McKay’s Public House

231 Main Street
Bar Harbor, Maine United States 04609
restaurant  4.2/5.0 7 reviews
Kitchen, 4:30 PM until close Bar, 4:30 PM until close

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Taps: 10 | Bottles: 12
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84
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Holdwine  (18) Beertimore, Maryland | July 2, 2015
Wow. Great food and a neat supply of local beers, all of which were new to me. Helpful staff.
84
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
SrSilliGose  (252) pouring bus, New Brunswick | July 28, 2012
Nicely landscaped quiet outdoor patio. Killer crab cakes. Tight maine focused micro brew beer list. Reasonable prices. Would return.
82
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 10/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
123chug  (26) , | October 2, 2011
just sat outside in late sept ... the staff was helpful on the beer. More restaurant than beer. But both food and beer would good. Expect to spend some $$ (dinner for 2 with tip = $100)
70
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
chriso  (533) London, England | March 30, 2010| Updated June 30, 2011
Downtown Bar Harbor on a stormy night in March offers few options but this was pretty decent one. A nicely renovated old house with a cosy and comfortable feel. Although there are a few stools at the bar, the feel was more like a restaurant. Doing a brisk trade on a Tuesday evening although that may be because pretty much everywhere else was closed. Although there are a few brewpub standards (fish & chips, burger), the menu is in general quite enterprising (and short) and the food was very good. Some local beers from Atlantic and Sebago on tap. Did the trick nicely in the circumstances.
90
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 18/20
LadySusan  (108) Ste-Therese, Quebec | August 25, 2007
Thsi place is a must. The fiirst time was just at the bar, the bartender was just great, he suggested some beers according to what we liked, and he was one the nose. The second time was for supper. the service was great as was the meal and beer. Looking forward to going back.
80
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 16/20
Quevillon  (260) Boisbriand, Quebec | July 12, 2007
Ma mêre et moi avions été deux fois, la première pour boire seulement et la deuxième pour souper. Le resto est très chaleureux, assez confortable et le service est #1, preuve: après avoir bu une Burton Bridge Empire IPA, je voulais boire quelque chose d’autre et le serveur derrière le bar m’a suggèré quelque chose qui n’était pas sur le menu, une Weyerbacher Double Simcoe IPA, MERCI! Donc si vous allez à Bar Harbor, buvez et mangez là, c’est le choix #1!
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 15/20
MartinT  (521) Montreal, Quebec | August 7, 2006
A very comfortable public house with warm decoration and carefully designed recipes. Our ahi tuna was especially nice. They have around 10 taps, half of which are local seasonals (Bar Harbor Summer Ale, Gritty McDuff’s Vacationland, Atlantic Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale, etc. when we visited), other half being the usual imports that are Guinness, Harp, Smithwick’s, and Stella Artois. And don’t forget PBR. What is really interesting here is that the person who designed the bottled beer menu has an obvious leaning for high quality. Ask for the Reserve Ale list when you are handed the menu. This time around, this menu offered us Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock, Arthur Le Coq Imperial Stout, Sinebrychoff Porter, McChouffe, J.W.Lee’s Harvest Ale, J.W.Lee’s Moonraker, Bar Harbor Cadillac Mountain Stout, Bar Harbor Thunder Hole, Burton Bridge Empire IPA, and Harviestoun Bitter and Twisted. In Maine, folks!! Such a highly impressive selection has to be praised. Beers were served very cold though, which is a downfall, but you really can’t complain too much in the heat of summer.

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