Historians agree that Hercules would never have completed his 12 labors if not for the keg of Irish beer that he had hooked up to him intravenously. Achieve your own Herculean feat with today’s Groupon: $14 buys you $30 worth of food and drinks at Keagan’s Irish Pub or Finn McCool's. Not content to limit themselves to one restaurant, Keagan’s serves up authentic Irish cuisine at three locations.
All four Irish havens feature an authentic Irish culinary experience that will please any human tongue. Hype up the appetite with the Fighting Irish nachos ($6.99) at the Red Mill Commons location, or devour a dish of lemon-caper-tartared Dublin Bay fish and chips ($7.99 half, $11.99 full) at Town Center or Jefferson Commons. At Finn McCool’s, wrap your chewers around a corned-beef and sauerkraut Ruthy’s Reuben ($8.99), or ingest the beefy, brothy, and vegetable-rich Shepherd’s Pie ($10.99). Friendly servers deliver cocktails, wine, and Irish stouts from wood-paneled bars framed by enough masonry to build a castle with a five-battering-ram garage.
At Keagan’s, warm lights hang down to illuminate dark interiors filled with wooden tables, friendly servers, echoes of live acoustic music, and walls decorated with artwork and Jameson ads. The blend of Celtic- and Victorian-style décor fills the beer-buzzed eye with views of original Irish woodwork and fixtures that will extract screams of "I can predict the weather based on the way the trees talk to me!" from the punchiest of patrons.
Reviews for Keagan's vary depending on which of the chain pub's four locations you frequent. Eighty-six percent of Urbanspooners recommend the Town Center branch, which gets three stars from Yelpers. Meanwhile, Find Locals at the Daily Press give the Newport News outpost a solid 3.5 stars.
Keagan's Irish Pub and Finn McCool's
At first glance, Keagan's Irish Pub and Finn McCool's don't seem so different. Both are thoroughly Irish establishments, serving traditional dishes of shepherd's pie, bangers 'n' mash, and fish ’n’ chips in dining rooms adorned with dark woods and stonework accents. Both also feature regular karaoke nights and live-music acts that regale patrons with songs so catchy they're under investigation by the CDC. But Finn McCool's stands out from its sister restaurant in one important aspect—its seafood bar, replete with broiled oysters and clams, steamed shrimp and snow crab, and sautéed mussels that arrive to tables solo or in hefty combination platters.