I am not a big fan of sports bars. I’m not a big fan of bars period. But this one stands out. Even though I can’t stand drinking, or being around drunk people I don’t know, this place is one of those places that’s just enjoyable to have a meal at. If you don’t know where it is, it’s the big pub across from the Emerald Grande, with all the neon green signs all over it, right next to the Destin Bridge. This place is amazing. The decor, the atmosphere, and the prices for food (again, I don’t drink) all combine to make it a great place to have lunch or dinner, all while watching drunk people’s silly antics.
This place has a completely unique feel to it. In the more private rooms meant for large groups, the walls are the sides of beer casks. In the main dining area, there’s money stapled all over the roof and walls, making it feel more like you’re in a cave, rather than a man-made building. Then, there’s the brewing equipment. It’s literally all over that place. You can tell that they’re serious about their alcohol. The brew their own stuff there, and I’m told by all of my friends that do drink that their stuff is amazing. They even make their own root beer for the kiddies. That leads me to the mood they’ve set for the place.
This place combines the decor with live music and all kinds of tricks to get the drunk people to behave in funny ways. Take the bathroom signs for instance. Well, I’m not going to give away the secret to that one and let you miss out on the fun of finding it out when you have to pee… Anyway, there’s almost always live “Irish” music there in the main dining room. It’s not really Irish, but it sounds Irish enough, especial for the drunk people. Then, there’s the Moose. At some point during your time there, you’ll here the song “Kiss the Moose”. And they literally mean for the person they’re singing to to get up and kiss the giant moose head on the wall. It really is fun, since they usually pick someone who is already quite drunk.
I’d be remiss to not tell you anything at all about the price tag you’re looking at when you go here. The alcohol prices seem fairly standard for the area (I don’t drink, but I do look at the prices), but the real deal is on the menu. This place has the original US Senate’s Bean Soup recipe, at the original price that they sold it to the Senators for: eighteen cents. That’s pretty much unbeatable anywhere else. There is a catch to the soup though: you have to have something else on your ticket for it to be eighteen cents. Otherwise, it’s eighteen dollars. They have burgers for nine dollars, and you can get them with any topic you could possibly want, plus some you would never want (hot fudge hamburger, anyone?). Some of the burger options are clearly jokes ($100 for a filet mignon ground into a burger with caviar on top?), but there are quite a few options that are very delicious. And unless you order all the toppings, you can combine a couple and still get it for nine dollars.
McGuire’s Irish Pub is a truly unique place to eat at, and I’ve heard it’s got some very good drinks. The decor, prices, and overall atmosphere make it a great place to eat or watch drunk people, or get drunk if that’s your thing. Go on, get out there, and Kiss the Moose!