Cary >Bars & Clubs > Mac's Tavern
1014 Ryan Rd, Cary, NC | Directions 2751135.775771 -78.768524
These bad reviews are all wrong! – I almost didn't go to this venue because of the reviews on here, but since I have never been very good at listening to others opinions, I decided with my boyfriend to stop by anyway. We picked up a pal from a local band and met other pals there. We were on the patio at first, which I really loved, and the bartender was so cool to serve us even though she had a full bar. We had a blast! The staff are awesome! Very different from the reviews on here. I even met one of the owners...a very smiling friendly guy. We went on St Patty's day, at the height of a very very busy night, and a dart league going on....and they were great! We had so much service it was incredible......one would leave and another would be by caring for us. They were all dressed up for the holiday in great costumes, and the patrons...regulars too were very friendly.
I am very surprised at the reviews on here. Not at all right. The food was GREAT! I loved the wings. The place reminds me of my venue in Ga.
The owners were awesome! He bought all of this great St Pattys day stuff and was passing it out himself to everyone. The only reason people would say the nasty things on here, has to be because they are just those unhappy types. The staff are super friendly, the owners are, the patrons are........I think that some of the reviews are just TRYING to be hurtful. Thanks for a great time Macs! I am so coming back.
Great Atomosphere and Badass staff – My boyfriend and I probably go here about once a week and always have a great time. The bar staff service is amazing, they play really decent music and the crowd isn't so bad either.
The only somewhat bad thing i'd have to say is that the tables are probably a little too close to eachother, making it difficult to walk around when it's crowded.
I'd highly recommend Mac's!
Lighten Up! – OK, I've read these review and I think I can help here--I AM one of the regulars at Mac's. I know all the servers extremely well and the daily specials by heart, and they bring my "usual" drink without me asking when I walk in the door. To get this kind of service, GUESS WHAT--you have to go there regularly! No one is instantly a regular, and any smart business will take care of the people who give them repeated business!
On the other hand--I can see why this puts some people off, but I also think that many folks come in expecting a "Bar and Grille" atmosphere. If you want a calm, family-oriented place you simply should not go during the big games or Fri/Sat nights. When it gets busy, regulars may have to wait a while for a beer too--I have no problem getting off my behind and going to the bar because I know everyone is working hard and I am not their only customer! This is a SPORTS BAR. It is casual, it gets loud and smokey and busy, and THAT'S HOW IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE. This place may not be your cup of tea, but the staff does its job well, the food is really great FOR BAR FOOD, and the atmosphere can vary greatly depending on the game/time/crowd.
In closing--Cary seems to have only very preppy, snobbish bars or hole-in-the-wall redneck hangouts, but Mac's Tavern stands alone as the perfect NORMAL neighborhood bar!
Poor Service – We arrived a little before 8 on a friday night, when we first walked in the service was great the waiter came gave us a menu and took our drink orders. When the rest of the group arrived we went to get a pool table, Once there we never saw a waiter/waitress for another hour. We had to go up to the bar to get our drinks and to order any food that we wanted. I will not be going back to this place again.
It's got potential, but...meh – Mac's SO wants to be the neighborhood bar, but it can't quite get beyond the novice stage. They have lots of TVs, sure; they have just enough distractions, game-wise (two pool tables, four darts lanes, the obligatory golf video game, etc.) to keep the younger set happy; but they can't seem to nail down the basics. That is, there seems to be either too much attention (as in asking how you are every 4.7 seconds) or way too little (as in going to fetch a beer and not coming back...ever). Plus, the place REEKS of cigarette smoke. Seriously. Just spend ten minutes in there. Even if no one is smoking at the time, I guarantee your clothes will stink of it to a ridiculous degree.
Completely Disgusted – Apparently if you walk into Mac's Tavern and aren't a regular, the whole place will stare you down as if your an alien. And then continue to stare at you the entire time that your in there as if you should leave. And really, it only got better once we sat down! My husband and I just left there not an hour ago and were so disgusted with the service that we will never go back! The entire time we were there, there weren't more than 15 people in the whole place, and two people behind the bar. We left Mac's Tavern not only feeling ignored, but that the one bartender that was waiting on us, if you could call it that, actually was offended by our presence. Apparently the other bartender wasn't allowed to wait on us, or even give us a friendly look. So, if your looking for insight on whether or not to give Mac's Tavern a try, just ignore any positive reveiws that you read, they sound like employees trying to cover there own tails. Also, you would think that the owner might check some of these reveiws out every once in a while, and maybe take the opportunity to fix some of these problems.
Extremely rude bartender/manager – I had read some good reviews about mac's so i thought i would check it out on a saturday night. The service was horrible and the manager was very rude. The bartenders ignored us even though they were not busy. I've been to bars that were a lot more crowded and have gotten much better service. When i finally got a bartenders attention, he gave me an attitude and was very condensending to me and my friends.
Worst service ever!!! – When my friends and I first got there, we thought it was a cool place, until the bartender started ignoring us. Then, he actually started asking why we weren't leaving a tip every time we got a drink! I was planning on leaving a very nice tip at the end, like I do at every other place I go, and even tried to explain this to him and he turned around and walked away. Talking to other customers in there, they said they've had some issues with service there on their first visit, so apparently you can't be a first time customer there...but I can tell you that I am only going to be a first time customer because I will NEVER go back there again!!!!!
Smoky, loud bar with indifferent service – We stopped in at Mac's last night because it had been recommended (for the music, once a month, now that I recall). Our waitress came to our table within 10 minutes, left menus, served our drinks and vanished. We gave her a good 20 minutes (way too much time, but we were engrossed in the "Trivia" game on television). We told the fellow behind the bar what had happened and he told my husband, "Yeah, we're busy tonight". Not an apology...just a statement of the facts as he saw them.
The bar is very smoky, very loud between the televisions and open seating, and undeserving of any new business. Bottom line, we went to another popular neighborhood bar (Hibernian) and were treated as though we were regulars...which we will surely become.
Nice but Rude. – Mac's Tavern seems like a good choice, but the employees seem to only care about their regulars and no one else. My friends and I came in to have a good time but were neglected. It was impressive for a 60/40 bar but lacked new atmsophere. I could have easily gone to another bar and had such a better time. Plus the food was gross even on bar standards.
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