Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name—and sometimes you want to go where everybody wants to know your name. Achieve the latter with today's deal: for $10, you get $20 worth of eats and sips at Finnigan's Wake on the North Shore. Though this neighborhood bar is a blarney stone's throw from PNC Park, today's Groupon is not good on days when a game or event is being held at the stadium.
If Finnigan's menu were a flag, it would be a mixture of red, white, blue, and green, and would be proudly twirled in all Independence of St. Patrick's Day parades. The fare is mainly influenced by traditional Irish staples, but retains a touch of American pub grub. Start out with a plate of Irish wings slathered in your choice of 12 sauces ($8.95) before moving on to a Kitchen Sink Pizza overloaded with pepperoni, sausage, peppers onions, mushroom, and black olives baked in a mozzarella-provolone blend ($11.95). Sandwich selections range from the hot sausage with onions and peppers on a baguette to the crab-cake sandwich served on a Kaiser roll with homemade tartar sauce (both $9.95). You can also keep it traditional with a Squirrel Hill Reuben ($8.95). Entrees include the popular corned beef and cabbage ($10.95), fish and chips ($12.95), and Finnigan's version of country-fried steak—a breaded and deep-fried open-face Philly steak on Texas toast with Swiss cheese and gravy ($10.95). Finish off your feast with a slice of peanut-butter cream pie ($5.95).
Much like its namesake in song, Finnigan's was born with a love for the liquor. The 24 taps at Finnigan's bleed a blend of 12 mainstays (including Budweiser, Smithwicks, and Yuengling) and 12 constantly rotating seasonal brews. The pub also carries a bevy of bottled beers and a full lineup of spirits. After a few happy helpings from the bar, patrons have reported paranormal effects: lulled conversations become unstuck, sports enthusiasm grows, and, if they're lucky, the ghost of Ulysses S. Grant will buy a round. Experience this phenomenon firsthand with a gathering of new and old acquaintances. Dust off your middle-school soccer team's laminated phone tree for a reunion of old friends who still use the same landline phone number, and have lots o' fun at Finnigan's Wake.
- Finnigan's Wake is the largest Irish Bar in town but still has that neighborhood bar feel. – Christopher T Smith, BarSmart staff review
- Finnigan's is a good place to get a cold beer and some decent food. The waitstaff and bartenders are generally friendly and service is usually pretty good. – skinnerstein, BarSmart
- I highly recommend the Shephard's [sic] Pie. – TripAdvisor reviewer