J.P. MacGrady's

very good

12 Ratings
J.P. MacGrady'sJ.P. MacGrady's

Type: Bar, Eatery

117 E 3rd St
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, 18015-1374
United States

(610) 868-8925

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of coreyb024
3.21/5  rDev -14.2%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

I've been to McGrady's 1/2 dozen times or since it's been smoke free.. They have a solid, ever-changing, draft list, but something is wrong w/ their tap system.. Everything taste just a little off.. Not bad, just a little off.

Decent pub food.. Insane amount of burger options, and some unique quesadillas.. Oh, and free popcorn!

Over all, decent place. Seems they're trying to get away from being just a college bar, but they're limited in space - open kitchen behind the bar. Has potential to be a cool spot under the right ownership - overhaul in need..

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Photo of Knapp85
3.01/5  rDev -19.5%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5

Stopped in here one night when myself and few friends were out on the town. The majority of them wanted to go here. I just went along for the ride. We got down there and it's packed with college kids because it's a Friday or Saturday night. The place is loud and smoke filled. The bar area was so crowded you could hardly even order. It took the bar tender almost 15 minutes to wait on me, and when he did I had to shout at him so he could hear me. The only thing I really liked about the place was the beer selection. I have to hand it to them on that, I had plenty to choose from for sure. The price of an Arrogent Bastard was about $4 which is normal I think. Overall if I were to go back there it wouldn't be on a weekend, too much of a hassle to get a single drink.

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Photo of bernardus
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

We stopped at this place on our way out of Bethlehem on a Sunday afternoon. Lots of space inside with some pool tables and lots of booths. Tons of taps to be found at the bar which takes up almost the entire right side of the place. There's some macros in the selection but also a lot of local PA breweries and some other craft brewers as well.

I had a DuckRabbit Milk Stout followed up by a Speakeasy Big Daddy IPA. The rest of the list included some Founders, DFH, Leffe, and Hoegaarden among others. Definitely an impressive amount of taps and offerings for a college type bar.

The food menu looked to be standard bar fare but the wings are outstanding, and the reuben wasn't bad either. Service was slow, even when we were among the 7 or 8 people there, but it's a place to grab a beer if only for all the taps.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Spent most of my time here in college....

A: Well, it's a college bar most of the year, but that said, it's actually relatively nice. Usually plenty of space, nice large booths, a couple of pool tables, a free shuffleboard table, expected paraphernalia. I'm knocking half a point off however for the suffocating smoke. Yea, it always seems worse here than other places in the area.
Q: Generally no issues, but I'd say 1 in 10 times I get a beer that either tastes, old, flat, or something went wrong with the keg. Some seasonals hang around forever and don't expect anythign other than a pint glass.
S: For most part, don't expect the waitresses to know a single thing about the beer. A few are very attentive and great serves, and the rest are...lacing.
S: This is the relative saving grace for this typical college bar. Last count was around 43 taps. A dozen or so are your typical BMC fair and obvious "imports" but around two thirds of list is typically micros. Granted they never have anything particularly crazy or rare, but still a nice selection of micros from across the US. If anything, theyre lacking in local/PA taps and for some reason always seem to have a lot of Colorado (Fort Collins, Flying Dog, Boulder, Avery...). Occasionally they will have Delirium Tremens. Bell's used to be a fixture but hasn't been seen lately. Right now they have Racer 5, Troegs Naked Elf, Golden Money, Middle Ages Bitter, and something from Anderson Valley, Arrogant Bastard, Stone IPA, Dead Guy, etc. Like I said, usually nothing particularly rare or hard to find, but generally a nice mix.
F: Usually don't touch their food, it's adequate bar food. If you're really looking for a place to eat with your beer I'd recommend the Ho (though smaller tap selection) or Loopers (step up in food, much nicer atmosphere, but not really any great beers on tap). Wings are pretty subpar.

Prices in general are what you would expect, 4 to 5 dollars a pint, however go Tuesday nights from 8 to midnight for $7 micro/import pitchers (typically only exclusions are Leffe and Delirium)

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Photo of AlexJ
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I stopped in here with my father and grandmother for a few pints and some wings. Yes my grandmother drinks good beer. Walking in, I seem to remember years back when this was a different bar with a different name. I guess that was too many pints ago, because for the life of me I could not remember, oh well.

Average pub atmosphere, a really nice, long bar with what looked to be about 30-40 taps. I saw some pool tables, a jukebox, and I think they even had shuffleboard. I didn't memorize the beer list or anything, but I do recall seeing Anchor OSA 05, DFH 90-Minute IPA, SN Celebration Ale, Guiness, Hoegaarden, Leffe Blonde, and quite a few others. We all had Leffe for our first round, it was fresh and much better than the bottled version. My second beer was a 90 Minute, which is always good. PS My grandmother had a second Leffe too!

