Finnbar’s is the new BLACK.

There. I said it. If you haven’t been down to Finnbar’s yet, I feel sorry for you and I also feel relieved to know you haven’t kicked the Brooklyn Pumpkin. When news that Finnbar’s was coming in to the old Holmes and Watson I was intrigued…..excited…..curious….relaxed……and curious some more. Though I live in the neighborhood,  I had only been to H+W once throughout my tenure in this fine city. I do know my Dad had a rip roaring of a 30th birthday there….which I unfortunately was kicked out of. Whatever.  Still sour from this experience, I couldn’t fully fall in love with H+W.  Some shit you just cant unlive.

Get in me.

So. When I first learned that the fine Costello’s were taking over, I was pumped for a fresh leaf. Besides the makeover, I knew that these guys would do us all a solid here. THIS IS NOT AMATEUR hour, it REALLY is not their first rodeo, which is evident in the details they put into making Finnbar’s the sweetest place around to sit back on the patio, at the bar, or at a table….really, the options are endless. Guess what else is endless. The draft beer selection. TWENTY- 4. 24. TWOfour. Ahh. The place is amazing and I can’t stop loving it. I really don’t know how I lived so long without Finnbar’s……it’s one of those things that you don’t even know you needed until you have them, like the internet or jeggings or orgasms, you really can’t have just enough. More please.

Every Monday is PINT NIGHT. Did you hear me? Every single delicious brew is only 3 dollars. THREE. Are you kidding me??! What in God’s great name can you get for three dollars? Nothing. But you can get  Southern Tier 2x, Brooklyn Pumpkin (with a sweet and spicy cinnamon sugar rim), and every other delishhhissssz drink you could imagine. If you take your beer light (booo), throw down a PBR. They are always $2.50 and always, always, always classy.


Tuesday comes after Monday and I heard from a little bird (Megan Costello, I love your sock bun and you) that Karaoke is in the works. If you haven’t seen my karaoke rendition of “We Didn’t Start The Fire”(extended version) I also don’t know what you are waiting for. Get ready to be changed forever.


Wednesday is the long awaited return of trivia. I hear that the old Holmes and Watsons crew used to have one hell of a big trivia night and just like black and Amy Winehouse, it’s backkkkkkk.  It starts at 7 and I reallllllly (really) like to win.

If you survive the week,  every Friday there is live music. I saw Rich Ortiz on the patio last week and he really just knocked my socks+ off. I saw someone else play there once but I was too busy learning to play the spoons with a guy who told me he lived in the woods in South Troy. ( Charles???? Are you reading?? I have your lighter with the wolf on it.) There will be bands. There will be dancing. I don’t think there will be Charles.  Not because he’s not welcome. But more because he was wearing a hospital bracelet and no pants and just didn’t get the feeling he was going to be hanging around.

So. You’ve drank. You’ve had sexual, dangerous, and relaxed musical sounds fill your ears with love.You’ve sang, you’ve danced, you’ve lost at Trivia………you must be really hungry. That is great. Because the Finnbar’s menu is IM PRESS IVE. The entire thing is cooked from scratch.  All the produce is local, AND the meats and fishes too.  Guess what else? Stopitrightnow, THEY MAKE all THE PASTA and all bread. I know you’re getting off just thinking about that kind of wholesomeness.  I know it. Stop. Stop. Stopppppp.

Here’s what people are eating and loving:

  • Fish and Chips
  • Sweet Potato Fries
  • Jameson Infused Whiskey Wings
  • Cottage Pie
  • Homemade Mac and Cheese
  • Croquettes
  • More
  • More
  • More
  • ANDDDDDDDD (with a rebel yell) Cheesecake. All from my favorite cheesecake place in the whole world, Cheesecake Machismo in Albany.

So….unless you hate all these things and happiness and friendship and love, check out Finnbar’s ASAP and tell them I say hiiiii.




  1. Ed says:

    Thank you! I’ve been wondering when we’d see this post. The food is soooo good. Seriously, even the chips (fries) will make you re-evaluate your whole concept of fried potatos. (Btw, Sean seemed a little unsure of the whole karaoke deal when we were talking Wednesday.)

    • Rob2 says:

      This is amazing , I love going there for food. Now I can go for food and fun. Sean needs to loosen up about Karaoke. Just ask him to sing ” You May Be Right” by Billy Joel and it will all be good.

  2. Chelly says:

    I love Finnbar’s! My husband and teenage daughter go as often as we can. The food is amazing and the atmosphere is great. Eagan is our waitress every time we go and she is quickly becoming one of our favorite people in the world!!

  3. Bryan Butler says:

    Jameson infused wings? I am intrigued -
    Love the blog btw -


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