Finnegan's Irish Pub
Taps: 35 / Bottles: 205
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
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Ratings: 18 | Reviews: 18
3.53/5 rDev -20%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
The interior was really nice. Just in general, they have a great selection of craft beers. As far as what they had on tap when I was there, I recalled, GI Matilda, Pere Jaques, & Fleur (which they were out of when I was there), Allagash Curieux & White, Dogfish head 60 min, Bells Oberon, & Smithwicks (which is $2 on Tuesdays). Now for the negatives, the bartender (male, looked mid 30's) for some reason, rubbed me the wrong way when he looked at me & my friend's (I'm 25 & he's 23) id for about 15-20 seconds each with the long glancing of my face & the id picture & physically checking out the license from different angles I guess to see if its not fake. I also didn't like how they didn't list the prices for the tap beers on the menu. The prices for a lot of their offerings were pretty high. I don't have it in front of me but, their appetizers ranged $6-8, lunch prices were at least $10 & I saw dinner meals that were at least $15 & some even went beyond the $20 mark. I ended up getting the Chicken Boxty. ($10) Hey, I was extremely hungry at the time & the %7 abv of my Matilda was giving me a serious buzz. While we were eating, a waitress asked the bartender for a Grey Goose & the bottle that he's pouring from runs out about a quarter of the way into the glass and, he secretly pours Smirnoff into that same glass. The boxty was very good (think of a potato pancake but without potato in it folded over with stuff inside) but, not $10 good since I was still hungry after wards. The check came to $31 with 2 boxtys, a $2 Smithwick & a Matilda. My only highlight was the long- bearded drunk guy, who sat next to my buddy, asking any female that he saw to join him for a drink & to go home with him. But at that time, my friend, feeling uncomfortable, begged me to finish my meal in a hasteful manner & by the time I walked out, I saw 2 decent-looking women having a drink with him. My actual rating is 2.5 but, gave it an upgrade for its craft beer offerings (since there aren't many of those types of places in the area) The atmosphere of the place seemed kinda "Courgarish" since I saw tables full of 35-45 year old women all dolled up. I would go back just for the drinks & to be sure to eat something before coming in.
12-31-2009 01:34:11 | More by JohnnyTightLips
3.78/5 rDev -14.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $
I've been here a few times now, enough to know what I like and dislike about the place.
Overall, this has a good friendly atmosphere that is, lo and behold, a pub. There is seating upstairs and downstairs. The facility is well maintained. There are plenty of tvs with sports running all the time. The only gripe I have about the atmosphere is that it's way too dark. So dark, in fact, that last night I had to read the menu by means of candle light. No shit.
The beer quality is good here. Not great, but good. The list of bottles is amazing, including a shit ton of bombers, but obviously bottles and bombers come with a high markup that makes it not worth paying. When I'm at a bar I'm a 100% tap guy (don't want to buy a bottle of something I can land at the local bottle store) and the tap list is fairly impressive, but half of the beers on the tap lists are ones I could do withouth. With that being said, there is still a reasonable amount of impressive beers that rotate through here on a regular basis. It still has a much better selection than 90% of the local beer bars.
Service is hit or miss. The wait staff is great, but the bar tenders are hit or miss. There has been more than one occassion where I've asked a question and got a blank stare. Some of those guys are just there to pull handles and crack bottles. Not all, but some. For a place that prides itself on the beer selection I expect more knowledge from people serving the beer.
Food is average bar food for what I've had, and I've eaten there on a few occassions. If it weren't for the beer this is a place I'd pass on, but the food is tolerable when seved with beer.
Prices are pretty cheap for both beer and food. While the food isn't great, at least they are realistic about the prices on it. The prices for beer and the serving sizes are appropriate, if not better than most.
Overall, this is one of the better tap lists in the west suburbs, but if I intend on having a good meal with my beer I'd rather travel to another place that remains nameless in this review (hint: in Lisle.) If I'm just drinking an having appetizers, this is the place.
03-07-2010 20:17:11 | More by Vonerichs
4.13/5 rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I have been here twice now and both times have had a good beer experience. Met the owners as well and they seem to be passionate about beer and that's a good thing for a bar owner who wants to have craft beer.
The food is standard Irish fair with some american favorites throw in. The service both times I went from the bar and from the server at our table was good. The have a main bar on the first floor with 21 taps and a small bar upstairs with an extra 11 taps. The taps had a wide array of styles to choose from to satisfy most anyones beer needs.
