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Finnegan's Irish Pub

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Finnegan's Irish PubFinnegan's Irish Pub
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

18 Ratings
Ratings: 18
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 7.48%
Taps: 35
Bottles: 205
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

24102 Lockport St
Plainfield, Illinois, 60544
United States
phone: (815) 733-5177
// CLOSED //



Notes:
Temporarily closed, September 2011.
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(Place added by: dalelewis1 on 04-13-2009)
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Reviews by ZDub:
Photo of ZDub
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%

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.

ZDub, Sep 08, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of JohnPPutz
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

JohnPPutz, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of BrewmasterNate
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

BrewmasterNate, May 31, 2011
Photo of bradner
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%

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.

bradner, May 15, 2011
Photo of bvick7
4.63/5  rDev +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.

bvick7, May 05, 2011
Photo of spointon
4.63/5  rDev +5%

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!

spointon, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of ahq514
4.9/5  rDev +11.1%

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.

ahq514, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

yeahnatenelson, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of MillRat
4.2/5  rDev -4.8%

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.

MillRat, Jun 13, 2010
Photo of Vonerichs
3.78/5  rDev -14.3%

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.

Vonerichs, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of AleWatcher
4.5/5  rDev +2%

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!

AleWatcher, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of emerge077
4.33/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

emerge077, Feb 22, 2010
Photo of kellyj999
4.63/5  rDev +5%

ABSOLUTE MUST if your in Plainfield or surronding area. Beer selection is unmatched! Great food, Great atmosphere, Great Beer! Wood work is gorgous and continues on the second floor, library is a beautiful place to have a private dinner. Ask about their beer dinners! Staff is friendly and knowledgeable and pretty funny!Beer prices are outstanding! They have alot of smaller breweries i had never heard of but soon became some of my favorites. Try a Boont Amber Ale or Lost Coast Great White. Best craft beer pub around! Highly recommended!

kellyj999, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of JohnnyTightLips
3.53/5  rDev -20%

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.

JohnnyTightLips, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of makdeco
4.13/5  rDev -6.3%

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)

makdeco, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of DownDaHatch
4.58/5  rDev +3.9%

Let me start by stating what this place IS. It is a great place to enjoy some good food and above average beers in the Plainfield area. I have been going in there for several months and know the list quite well.

Edit: 12/8/09 - Man this place is much improved. Taps are outstanding and bottle selection is very good. Dale (owner) is committed to making this place THE place to be in burbs and THE alternative to Bavarian Lodge. Staff training and beer knowledge is much improved. Don't miss this place or you will be sadly missing great beers at a fair price with better than average Irish Fare. Cannot wait for the new menu to be released by the new exec chef - Tom H. from the Herrington in Geneva, IL. This place is a rising star.

It doesn't have many rare beers or specifically difficult beers to locate but it has a nice selection. ESPECIALLY FOR THE PRICE....Double Dog $5 bottle - Commodore Perry $4.5....Tripel Karmelite bottle $6. Maybe I am just too accustomed to prices in Naperville, Lisle or Brookfield. The staff is quite helpful althought they are learning as time progresses, and certainly more knowledgable that those of the bartenders found at the other end of town. Foood is typical Irish pub fare, try the Boxtys they are a tasty dish. If possible enjoy the sidewalk cafe and maybe on Tuesday nites you can also enjoy the classic car cruise nights. Three cheers for the city of Plainfield finally getting the downtown district done correctly. Hopefully parking will be next.

DownDaHatch, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of JamnesCameron
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%

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.

JamnesCameron, May 20, 2009
Photo of carpenoctem
4.63/5  rDev +5%

Let me start by saying that I do not mind the prices at the bar, but I imagine some people might have a problem paying $6 for a pint or tulip. The beer list is the most impressive place I have been to in Illinois, great tap list, good bottle selection. Staff seems to know what they are talking about except one guy... Did not get his name, but did not have to much knowledge; however he was willing to change the lines on the kegs in the basement so my buddy could try something that was not tapped when we got there. Food is what you can expect from an Irish establishment. Overall it is my new favorite pub in town.

carpenoctem, May 15, 2009
Finnegan's Irish Pub in Plainfield, IL
94 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.