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“Finn-tastic Time at this Center City Gem”

Finn McCool's Ale House
Ranked #522 of 5,144 Restaurants in Philadelphia
Price range: US$6 - US$26
Cuisines: American, Irish, Bar, Gastropub
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Private Dining
Description: Finn McCool's Ale House is conveniently located on the corner of 12th & Sansom Streets in the heart of Philadelphia's Midtown Village. We are just blocks away from all major hotels and the Pennsylvania Convention Center. We have 17 draft beers featuring Irish standards and local craft brews. If you want to watch your favorite team play, we have 5 flat screen televisions throughout the bar for your viewing pleasure. While you visit our Ale House, ask to see our menu. We offer tasty appetizers like our Finn's Philly Rolls, burgers and sandwiches, and all your favorite traditional Irish dishes. The Shepherd's Pie is a house specialty. Our weekly evening events, Quizzo and Karaoke, will bring fun and diversity to your experience. Perhaps you are looking to host an after work function or celebrate any occasion. Our second floor Room 12 Lounge is available to you. We offer a variety of food and beverage packages to accommodate your special event. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff guarantees Finn McCool's will become your Philadelphia destination.
Reviewed 3 February 2018 via mobile

I’ve haven’t been to Finn’s in quite some time, and my girl wanted good old fashioned bar food. So we jumped in a cab and went to Finn’s. It was about 7:00 and and the car show is in town, but they weren’t swamped just yet. We got seats at the bar and were greeted within seconds. There were to bartenders on and they handled the volume great. We interacted with both throughout the meal which is nice because sometimes when a bar is a little slow, the bartenders get bored and talk to each other and forget about guests. Not the case here! These 2 were on point. We each got a beer, my girl ordered a Stella draft, which was in the correct glassware and poured perfectly. That always makes me happy for some reason!!
We ordered like 3 appetizers and soup, all of which came out at the same time as we requested. All the food was hot and fresh with plenty of dipping sauces. The bartenders checked on us regularly for beers and clearing plates. Everything was excellent. When we finished and all the plates were cleared we asked for the check, and promptly were handed the receipt and our credit card slip because we had started a tab and wanted it put on that card.
Here’s the thing. When your in center city you have dozens of options to choose from no matter what your in the mood for. Finn’s is an Irish Pub and they don’t try to be anything but that. It’s refreshing. It’s a great place for light fair and drinks of any kind. They. always have helpful and happy staff working and it’s the type of place you’ll want to be a regular at. Great job all around for this spot, we will definitely be back.

Date of visit: February 2018
Thank Jamie O
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Reviewed 11 April 2017

Might seem like your average bar, but we frequented this place while in town for 3 days. Happy hour Apps were solid. $4 drafts during Happy Hour as well. Went back late nite and it was very chill. I'll hunt this place out when in town again!

Date of visit: March 2017
Thank SingingOTune
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Reviewed 26 March 2017

After watching a play in the city Friday night we headed to Finn McCool's. My husband wanted to watch March Madness. It was a great crowd. The servers are excellent. The bartender was GREAT!

Date of visit: March 2017
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Thank jmonson
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Reviewed 10 March 2017 via mobile

We stumbled on this place. The staff is great. The philly cheesestake sing rolls were fantastic. We enjoyed the Shepard ' pie, ruben, french dip and fish and chips too

Date of visit: March 2017
Thank columbiatraveler
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Reviewed 21 November 2016

Hopping with people on a Friday night! Great service at the bar for food and drink. Friendly folks who aim to please and keep a constant check on you without being intrusive. No better place than this Irish pub to knock down a couple of pints of Guinness stout with a famous Philly cheese steak! Great end to a long convention day! When in the convention area, you’ve got to check out this great little corner pub!

Date of visit: November 2016
Thank pearl H
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