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McGuire’s for Steak

“I just have a yearning for a steak,” I said to my son’s wife, as we sat in the kitchen chatting and thinking about what to do for dinner. “I know you want to go for a run tonight, but maybe tomorrow night.”

Here is what I have loved about staying with them. Five minutes later she came back to me and said she had talked with her husband and they thought going out for steak tonight would be a very GOOD idea, and they could run tomorrow night.

And the best steaks, they both recommended, were at McGuire’s.

When we got there, the huge parking lot was already full. The street parking all around McGuire’s was full. We dropped off my son and his wife and I went to park in one of the few places they have heard cars are never towed from: Sammy’s Club for Gentlemen. It was still early, and we didn’t get towed.


Because it was their weekly fun-run night, we had to wait for a table. As we waited, runners finishing the run were running past us. Run six runs and you are eligible for the McGuire’s coveted green fun run shirt, with a shamrock on it. Woo hoooooo! I have heard there is a Hash House Harrier group in Kuwait that does something similar, but they change locations every run, whereas the McGuire sponsored runs all end up at – Maguire’s! They have free eats for the runners, who have to rehydrate in the McGuire’s bar.

There is another tradition at McGuires; customer write their name in felt pen on a dollar bill and staple it to the ceiling. The bar has an estimated $500,000 in dollar bills stapled to it’s ceilings, walls, pass throughs, etc. It is an amazing sight.


The steaks were magnificent. I had the peppercorn steak, and it was so big I took half of it home for the next day. It came with sides – your choice – garlic mashed potatoes, grilled vegetables, asparagas (my choice) and several others. The steaks were perfect, and the entire meal was worth every penny. They also have a good variety of seafood selections, and Irish selections, and a great selection of beer and wines.

July 29, 2007 - Posted by | Community, Cross Cultural, Customer Service, Eating Out, Entertainment, Health Issues, Ireland, Kuwait, Living Conditions, Lumix, Photos, Social Issues


  1. Isn’t that the Irish place I was talking about? Not sure.

    Comment by Я | July 29, 2007 | Reply

  2. I think you put on weight on your trip, haven’t you freckles?

    Comment by Purgatory72 | July 29, 2007 | Reply

  3. LOL at purg I was about to say the same thing, food, food, food, ur making us hungry 🙂

    Comment by Elijah | July 29, 2007 | Reply

  4. R- I think it is! It is a very lively place! I can imagine you having a lot of fun there.

    Purg – Haven’t checked the scales . . .:-) Don’t want any bad news!

    Elijah – I gave you some houses, too! And some sights of Pensacola. *sighs*

    Comment by intlxpatr | July 29, 2007 | Reply

  5. lol i love the money ceiling!

    but ummm, since theres a ‘gentlemens club’ next door you never know exactly where those singles have come from 😐

    Comment by sknkwrkz | July 29, 2007 | Reply

  6. Skunk! LOL, Yeh, it’s a real “show me the money” kind of place. My son says no one ever takes the money because people’s names are written on them in black felt pen. They would be easy to trace.

    Comment by intlxpatr | July 29, 2007 | Reply

  7. Is the place insured? 500K is a lot of money to be put on a ceiling! 😛

    Loving the idea though

    Comment by kinano | July 29, 2007 | Reply

  8. Half a million $$$$$$ and nobody thinks of stealing it!!! In some fountains in Iran as soon as 1 rial is thrown, it’s stolen.

    Comment by Magical Droplets | July 29, 2007 | Reply

  9. Looks like a great place.

    There’s a little place in Tuscon called Pinnacle Peak where the atmosphere is campy and food meh, but if you’re wearing a tie. they cut off your tie and hang it from the celing.

    At the Coyote Ugly in Ybor city, my buddy had the elastic band of his undies torn off by the bartenders and tossed into the rafters amongst the brassieres.

    I’ve seen a few collections of international bills at nice pubs, but nothing outlanding. I have a feeling such things are distinctly American.

    Comment by heartodarkness | July 30, 2007 | Reply

  10. It’s all in one dollar bills, Kinan, with people’s names in big black felt pen. You’d have a real problem stealing it, carrying it, and then trying to spend it, with everyone knowing it came from McGuires.

    Magical – pretty cool, huh? You’d probably need a truck to steal all the money, and do you see the security camera wired in behind the lamp? There are security cameras everywhere!

    Heartodarkness – I’ve never been in a bar in the Sudan – I bet you’ve seen some things we haven’t!

    Comment by intlxpatr | July 30, 2007 | Reply

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