*Food: Exceptionally large portions, great menu selection
*Drinks: 6 beers made right on site, very large wine cellar
*Service: Cheerful, prompt, attentive
*Atmosphere: Dark rooms, lots of seating areas, very visually stimulating, moderate noise level. Authentic in feel, not a commercialized establishment.
And now, the details:
When we arrived in NW Florida, we were very hungry and decided to eat in Pensacola before driving from the airport to our destination, over an hour away. The people we were there to visit suggested McGuire's from past experience, so we made our way there.
McGuire's is an Irish Pub and Brewery where they make their own beer. Featuring 5 regular beers plus one rotating seasonal, it's all brewed right there which is a pretty cool touch to the whole experience.
We were there on a Saturday, late in the afternoon. There seemed to be plenty of parking.
When you walk in, you're struck by the sheer uniqueness of the atmosphere. It's a dark place, and filled with different sized dining areas. No two rooms are alike, and depending on where you sit, you may wind around and through the building to get to your seat.
If you look up at the ceiling at any point, you will be taken aback for a moment. Thousands of one dollar bills are hung vertically from every possible point on the ceiling. They even hand from ceiling fans! Most are written on, and it is truly an odd sight. We never did ask what the meaning behind that was, but it's strange yet kind of cool.
I've been to a couple of places with the word "Pub" somewhere in their title, and it's not really a pub feel. This place has "Irish" and "Pub" in the name, and is true to its name. It doesn't feel commercial at all, very authentic and a true feel. The real deal.
We sat in a roomy booth. Beers were brought to us in a timely manner by a cheerful waitress, who also ensured we still were good on beverages before our food even came out. The menu features all kinds of foods, and choosing something is not the easiest task. Their burger section contains some really unique topping combinations, and you can really have a creatively inspired meal. Also, these burgers are a whopping 3/4 pound!
I chose a Reuben by suggestion. It was enormous. Packed full of corned beef, I could only eat half. For me, it was just a little too much meat, the ratio of meat, sauerkraut, and dressing wasn't quite as it should be, but it was still pretty tasty nonetheless.
My husband had one of the nifty burgers, another enormous serving. I had the fries with my sandwich, which were so very good, and he had onion rings which weren't all that impressive.
The other two people in our party also had very large servings. One had the Reuben as well (really, we could have split one and been satisfied), the other had a Shepherd's pie which again, was quite large.
It was fairly noisy inside, which can make it difficult to carry on conversations in some circumstances, but you'd have to expect it in such a large facility.
McGuire's also serves wine, and from what I hear, they have one of the largest restaurant wine cellars in the world.
I felt the food was reasonably priced. The Reuben with fries was $10, and for the amount of food we got, that was a good deal.
It's a really cool place to go for something different. It's not somewhere I'd go to regularly if I lived there, simply because I'd weigh 300 pounds and have high blood pressure from the sodium overload, but it's great if you're in the area and want somewhere local and nifty.
I would not recommend bringing small children or babies here. I feel it would be a sensory overload with all the visually stimulating objects, and the noise. Plus, there isn't a whole lot of room for high chairs strewn about. It's better for a party of adults and older kids.
All in all, it's something worth experiencing whether you live around there, or are just visiting. It does make a nice place to sit back, relax, enjoy a great beer and some tasty food after landing at the airport. It's not too far from the airport, either.
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