Finnegans Wake

Bars , Pubs Lenox Hill
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Finnegans Wake
Finnegans Wake

In direct contrast to the James Joyce book that it’s named after (a novel that has surely turned some English majors into geography majors), Finnegans Wake pub is easy to figure out. The laid-back bar is as much about eating as drinking, and the menu is as authentic as the Irish waitresses (many of who will answer your questions with “Oh, aye.”) The fried fish is batter-dipped and served with vinegar, the shepherd’s pie is spot-on, and corned beef and cabbage is a frequent special. A portrait of Joyce lords over the bar, as if assuring the neighborhood crowd, “Relax, drink, eat fried things.”

Venue name: Finnegans Wake
Address: 1361 First Ave
New York
Cross street: at 73rd St
Opening hours: Mon 11:30am–1am; Tue–Sun 11:30am–1am
Transport: Subway: 6 to 77th St
Price: Average main course: $8. AmEx, MC, V
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Julie S

Established in 1972, Finnegans Wake is the Upper East Side’s oldest Irish pub. A lot of places claim to be an authentic Irish pub, but Finnegans Wake truly is. You are greeted with the same genuine warmth and friendliness by the staff, as you would be back on the Emerald Isle. They are open from 11:00am to 1:00am every day and have a vast menu offering items like buffalo wings, Caesar salad, and fried sea scallops. If you are really looking for something authentic, order a steak and kidney pie, shepherd’s pie, or bangers and mash. Don’t forget a Guinness or Irish coffee.