Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Finnegans Wake

There are three Irish pubs in Key West, and of the three I end up at Finnegans most often. I like the dark wood interior and limited number of gruesome TVs dangling off the ceiling.

I've been to Shanna Key on Flagler, and it was fine, but I've never been to Bogart's, now McConnells on Duval Street. Why? I dunno, but I like this place. So I keep coming back to Finnegan's Wake.

James Joyce's Finnegans Wake was apostrophe free, unlike this pub, but I doubt anyone notices. Fred and I both ordered bangers and mash, Irish-American style...lots of food.

Sausages and mashed potatoes are fine but they need the proper accompaniment to go down right. On hard core days I like Guinness, if I'm in the mood for tough love I take Smithwick's and when I'm with Fred we sink Boddington's by the pint, a smooth gentle beer with a lovely creamy head.

Fred needed the food to recover from the night before, a long story that ended with Fred and his buddy taking two strippers to Denny's for breakfast at dawn, and some other details best left under the rock.

Finnegans is a good place to sit of an afternoon and waste some time in good conversation. If you have a friend and need to talk go to Finnegans, on Grinnell at James Streets.

It's a meaty sort of place (with a some quite decent vegetarian offerings if you're weird). And the beer's not bad.

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Len said...

Finnegan's is our go-to for a pint when we are "home". They have a trivia night that is kind of fun once in a while.

Do you consider Irish Kevin's an Irish place or is it in the name only? I know they are a place to go for live music but that's about all I know about the place.

Glad to here you let it snap the other night, sounds like an epic time was had by all.

Conchscooter said...

Never having been to Ireland I am likely not the best qualified to decide hat's Irish but if Kevin's has to label itself as 'Irosh' I would take that as my first hint. Second it's on the 200 block of Duval, not a place that attracts a discriminating pub visitor. I like the atmosphere at Finnegans and to a lesser extent Shanna Key, a pub dedicated more to events and happenings.
I had fun with Fred and to read more into it than that is an indicator you should be voting for Santorum. Good luck with that.

Anonymous said...

I don't eat meat, and I'm not weird. :-)

Conchscooter said...

Tank you for noticing my irony!
'All the world is queer save thee and me. And even thee's a little odd.'