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Johnnie MacCracken's: Where "Crack" Means "Good Talk" (Georgia)

Updated on February 23, 2010

The Heart of Marietta

An Irish pub nestled among the shops and eateries of the Marietta Square, Johnnie MacCracken’s Celtic Firehouse Pub serves traditional Irish fare and beers. The pub features large, hearty meals—corned beef and cabbage, bangers and mash, and shepherd’s pie. The kitschy décor, dim lighting, and low ceilings lend the interior a cozy atmosphere. Every wall and surface is covered with pictures, signs, pennants, and items in Ireland’s colors: green, white, and orange. Beer taps hang from the rafters like Christmas lights. The front room has the bar and tables; a narrow hallway leads to a sitting room and an outdoor bar and firepit.

Live Music

MacCracken’s plays Irish folk music—soulful dirges and ballads heavy on the mandolin and flute. There is also live music on Wednesdays and Thursdays and open mic night on Mondays. It stays open until “three-ish,” according to a server, and no one under 21 is admitted.

Scottish Pride

Fire department memorabilia is an important theme of the bar: the building was originally the Marietta Engine Company #1, one of the oldest professional fire departments in Georgia. In case you’re wondering if Johnnie MacCracken was a real person, the pub was actually named for a group of firefighters killed in a factory fire in Glasgow, Scotland. The owner built MacCracken’s in honor of his father, Henry Grady Leake, a Marine of Scots-Irish ancestry whose photograph and history are displayed in the front entrance.

Food and Drink

Popular dishes include the fish and chips, the moonshine sandwich (sliced prime rib with cheese and tomato on sourdough), and the reuben on rye. The menu proudly states that MacCracken’s steams its corned beef in beer. Even the soups are large-portioned: a potato soup is a generous mix of carrots, potatoes, celery, beef, and sprinkled cheese. One dessert offered is the Guinness beer vanilla ice cream float, a rich, thick twist on the classic treat.

As for drinks, MacCracken’s stocks a wide selection of draught and bottled beers, Irish whiskey, Irish and Scottish single malts, and coffee drinks. A popular choice among the younger drinkers is the Irish Car Bomb.

Johnnie MacCracken’s is an ideal pub for people exploring downtown Marietta and for those interested in authentic Celtic food and beer.


15 Atlanta Street Southeast, Marietta, GA 30060

Phone: 678.290.6641

Closed on Sunday


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    • Browland profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Georgia

      Me too! Or any really good pub.

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      8 years ago

      I wish we had this in downtown Woodstock


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