Like others said this place is a gem in an area that has been void of good beer for a long time... (maybe forever)
08-22-2009 13:21:44 | More by makdeco
4.2/5 rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
This would be a standout bar in any location, even more so in the expanding old farm-village-turned-bedroom-community of Plainfield, about an hour southwest of Chicago. Probably 2-3 miles northwest of the US 30 exit from I-55. No private parking lot, but plenty of nearby street parking.
Four legal-size pages of beer list. Wide variety, including some bottles, like ones from the Bruery and Dublin's Porterhouse, that I have not previously seen on a restaurant beer list. Servers were quick and friendly, ours was fairly beer knowledgeable. Said that she had come into this place not liking beer, but was now a convert. There were fourteen "certified server" certificates from the Cicerone institute on the wall by the WCs, which can't be a bad sign.
Interior is probably what most of the old classic Irish pubs looked like when they were new. Food was well-executed standard Irish pub fare. The sauce on the bangers & mash was a cut above though, and really made the dish.
Overall a very pleasant place with an exceptional beer list. Worth a detour.
06-13-2010 19:44:58 | More by MillRat
4.33/5 rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Best beer selection for the area, and some great Irish food here too. Finally made it here for a late lunch on a mini-tour of the Plainfield area. I was surprised at how small the place was, it seemed like there were maybe a dozenish tables plus seating at the bar for 15 or so.
Dark wood with intricate details and small high shelves, with a couple empty Dark Lords, Utopias, and a Pliny the Elder on one top shelf. Plenty of green for St. Pattys, with a small cozy fireplace in the back. The bar had anchor posts, which gave it an old european look, though it was completely new.
We were seated promptly towards the back, and as others have mentioned the crowd is a little older here, some "cougars" on the prowl for sure. An obnoxious table was making fart jokes when we came in, but thankfully they left soon after. At the bar there seemed to be a good number of regulars. So the crowd left a little to be desired (could just be an anomaly), but the place itself was very nice.
Beer list was a highlight, it was several pages long, and current up to the day. 21 taps behind the 1st floor bar, and 12 more upstairs. Great beers on tap like Double Trouble, Bells Oarsman, ST Mokah, Curieaux, Expedition, and many others. Bottles were very extensive, with gems like Bruery 2 Turtle Doves, and JP Noel for $30. See for yourself on beermenus... they even had a beermenus sticker on their front door.
Service was friendly, and timely considering our waitress was also tending the bar. When I asked about the Oarsman ale, she was able to give a good impression of it, which was a plus.
Food was great, had the Rueben boxty, and the spinach and artichoke dip. Both were tasty and well made. Overall i'd return here anytime, for the area the beer selection is unmatched, one of the best beer bars in the burbs.
02-22-2010 01:28:32 | More by emerge077
4.38/5 rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Set in the center of a quaint downtown thoroughfare in a far flung Chicago suburb, one would be forgiven if they assumed that Finnegan's was your typical fish & chips, Guinness flare bespangled mess of an Irish pub. That is, until you spot the giant Dogfish Head placard on the maître d' podium near the front door.
Inside is the type of decor one would equate with an Irish-styled pub with rich, dark woodwork and agreeably low lighting. What is absent, thankfully, is all of the typical Ireland-by-way-of-Guinness flare, fiberglass mastheads, and fake photos. Instead, the bar is decorated simply with bottles of beer conquests; without looking too hard I caught out of the corner of my eye a few Dark Lord vintages and a Pliny the Elder.
Finnegan's has easily the best beer list - tap and bottle - in all of the Chicago suburbs, if not the rest of the state. Their beer list includes an exhaustive bottle list, a full page of beer on tap, including three dedicated nitro lines, and a cask depending on your luck. Also, they serve ZERO macro brews, excluding Guinness, Harp, and Smithwick's.
The food was okay; well crafted suburban fare. Full-disclosure: I'm a vegetarian, so my opinion will be a bit skewed on this topic. That said, food pricing was fair. Would've been nice to see imperial pints instead of shakers for the beer price, but otherwise no complaints on price points.
The service was great. All of the servers are knowledgeable about their beer list, as well they should be: all must become Cicerone Certified beer servers soon after being hired.
