Finnigan’s Wake: The Friendliest Bar in Winston
by Kristen Margo Daukas
When the doors opened in 2006 the goal of Finnigan’s Wake owner, Opie Kirby, was three-fold: be part of the revitalization of Trade Street, create a place for people to gather with their friends as well as make new ones, and to give Winston-Salem a true Irish pub experience. Thirteen years later, those goals have been met time and time again as Finnigan’s Wake has become a staple in many residents’ lives. From the moment they open at 11:00 AM until the time they close at 2:00 AM, there is always a crowd of people gathered to share stories, laughter, drinks, and good food. Unlike many places in town, the kitchen is open during all business hours, with different menus throughout the day. With its wooden floors and walls, it’s as though you’re no longer in Winston and instead, you’ve been transported to Dublin.
Their menu holds true to many traditional Irish dishes – Shepherd’s Pie, Scotch Eggs, Bangers and Mash, and
Corned Beef and Cabbage are just a few offerings you can get at Finnigan’s Wake, and what good meal doesn’t get started with that pint of Guinness listed under “starters”? No lie – this Irish lassie would walk 5 miles through the snow just to get a bowl of their tomato soup (and even further to get the recipe)! They’ve recently added a new $10 lunch menu which is available Monday – Friday from 11am-3pm. There are special items which will only be on this featured menu and the $10 includes your coffee, tea, or soda (but tax and gratuity are additional). As it has been from the beginning and always will be, everything on the menu is made from scratch using fresh ingredients.
Now that we’re officially into summer weather, it’s time to get outside and you won’t find a better patio in Winston than the one at Finnigan’s Wake, that you’ll discover all the way at the end of the hallway. It’s the perfect place to drink and eat under the stars at night, and soak in the sun during the day. If your clan of friends includes your fur babies, the incredible back patio of Finnigan’s is dog-friendly for leashed and well-behaved dogs. Coming up on June 1st, there’s a beer and cider brunch with Appalachian Mountain Brewing (AMB) from 11am-3pm which will include great food, drink specials, giveaways, and a very special edition of trivia with Opie!
In addition to events throughout the year like the beer and cider brunch, there are a couple that happens annually – St. Patrick’s Day and the St. Baldrick’s charity event. If you’ve never been to St. Patrick’s Day at Finnigan’s Wake, it is an absolute must for your Winston-Salem bucket list. I would consider it one of the best St. Patrick’s Day events that I’ve been to in any big city and the crowd is much friendlier and easier to navigate through! St. Baldrick’s is a charity event to benefit childhood cancer research and is another fun and lively day that brings the community together for both a good time and a good cause. This year’s St. Baldrick’s event will be held on September 21st, so mark it on your calendar now!
Whether you’re looking to meet up with old friends or meet new ones, grab a single malt scotch from the biggest list in town, or have a traditional Irish dinner, save yourself the airfare to Ireland because everything you could want in an Irish pub is right around the corner from you! Slainte!
620 Trade St NW, Winston-Salem
336-723-0322 | finniganswake.com