Pubs have become the meeting places of choice now that libraries, public parks, and desolate midnight crossroads are all under Prohibition. Enjoy a legal and delicious dalliance with today's Groupon: for $7, you get $15 worth of pub fare and drinks at McHugh's Public House in O'Connell Square in Savage.
Serving up suds and nosh since 2002, this newly remodeled Irish pub boasts a mighty menu of gourmet burgers, sandwiches, and Irish fare, as well as a bang-up beer selection on tap. Famished patrons or reverse hunger strikers can order up one of McHugh's distinctive sandwiches, such as the prime dip, a slab of marinated and slow-roasted prime rib on a butter-toasted hoagie with grilled onion, melted provolone, horseradish mayo, and hot au jus ($10.99), or the Irish Pamonti, a savory symphony of hot corned beef, sauerkraut, and fries crammed between mustard-brushed pumpernickel ($9.99). Beef buffs can opt for one of nine burger concoctions, such as the Savage, featuring swiss and cheddar cheese, bacon, and sautéed onions ($8.49), or the tongue-blazing Four Alarm burger slathered with habanero aioli, pepper jack, jalapeno peppers, and blue-cheese dressing ($8.99).
Bring friends to watch a Twins game on one of 13 TVs while enjoying one of the pub's thirst-quenching draught beers, such as Smithwick's imported irish ale, Guinness, Harp lager, and McHugh's brew—an in-house blend brewed by Killian's. Enjoy breezy evenings on the outdoor patio, or battle a farmer's dog in bingo on Wednesday nights. Self-sufficient snackers can attempt to catch their own virtual dinner in a rousing game of Big Buck Hunter.
- Though I rarely venture from the buffalo chicken wrap (which is excellent), I haven't come across a single item I have not liked. – Brad Farrell, Urbanspoon
- wonderful food & staff -- my 3 yr old loved the chocolate cake & the meatballs. Burgers were cooked right-- the crew cut seasoned fried were fantastic!! – Pat D., Yelp, 09/24/10