MacGregor's Grill & Tap Room

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MacGregor's Grill & Tap RoomMacGregor's Grill & Tap Room
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MacGregor's Grill & Tap RoomMacGregor's Grill & Tap Room

Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

759 S Main St
Canandaigua, New York, 14424-2214
United States

(585) 394-8080 | map

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Photo of rarevos
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

This is my home base--I live just up 332 from this place, and am here once or twice a week--so I may be a bit biased.

I've honestly never eaten here, and never thought to. I saw someone order a sandwich once.

To start: yes, there are 80+ beers on tap, but out of all the MacGregor's locations, this one has the most conservative selection. Way too many boring, interchangeable American/Canadian macro pilsners for a bar that prides itself on offering unique beers. Having said that, you'll still find plenty to drink, even if you can eliminate ~20 beers from their list before you even sit down. I also find the MacGregor's brand beers pretty bland--they push them pretty hard--so I steer clear of them. YMMV.

This place absolutely shines in the fall, as the Oktoberfests are seemingly endless. They also have some hard-to-find beers (for around here, at least). They always have Leffe Brown on tap, which you can't get at Beers of the World, and any place that has Franziskaner Dunkel on tap is fine by me. They also have more than enough Southern Tier on tap to keep you busy (obviously, they stress locally-brewed beer: Ithaca, High Falls, and Southern Tier are all dominant on the menu, though Ellicottville is strangely absent). They add/remove ~15 beers with the changing of the seasons, so things stay pretty fresh. They know how to care for beer, though, so even the out-of-season beer is still good, should it still be on the menu. I wouldn't order a holdover Christmas Ale in August, but you get my drift. On a chilly day in April, I wouldn't hesitate to order it.

The bartender I like goes to Nazareth. He's pretty chatty and knows his beers.

If you have questions about a beer, they won't spew nonsense--they'll give you a sample. Further, they have 11 oz glasses, so if you're like me, and you like to try a bunch of different beers on a Wednesday afternoon, you don't have to do the "pint or nothing" approach. The only problem is that you need to request this, specifically. If you just say, "a [name of beer], please," they'll bring you a pint.

And how cool is my wife? She brought me a Hoegaarden while I was typing this.

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Photo of Thunderchief
2.5/5  rDev -35.9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 2.5

Photo of markb40
2.7/5  rDev -30.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 2.5

First time here tonight and was excited to check the place out since had heard of their extensive tap selection. Ate in the dining room which was nice, but rather small (probably 10-12 tables for four). A bunch of TV's up around the room with an assortment of sporting events on which was nice. Nice old beer signs hanging around the room.

Service was reasonable. Our waitress was friendly and attentive. Felt a little rushed when we sat down since it was a pretty busy time, but that subsided when a few other tables emptied up.

Selection is a bit misleading. Nice to see Brooklyn Blk. Choco. Stout, Southern Tier IPA and other good New York Brews on tap, but they also had a lot of taps reserved for BMC products and other sub-par offerings. A pretty varied selection, just not a lot on the quality craft-brewed stuff I would expect on a list that long. Prices were fairly reasonable though, although I'm used to beer bars in NYC and Boston which is a very different market.

Food was typical pub fare. A nice selection of burger variations, though be warned that they default cook to Well-Done which is a bit dry for my taste. We also ordered a plate of "tremendous fries" which did not quite live up to the billing.

My major complaint for the night occured right before we left. A friend ordered a dessert of Irish Ale Ice Cream and I decided to have a half pint of Brooklyn BCS while she worked on it. The waitress brought me the glass with the news that they had run out of BCS halfway through the pour, but "don't worry, they filled it the rest of the way with the MacGregor's Milk Stout". D'oh!!! That pretty much ruined the beer experience for me, but I still had a great night with some terrific friends.

I'm not real familiar with the area so don't know if there is another gem around, but I'd say if you're around, this place is worth a stop.

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Photo of fingerlaker
4.53/5  rDev +16.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

The place is beautiful, an old house that was remade into this beer heaven. Overlooking Canandaigua Lake. My favorite bar.

The atmosphere is higher-class than the dirty dive of Jose and Willy's right next door, but still good and informal. Warm. I just don't like the small bathrooms and the incredible amount of douchebags that frequent the place.

The selection? Something like 70 beers on tap! A bunch more in bottles. Arrogant Bastard, Hennepin, Stella Artois, Spaten Oktoberfest, Brooklyn Chocolate Stout... It's staggering.

Pricing is a good dollar-a-beer more than most bars. The most expensive is the Lindmans Framboise Lambic, at $5 for 7 ounces or $9 for 11 ounces. The lambic isn't sold in pitchers.

THAT SAID, the pitcher price never exceeds $14, and many are $11, and when they're trying to empty the keg you can get a big pitcher for as little as $7. Essentially, what I am trying to say is go with a buddy, buy a pitcher, and pay $3.50 for 44-ounces of beer each.

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MacGregor's Grill & Tap Room in Canandaigua, NY
Place rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 14 ratings