Will you be able to find a bar with a better selection? Sure, but you won't find it in a town so small, so far from the city, and without a brewery on premises. It's a beacon of craft beer in formerly rural, newly-suburban Illinois. If you're in the area, it's a great place to have a nice evening and potentially do some craft conversions.
07-26-2010 03:30:39 | More by yeahnatenelson
4.38/5 rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Went here about a week ago with my fiance for a quick drink and an early dinner. I remembered seeing good reviews on here and figured I'd give it a shot.
Place was fairly empty upon arrival, but grew more crowded as we neared our departure. The food menu is small, but has some good Irish and bar food. We got the nachos and macaroni and cheese to split and both were above average, but not excellent.
What really shined here was the beer menu. 200+ different beers available to try. I started with an '09 Behemoth on tap, and followed it up with a Cereal Killer and Mongo. Service was great, beer tasted great, and the bill wasn't outrageous.
All in all, I'll be returning here.
05-31-2011 16:57:33 | More by BrewmasterNate
4.45/5 rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Went twice over last weekend. For lunch on Friday, not too crowded, but it was raining and most nearby parking was taken up by spring festival setup.
Great tap lineup, three Goose Island specialties (Matilda, Pere Jacques, and dark something or other), Kwak, ST Mooka, Smithwicks, Lagunitas IPA, Allagash White, Two Brothers Domaine Dupage, Guiness and Guiness 250, 21 draft beers in all.
Food was great as well. Got out with a sandwich and 2 beers for about $15 + tip. Service was good, fast, and friendly.
Went back Saturday night to meet friends. The place is rather small, and it was packed! Service was still good, fast and friendly for being so busy. Great neighborhood hangout. Not as rowdy as Moe Joes across the streat.
Will definitely go back and often.
05-20-2009 14:39:45 | More by JamnesCameron
4.45/5 rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Great selection: 35 taps and 205 bottles currently.
This is a great place to find limited beers that are draft only or just hard to find on draft such as vintage Stone Imperial Stouts and Double Bastard. There is always a good selection of beers too, from imports to domestic from IPAs to Imperial Stouts. They usually have some limited Three Floyds beers as well.
Excellent service and knowledgeable employees. One of the things I like about this place is that they will let you sample something if you are unsure about the style.
The food is pretty good here too and so is the service. The place is also kid friendly. The prices here might be slightly higher than other places, but this bar is hands down the best in the area and worth checking out if you are a craft beer lover.
05-15-2011 21:26:02 | More by bradner
4.5/5 rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$$
I have been stopping by Finnegan's quite often over the past 11 months that they've been open, so this review will be a culmination of those 50 or so visits.
Nice pleasant decor with great woodwork and library room. It has a very nice pub vibe from the moment you walk in. Once the sun starts setting, the pub-like atmosphere increases even more (I reckon that I associate pub with being a tad darker than the shining sun allows for in this case).
The decorations are tasteful, not gaudy or overdone. The bartenders are terrific and seem generally interested in trying each beer and learning about the product.
Todd, Becky, and Angie are extremely friendly and make excellent suggestions for newcomers. It also helps that they aren't shy about offering you a small sample of something if you are unsure about it.
Nowhere within 40 miles will you find a better craft beer selection. The tap handles range from Founder's, Bell's, New Holland, North Coast, Lagunitas, Three Floyds, Two Brothers, Goose Island, Dogfish Head, Allagash etc.
They offer a variety of styles, following the seasonal releases and keeping a few mainstays throughout the month. Depending on the beer, you can get an 8 oz snifter or a 20 oz pint glass-- and any number of sizes/glassware in between.
The food has all been excellent. The Irish Nachos have been a staple for munching on during my visits. The boxtys and the sandwiches have all been top-notch-- especially the Rueben!
The menu ranges fro $4 to $7 on appetizers to $6 to $13 for entrees. You're not gonna be spending money like the McDonald's dollar menu, but you aren't going to break the bank either. The portions are sized fairly for the prices, and everything has always been hot and fresh.
The bottom line is this: There is a reason that I, and people like me, have continued to head to Finnegan's. It's, simply put, a hell of a great place. Stop in for dinner, stay for a beer.
I brought my wife and 2 kids in last week and we all had a great time.
Don't pass this place up!
02-27-2010 06:53:06 | More by AleWatcher
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Finnegan's Irish Pub in Plainfield, IL
95 out of 100 based on 18 user ratings.