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“Authentic Irish Pub in Downtown Lakeland”

Molly McHugh's Irish Pub
Ranked #127 of 445 Restaurants in Lakeland
Cuisines: Pub, Irish
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Tampa, Florida
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102 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Authentic Irish Pub in Downtown Lakeland”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2014

What makes for great downtown nightlife? An authentic reproduction of an Irish pub with staff and music to match. Molly McHugh's has it all and by the number of locals that call it their home pub there doesn't seem to be any doubt that this is definitely where it is at. It's a nice mix of 20 and 30 somethings with a peppering of 40 through 60 somethings thrown in for good measure. Friendly staff that is quick to refill your drink with all the beers and spirits you would expect at an Irish bar. A welcome to all whether it be local or visitor. The later the night grows the bigger the crowd. And I thought Lakeland was a sleepy little downtown. Who knew!

Visited June 2014
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laakeland
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“love this place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2014

Great authentic irish pub experience! One of my favorite places since I moved to the area. The owner was from Ireland and had a super friendly attitude.

Visited April 2014
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St. Augustine, Florida
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77 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Drink: Yes; Eat: NO”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 19, 2014

We walked into the pub at 4:30 p.m. looking for an early evening snack. The place had one customer at the bar plus the bartender. I asked if the kitchen was open. The reply was that the kitchen last opened on St. Patrick's Day (4 days earlier) and the next time they would serve food was next St. Patrick's Day (2015). Not having that much time, we left. An Irish pub without, for instance, Shepard's Pie, is, well, not an Irish pub. However, it is possible that it was the last day of employment of the bartender and he was just joking about not serving food. Maybe I'll go back before we leave Lakeland and find out.

  • Visited March 2014
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Lakeland, Florida
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171 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“True Irish Pub”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2014

This establishment is truly an Irish pub transplanted to America. Kudos to the late Gerry McHugh for wanting it in Lakeland. The only thing missing is the brogue.

It is basically an evening place, opening at 4PM daily except Saturday when it opens at Noon. The shepherds pie is good. Definitely a place you just keep going back to.

  • Visited March 2014
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Sarasota, Florida
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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Smokey”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 27, 2014

This establishment is a popular place in Downtown Lakeland. Live music, brews, etc. However, I personally did not like the smoke in the air. Could use a better ventalation system. Fun if you dont mind the smoke. Go for it.

Visited March 2013
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