from Florida

4.78/5  rDev +17.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5
From the moment i walked into McGuire's Irish Pub i knew i would like it. They brew their own beers, they have an authentic Irish Restaurant and bar feel, and they have live Irish Music at nights several nights of the week and weekend. They hold one of the largest timed runs once a year around St. Patrick s day and just for entering you get free beer and irish wakes. All of their brews are very good and i've never been disappointed. Their Blue Cheese Chips, Artichoke Dip, Guacamole Burger and most of their finger foods are great. Definitely on the top 5 of things to do in Pensacola. It can be pricey but definitely do-able on a budget.
Sep 23, 2010
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Reviewed by db84 from Florida

3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4
Been here 3 times in the past month. Twice for dinner with friends, once for drinks after a wedding reception. The interior may be a bit over the top, but it is certainly welcoming and the staff is generally very friendly. Since a large portion of the cliental are tourists, dollar bills cover the walls and ceilings. The menu contains a decent selection of steaks, burgers, salads, some pasta and seafood, and what they refer to as "typical pub fare". The fish and chips were some of the best I've had on this side of the Atlantic but at $15 were a bit pricey. Overall the prices aren't bad and you certainly get plenty of food, but for the Florida Panhandle I think the prices are a bit higher than usual. The only draft beers are McGuire's own, and I've never asked what they have in bottles. The beer prices are pretty good at ~4 per pint and samplers are available. Overall it's a pretty good place to go eat dinner or just have a drink. IMO this is one of the better places to grab a beer in the PCola area.
Jan 08, 2010
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Reviewed by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -19.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3
Pepsi-Cola was our last stop in our two-week tour of The Sunshine State! Pepsi-Cola hits the spot! Twelve full ounces, that's a lot! Twice as much for a nickel, too! Pepsi-Cola is the [place] for you!

The building was not as tall as the Destin location, but it was equally wide. The copper-jacketed brewhouse sat in a series of windows to the right of the entry. Upon transiting the entry way, the m.d.s. was straight ahead on the left and fronted a long pathway ahead leading to multiple dining areas and a set of steps up to the bar on the right. Here, the bar was a snaking, inverted "S"-shape of varnished light wood and decorated with their own brass "Customer of the Month" plaques. Once again, $1 bills were adhered to every available surface. To the right of the bar area was another extensive restaurant area. The gift shop was just past the m.d.s. on the right. I wish that I could say that I liked it more, but it just seemed a bit outdated. Beers were the same as at the Destin location. If I lived in the area, this would be a god place, but for a traveler, it was not really a destination. A fond farewell to the Sunshine State!
Dec 18, 2009
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Reviewed by Beerbuddha from Florida

4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4
Atmosphere: Same as all of them. Attempting to capture the Irish pub feel with dollar bills EVERYWHERE.

Quality: The beers served were incredible. I went and spoke to the brewmaster who someone recognized me from my blog and he just started throwing beers at me. It was great and so was the beer. I really enjoyed the IRA the most.

Service: Fantastic.

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

Great place to go when in Pensacola. Make sure you go see the brewery section. Pretty cool!!
Nov 16, 2009
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Reviewed by MICAMD from Maryland

3.3/5  rDev -18.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 4
The place doesn't look like much from the exterior, but the inside is incredibly unique with hundreds of thousands (no exaggeration) of $1 bills signed by patrons stapled to the walls and ceilings. The lighting is really strange with a combination of white and red lighting. Overall, the visuals of the place is an assault to the eyes, but it is not a bad thing- just really unique, and it works. They had their own brews on tap, nothing really unique, but their Irish stout was pretty tasty. The food was pretty good, and they had quite the selection. I thoroughly enjoyed the 18 cent soup. The only downside to my visit was the waiter, overall he was good natured but I think he was high or something because he forgot a few things, tried to pour water into my beer, and just seemed spacey. Overall, it was an enjoyable experience and I would go back if I were in the area.
Sep 14, 2009
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Reviewed by orbitalr0x from Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4
Stopped in here on a trip to Florida and did not regret it one bit. A bus full of mannequin's on the side of the road tells they way of how to get here and was quite an entertaining sight. Large restaurant size building with big parking lot as well.

Upon entering you'll be greeted by dim lighting and lots of dark wood. Quite an authentic Irish pub vibe here. There's a large bar along with tons and tons of restaurant seating. Seriously, this place is cavernous and it's a must to walk around after your meal / drinks. The wine cellar is awesome and there is stuff to look at everywhere. You're bound to notice the $1 bills hanging and posted everywhere, signed by customers, I believe it was a tradition started in the 70's and it's quite an amazing sight. The washrooms will bring a chuckle as well.

We decided to eat here and had great, friendly service along with some of the biggest, juiciest burgers I've had in awhile. I decided to have the porter with my meal and it was a nice combo. All of the beers here were quite tasty. The small brewery located in the restaurant has some beautiful wooden tanks and looks like it would be a blast to brew on. There were about 5 beers on tap while we were there.

