Mahony & Sons is a traditional Irish pub with locations at UBC & downtown. Offering classic pub food, big patios, live music and a great atmosphere.
This is the most expensive restaurant at UBC.
The food is actually not bad, I have enjoyed it every time, minus the steak sandwich which was doused in mayo and therefore was awful.
Their Irish stew is better than most of the Irish stew I have had around vancouver, and they do have a wide variety of drinks.
They have a lot of staff, so in response to the previous posting, the place is sort of hit or miss. Its not terrible but I don't go often at all.
For good cheap food in the village, and for a place to eat at UBC which doesn't feel like you're on a university campus, go to SUIGA sushi above the mcdonalds
This restaurant/bar is clearly taking advantage of the fact that they are the only pub at UBC.
On my most recent visit I ordered the Fontina Cheese and Truffled Crimini Mushroom Burger (15.50).
The quality of this burger barely beats that served out of the fast food window of the adjacent Pit Pub. The only attribute of this burger was that makes it better than the Pit is that it was served on a plate and not a fast food tray. Everything from the obviously pre-made patty, to the diminutive helping of mushrooms, and factory-production look of the assembled burger screams 'cheap'.
If you are looking for a quick lunch and a pint there aren't really any other options on campus. You can get the same food at the Pit, but their service is poor and you're in a basement.
I'd got off campus before going back to M&S.
I've got to say that I was rather disappointed in this place. First the food is definitely overpriced by a long, long margin. They didn't even have what I originally wanted, so I went with the fish and chips. $16 for one piece, a handful of fries and a mostly undressed coleslaw (the dressing was on the bottom of it). Service was alright, came to us quickly and did check in, but only offering refills on drinks after the meal was done? The drinks were at the point of needing a refill half way through the meal. They must have a captive audience to be able to survive on campus, there is much, much better to be had once off the endowment grounds.
We are both UBC students, and we pass by this place every day. When you do that, it tends to blend into the scenery. However, due to the limited selection of places on campus, we have been in here occasionally for drinks or a lunch.
Most recently it was for a UFC PPV (not our idea, but the brawling was ok). We ordered two different burgers. They are good burgers, won't disappoint, but won't have you clamoring for more. The mushroom burger was our preferred one. What we do especially enjoy are the yam fries, though I will echo the fact that this place is quite pricey.
They do tend to have a lot of staff here, and service was not a problem for us. Bottom line, it is a decent place on campus to go. Hard to recommend it, but we've never been disappointed either. It's kind of pricey, but you know what you are getting.
Been there a few times.
Selection of food is better than other pubs.
Quite busy on Friday and Saturday nights especially when term starts. Service is good .. Good selection of beers.
Enjoy the live music on Thursday and Friday nights ... hopefully they will have one for Saturday night soon.
i went to the resturant and had a nightmare of service from start to end.
1st, to be seated it took about 20 minutes and i was a single patron.
2nd i ordered a single coke 5 times and it never arrived
3rd the only thing that came to my table was a starter and that was like rubber
when i placed my starter order i simultaneously placed my main course order.
no main course was brought to me instead, just a bill came to me.
i was then upset and determined to pay the bill and leave. after approximately 20 minutes
no one came to recieve payment. i could have walked out and no one would notice
i then went to the bar, asked to speak to the manger and told him the problems i encountered and
that the service was so bad i couldnt even get someone to tend to me to pay the bill.
as such, due to the service and expensive unsatisfactory food (that which they actually served to me) i wouldnt recommend that anyone goes there. you might as well go to a reputable fast food outlet and have a better dinning experience.
I've eaten at this pub a few times for lunch now and have been pleased every time. Though the items on the menu seem expensive, the portion size made up for it. Most recently i tried their halibut tacos on their fresh sheet and found them to be as good or better than what i've had at Joey's or Go Fish. The restaurant is out of the way if you don't live on campus, but i've found myself making the drive there to sit on the patio, drink and eat. Worth a try if you're in the area!
I went here over a year ago...but I had to give in my 2 cents about this place. This is probably one of my top 3 worst pub places to go to. Generally I don't expect that much from a pub, but it had opened up recently and it looked nice from the outside, so we thought we would catch a burger while catching part of the hockey game. It was pretty dead when we got in. A few tables, it took forever for them to acknowledge us, and we quickly made our minds to get a burger and some dry ribs. Dry ribs were like cardboard, the burger was dry and tasteless. Once once were our waters refilled (remember, there were plenty of staff, and not many customers, yet our server was just too interested in watching the game on TV) and didn't ask us how things were. During our meal, the girl asked "i'm sorry to make this awkward, but I have to leave now, can I give you the bill now?" Totally rude, you never do that, well you could do it, but you don't ask a question like that. Of course we said, we'll get it later. Anyways, not impressed at all. Hopefully management has been hiring students who have more customer experience than the person we had.
I'll confess, I used to g here often. Enough that Mahony should have been a spending category on my credit card statements. It was convenient and the atmosphere really is good. Warm carved wood, big windows, a good patio, clean and just the right mood lighting The drinks are also good.
The food? Well the food is, inconsistent at best and at worse, unpalatable. There's some things you just shouldn't touch and some dishes I'm not sure why they've been left on the menu. The steak bites taste like saw dust covered meat. It's very very bad. The thai chicken bites were equally revolting. They make a couple of tasty soups and most of the time, the cook can make the sandwiches but they are in desperate need of some quality control in that kitchen. At least, if they want to continue justifying their prices.
The owners, one behind the bar and one in front of the house really can take good care of their patrons. After a while though you get tired of sending food back so you just push it around your plate. drink more beer and contemplate what to do with hockey puck garlic bread. While I'm ranting, I wish someone would stop putting an overly ambitious selection of food on the menu. Thai, Irish, Italian, Indian, pub food all in one is too much for most kitchens to handle and this one is no exception.
Oh - if you are looking for a deck with a band in the summer. They have one. You can have a beer with a friend and enjoy the summer night air and the live music. That does redeem Mahony & Sons, but just barely.