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Mar232010

Finnegan's Bar & Grill

Located directly across from Revenge of the Mummy. Full-service bar with Happy Hour and a sit-down restaurant, if it wasn't for the prices, it'd be easy to forget you're still at a theme park.

Drinks 
Full-service bar, beer & wine

Premium Drafts
Bud Light, Yuengling, Blue Moon, Tennents, Guinness, Strongbow Cider, Harp, Smithwick's

Bottled Beers
Budweiser, Bud Light, Coors Light, Miller Lite, Corona, Amstel Light, Heineken, Heineken Light, Newcastle, Smirnoff Ice

Beer Cocktails - $7.50
Black & Tan - Guinness & Yuengling
Irish Shandy - Smithwick's & Sprite
Blacksmith - Guinness & Smithwick's
Black & Blue - Guinness & Blue Moon
Black Velvet - Guinness & Cider

Flight of Beer Sampler - $8.95
Sample 5 four ounce beer cocktails and take home one of the Finnegan's Souvenir flight glasses.

Premium Draft Sampler - $8.95
A sample of 5 four ounce import draft beers - Guinness, Smithwick's, Blue Moon, Tennents, Harp

The Classic Whiskeys of Ireland
Jameson, Bushmills Malt 10, Midleton, Bushmills Malt 16, Redbreast, Michael Collins

Specialty Drinks
Jumbo 40oz. souvenir glass for sharing & you keep the glass - $17.95
A 14oz. non-souvenir - $8.50

Shark Attack - Be careful of what lurks in these deep blue waters. Coconut rum, blue curacao, pineapple juice and a splash of Sprite.

Mummy's Revenge
- After drinking one of these you'll be crying for your mummy. Absolut vodka, Chambord, sweet & sour and triple sec.

Earthquake - Try measuring this one on the Richter scale. Jose Cuervo, Grand Marnier and sour mix.

Twister - Too many of these and you'll be looking for Toto. Smirnoff Raspberry and Orange twist vodkas, triple sec and orange juice.

Rum Neuralyzer - No flash of light will make you forget this fruity blend of Bacardi light rum, Myers's dark rum, blackberry and banana liqueur, all mixed together in a variety of juices.

Coffee Specialty Drinks
Irish Coffee - Jameson's Irish Whiskey and fresh brewed coffee topped with whipped cream and creme de menthe.

Bailey's n' Coffee - Ireland's Bailey's Irish Cream and coffee topped with whipped cream.

Pot of Gold - Grand Mariner, Kahlua and Bailey's with fresh brewed coffee topped with whipped cream and sprinkled with gold cinnamon.

Blarney Stone - Bailey's Irish cream and nutty Frangelico with fresh brewed coffee topped with whipped cream.

Shake
Irish Beer Shake - Guinness Stout blended with a creamy vanilla shake. Add Bailey's Irish Cream or Jameson's Irish Whiskey floater.

Pour Quality
 
Average

Food 
Order from the restaurant menu & eat at the bar is welcomed. View the full menu here.

Atmosphere 
Cross between an Irish pub and your ol' college frat bar. We've never been here without it being packed. Any time after early afternoon you can expect it to be pretty tough to get the bartenders' attention to get served. The bar is large, with about 20 seats along with a couple leather chairs & tables and it's generally filled with a loud, energy-filled atmosphere as the crowd watches the ‘game du jour’ on one of the TVs behind the bar.

And, for better or worse, there’s often live entertainment performing, usually a sole singer (not soul singer) with a guitar singing classic rock but it varies from day to day. The performance is always cranked up to 11 so it can be difficult to have a conversation during the show but they take frequent breaks so just tough it out. This restaurant/bar is open on a regular basis. There is a restroom in the bar but it's small & gets crowded quickly. You'll often be better off using the restrooms across the street by the arcade.
 

Review
 
We used to say stay away from their mixed drinks because they were poured poorly with a closely-watched sure shot. We are happy to report that lately (as of spring/summer 2011) the quality of the pour has greatly improved. As of 3/2014 we continue to state that the pours are very fair.

Appetizer Review
 
After finding a few rare seats at the bar, we decided to make use of it and order a few appetizers while we were there. We decided to share the Scotch Eggs - Hard-boiled eggs wrapped in sausage, dusted with bread crumbs and fried. Served with apple beet salad and mustard sauce for $5.99. and the Cornish Pasti - Bite-size pastry pies stuffed with ground beef, potatoes and carrots also for $5.99.

The Scotch Eggs are excellent - soft, perfectly boiled egg with a lightly spicy sausage around the outside. The fried batter is just the right consistency, any thicker and it wouldn't have been as good. The mustard sauce gave it the perfect amount of spice it needed. It could only have been better if it had been wrapped in bacon. What a perfect drinking snack and we will be ordering these again.

The Cornish Pasti arrived with the bartender's recommendation of throwing on a little A1 sauce, so of course we listened. Very similar to a Chinese potsticker, but with beef, veggies and potatoes. Unfortunately, we couldn't tell that those 3 ingredients were in there, it was mashed up mix of the ingredients that didn't produce any stand-out flavor on their own. Rather bland and plain, and over "cooked" - too long in the microwave maybe? It definitely needed the A1. Probably better for that non-adventurous eater in your group. Not going to order these again as long as the Scotch Eggs are available!

After a ride on one of our favorite coasters, The Mummy, we decided it was only appropriate to finally try the drink named after it - Mummy's Revenge. Our best advice with these specialty drinks is to go for the 14oz. non-souvenir $7.50 version - do you really want to be lugging around that giant fishbowl-style glass around the park? Anyway, this drink can be best described as "Chambordy goodness". Nice pours on the vodka & chambord with just a hint of the sweet & sour, this is one excellent cocktail. Considering Chambord is a rather expensive liquor, you definitely get your money's worth with this one.











Can't remember what you drank the night before? Blame it on the Rum Neuralyzer - this potent mix of light and dark rum with some fruit juices thrown in the mix make for one no-nonsense concoction. The blackberry & banana liqueur give it a fun "what's that" flavor to the typical fruit juices. Nothing too unique here, kinda your typical tropical drink, but it's good. Now if it only came with some cool black Ray Bans as a garnish...













Sink your teeth into a Shark Attack in rememberance of Jaws. This sweet concoction of coconut rum, blue curacao, pineapple juice topped off with a splash of Sprite is a rather typical tropical drink - but it's a nice even mix of ingredients. It could use a tiny drop of grenadine to simulate blood, but apparently the cherry is supposed to play that roll. Go ahead and order up this coconut specialty and remember Bruce the shark loved coconut drinks. He did. Seriously. (Photo taken on Jaws' last day of operation.)












Too bad real tornados aren't made up of raspberry vodka, orange vodka, triple sec and oj. This refreshing orange juice Twister cocktail is just what you need on a hot Florida day in the park. This is a PTTP favorite.















We spied this photo on the wall last time we were in here. You know what's on this soldier's mind.

Updated 3/2014

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