As a huge fan of How I Met Your Mother on TV, I had always known that the fictional Maclaren’s Pub was based on a real bar in New York City but was completely unaware that I had walked past McGee’s Pub many, many times before. When I found myself in New York in September, I decided to visit McGee’s for lunch. It’s fair to say that my visit was legen – wait for it – dary!
McGee’s is located just off Broadway on W55th Street so incredibly easy to find and a very easy walk from Times Square. I visited on a Monday afternoon and it wasn’t busy at all and we were able to get a table immediately.
The full list of How I Met Your Mother inspired cocktails available at McGee’s is:
The Naked Man
Don’t Drink Tequila
Have You Met The Captain
The Pineapple Incident
As it’s one of my favourite episodes, I had to order a “Pineapple Incident”. I also ordered the Mac and Cheese from the appetiser menu. Both were delicious and very much welcome after a long morning of walking around Manhattan.
There are many How I Met Your Mother photos on the wall throughout McGee’s although my favourite reference was the Robin Scherbatsky graffiti message for Marshall in the ladies restroom from the episode “The Time Travelers”.