Overall, this is a great place for food and beer and I wish I would've had time for a second trip back. If I am in Pensacola again I will be stopping here. Well worth a visit for an authentic Irish pub experience in Florida.
Jun 08, 2009
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Reviewed by everetends from Alabama

3.98/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
This place never disappoints me. If you like beer, Irish food and Irish music, go here. They are a brewpub and they brew their own beers. They have 5 on tap at all times (Irish Red, Raspberry Wheat, Irish Stout, Porter, etc) and then they have their seasonal (IPA this time). The beers are good and worth trying. Get the sampler, 6 beers and beer guide with it.

The food is awesome because I love traditional pub food. I had Steak and mushroom pie with a puff pastry crust and the lady had corned beef and cabbage. Both were amazing. Get the Rueben Eggrolls for an app, they are awesome.

The service is a bit lacking at times because they are always so damned busy. Worth it though.

I love McGuire's and it is always a fun stop when you are in P'cola or Destin.
Jun 10, 2008
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Reviewed by DrummerDan from Florida

4.95/5  rDev +21.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5
St. Patrick's day at McGuire's may have been the most foolish thing I've done in years. This was my first visit and I'll definitely be back but never on March 17 again!

No chilled glasses and probably the best Guinness I've had this side of the pond.

The servers had great attitudes and were extremely good with drunk, loud customers.

I was drinking the requisite Guinness, but had my choice of many other fine taps and bottles.

Fabulous food but a bit pricey. Lots of character and nooks and crannies.

Overall, you must visit McGuire's when you are anywhere near. This is the only place for beer in the Northwest of Florida and even the FSU students make the trek down for St. Paddy's.
Mar 23, 2008
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Reviewed by drinksandeats from Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4
A friend of mine attending school took me out here one night. It was a good time. You walk in and you are immediately hit with a feeling of the pub's history. The entire ceiling is covered with dollar bills left by patrons. By "entire ceiling" I don't mean the bar area; I mean the whole restaurant.

Servers are friendy and they had a fair amount of stuff available. The place a very nice vibe, although I wasn't there on a weekend or during the summer. Folks dancing like they just didn't care who was watching, good live music, and no problem geting service.
Mar 20, 2008
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Reviewed by charlzm from California

3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4
I have been to McGuire's three or four times in the last ten years and always make it a point of visiting whenever I'm in Pensacola. My most recent visit was on 03/27/08. They have some of the best food in town and are the only microbrewery in town. The decor is unique and fascinating (it looks a hundred years old despite having been built in the 80's) and excellent service. The interior is a maze of little booths and private wings. On my latest visit, I was seated in a room next to the wine cellar that looks like something out of a European castle.

The food is very, very good if a bit pricey. I had a steak dish and both it and all the sides were utterly outstanding. The beer is more typical of a brewpub, in that it's somewhere between serviceable and good. In other words, you don't go here for the beer.

This place is very popular: make reservations even on weeknights or you may find yourself waiting an hour for a table for even a small party.

The atmosphere is highly variable, depending on who is seated near you. My latest visit placed us in the same room with a bunch of Navy guys who couldn't decide whether to chug mixed drinks and macros, swear, or laugh, so they did all three all the time. Loudly. It was a bit less than fun for everyone else in the room, though they were clearly having a ball. And this wasn't even a weekend!

Also, be careful of the deceptive signs for the restrooms!

This place would do gangbusters business anywhere in the USA. And in this area, it's a must-visit for any beer/food enthusiast.
Mar 10, 2008
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Reviewed by beerNdarts from Maryland

3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5
McGuires was amazing, in all senses of the word. We went on a Saturday evening after some training at the Navy base down the road... after a hair raising ride in one of Pensacola's fine cabs we finally made it to McGuires.

For beer, I had a pint of Smithwicks (Smitticks) and 4 of some Guinness off the tap. Amazing. Food was excellent as well, I highly recomment getting the NY Peppercorn Sirloin. A little bit spicy, but goes great with the Guinness.

And make no mistake. If you ever visit you'll discover that that isn't a carpet on the celing... it's a million dollar bills, and they do not like it when you try to take them!
Sep 11, 2007
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Reviewed by biggmike from Mississippi

3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4
Went to McGuires in Pensacola (theres also one in Destin)with my brother and his girlfriend while in town for the Emerald Coast Brew Fest. Very laid back atmosphere. We ordered a pitcher of their porter to start. Porter was pretty good, nothing spectacular, but above average. My brother and I each had a bowl of bean soup that was pretty tasty and they brought two loaves of dark bread to munch on while we were making our selections. I got a Reuben, my brother a philly cheese steak, and his girlfriend a french dip. All of the sandwiches were loaded with meat, tasty and filling. We ended up getting out of there for $48, we drank another pitcher of the porter, so $20 of it was the beer. All in all, a good experience. By the way, our waitress gave us a description of each of the beers. I noticed a previous rater said their waitress knew nothing about the beers they offered.
Sep 09, 2007
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Reviewed by tjdemon from Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
I've been to McGuire's a few times while visiting my brother in Pensacola, the most recent time being 7/20. The service here has been fantastic every time and this experience was no different. The manager came over to our table to explain the menu and the specials and provided my brother with a free beer due to his Ohio State shirt, referring to him as "Gator Bait" the rest of the evening. Nice.

