Houston >Mc Gonigel's Mucky Duck
“You will find no other place in Houston, much less Texas that has such a unique atmosphere.”
“My favorite dessert is the bread pudding with Irish whiskey sauce, it is just loaded with cinnamon and raisins--what comfort food!”
“The Mucky Duck is not a very good place to pop in for some drinks, unless it is right after work or on a Wednesday (Irish Night).”
“It's intimate, friendly, the food is great and the wine and beer lists are killer.”
“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.”
“The best place to hear live music in Texas, let alone in Houston.”
“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.”
“The wait staff is rude and slow.”
Below Average I am a Blues club frequent flier all over. This is a Quiet pretty safe parking establishment.
Tables are jammed together where it is hard to move around. If you are a dancer "SORRY" No dance floor!
The patrons are loud and (rude). Not worth the $10.00 cover charge at all. I am sorry but this is the one of very fews clubs I was disappointed with.
This homey club is Houston's premier destination for those with a yen for folk, Irish and Celtic music..
Big-time Texas folkies like Alejandro Escovedo and Toni Price frequently play here (Lyle Lovett even popped in once as surprise support for Terry Allen and Guy Clark), as well as national acts like Dar Williams and Gillian Welch. Don't miss the open mic on Monday and the Irish jam session on Wednesday.
A national treasure. Nestled on a quiet street inside the Loop, resides a unique national treasure. Easily Houston's best live music listening room for people who take their music seriously. That would seem to be enough but there's more. 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. They're newly updated interior makes the place even more intimate and enjoyable. If you want good music, good food, and good people, you can't go wrong with this remarkable venue.
the best. I cant recall ever having bad service or a bad time there. In fact, the service there is really good and the servers are attentive. It doesn't hurt that the bartenders are fun to look at too.
wonderful time. The fish and chips were fantastic and the music was a blast! What a charming and romantic little place--we will definitely go back!
User review by jillikins. My friends and I went to the Mucky Duck for the first time on a Wednesday night, expecting a quiet bar where we could talk. It was definitely quiet, but so quiet that we all felt uncomfortable talking. The service was ok except for when I ordered a double chocolate stout, which I drink often, and the waitress asked me, "You do know that doesn't take like chocolate, right?" I said I did and was a little irritated that she assumed I didn't know anything about beer. Over all, it was just ok. I might go back again on the weekend before I right it off completely.
STAND UP FOR THE DUCK. And it's not just that I like the music. The place is intimate for reason that the average Joe may not understand. I was amazed that there were some really bad reviews of the Duck. These people are going there for the wrong reasons. Rusty brings excellent music to Houston, the food is better than average and the staff is as freindly to you as you are to them. And I am neither an employee of the Duck or a friend of the owner, just a Houstonian who knows were to go to get what I want, the best mix of singer/songwriters in the world! Thanks to all the Duck's and keep em coming!
Padded Reviews are RIGHT. I will NEVER go there again. 2nd time worst than the first. Had a table with 8 friends celebrating my 5 year cancer-free mark. Apparently this is like going to church because if you say one word.....WHAM...you get yelled obscenities at you in front of the whole bar. Thanks Mgmt for making ME feel bad and not the person swearing. Hey Duck...thanks a lot for making over $400 off us and for almost ruining a really special night....thank gawd The Gallant Knight saved the day!!!!
Superb. I can't imagine Houston without this place! It's intimate, friendly, the food is great and the wine and beer lists are killer. I am super-grateful that they've gone smoke-free for all their shows. I took some people there for a business lunch not long ago, and though it was a little noisy, they all raved about the Duck's bleu cheese-ranch salad dressing. Long live the imperial pint!
Houston's most vital venue. Imagine sitting in an intimate music venue with a maximum of 100 seats - all with excellent sight lines to the stage - and seeing the top international/national/regional/local (mostly) acoustic acts perform. Imagine seeing some of the world's best songwriters strip away their bands and play their music so you can actually hear and absorb the words. The Duck is a club that's beyond trendy, snobbish or cultish - it's about the music, the food, and a sense of community. There's not a better food/beer & wine menu at a music venue anywhere, Houston or otherwise. They have an outstanding and knowledgable wait staff and a great deck for after work or afternoon libations. It's no wonder they have so many "regulars." The Duck is not only Houston's most vital venue, it's a treasure.
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