Finnegan’s Wake is a reincarnation of an old haunt of ours from many moons ago. It was closed after a major fire in the building caused widespread damage throughout (can you believe it was almost 6 years ago?). It eventually reopened after a complete refurbishment, unrecognisable from its former grubby but loveable self.
It’s now a relatively slick affair, lots of nice wooden features, spotlights, Irish-themed bric-a-brac on the walls. There’s not a whole lot of seating for this size of pub. Some fitted benches and small tables, two large tables in the middle of the main bar area, a few bar stools and the “VIP Room”. This is probably just to squeeze as many bodies in as possible at weekends. There’s a small area for live bands, separated by a strange bannister of sorts. There’ll be no more getting up on the stage to dance with the band!
It was very quiet on this visit, not that that’s surprising for a Tuesday night around 8pm. However, all that empty floorspace made it seem that bit emptier. There were perhaps 6-10 other folk in there with us. The photo at the top of the page was taken on a different night, the lads outside popping out for a smoke at half time during the World Cup. Surprisingly, the music choice was 80s classics from Aztec Camera, Deacon Blue and David Bowie. Weekends are much busier, it gets absolutely packed and there’s often a queue to get in. It’s popular with students and tourists.
There was 1 cask tap, but it was off. The endlessly cycling adverts on the TVs were showing Harviestoun Bitter & Twisted and Schiehallion, and Stewart’s Edinburgh Gold. Kegs were Stella Artois, Coors, Tennent’s Lager, Guinness, Belhaven Best, Carling, Strongbow, Heineken, John Smith.
£9.90 for a Guinness, a Best and an Irn Bru. Assuming no more than £2 for the Irn Bru, that’ll be around £3.85 a pint. A bottle of Bitter & Twisted was £3.65.
TVs (and big screen?) show plenty of sport including gaelic football, rugby and footy. Live music most nights. Cash machine at the end of the bar.