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The protagonist of James Joyce's Finnegans Wake was brought back to life after whiskey was spilled on his corpse, and Tim Finnegan's Irish Restaurant & Pub shares its name with the book's central character. There's no magic whiskey here, but there are plenty of life-enriching pints of Guinness and snifters of Jameson to go around. Overhead, a soundtrack of The Pogues and other Irish bands brings an aural taste of Ireland to the Southwest, accompanying the bartender as he speaks with a thick Irish accent while stomping across the wooden floor. The pub is a good place to view both types of football: New York Jets paraphernalia hangs next to soccer jerseys on the walls. Located next to Metrocenter, Finnegan's offers a hidden spot for parents to sneak away for drinks while their kids get tuckered out at neighboring Castles N' Coasters.
We had been kind of wary to try Finnegan's - after all, they have corned beef and cabbage taquitos on the menu - but this past weekend we finally gave them a shot and had ourselves a good meal. I had a club sandwich and the wife had the fish and chips, neither particularly adventurous culinary-wise, but good solid fare that was made and presented well. We'll be back!
At Tim Finnegan's, happy hour is every day of the week, so even weekend warriors can nosh and get sloshed on the cheap. Premium wells for a mere three bucks, as well as half-price appetizers? We're sold. Especially when those half-price apps exemplify Old World Ireland transplanted smack-dab into the middle of the Southwest, like the corned beef and cabbage taquitos. It's an Irish classic with an identity crisis and it's served with both salsa verde and spicy mustard, further confusing its... More »
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