Finnigan’s Wake became so popular so fast that it is hard to remember a time when it was not an integral part of the City of Brotherly Love. We hear tell that Benjamin Franklin himself originated the idea of an authentic Irish pub in the environs of Northern Liberties, where immigrants from the Emerald Island settled once those pesky Brits were dealt with. Leave it up to Old Ben to roll out the welcome mat, but what would you expect from a man who said “Beer is living proof that God loves us”? The third floor catering hall is named after Benjamin Franklin, which is graced with a beautiful view of the bridge that bears his name.
The Second floor of Finnigan’s Wake is our Civil War floor dedicated to both the Irish 69th Brigade and Abraham Lincoln, and is home to the famed “Lincoln Doors.” After the President was assassinated, his body was transported to Philadelphia to lie in state at Independence Hall. That night his body was kept in a Northern Liberties funeral parlor, and the doors from that establishment has been made a part of our second floor, the “Lincoln Level.” There are several portraits of the N.Y. 69th Brigade, the “Irish Brigade” which suffered tremendous casualties during the Civil War.
All Irish bands in Greater Philadelphia want to play in the Quiet Man’s Pub, which is chock full of mementoes from that great movie. Even the great Maureen O’Hara herself loves the pub and can reminisce for hours about the movie and her co-star, John Wayne. The Pub also contains invaluable antiques from the”Dicken’s Village” which was a major attraction at Strawbridges during the Christmas Season.
Some claim that Finnigan’s is haunted and that items, particularly keys, disappear routinely. It may be Old Abe, it may be the late Mr. Finnigan himself, or any one of the thousands buried in Standard Caskets! Come and ghost hunt for yourself.
The famous and infamous, the old and young, the legends and want-to-be’s, musical standand bearers and the up-and-coming bands of the future, all flock to Finnigan’s Wake. You name it: The Wolfetones, Cranberries, Thin Lizzy, Clancy Brothers, The Irish Tenors, Lords of the Dance, Violent Femmes, the Nerds, Smokin’ Joe Frazier, members of the Flyers and Sixers all have been spoted in Finnigans. The closing party of the Republican National Convention of 2000 was at Finnigans! Show Less