When you visit Destin, McGuire’s Irish Pub and Brewery is one of the “Must-Do” places to go. This New York Irish Saloon style pub is a bit touristy, but also very unique, interesting and lots of fun. It has a character all of its own, from the expansive menus, to their themed rooms and even their very own brewed bears.
When you first walk in to McGuire’s, one of the first things you will notice are the many dollar bills hanging from the ceilings and some of the walls. When McGuire and Molly first opened their pub and brewery, Molly took her first tip and tacked it to the back bar for good luck. Her idea caught on and has become a huge tradition at McGuire’s. Customers are welcome to add their own dollar bills with a personal note to the collection. The staff will gladly provide you with a sharpie and a stapler. There are, in fact, thousands of those famed dollar bills hanging throughout this pub!
The restaurant in Destin, Florida is quite huge with 20,000 square feet of themed dining rooms, 400 seats and around 200 friendly staff. Even at this size, there are times that you may have to wait a while for a seat at the very popular locale. They even offer live Irish style entertainment for guests in the later evening hours.
At McGuire’s you can find quite a variety of Irish dishes, right along with many American favorites. The menu is expansive, so you’re sure to find something for everyone in your party. Be forewarned that you will be served very generous portions. Unless your appetite is really big, plan on sharing your meal with someone or taking the extras with you.
If it’s Irish food in Destin, FL you’re seeking, you might try the delicious Shepherd’s Pie or Corned Beef and Cabbage. They also serve Irish Lamb Stew, Irish Steak and Mushroom Pie and many other choices.
For those whose tastes lean more toward delicious beef, McGuire’s cooks up a tantalizing steak and enormous gourmet steak burgers. The steaks have been voted “Best of the Gulf Coast”. They serve U.S.D.A. Certified Prime Steaks, which is not very common. Only about 5% of all Beef in the United States is good enough to be graded as Prime. Their steaks are never frozen and are hand cut daily. You won’t find this beef in your local grocery stores.
Their popular hand made burgers are 3/4 pound of lean beef with their own blend of seasonings. And these are not your typical hamburgers, they are actually Black Angus Steak burgers. McGuire’s custom grinds their steak trimming to create these excellent burgers. And you get to choose your own gourmet toppings. You can top them with everything from blue cheese, sauteed vidalia onions, wasabi or fiery jalapenos, to something as crazy as pizza flavors or Skippy peanut butter. With more than 25 choices, they have a burger for all tastes!
The most amazing burger on the menu would have to be The Grand Burger. This elegant burger is made from custom ground Filet Mignon! It is then char-grilled and served with…. a side order of Cavier! And to wash down this filet burger, nothing would be appropriate than your own bottle of Moet & Chandon White Star Champagne. Sound like something you might want to try? For the hefty price tag of $100 McGuire’s will be more than happy to serve you The Grand Burger meal. And surprisingly, they do serve quite a few of these.
Some other menu items that deserve mention are the fall-off-the-bone tender barbecued ribs, corned beef sandwiches, delicious seafood platters, the Irish Fisherman’s Bouillabaisse (stew) and their brunch with fancy omelets or eggs Benedict.
As the name implies, McGuire’s has its very own brewery where they create their famous beers. They use only the finest malted barley hops and yeast from the British Isles. And they’re very proud of the fact that they do not use any chemicals or additives in their brews. Their menu states, ‚”This is a brewery, not a beer factory,” a fact they are very proud of. They brew their own Root Beer too.
McGuire’s Irish Pub is a very hopping place for the night crowd. They open at 11 am for lunch and stay open until the wee hours of the morning. Though it’s fine for older kids during the day, evenings are more suitable for the grown-up crowd.
If the weather is nice, try to get a seat on the huge covered deck on top of the building. It offers a great view and is set up for dining. There’s so much more to experience at McGuire’s Irish Pub and Brewery in Destin. We can’t tell you all of it here, so you just need to go experience it for yourself!
Oh yeah…. something you really need to know before you go. Be sure to read the restroom door signs very carefully. You don’t want to end up in the wrong place!
McGuire’s Irish Pub and Brewery
33 Hwy 98 East
Destin, FL 32541
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