Houston >Food & Dining > Mc Gonigel's Mucky Duck
“Rusty and the gang run a very cool and user-friendly place that's fun for everyone and all ages -- and again -- you can't beat the music.”
“find it impossible to decide which is better, the incredible steak and kidney pie or the the beef guinness.”
“I've been the the Mucky Duck several times to see Monte Montgomery and I really love the intimate atmosphere with the musician, not to mention the excellent food and beer selection.”
“It's intimate, friendly, the food is great and the wine and beer lists are killer.”
“They have a terrific made-from-scratch food menu and a beer and wine list you won't find in any other music venue in town.”
“The wine room is perfect for a birthday, anniversary, engagement or if you're looking for a great place to hold a working lunch meeting out of the office, check it out.”
“What a charming and romantic little place--we will definitely go back!”
“Some would call it an intimate environment, others would say it's crowded with poor service, so arrive early if you can.”
“The wine list holds its own with any in Houston and the prices are far more reasonable than the trendy wine bars in town.”
“Their wine room is probably the best kept secret in Houston (but for how long).”
The service and staff is good. I enjoy coming here with family they have a good time. I recommend it!
The experience was amazing. The staff was excellent, the location was perfect. I highly recommended this restaurant to everyone.
McGonigel's Mucky Duck - best St. Patrick's Venue ever. I have no problem with the $20 cover to attend the St. Patrick’s Day celebration at McGonigel’s Mucky Duck. A quality venue with outstanding music, entertainment, food, and beer made me feel like I was actually in Ireland rather than Upper Kirby District. The owners sacrifice nothing to make it the best day ever. All the entertainers have to be paid and that’s what the cover is for. I think the music was well worth the price of admission and Bonnie makes the best authentic Irish dishes in town. I think I’ll go again soon just to have dinner.
Not Recommended for St. Patrick's Day!. I have ALWAYS enjoyed Mucky Duck's and have recommended it to my friends, until now. We checked out the website for the St. Patrick's Day festivities at Mucky Ducks and it said $16 cover, which is already a bit high, but because we enjoy Mucky Duck's we figured we would spend the money. However, after getting there, we were told that the price is now $20 and when I asked about the website saying it was $16, the manager said it was a pre-sale price for tickets purchased up until 3/16. I asked him why it didn't say that online, he said he didn't have enough room to put it all on the page, so you had to click on another link to see that the $16 was a pre-sale price. I told him that I had invited all of my friends to MD and told them the cover was $16 and asked if he would honor the price for us. He said "No, $20 please". This is false advertising as it did not clearly print the details! I will not be back.
My Families Favorite Venue.
Been a regular at the Mucky Duck since 1993 and always love the diversity of live music, great food and family friendly environment.
Our 2 year old daughter loves going by for lunch and playing on the stage. My Mom loves special events and live music acts. My husband and I feel very much at home and have had several private parties in the Amazing Wine Room.
No place is perfect but any complaint we have ever had and addressed with the management was taken seriously and responded to.
Who knew - Saturday Breakfast & College Football!!.
While the Duck is a great music venue, don't overlook their Saturday morning breakfast/lunch. We went last weekend and watched the OU vs UT game (who knew they opened at 11am on Sat) . The outside patio has been redone and there is now a covered area with 2 TVs. It is a great spot to sit outside, have breakfast (their pancakes rock!), watch some college football, all the while sipping on mimosas (or wine, or beer, or coffee :)
We will definitely be back!!!
A Houston treasure. I don't know where the owner's size or gender have a relevant place in a review about a music/restaurant review. What I do know is the Mucky Duck is the best music listening room in Houston. Musicians love the place because the audience is there to - listen. If standing on concrete floors waiting on the headliner to start after midnight is your thing, there's other places for you. The place is intimate and comfortable with excellent sight lines. If you support live music and/or a specific band then please support the venue that makes it happen. If the owner shows preference to people who are planning to eat dinner at The Mucky Duck understand that that's the way they make their living. The musicians get ticket money. If you eat and drink somewhere else before the show, how do you suppose they keep the doors open? If the Mucky Duck were a music venue only, it rates as a treasure. Where else in Houston are you going to see first rate music and eat excellent food and enjoy a true 20 ounce pint. Again, if The Mucky Duck were only a music venue that serves great food that would be enough. Their wine room is probably the best kept secret in Houston (but for how long). It's one of the most intimate places to spend an evening in Houston. The wine list holds its own with any in Houston and the prices are far more reasonable than the trendy wine bars in town. The wine room is perfect for a birthday, anniversary, engagement or if you're looking for a great place to hold a working lunch meeting out of the office, check it out. Other reviews say the wait staff is lacking. Compared to what? Most music venues in town require you to walk to the bar and order for yourself, so please, enough with that argument. there's a reason The Mucky Duck had been open for nearly two decades. Any venue is capable of an off night but it's by far the exception that this place has an off night. While other music venues come and go, The Mucky Duck obviously is doing it right.
Decent folk venue, snarky management. Mucky Duck is a double-edged sword as far as local venues go. It's been around a long time, successful and popular, books good acts, especially folk and Celtic, some country, blues and light rock. The acoustics have always been excellent in my experience. Some would call it an intimate environment, others would say it's crowded with poor service, so arrive early if you can. Get your tickets as far in advance as possible. I always get attitude from the big brunette lady doing the booking. One time she wrote my name on a good table, then she asked me if we were eating. I said I didn't know, and she said, "Well then your seats might move." When I arrived and asked where our table was, she said, "Did you forget?" Whatever. Also I notice they padded these comments pretty well (in June 2002, 28 five-star comments in one day), and the rest of the 5-Star comments seem fawning and hyperbolic. But notice there's a couple people who just gut the Duck in their comments. They sound more honest. The padding tact is smart, but you've been warned. The Duck is okay, but ain't all that.
Great for what it is.
And that's a listening room. It's not a dancehall or a rowdy bar. It's one of the premier listening rooms in the country. Rusty and his wife have consistantly brought in some of the most talented - even if sometimes not best known - songwriters and musicians in the world. The Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis Christmas shows have been a must for me for years.
I'll admite the waitstaff can be a bit snooty at times and the bartenders could really care less about whether you get a second beer or not...even thought they must make a fortune on booze markups there. And you are packed in pretty tight for the sold out shows.
But if you know all this coming in - and most regulars do - you won't find it a bad place.
Intimate setting to hear good music. Great intimate place to hear music. We appreciated the waitresses knowledge of beers. We tried about 5 different varieties and her knowledge was very helpful. We went to "hear" music and appreciated the rest of the crowd that wanted to "hear" the band. If you want to go somewhere to talk, go over to Bennigans and yap away! Love the "no smoking" rule! Saw Walther and the Cronkites. Great band and appreciated that the sound system didn't blast us out. All the food we ordered was delicious! We'll return again!
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