Mackey’s Hideout is McHenry’s favorite spot to listen to live music while enjoying all the latest craft beer. With at least one live show a week, there’s always a great jam band or solo performance to catch at Mackey’s. Featuring eleven beers on tap, ninety-six bottles, and eighteen cans, their drink selection is extensive to say the least. Ranging from standard domestics to unique craft options, Mackey’s offers something for everyone.
Mackey’s Hideout has been owned and operated by Bill Mackey for the past 10 years. Prior to Mackey’s, the bar was Swords Saloon, and the building itself has been around for over 40 years. Mackey’s features a large interior complete with a stage and a sizable outdoor patio. There is also an outside pavilion for concerts during the warmer seasons. Mackey’s decor is a bit of a blast from the past, with an authentic and colorful hippie vibe, complete with the grooviest staff and clientele. Performances are a fusion of original and cover rock and roll, folk, blues, and psychedelic rock.
Although Mackey’s is best known for its beer and music, they offer their hungry guests pizza, and additional entertainment as well. In between sets, you can compete in a friendly game of darts, play a quick tune on the jukebox, or try your luck on the video gaming slot machines. Mackey’s also hosts Open Mic Night every Monday with Sean Shiel from 8pm-1am. Or join them for Karaoke, every Thursday evening from 9pm-1am. Mackey’s is always interested in fresh musical talents, so if you think you have what it takes, submit your information on their website!
Mackey’s Hideout has been home to Troubadourium, one of their biggest events, for the past five years. A troubadour is a medieval lyrical poet, composer, and performer, primarily on the theme of love. The indoor event features solo performers, who Mackey’s Hideout refers to as “modern day troubadours.”
Mackey’s genuine esthetic, broad beer selection, and phenomenal performances, keep McHenry locals and music lovers coming back for more. For upcoming shows, follow Mackey’s Hideout on Facebook and check out their full music schedule on their website!
2601 S River Rd. McHenry, IL 60051
Video Gaming, Live Music, Outdoor Patio