McKibbins Irish pub is one of the nicer pubs around Concordia University. Like most Irish pubs there is a hokey element to the place. However, the turn-of-the-century sandstone building and wood-paneled interior takes it a notch above. In recent years, McKibbins has branched out and opened pubs on boulevard Saint Laurent and the West Island, slowly making it feel less like a real place and more like McStarbucks.
McKibbins serves “Irish poutine.” This is obviously a misnomer, as they don’t have poutine in Ireland. However, Ireland does have brown sauce, and some of the Guinness-derived sauces used in stews are quite outstanding. Ireland also has some excellent cheeses. Therefore, it remains a mystery why McKibbins’ Irish poutine is served with curry sauce and North American mozzarella.