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A Taste of the Emerald Isle in Downtown Sioux City
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A Taste of the Emerald Isle in Downtown Sioux City

Step into Ireland in Downtown Sioux City.

Walk in through the front door of McCarthy and Bailey’s Irish Pub and the décor will pull you into another world. With a century-old mahogany bar from a pub north of Dublin, as well as stained glass and cobblestone from Ireland, you’ll feel relaxed just by absorbing the beauty in the details. Weathered floorboards and rustic art add to the atmosphere that could be perfect for a wedding reception or a night out on the town. (And  can imagine that it’s a pretty wild place each year on March 17th!)

The food is prepared by Chef Nicolas Gunn, who has a wide-range of successes in the culinary world. Irish fare like bangers and mash, corned beef and cabbage, and shepherd’s pie are sure to satisfy. I had bangers and mash, which is two Irish sausages served over mashed potatoes and peas and carrots with an onion gravy. Tasty and filling!

The dessert menu also looked very tempting, but I didn’t have room to try the bread pudding, made with buttermilk pancakes, apples, and raisins. And, of course, it is a pub – so there are plenty of other options.

If you like, you can choose a snug, secluded booth with room for up to six people, or a table on the stage. Or, just belly up to the bar. You’ll be treated with great hospitality and excellent food at McCarthy and Bailey's.

And, if you’re in Sioux City looking for an event location, they’ve got a room next door to host your event, and they do catering as well. Check out their website for more information.

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