McMullan's was originally opened in July of
2001 in the basement of a 100 year old building
located on the corner of King and Princess in
Uptown Waterloo. The facility was greeted by
thirsty neighborhood patrons immediately.
The space over the century had seen many
uses including an auction house, restaurant,
warehouse, print shop, livery, and as a practice
hall for the local philharmonic orchestra. It’s
most notorious use however was as a garage
during the American prohibition in the 1920’s.
Late at night barrels and cases of untaxed alcohol
were transported by underground tunnels from
the Huether Hotel. These were then loaded
into cars and trucks for distribution across
southwestern Ontario and subsequently to the
United States. Evidence of this was unearthed
during the excavation of the patio where 1920’s
license plates and an engine cover (complete
with bullet holes) were discovered. On quiet
nights you can still hear the ghosts of late night
deliveries rolling down the ramp still visible in
the ceiling of the men’s washroom!
The original plan was for McMullan’s to be a
“Canadian Pub and Grillhouse” but it was not
very long before the popularity of the pizza and
beer special took off and McMullan’s became the
“Canadian Pub and Pizzeria” that it is known
as today. Recognizing the potential of the draft
beer brewing industry, McMullan’s was the first
pub to carry a wide variety of draft beer choices
served properly in a comfortable atmosphere at
great value. Ten years after the "McMullan's on
King" started doing business we opened up our
second location with "McMullan's on Highland"
in Kitchener. As further proof of our popularity,
we needed to add additional space in 2014.
We would like to thank our loyal customers for
making McMullan’s their hospitality destination
for 15 years. Please remember we do take
reservations and specialize in hosting variety
of private functions.
All of our food menu items are prepared and
cooked when you order them so it may take a little
longer than other places. We do not like sacrificing
quality for convenience. If you are in a hurry
please inform your server and we will endeavor
to get you served as quick as possible.