All i can say about the food is that the wings are good. I got the Hot and my folks shared some sweet and spicey honey wings. Both were good. Prices are average. Service is average. Even on a Saterday afternoon, the place was too smoky. Good beer is the saving grace!

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Photo of akajimmyd
4.15/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Big Changes…

This is the first review since this place expanded. The recently (Nov.) took over the store next door and expanded the seating area. They also added a pool table and table shuffleboard. Unfortunately, no new bar area. There is also a nice little back porch with a few tables. They also recently expanded the menu a little bit. One new wing style (Down and Dirty, mustard and medium mixed, highly recommended) and some other stuff.
Happy hour is still great but prices went up a little. Tuesday night is the best. $3 macro pitchers and $6 micros and imports. No better deal to be found. They still have about 40 beers on tap and a few in bottles. Really impressive selection and it does rotate. (They recently added a bunch of winter seasonals.) There is no point to try to list them all but I’m sure you will find something new or at least something you like. (Last visit I had Blue Point Oatmeal Stout, SNCA, and Winterhook.)
Food is very average. Wings are very good. (try the above recommendation or Cajun Sweet and Sweaty.) Service can be slow because this place gets really busy when Lehigh is in session. Try the summer for a smaller crowd.
This is a college bar. The jukebox is loud, it’s often smoky and very crowded. I have tried tons of great beers here but the atmosphere is not great for reflection and reviewing.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.31/5  rDev +15.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Hmmm. This place has certainly recieved some "interesting" reviews. Anyways, since i'm not a fan of big crowds either, Erica and I hit this place up on an unassuming Saturday afternoon. The atmosphere is average, nothing crappy, nothing special. A very long wooden bar with 6-8 tap stations each with 6 or so beers. A bunch of tables and booths in the back, with a outdoor seating section available as well (at least it looked like there was some chairs out there!). The quality of the beers was good and the service was fast and friendly as well. The tap selection was great with 50 or so selections including Three Floyds Alpha King and 90 minute (though not randallized!). I'd definately come back here for lunch or a few early afternoon pints...I plan on coming here on a Tuesday night though...just to see how mental it really gets!

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Photo of brewnut11
4.6/5  rDev +23%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Being a beer nut I was told by several people to check out this Pub. The bar is narrow but opens up in the back with booth tables. I went there for lunch and there was not many people there, which made it nice. The selection of micro brew and imports is amazing. I had Dogfish Head 90 minute IPA on tap. Once I had that I could not get off it, however they had every variety of beer a brew head could ask for. I also love hot wings and found there wings to be "HOT" but very tasty, some of the best I ever had. This will become a regular stop for me. I did hear it gets very crowded when Lehigh College is in session, but will have to wait to see this for myself.

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Photo of 99bottles
3.18/5  rDev -15%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

I guess I have to say I'm tired of this place. $6 pitchers of just about anything on Tues. nights ($3 macro pitchers fill the place up with townies and LU sluts). Probably 40-50 taps with at least 2 dozen micro/imports coming through seasonally. If you can stomach the crowds, noise and BS, it's great. I'm still in school and I hate everyone at this place. Sometimes the beers are crap from being on tap too long. I blame that on the wrong crowd. It's nice over the summer when the college kids migrate back to NJ. I guess I'm just bitter. Service is usually pretty slow. Wings are decent and they have quite the selection (reccomendation: cajun sweet and sweaty). Go try it out. Best on tap beer selection in the Lehigh Valley, maybe in all of PA. Location, eh. Regulars, UGG (that's pure hypocrisy because I go there for the insane tues specials, but I feel entitled). $6 pitchers of 90 min, Anchor OSA, HopDevil, Hoegaarden pull me back in. Get there at 7 if you want a seat for the 9-12 pm specials.

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Photo of goindownsouth
4.47/5  rDev +19.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Was I amazed by this place? You bet I was. This pub is owned by the same who own JP O'Malley's in Allentown, PA, and they do not disappoint. There are, as of Friday, December 21, 2002, 42 beers on tap. A wide array of styles from Belgian to German to lawnmower-style (just a couple, relax) to alot of bres that are out of the way that we may never hear of (Bell's Kalamazoo Stout, for one).

The appearance of the place is good, clean, and wood-abound. It is in a decent location of Bethlehem, however parking can be a drag on the more busy nights - it is located in a college town.

The food left me skeptical as I scanned the menu. While I am not usually a wing-person, I will always try the hot or hottest stuff they have. YOu know, just to see what they got! LOL. Their hot and kryptonite are very good while being pretty different than many of us are used to.

Well worth the drive to check this place out. Prost!

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J.P. MacGrady's in Bethlehem, PA
3.74 out of 5 based on 12 ratings.
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