Finnegan's Irish Pub
Taps: 35 / Bottles: 205
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 18 | Reviews: 18 | Display Reviews Only:
4.53/5 rDev +2.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I've been to Finnegan's a few times now and every time I go I am never dissapointed. Their beer list is just awesome. I don't have an exact number but 200+ easily. Last time I was there they had FW Parabola on tap, Stone Vertical Epic 07-09, life and limb and stone IRS 05 and 06. So even with their 200+ brews they still have many limited releases which is great. The bartenders seem very knowledgeable and friendly, and the food is above average. Another reason I love this place is even on a Friday or Saturday night, you will still be able to get a seat/table, as it never seems to be very packed.( Maybe I have just been lucky.)
Anyway, all in all I do not believe I have been to a pub anywhere in the burbs that has the selection of Finnegan's. Accompany that with good food and knowledgeable employee's, and this place is a must stop for anyone in the area.
08-26-2011 04:33:25 | More by JohnPPutz
4.38/5 rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
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 | $$$
Great selection: 35 taps and 205 bottles currently.
This is a great place to find limited beers that are draft only or just hard to find on draft such as vintage Stone Imperial Stouts and Double Bastard. There is always a good selection of beers too, from imports to domestic from IPAs to Imperial Stouts. They usually have some limited Three Floyds beers as well.
Excellent service and knowledgeable employees. One of the things I like about this place is that they will let you sample something if you are unsure about the style.
The food is pretty good here too and so is the service. The place is also kid friendly. The prices here might be slightly higher than other places, but this bar is hands down the best in the area and worth checking out if you are a craft beer lover.
05-15-2011 21:26:02 | More by bradner
4.63/5 rDev +5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Is this Heaven? No it's Plainfield. Finnegan's is a cool beer bar designed to resemble an Irish Pub. Decent sized bar downstairs along with some table's and booths. Some nice flatscreen TV's behind the bar. Upstairs is some more dining tables along with a smaller bar.
The quality and selection at Finnegan's is outstanding. The selection includes about 20+ draft beers and what must be 100's of bottles to choose from. New draft's beers are frequently added.
The service has always been very good every time I have been there. Bartenders and wait-staff are very friendly.
I have only eaten there on 2 occasions, but enjoyed both meals.
I have found that Finnegan's prices seem to be a little higher than other places I have been to, but I'm willing to pay a premium to have such a selection so close to home.
Bonus - Kid Friendly. My wife and I have brought our baby with us for lunch on two occasions.
05-05-2011 02:21:08 | More by bvick7
4.63/5 rDev +5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
I visited Finnegan's last night and decided it was high time to give it a review.
Situated in the cool historic downtown of Plainfield, IL, Finnegan's is in a great location. Parking can be a challenge on a busy "going out to dinner" sort of night (every Friday and Saturday in Plainfield) but I have always been lucky enough not to have to walk too far after finding a spot.
The decor is what you want in an Irish (or any) pub. Lots of wood, rich colors on the walls, and a lack of cheesy faux-Irish swag.
The beer list is incredible, and several pages in length, with a full page dedicated just to the taps. Selection was super high quality without any real duds at all. On my visit they were pouring interesting offerings from a wide range of US craft beer breweries. My buddy had a Left Hand Milk Stout and I ordered the Stone Dry-Hopped Arrogant Bastard. Both were fresh and delicious, so much so that we ordered the same thing on round two which I rarely do in the presence of that many great beers.
Prices were very fair for the area, with many quality pints weighing in at $5-$6 and the food coming in at $9 or so. Speaking of food we had Irish nachos, onion soup, and smoked pork tacos and all were very tasty and well worth the price.
If this place was in the heart of Chicago it would be worth visiting. Considering that it is in the far southwest suburbs it is a godsend to those of us living in the Plainfield area. Very highly recommended!
01-03-2011 21:44:38 | More by spointon
4.9/5 rDev +11.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Been to Finnegan's three times now and I've been impressed every time. They have the best selection compared to any other place in the area with 30 something taps and over 200 bottles. A pretty good variety of selection as well as quality selection. Servers are pretty knowledgeable and entusiastic about beer. I ended up having fairly lengthy conversations about Founders and FFF with some of the servers. Their food is above average as well. While prices aren't way outstanding, they are definitely reasonable. Definitely looking forward to more visits here.
01-02-2011 22:35:57 | More by ahq514
4.8/5 rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
I've been to Finnegan's many times and I have to say it's one of the best Craft Beer bars in the area if not in all of Chicagoland.
They have a huge selection and a relatively knowledgeable waitstaff. The owner is a great guy who truly loves and appreciates craft beer and his enthusiasm can be seen in his staff.
Their food menu ranges from typical bar food to some near high end dishes. Also, every few months they hold a Beer Dinner which consists of a 5 course meal with specific beers paired to each course. Actually, I should say each dish is paired to the beer. I went to their Dogfish Head dinner and it was amazing!
This place is a must-go-to for all BA's.
09-08-2010 15:32:40 | More by ZDub
4.38/5 rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
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
4.2/5 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
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
Finnegan's Irish Pub in Plainfield, IL
95 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.