Boston >Food & Dining > McFadden's
148 State Street, Boston, MA | Directions 0210942.359486 -71.054192
Mon-Sat: 11:30am - 2am
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Central
Not Good – It's the old Bank of New England. Was mush better when it was the Exchange. Rude and surly staff. Bartenders and wait staff get the orders wrong.
I thought it was over-priced for the quality of the food and drink.
Avoid this place at all costs. Not good at all.
There are much better Sports Bars and Irish Pubs across the street, around the corner, in Quincy Marketplace, further up State Street, or down Broad Street.
Don't Go - Unless You are Ok with Sexual Harassment! – Actually giving McFadden's "No Stars". One of the bartenders sexually assaulted one of my best friends there. The bar manager and general manager wouldn't do anything about it and didn't care. Doesn't matter if you are a man or a woman - don't support McFadden's if you have any respect for people and are sick of bar staff being outright disrespectful and acting on power trips!
Happy Hour Anybody?! – So I love McFadden's but mostly because of their free happy hours. I've already gotten 2 free nights and my boyfriend won a free night as well! You see, all you have to do is sign up on their main site to receive their emails, and about a couple of weeks later they'll either call or send you an email telling you you've won a free night of drinks. I don't know if this promotion makes them money or not, but the place is always packed and there are literally about 5-10 winners per night it seems (me, my boyfriend, and 2 classmates all won on the same night one time). The deal is that your free happy hour (which is actually 2 hours) lasts from 6pm-8pm so you better get there on time, and you can order any mixed drink that's not top shelf but you can only get Coors Light, Bud Light, or Miller Lights for beer free. You are also encouraged to bring as many friends as you like, and they can all drink the same mentioned drinks but all at $3 each (not free, but still way better than paying the usual $7-$12 mixed drink). Sliders are also really popular at $1 each for everyone in the party (including the winners, no food for free).
So, would I come here on a regular night without winning their happy hour/having one of my friends win so I don't have to pay full price? Probably not, only because the place is too crowded and I don't frequent the other bars in that area. However if you want to check it out, the downstairs area is my favorite. It's much quieter and the lights are always dimmed with weird but cool/"artsy" vintage steel lockers and like, velvet cushioned seating for decoration. Yeah, just check it out for yourself. Oh but the downstairs area has weird times, I think they open it around 8pm but then close it up early at 10 or 11pm. The main floor is open until 1am I believe.
ewwww – This place is soooo dirty and sooo disgusting. It can't even compare to the rest of the bars in Fanuiel Hall. The waitstaff is always new because people always quit. The downstairs was flooded and the same day they had a party there. So unsanitary. I am sure they could never pass any health inspections.
boooo – They gave my bill to someone else to sign, so when I retrieved my card they said it had no charges on it, but the next day I had a hefty charge on my card that someone else had signed for. They gave this other person their credit card back and gave them my bill to sign. Not that guys fault though, it's McSadden's screw up.
Also, a friend was looking for a lost article of clothing, and the bouncer told her it was "not his problem".
There's too many bars downtown to put up with the jerks at this one.
Comfy port in a storm! – Just stopped in for a drink in the middle of a snowstorm, great comfortable atmosphere, attentive service at the bar.
Bouncers play favorites to their own friends.... – Here I am born and raised on the East Coast, however live in SF. I went there a few weeks back to meet up with some friends. One of my friends happens to be a good looking female. I arrived with one other friend and we order around for the girls and ourselves. It turns out that one of my friends was getting played on by a fellow she just did not care to be bothered with. I said some none threatening things just get him off my friend's back. The selfish kid decided to say, fine then I will have you kicked out. Moments later without any notice or warning from the Bouncers. Boston Police Department, the kid I had exchanged a few words with, and a bouncer escorted me out with no explanation. They wouldn't even let me sign off on my tab.
don't leave your drink unattended – someone preying on MEN at this bar. I have reliable knowledge of a hetero man being drugged etc.at this bar. It's a crazy world. Stay safe
I would say "just okay" – I had never heard of this bar until this past weekend when I met some of my friends in town after work for drinks. My first thought when I entered was that the bar looked just like a frat house. There was not a ton of room to stand so people were constantly bumping into me and my friends. The beers were about $4, which is lower than average so that was a plus. Also, there are a couple of people who mention this place as a good pick up joint - I don't know about the ladies that were there, but the men were only so-so. I was hoping for their sake they were independently wealthy or had great careers.
Advertised Halloween Costume Contest Didn't Happen – I was at the McFadden's Halloween Party last night (Tuesday 31st) hoping to win the advertised $1000 costume contest prize. There were some good costumes there which people had spent a lot of time making, it was very busy and I had a lot of fun. I was Optimus Prime.
However, I left disappointed at 1am because no one could tell me what was happening concerning the contest. Today, I heard from other friends who stayed on after me, that the contest did not happen, no prize was awarded and it got a bit ugly. I find it difficult to believe an establishment would act in such an unethical way.
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