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McKay's Public House

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231 Main St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1744
207-288-2002
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5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Dessert, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 82
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  • 51
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  • 18
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Good restaurant for beer lovers

A decent selection of craft beer on tap, and plenty more on bottles, although they were sold out of most of the stuff on their "special list" when we visited. The food was good if not great. Service was good if somewhat sluggish at times.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 22, 2015
Ktwse
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
  • Local cuisine
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English first
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

I don't live in Bar Harbor but, close by. So I often don't go there at the height of summer tourist season, because there are plenty of quiet, beautiful place near by with a lot less people and traffic. That said, when I have friends and family visit Bar Harbor becomes a destination. Usually a hike in Acadia National Park... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

Outdoor and indoor seating. Arrive early on Friday and Saturday if you want to sit outside. Menu has an excellent choice from pub food to local specialities. Wait staff is excellent. We went on Sunday and Monday--they also had entertainment. Reasonably priced for quality and quantity.

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Newcastle, United States
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6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

We had an outstanding dinner sitting on the garden patio. Meal was outstanding and the service was excellent. Very good value!

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Baltimore, Maryland
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

First, the beer selection is fantastic and very well curated (can I use that for beer?). Second, the food made it really hard to stop eating when my stomach was full. Lastly, this is the fanciest Irish place I've ever been to, which needs to be taken in context because we wore shorts and dress shirt/blouse. My husband had questions... More 

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Bar Harbor, Maine
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

Atmosphere was excellent, service efficient and friendly and the food was excellent. I had the steak, a friend had the seafood risotto both were delicious. However, for me the highlight was the best beer selection I've ever seen at a restaurant and the knowledgeable staff. Chris in particular was instrumental in guiding me on a joyous beer journey. Great night

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San Angelo, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

We arrived in Bar Harbor at suppertime. Our B and B host suggested McKay’s as one of his local favorites! It was a very short walk so we decided it was a good choice for the evening. As it turned out, it was a fabulous choice for our first evening AND our last evening in Bar Harbor. The atmosphere is... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW

A decent selection of craft beer on tap, and plenty more on bottles, although they were sold out of most of the stuff on their "special list" when we visited. The food was good if not great. Service was good if somewhat sluggish at times.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

This is a great place for a meal. We went when they had a guitarist playing in the evening. It was also relatively cold the day we went, but they had nice outdoor heaters. I had the meat loaf, which was good, but I'll probably try something different the next time I go when I am in Bar Harbor. My... More 

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Bolton Landing, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Great outside seating with live music. The waitress was pleasant, just a little disappointed with the food. Brie and pear appetizer was not great and my meatloaf au poivre was dry and the sauce wasn't a true au poivre.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

We ate here on our first night in Bar Harbor. We were lucky enough to get a table right away in the beautiful courtyard. Our server was friendly and attentive. I ordered the haddock special, but was a bit disappointed that it was very dry (especailly for being such a fresh fish). My husband enjoyed the beer sampler so he... More 

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Additional Information about McKay's Public House

Address: 231 Main St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1744
Phone Number: 207-288-2002
Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  DownEast and Acadia Maine  >  Mount Desert Island  >  Bar Harbor
Open Hours:
Sunday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Cuisine: American, Pub

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 231 Main St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1744
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  DownEast and Acadia Maine  >  Mount Desert Island  >  Bar Harbor
  • Phone Number: 207-288-2002

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business, Special occasions, Romantic, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?