St. Paul >Food & Dining > Patrick Mc Governs Pub
225 Seventh St W, St Paul, MN | Directions 5510244.943349 -93.104469
Neighborhoods: West Seventh
Tasty food and great location – McGoverns is the best place to go downtown around the xcel center to get a drink and some tasty bar food. The place is huge so even when it's crazy busy you can usually find a seat. Some of the staff is better than the others but that goes for anywhere and I like the atmosphere at this place.
Great Staff, Great Food, Great Place!! – I hosted a private party at McGovern's and could not have been more pleased!!
The staff was always friendly and prompt to answer any questions or address any concerns that I had.
I wanted the party on the patio but the day of the party it rained so we moved it to the upstairs... It was a great space! TV's for the guys to watch the game, very spacious and very private! There were also darts and other games that my guests enjoyed while taking advantage of the full bar!
I read through some of the other reviews and was sad to see some that were not so great, but then I looked at the dates on them and thought, if that is how McGovern's used to be... they have done a complete 180 because I have no complaints from the staff to the food or the space we used.
As far as private parties usually go, I had a pretty small budget so with McGoverns great prices it was easy to stay within the budget I set.
I do not visit McGoverns weekly or even monthly but the times that I have been there (a handful of times in the past year) I have had a great time.
I laugh at the bartender comments... if you dont like someone or have an opinion about them or what they do, that is fine... but to put it on the web like that is just childish - in my opinion. :-)
good food, nasty bartender1 – They need to get rid of that old bartender with tattoos that screws almost every chick that comes in!!! He's dirty!
%%%%%%%% – WORST PLACE EVER!!!! THEY ACTUALLY EMPLOYEE A GUY (WORTHLESS PIECE OF S**** WHO HITS GIRLS!!!) HE IS BALD, HAS a sleeve of tattoos, well actually half sleeve because he is a pussy, o and cant forget the thirty year old fagot who is nasty and hits on everyone !!!!!!
I highly recommend! – Whether I go to McGovern's on a night where there is a event at the Excel or a night with no event, I have always recieved awesome service from both the servers and bartenders. Great variety of food on the menu as well, I have yet to order something I did not like. Beer selection is good and also there are some fun drinks to be ordered too! For everyone that has complained about it being busy there which results in 'bad' service-McGovern's must be doing something right if they pull in the crowds time and time again. I'll gladly take slower service when it's packed.It is to be expected. I've never had an empty glass, even if it's crowded. Keep up the great work!
1 star isn't low enough for this type of service – My friends and I attended this bar on st. patrick's day and had a horrible experience. We were kicked out of the bar for no valid reason. We were sitting in our booth minding our own business and the bouncers kept telling us that we had to move because we were in there way. They kept telling us this because a girl that assaulted my friend earlier in the night was also there and she had them do this to us. I understand that they can refuse service to anyone, but this type of behavior is very unprofessional. These types of establishments do not deserve to be in business and I urge everyone to get their drinks elsewhere. DO NOT GIVE THIS BAR YOUR BUSINESS
good food – Food here was good. Service was great. Nice bartenders. Not such a big fan of the layout, It can be hard to get around when it is busy...
Service is terrible 99% of the time! Hire a professional staff! – McGovern's service is terrible 99% of the time. If you want good bar food they do have it. I probably eat there once a week and have been a customer for years, my excuse for the repeat business is that I only live a block away and it is a good place to catch a game. Summers on the patio are good when you can get a seat, but the service is even worse out there.
It is understandable that when you are busy it is going to be slow especially when there is an event at the Xcel, but when it slows down the servers seem to get complacent, and have absolutely no sense of urgency. I guess they can afford to have bad service because they have a very good location, they could make alot more money if they had a professional staff though.
Ick! – I would have given this a 1/2 star had one been available but since one is the lowest, here it is. The name McGovern's implies "Irish" but there is nothing Irish about the menu which includes Gyros and wrap sandwiches. Despite this, I was still hoping for some semblance of authenticity. I ordered the Fish and Chips. Oh my goodness, I have never had to use the vinegar and tarter sauce to COVER the flavor of the pre-breaded fish. It had a hard, unpleasent texture that no amount of condiments could disquise. We asked the server why a chef would think it was ok to put his name on pre-made frozen fish fillets and she answered "It isn't up to the chef, it is the owner's decesion." To the chef at Patrick McGovern's: Run!
There is a a brigtside, we went in the middle of the afternoon and found the service to be friendly and prompt (although one buser was on his cell phone). However, if its a good meal you crave, avoid McGovern's
They would rather have your $10 than make you happy :( – I guess it's true about the three most important things in business "Location, location, location", for this place seems to have nothing else to offer. I suppose once they got the spot so close to the Excel Center, they figured "that should be enough, who cares about the food". If you just want to get drunk, I guess you might not care; but if you are looking to dine, go to Arby's.
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