I had the their Irish Red which was decent and a couple pints of their dry stout, which was fantastic. Others at the table enjoyed the Raspberry Wheat and McGuire's stab at a Belgian White, which I did not try.

The food is also very good. Their Irish Boxty appetizer is great and as far as entrees go, I've enjoyed the Jameson glazed pork chops a few times. Burgers and steaks are also really good, with many different topping choices. And although I haven't had it, my brother swears by the smoked prime rib.

Definitely worth a stop if you're in the Pensacola area.
Jul 24, 2007
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Reviewed by Bierguy5 from Ohio

4.18/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4
I am told that this was at one time, an old firehouse, back when horses were used. The areas for the horses have been divided up and made into several theme rooms, such as the Notre Dame room, and the bagpipe room. There are literaly thousands and thousands of dollar bils that have been signed and are hanging up on the walls and celings. The place itself is very large. The brewing equipment is near the front corner, and is probably hard to see for most customers. They had several beers when we stoppred, including a raspberry wheat, porter, red, stout, and imperial stout. The have a barleywine that is only available in a 12 oz. bottle, however there are many awards on display for this offering. Our server was very nice, and knowledgeable. Our food was good, I had the ribs which were so tender they fell off the bone. I believe this place is best known for steaks, but they do have some traditional Irish fare as well. This was a bit pricey, as my rack of ribs was around $22, however the drink prices were ok. I sampled the porter, stout, imperial stout and barleywine, with all being above average. This is certainly worth a stop if you are in the area.
Mar 22, 2007
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Reviewed by beveritt from Ohio

3.3/5  rDev -18.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5
You can't come to Pensacola without checking out the only brew pub in town! This and Brews Brothers is about the only beer places around. Went out to dinner here with three of my friends while in town for business.

McGuire's calls itself an Irish pub, but the feeling inside is a mix of just about everything. Imagine rolling an Irish pub, TGI Fridays, and a Hooters into one and that's what you get. There is the typical Irish stuff here, but there are also dollar bills and women's underwear stapled to the wall. When we went it was packed, luckily we managed to get a table in the bar area.

They have 6 of their beers available on tap. A yellow BMC clone, an Irish Red, a rasberry wheat, a wit, a porter, and a stout. We ordered two samplers and I got myself a porter. The beers were okay, certainly nothing special. The porter and stout were probably the best, the other ones were pretty weak. They would be a good introduction to someone who typically drinks BMC. All were pretty lacking in hops. Another disappointing aspect was that our server didn't know anything about the beers. She tried her best, but in a brew pub I would expect them to know a little bit about the selection.

I had one of their 3/4 pound burgers for $9.99. One big hunk of beef with some wedge fries on the side. Pretty good. Above average. If you are in the area and want to go to a beer joint, check out McGuire's and skip Brews Brothers. Like a previous reviewer said. It is good to see a brew pub making it.
Jul 15, 2006
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Reviewed by ScoPi from Virginia

3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5
Make no mistake: This place is more of a restaurant than a true pub, but it was quite enjoyable, and the food was great. I tried a sampler of their own beers, none of which were outstanding but most were very drinkable, and then I had a pint of porter, which was probably their best beer, in my opinion. I finished off my dinner with a bottle of their own barley wine, which strangely they only list in their wine menu (they take the term "barley wine" a little too seriously).

The one thing definitely lacking in this place was some Irish music playing in the background; the dining room I was in was bizarrely (and almost uncomfortably) quiet.
Jul 05, 2006
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Reviewed by elmocoso from Nebraska

3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5
This place was jam packed when we showed up. SRO so my wife and i struggled to get a bartender and a beer, which i do not blame on bad service, just a bad time of day to show-up. We ended us standing by a couple of older locals in sweatsuits, complaining about the after-work crowds. And that's what it was. Lots of suits.

Beer was solid and the joint had a decent atmosphere which is well described in previous reviews.

It seems kind of tacky to have a huge souvenir shop on-site, but i guess it's good to make money.

Overall, i would visit again, but not at the 5 o'clock rush.
Apr 27, 2006
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Reviewed by JayQue from Virginia

4.06/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4
I had been to McGuire's severeal times in my pre-BA days. It was always packed and I thought the food was good and reasonable considering it is a major tourist trap. On this trip, we just stopped in for beers. The place was nice and empty (@ 2 PM on a weekday in March before Spring Break. The atmosphere is good, like the dollar bills, moose and the canned music (some tenors and Caeli music as well as the crappy Irish-American tunes). I liked both of their McGuire's beers that I tried. The service was good. The bar maid was very proud of her McGuire's Stout said it was better than Guinness. All in all a recommended stop if you are in Pensacola.
Mar 09, 2006
McGuire's Irish Pub in Pensacola, FL
Brewery rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 179 ratings