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MacKey's Public House

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Connecticut Ave/ K Street
Bar, Pub, American, Irish
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1823 L St NW, Bsmt 2, Washington DC, DC 20036-3832
+1 202-331-7667
16:00 - 21:00
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Gaithersburg, Maryland
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220 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Mackey's has several seating areas, so you will rarely have to wait to get a table. Our waiter was efficient and returned whenever we needed him. My Country Chicken Salad had fresh greens and crunchy chicken. The dining room was clean and comfortable, and there's a nice bar area. There's nothing real special here, but in this busy part of... More 

Thank ObservantGuest
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56 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

Irish style public house with a well stocked bar. The menu has a multitude of standard pub fare comfort food, but also some spicy dishes and interesting choices.

Thank Jim B
Montgomery, Alabama
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45 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

After experiencing some of DC's better known pubs, this place was a disappointment. It's a rambling but cozy place that could use a facelift. The fish and chips were bland and consisted of what I'd describe as 3 fancy fish sticks on a heaping bed of fries. The slaw, about 3 bites, was served in one of those little plastic... More 

Thank John E
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

The wings were just OK and my Guinness beef dish was nothing like the menu described. It was OK. We got guacamole by accident and that was good. The beer was cold. I will be perfectly content to never eat here again.

Thank Joe S
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71 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

Knew better, but got roped into lunch here. Big mistake. Should have just had a beer. Just wanted to regurgitate what I ate. Yuck. Where is a McDonalds when you need one? Just say no.

Thank Earle o
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
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76 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

Stopped in for dinner and beers. Not your typical Irish bar, but I had a good experience. Place was nice, and the staff was friendly. I also got my food and drinks very quickly (not a lot of people here though). The best part was the leather arm chair I found to park in... Bonus!!!

Thank K P
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016 via mobile

Slow service to start but things improved. Ordered the fish and chips. For an Irish place, it was okay. Small fish portion and fries were soggy. Slow response by the waitress to an empty glass and the place was not busy. Great beer selection and you can't beat the happy hour prices.

Thank jlamberger
San Diego
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311 reviews
183 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2016

I was here a year ago and gave them a bad review because they served me a beer and then immediately turned up the lights and started mopping the floor - way to make a guy feel unwelcome. But I was back in DC last week and needed a brew and some food, and this place was convenient, so I... More 

Thank Basiluzzo
Lawrenceburg, Indiana
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210 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2016 via mobile

Staying on L Street made this a comfortable choice after a busy day of sightseeing. Typical bar food selection. Nice outdoor area with attentive servers. The burger was good...fries not so good.

Thank jbla1951
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83 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2016

Dreadful. Sports bar. Filthy toilets - truly filthy - clearly had not been cleaned in hours. Surly staff - bare minimum of civility. Joyless space.

Thank makethetea

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Bar, Pub, American, Irish
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol
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Bar Scene
Open Hours
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1823 L St NW, Bsmt 2, Washington DC, DC 20036-3832
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Connecticut Ave/ K Street
  • Neighbourhood: Connecticut Ave/ K Street
  • Phone Number: +1 202-331-7667

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?