McCool’s: Manhattan’s newest hometown sports bar

McCool’s Bar + Kitchen is new to Aggieville. McCool’s has a variety of daily specials, from wine and wings to burgers and beer. (Julia Smith | Collegian Media)

Jeff Zerr and Casey McCool are the owners and operators of McCool’s and Mojo’s in Aggieville. The bar, renovated by the pair after 785 closed, is nothing like the club-style bar it replaced. Instead, high top tables and a large open space greet bar-goers starving for a late night or game day meal.

The menu is packed with fun food options such as salads, burgers, sloppy joes, wings and tater tots. The Firecracker burger, which comes with grilled jalapenos, pepper jack cheese and a buffalo cream cheese spread, is very simple and quickly made; it has an old-school ballpark feel to it. The fries are fresh and extra crispy — they don’t taste like they sat for even a second under a heat lamp. 

The food, while not flashy, makes up for it in taste, affordability and convenience — it’s the perfect quick bite between classes. It beats out other fast-food restaurants in town, plus the atmosphere is very casual. It’s a great place to watch a game or work on homework with a burger and beer.  

Chill music, like Etta James’ “A Sunday Kind of Love,” reverberates through the speakers and serenading the audience, adding to the enjoyable atmosphere. 

When the sun goes down and drinks fill glasses to the brim, the space is still comfortable and welcoming. The warm lights and open space make the bar stand out from others in Aggieville. Rather than adding itself to the list of club-like bars in town, McCool’s takes a different approach — it screams hometown sports bar.

The staff is attentive to customers; drinks are made quickly. Most guests seem to be committed regulars, despite the bar being newer to the area, speaking to its service. The neighborly kindness of the staff stands out with every visit.