Dresden Files

McAnally's Pub, sometimes described as "not a pub, but an actual, Old World–style tavern,"[1] is a pub and grill owned by "Mac" McAnally. It first appears in Storm Front.


Macanallies Bar

Harry at the pub.

McAnally's Pub is located in its building basement, under the street level, and its main room is colored in earth browns and sea greens.[2]

Items and structural parts are arranged around the number 13. Thirteen wooden pillars, elaborately carved with scenes out of Old World fairy tales, thirteen tables are scattered in the free spaces. The bar is crooked with thirteen stools, there are thirteen fans overhead. The entire place is designed to diffuse and refract random magical energies[2] that often gather around practitioners, who are most of its clientele.[3] The pub entirely lacks in modern electronic amenities, such as TV or electronic games, replaced by a piano player.[2]

After the war between the White Council and the Red Court broke out, McAnally's pub is declared official neutral territory under the Unseelie Accords.[4][5]

McAnally brews his own ale and cooks the food he serves on a wood-burning stove.[2]

In the series[]

Storm Front[]

In Storm Front, the pub is first introduced when Harry Dresden visits following his appointment with Monica Sells. The pub’s owner is also introduced, and Dresden discusses the ThreeEye drug until Susan Rodriguez arrives to query him about his case for Special Investigations and arrange a date.[2]

Fool Moon[]

In Fool Moon Kim Delaney meets Harry Dresden here to learn about summoning circles.[6]

Death Masks[]

In Death Masks, the seconds and the emissary for the duel between Harry Dresden and Paolo Ortega occurs here.[1]

Dead Beat[]

In Dead Beat, Harry Dresden met the Wardens to plan out what to do about the necromancers—the Heirs of Kemmler—who are planning a Darkhallow. Anastasia Luccio, Captain of the Wardens, is accompanied by Donald Morgan, Carlos Ramirez, and two young Wardens: Yuki Yoshimo and Kowalski. Luccio immediately drafts Harry as a warden. The wardens have received major defeats and desperately need replacement wardens for The War with the Red Court.[4]

Proven Guilty[]

In Proven Guilty, Harry Dresden meets with the Summer Lady and Summer KnightLily and Fix. Maeve joins them later.[7]

Small Favor[]

In Small Favor, Karrin Murphy faces down an enormous Gruff who enters the Tavern, Harry Dresden calls him Tiny, and gets him to leave of his own accord, more or less. This so impresses Mac that does something he rarely does. He brings three bottles of a special brew he usually holds back in reserve to the table where Dresden and Murphy were sitting. He opens and hands one each to Harry and Murphy and opens one for himself—then he salutes Murphy with his bottle—and chugs it down.[8]

"Wild Card"[]

In "Wild Card", Harry Dresden organizes a parley between John Marcone, Lara Raith and the police to bring them together against Puck, their common enemy.[9]

"Last Call"[]

In "Last Call", maenad Meditrina Bassarid, cast a spell on McAnally's beer to induce a frenzy of madness in his pub's customers, starting an investigation by Harry Dresden and Karrin Murphy.[10]

Cold Days[]

In Cold Days, when the Outsider, He Who Walks Before, demands that Harry Dresden be sent out to him under threat of attack on his pub. Dresden offers to take it outside under the Accords; but McAnally does not accept the proposition. Sharkface recognizes Mac and the reason behind his presence there. Mac, Harry, and Thomas fight him off till he leaves.[11]

Skin Game[]

In Skin Game, Mab, Harry Dresden and Kringle meet to discuss the hiring of Goodman Grey.[12]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Death Masks, ch. 17
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Storm Front, ch. 5
  3. Small Favor, ch. 16
  4. 4.0 4.1 Dead Beat, ch. 30
  5. Proven Guilty, ch. 6
  6. Fool Moon, ch. 1
  7. Proven Guilty, ch. 19
  8. Small Favor, ch. 17
  9. "Wild Card"
  10. "Last Call"
  11. Cold Days, ch. 22
  12. Skin Game, ch. 44

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