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McGuire's Irish Pub of Destin

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3.2/5
McGuire's Irish Pub of DestinMcGuire's Irish Pub of Destin
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

33 Highway 98 E
Destin, Florida, 32541-2309
United States

(850) 654-0567 | map
mcguiresirishpub.com

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BEER STATS
Beers:
7
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
96
PLACE STATS
Score:
90
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
47
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
11.14%
 
 
Taps:
0
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews by EgadBananas:
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3.05/5  rDev -24.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.25 | selection: 2.75 | food: 2.5

Went to the pub for dinner on a Friday...wow, what a crowd! Along with the mass of people waiting, there was a line to put your name on the waiting list. Luckily, parties of two are very easy to sit, so we didn't wait long. While waiting though we easily snared some beer at the bar. The atmosphere is great and very unique, especially with the endless amounts of signed dollar bills covering nearly every inch of the place... As long as you don't go touching any of the money, I'm sure sanitation won't be an issue...

The beer was pretty decent, but nothing special really. Had the Porter and Stout, and the GF tried the Rasp. Wheat, and none were particularly great. I'm not sure what they carried that wasn't in house brewed, but I'd venture to say it wasn't more than BMC. They had 6ish house taps with the inclusion of a season, which was the Hefeweizen. I actually ordered the hefeweizen, but the waitress ended up never bringing it to me...which seemed out of character for the waitress, as she had been pretty adamant about asking to, and bringing me a new beer up until then. Aside from the lost beer order, service was good.

The food was for the most part forgettable...at least what we had. I had a burger and the GF had the tuna, to which we both agreed was not bad, but not great either. And we also thought that the fries sucked. Anyone can slice some potatoes and fry em...jazz em up though, make em your own! They were bland, simply put. I think the burger could have been better if they allowed you to choose how you wanted it cooked, as most places do...but, they never asked, so I got a well-done burger, when I would have asked for medium.

Price was reasonable for the most part.

Overall though, I just don't see the greatness here. The atmosphere is really cool, the brews were okay, and the food was edible, but to throw that into the mix with a potentially epic wait time, the appeal just get's lost for me.

I'm glad I went here, but it's just not worth the hassle again.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Marklaker
3.61/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of MAFC_Trainer
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Boone757
3.96/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Texasfan549
3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of WesMantooth
4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

From a beer standpoint, everything is pretty average. The place is difficult to find parking for and a little bit too dark (I know, I am getting old). It also doesnt come across as a 100% geniune Irish joint, but whatever.

On to the better stuff. They butcher their own and wood fire grill. The filet is phenomenal. I also had a Reuben egg roll appitizer that was very good also. The service was great and we only had about a 20 min wait at 6:30 on a Tues night. It is a very large and impressive place with their own liqour store and a separate outside bar and patio. Highly recommend.

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Photo of SlightlyGrey
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of lemmy187
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Photo of jbarker7070
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

Photo of WoolyFSU
3.66/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3 | food: 4.25

It's hard for me to rate this place without bias, as I grew up in Destin and was the first person to ever finish their 3 cheeseburger challenge (true story), but it has become a shell of what it started out as. The food and atmosphere are really good (formerly great), but the beer selection is what it is. Unfortunately for us the lure of fresh tourists every week supersedes the local that was really hoping for a legit local beer place. It is definitely worth stopping by and I still recommend it wholeheartedly

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Photo of MorganMessersmith
5/5  rDev +23.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Outstanding food and terrific home-brewed beers.

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Photo of Pens1967
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of DarkBeerFan
4.8/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of Sanmn420
4.2/5  rDev +4%

Photo of JDizzle
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of DarthGator
3/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of ArmyATCBrewer
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Yetiman420
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.25

Stop #427 on my world brewery tour.

Was on vacation with the family the last week of spring before the "never ending weekend" as the locals call it begins. Very crowded. Wife and kids went to the water-front shops across the street while daddy got his drink on.

Had to squeeze into a standing spot at the end of the bar by a bunch of very friendly regular locals. I ordered the sampler. All the dark beers were fine. The light beer was a diacetyl bomb smelling of a can of creamed corn.

Nothing hoppy on tap which is a bit of a drawback in my book but it is an Irish bar so I understand. The porter was very good but they only had it at the inside bar and I got the stout at the outside bar (waiting area).

Overall a fun place with good service and atmosphere. Seems like people were here more for that (and the food) then the place as a brewery.

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Photo of russpowell
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of amano_h
3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 2.75 | food: 4.5

McGuire's is like the mother of all Irish pubs/restaurants that ever was, is, and will be.

If the Philip J. Fry of Irish pubs went back in time and did the nasty with his Irish pub grandmother, McGuire's would be the awesome end product. Take anything that remotely resembles Ireland or Irish culture and stick it into a massive commercial plot filled with Notre Dame memorabilia and you pretty much have the gist of what McGuire's is.

To be more specific, McGuire's is an Irish pub/steakhouse/frat bar/souvenir shop/microbrewery all rolled into one. There's definitely something here for everyone irregardless of age and culture, which makes it an easy choice when you're driving in from the Creestview area and everyone wants to eat something different and you're given the task of making the executive decision. Although I wouldn't quite recommend those of the younger populace to frequent here past eight o'clock, this place is quite family friendly, and rightfully so, for all the tourists that freqent the Destin/FWB area.

One caveat with McGuire's is that everything they serve comes out in humongous portions; I ordered their steamed mussels which came piled atop a plate about the size of a regular-sized pizza pan. The calamari that my coworker ordered also seemed too burdensome to be labelled as "appetizers." Don't get me wrong--it may sound like I'm bitching, but this was actually a huge plus, if you disregard the fact that I couldn't finish my amazing lamb stew because I was so full.

It's really hard to recommend any one thing out of the menu since they seem to offer a buffet's variety in food. I wouldn't recommend their microbrew since it really isn't anything special; I tried their Red (Amber) Ale and their Porter and didn't really think too much of either.

All in all, a great place for family fun--an Irish "pub" without the lingering smell of piss and blood

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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McGuire's Irish Pub of Destin in Destin, FL
3.2 out of 5 based on 96 ratings.
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