Horrible, Horrible, Horrible. As bad as it gets. The Scotch Eggs we had were disgusting, even after eating only half of one I became sick and my boyfriend felt nauseous all evening afterwards. The owner was very smug, and seems to be struggling with "little man's" complex. The service was sub par and I can't think of a single reason we should return. STAY AWAY!!!!! The only reason I gave them a star is because I was forced to by this site.
You really need to Check This Place Out. What a charming surprise this restaurant was. I know my friends were pleased as I was with just how good the bar food was. The hamburgers we outrageously good and my blackened chicken sandwich and steak fries were deliciously good. I can recommend the lemon drop martinis since I had 5 and my friend said the choice of beers were numerous and quickly found a favorite. We had a wonderful time and I am sure you would agree if you visit the pub.
Negative reviewers are on crack or trying to sabotage place. First of all, I have always had great service when I have been in this place. Even when it is very busy, servers have been polite and timely. Maybe it's because I am polite(restraureview?) and not confusing this place with a nightclub(looking at you, klenny). The food is classic pub food which is prepared well and quick. The beer menu is enough reason to go. It is amazing!! Nice tap offerings, including lots of locals, and huge bottle selection. When you go, check out the bathrooms. Women can enjoy great pictures of Sean Connery and men get tongue dragging pics of Ursula Andress and Halle Berry(Bond girls). Mac Nivens is a gem in Indianapolis area
klenny was WRONG. I almost didn't go to Mac Nivens due to one bad review. What a mistake that would have been. If you want a laid back, comfortable place to grab a local beer and enjoy some unique and tasty PUB food, Mac Nivens Restaurant is the place. Our server was fast, friendly and efficient. The place was clean and inviting, and luckily for us, and everyone in there, klenny got the hint and took his business elsewhere.
macnivens sucks. if you are looking to have fun don't head here! i went to macnivens with some coworkers to celebrate the holiday season! while being there i was told once by the waiter that "it wasnt that kind of establishment" and also told to watch my language because in the bar area i called my friend/coworker a bitch and across the way they have 18 year olds so god forbid you say bitch loudly in the bar area! we talked to the manager and she told me she could hear me in the back so i was too loud....awesome thanks manager for making the customer right....essentially the waitstaff is rude the manager sucks and even though i live 1 minute away and i've been there numerous times over the past year i will never go back!
The review from the gentleman who likes Delerium Tremons is partly true. They were asked to leave; for being extremely rude to one of my bar guests. His 'friend' who sat down on a bar stool did so at the expense of the person who was already sitting in it, almost knocking him to the ground. As we interacted with the group we discovered a few were intoxicated. I told them they would not be served here and they became angry and aggressive. When they refused to leave, they raised their voices, threatening me. So I called the cops. Then they stood outside the restaurant window taunting me and my staff.
If these guys are doctors, I pity their sick! They are not welcome to return to MacNiven's.
Worst experience ever.
I went to this bar because it was one of the whole two places in town that sold Delerium Tremens, one of my favorite beers. I walked in with five friends and we were immediately given bad looks. The server refused to serve us or seat us until we showed our IDs (even though we are all in our 30s). Then she called the manager because one of my friends had sat down on a bar stool while waiting. The manager decided that it was rude to sit down without being asked to and told us we needed to be polite when coming into his bar. He told us to leave and when we started asking questions (keep in mind we are all doctors and just curious about what was happening) he told us he was going to call the cops. He did. And he told us that he didn't need us and didn't need people like us. Unbelieveable experience. The owner acts racist and the staff couldn't have been less polite. One of the worst experiences in Indianapolis. I would never go there again.
I love this place. This is the perfect place to start the night. The service isn't the best but I've never really had a bad experience. The high prices do make it easy to run up a tab here. The atmosphere is very relaxed and chill with the low lighting.
Horrible hospitality. A group of friends met for dinner. The server was delightful and the food was good. When another group of friends arrived to join us, the hostess very rudley told them they were not welcome. When a member of our party tried to talk to her the hostess and manager called her a bxxxx. We were talking to some people at another table and were told we weren't allowed to talk to anyone at other tables. The manager bad mouthed us the whole time we were there and told us we could leave before we got our food but we had to pay for it. We were not loud or rude at any time. I will never go into that place again and I will make sure all my friends stay away also.
More than 120 beers and authentic Scottish fare are offered at this Mass Avenue neighborhood pub..
Scottish flags and James Bond (aka, Sean Connery) and "Braveheart" posters line wood-paneled walls, while dark-wood furniture dots the room. A Scottish chef prepares traditional dishes, like steak pie with mashed potatoes and turnips in thick gravy, sausage rolls and shepherd's pie. If you can't stomach the haggis, there's plenty of American fare, from burgers to chicken. Young professionals gather for lunch, but at night, locals gather around the bar to hoist some brews.
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