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Although other Irish bars may stay slightly truer to the Irish Pub image -- Waxy O'Connor's and the Field spring immediately to mind -- Maguires still retains a huge helping of mementos and scenery from the Auld Sod. With a whopping seven "Best Of" awards under its belt, this cozy, neighborhood Irish bar is truly a place for all occasions, be it a raucous Saint Patrick's Day party, an afterwork drinking session, or dinner with the fam. Traditional fare like bangers 'n' mash and lamb stew mingles with sandwiches, salads, and some very large burgers. Drinks are poured strong by a staff that knows just how you like 'em, and a two-for-one happy hour includes free bites of food.
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After waiting a long time for any service, we finally placed our order. About 20 minutes later we observed a younger man walking around the restaurant with two plates of food attempting to serve it to numerous tables, and then making another lap around the restaurant. We suspected it might be our food, and that was confirmed when this young man and his - later to be identified Grandmother - eventually arrived at our table with these two plates of food. Admittedly, a pet peeve of mine, I don't like to see my food shopped around a restaurant looking for its rightful owner. I don't think a waiter determining which table a dinner goes to is a high expectation. I questioned the manner in which the food was served (i.e. "I've seen this food walked around the restaurant and attempted to be served at several tables"), and as a customer that bothers me. The older woman proceeded to tell me that this was her grandson, and that our food was not served to anyone else. I told her that I didn't think the food was served to anyone else,but that I had watched it be walked around and shopped around to numerous tables, which is something that bothers me. She immediately became argumentative, told me this was her grandson, this was a family restaurant, and concluded by saying that she would not serve us our food because we were now not welcome in the restaurant.About 2 minutes later, her and the presumed owner arrived at our table. I was surprised by being hit in the upper arm with his hand 3 times, with him stating that "oh, you're saying you're food was touched by someone else.." I replied with surprise that, "no, I didn't say that my food was touched by anyone else, but you're touching me." Rather than asking, "I heard there is a problem/issue/complaint", he said "get the f**&k out of my restaurant." Completely surprised and appalled, my wife and I offered to pay for the salad and beer that had been served, only to be met with the same "get the f*&k out" response. Can you believe a restaurant owner telling a customer to "get the f*&k out" of their restaurant because they questioned the service?? I will add, we were not raising our voices, not drunk, nor causing any kind of scene in the restaurant - simply just questioning the manner in which our food was being served.My advice, if you want beer and poor service, and will not question anything, this may your place. In retrospect, I should have called the police. To be assaulted by the manager because of a complaint about the service (regardless of whether you agree on the legitimacy of the complaint), is crazy and something I've never experienced. I've also never written a restaurant review on any site, but I will campaign against this establishment for a long time because of this treatment.
A pint of Guinness should be a little shorter and a little thicker than your forearm. If you're in England, it should be a little cooler than room temperature. In America it should be much colder, but still a little warmer than the other beers at the table. The beer should not appear creamy — the foam and the brew should be cleanly separated, with the foam forming a neat little corona, a little over an inch thick, at the very top of the glass. It is acceptable if some of this stuff should ooze over the glass's edge and soak your napkin. This is a sign of bounty, and it should be appreciated. In our experience, nobody can pour a Guinness as quickly, consistently, and perfectly as the fine folks at Maguire's.
Guinness is a beverage all about time. It should be imbibed the same way it's poured -- with steady efficiency and a sense of purpose. Just the way it comes at Maguires Hill 16 in Fort Lauderdale. The first sign that you're getting a proper Guinness is that it takes at least twice as long to arrive as it does the rest of the drinks at the table -- as well it should, since it takes 119.5 seconds to properly pour one. If you want a show with your drink, order your Guinness at the bar... More »
Whether you enter stone sober or three sheets to the wind, walking into Maguires Hill 16 is never a regrettable decision. Over the past three years, the bar has upgraded from a typical dark, Irish pub to an airier, more atmospheric space. The back of the restaurant has been converted into a sleek, intimate bar area that is ideal for small cocktail parties. The new outdoor sports bar is complete with two large flat-screens and plenty of seating. Menu items have also recently been added. The... More »
For those who have a well-built neighborhood bar, the world is simpler. Take this man: It's Friday night, and he's exiting his job at the Corporate Center. We won't shoot you with his troubles -- hell, he's not even thinking of them -- because he's only minutes from his neighborhood bar. That bar for him is Maguire's Hill 16. He can already taste the pint of Guinness. On a more stressed day, it might be a car bomb to shoot and a whiskey to sip. This cozy Irish bar keeps a stock of... More »
Finding the right bartender is like meeting a soulmate: Once it's happened, you'll never stray. If you've been fortunate enough to stumble into (or out of) Maguire's Hill 16 during Trixie's (birth name: Tricia Cline) shifts, you already know this. More charming than a Shirley Temple and wiser than a desert shaman, this red-haired libation mixer adds a dash of positive energy to every drink she serves. When prodded, she'll explain that her cheerful demeanor stems, in part, from her other... More »
A pint of Guinness should be a little shorter and a little thicker than your forearm. If you're in England, it should be a little cooler than room temperature. In America it should be much colder, but still a little warmer than the other beers at the table. The beer should not appear creamy -- the foam and the brew should be cleanly separated, with the foam forming a neat little corona, a little over an inch thick, at the very top of the glass. It is acceptable if some of this stuff... More »
For everyone who is shaving years off his life while satisfying that oral fixation, this place is a utopia among bars. It's very smoker-friendly, having only recently reduced the smoking section to a long row of comfortable booths against one side of the restaurant and bar; the government made them do it. As for the machine in the back of the room, two things separate it from the mundane cigarette-vending gizmo. First, a pack of darts costs $4. And, while that's a bit more expensive than... More »
If you're driven to drink as soon as you punch out, chances are it's not because you're dying for loud Top 40 drivel and preternaturally perky service. You want to get down to business after a day of conducting business. That's why New Times staff members have long been fixtures at Maguires -- where dark wood paneling and photographs depicting the old country lend a genuine, drinking-as-art atmosphere that could not exist at a yuppie watering hole or tourist trap. Bartenders and waitresses... More »
We think Maguire's is the best place to souse oneself and absorb the Irish bard's musings on beauty and love because (a) it's a bar -- the booze is already there, and (b) it's a bar with three Yeats verses framed on the walls of the south room, a handy touch if you've forgotten your own copy of his collected works. "Never give all the heart, for love/Will hardly seem worth thinking of /For everything that's lovely is/But a brief, dreamy delight." So go ahead. Keep the Harp lagers... More »
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