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Certificate of Excellence2016 - 2019 Winner

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Special occasions, Large groups, Bar scene, Business meetings
Established in 1978 as a one room pub house, John D. McGurk’s Irish Pub and Garden has risen to the top of the class among the Irish Pubs in St. Louis. In fact, Esquire Magazine, in its June, 2011 Edition, saluting the best bars in America, chose John D. McGurk’s as its only bar honored in the city of St. Louis. McGurk’s is known throughout the Midwest for its great Irish music, food, drink, and its 10,000 square foot outdoor garden, complete with breathtaking landscaping, a fountain, a waterfall, and two terrific outdoor bars. Inside and out, McGurk’s is nearly 20,000 square feet of pure Irish fun. Irish musicians entertain the patrons nightly, traveling to St. Louis from Galway to Dublin,
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Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Irish, Bar, Pub
Parking Available, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Table Service, Private Dining, Live Music
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All reviews fish and chips guinness stew corned beef whiskey bread pudding bangers onion rings sandwich potatoes filet huge patio awesome patio great atmosphere beer garden soulard neighborhood great place for lunch outside seating fountain
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Reviewed March 6, 2020

Great food and atmosphere! We traveled from out-of-town with a group of friends to see a concert in STL and decided to eat here. The Irish Stew was fabulous!! Great atmosphere a plus!!

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed February 8, 2020 via mobile

Restaurant needs to clean up debris around sidewalk on southside of building. Lot of broken glass. Not very appealing. Expected maybe one or two pasta dishes.

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed January 31, 2020

Lunch at J.D.'s is very good especially the Fish and Chips; Guinness is wonderful. The sandwiches corn beef and burgers are great too.

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed January 28, 2020

The Guinness Stew was excellent and the dining area inside was warm and cozy. Will have to return soon as the outdoor area looked like a lot of fun.

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed January 25, 2020

Having read about & being told that this was a Must visit when in St Louis we arrived 6 of us , 4 fresh in from Ireland along with 2 locals, it was busy and we were seated outside in the covered beer garden, in...More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed January 11, 2020

We had the pleasure of dining in the courtyard in December. Very nice setting. There were five in our party. We all ordered different things, and everyone was happy with their selections. It seems funny to say this since it's an Irish pub, but the...More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed January 7, 2020

Must try the banger and mash!! True Irish establishement! Good food and the out door area is wonderful!!

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed December 21, 2019

Neighborhood Pub with some of the best appetizers imaginable. Steak was perfectly cooked. Sides all tasty and drinks mixed to perfection. DO TRY to Garlic Vinagrete salad dressing! Reasonable Pricing. Next time I want to try the outside seating area.

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed December 16, 2019

Been there multiple times over the years and little has changed. Irish-themed establishment with the required drafts and Irish food, along with other bar staples. Service is quick and friendly. Home-made chips are good. Worth saving some room for deserts which also have an Irish...More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed October 26, 2019 via mobile

I enjoyed my first visit and will be back again. I was told the live music is every night they are open. I was able to order a Black and Tan, no problem. Very Nice place

Date of visit: October 2019
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June 8, 2017|
Response from Psyprof51 | Reviewed this property |
I've only been there for lunch and there was no music. I'm sorry I can't help answer your question. Food is amazing, though. Now I'm hungry for their Rueben--beat I've ever eaten.
March 16, 2017|
Response from Angela M | Reviewed this property |
I was there for lunch and kids were there as well.
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