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John D. McGurk's Irish Pub

Map & Directions 1200 Russell Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63104
  • English, Irish
  • All Major Credit Cards, Diners Club, cash
  • Banquet Facilities, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Private Party, Smoking, Takeout
  • Dinner, Late Night, Lunch
  • Accepted
  • Lot Available


Riverfront Times' Description

Such a welcoming place that it equally suits the blue-collar after-work drinkers, the hungry neighborhood regulars at lunch and dinner and the preppily dressed west-county throngs on weekends. The standard pub fare is unquestionably good -- with an Irish stew worth dreaming about at night and a burger to make an idiot of yourself for -- but surprisingly, the hoity-toitier choices such as pesto tortellini and Bailey's cheesecake are just as expertly done, as if they've been part of the Irish repertoire for generations. More importantly, McGurk's, considered by many to be the pre-eminent Irish bar in St. Louis, pulls arguably the best Guinness in town. The tiny stage is host to live Irish music seven nights a week, ranging from rowdy sing-a-longs to traditional reels and jigs played by master folk musicians.

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Tips from foursquare

  • Riverfront Times on 11/15/10

    Voted Best Outdoor Dining by RFT Readers!

  • Riverfront Times on 10/26/11

    2011 RFT Best of St. Louis Readers' Pick Winner - Best Outdoor Dining.

  • Esquire on 02/02/11

    Congratulations, you've found one of Esquire's Best Bars in America. Clearly, this is a place to hoist a pint of Guinness. Slainte!

  • Matt F. on 02/02/10

    Best patio in St. Louis! Inside is also great, especially when there's an Irish band playing.

  • David C. on 07/25/11

    Watch out for the douche brigade.

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