MacGregor's Grill and Tap Room

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4.23 w/ 4 ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery

253 E. Water St.
Syracuse, New York, 13202
United States

(315) 425-7740

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Reviews by CBFanWish:
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4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I love going to Syracuse. Anywhere that has a MacGregor's os okay in my book. Not unlike the other MacGregor's, it has a selection that just can't be beat. Taps as far as the eye can see with only a couple Macros. I have now officially hit all five MacGregor's in only 3 days. Let me tell you, it's no easy task. I love all the neon signs. I had me a couple pints of Red Seal and Rogue Mocha porter. I was set. The staff is semi-knowledgable and very friendly. They allowed me to sample anything I wanted. What a great place.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

McGregor's is what I think of as a tavern with an extra good selection of beer. There are some pool tables and dart boards to keep you entertained along with a few tv's. It's a pretty laid back bar. Most people go there to have a few beers with friends. The food is classic tavern food, and assortment of burgers and chicken sandwiches, wings, nachos, etc. I highly recommend the wings and the mexican style chicken sandwich (the one with salsa). If you have any questions the female college servers can handle the basics, but there's usually someone in the back who knows the rest. They seem to have a beer or two that the other local establishments don't have, which is nice. On my last visit it was Stone Ruination.

Their selection is pretty solid, around 70 or so, with less than 5 macros. They have two tap towers, one has five varieties of Middle Ages, the other five varieties of Ithaca Beer. I really like how they feature the local products. The also have a few offerings from Southern Tier, Lake Placid, Victory, Youngs, Flying Bison, ...

McGregors is a really good place to have a few good beers. The servers aren't into beer as much as those at Clark's and Blue Tusk, and they don't have any cask conditioned beer, but that really doesn't effect the large selection of good beers there are to drink. If you're with a group of people going out to dinner this is your best bet unless you can talk them all into roast beef sandwiches:-)

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Photo of sponberg
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Fairly easy to locate - about a six or seven block walk from Armory Square. Head east on Water St. (3 blocks north of Walton St/Tusk/Empire) and it's at the corner of Montgomery Street. Green and white building, very homey atmosphere, and there's a pool table if you're so inclined. Outdoor seating is available during the summer.

The beer selection is impressive - 71 taps, including a number of local (Middle Ages/Ithaca) brews and several out of the area micros (e.g. Erie Brewing, Three Floyds). The beers are listed on a big ol' blackboard near the bar. The glassware is different - for example, I had a Three Floyds Dreadnaught IPA in what appeared to be a glass version of the Holy Grail, which was somehow appropriate for this brew. Their house beer, MacGregor's Ale, is brewed by Middle Ages and is single-hopped with Centennial. At 5% (roughly), it's a fine session brew. They also offer other Middle Ages brews,sometimes relabeled as McWhatever. The bar staff know their beer, and are very friendly. The crowd is definitely geared toward microbrew fans, which is very cool.
I did not try the food, but the food I did see appeared to offer large portions. One person I was talking to raved as much about the potato skins as she did about her Jever pils, which seems like a good sign. The kitchen looked clean, as did the men's room.

If you're downtown, it's definitely worth the short hike over. Between Empire, Clark's, the Tusk, and here, you'll wish there were more hours in a day.

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Photo of kunzbrew
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This was a great place. One of the best beer bars in Syracuse. Had a very large selection of draft beer with a good size bottle selection. Cheap, cheap beer prices which was very nice. The food was very good and service was great also.

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MacGregor's Grill and Tap Room in Syracuse, NY
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