Nightlife review: Get your fill at Finnegan’s: Ample servings of bar grub go great with drink specials

By Ashley Strehle Hartman / World-Herald Correspondent

Published in the Omaha World-Herald, February 9, 2017


Finnegan’s Pub

Where: 4309 S. 120th St.

When: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Saturday; noon to 12:30 a.m. Sunday

Info: 402-333-6181 or here

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Finnegan’s Pub on South 120th Street, not far from Interstate 80, is a classic Nebraska watering hole that goes big with the food servings.

It has everything you’d expect from your local bar and grill — cheap food and drinks and all of the standard sports bar entertainment.

The pub has plenty of televisions for your sports-viewing needs, Keno, a pool table and darts.

Likewise, its food menu is stuffed with all the bar and grill standbys. Finnegan’s food menu has all the appetizers, wings, wraps, burgers and sandwiches you’d expect from your local brewpub. Almost all of them cost less than $10.

My drinking buddies and I tried burgers and sandwiches, which came in generous portions along with mountains of french fries or tater tots (which you can substitute for a $1).

The Classic Pub Club sandwich, which came with a side for $8.99, was particularly enormous.

Finnegan’s goes big with the appetizers, too.

I’d recommend the loaded potato skins. You get a portion of eight large ones for $7.25. They’re not too greasy, and Finnegan’s doesn’t skimp on the sour cream like some restaurants do.

The pub offers its full kitchen menu from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until midnight on Friday and Saturday.

Finnegan’s drink menu features all of the standard domestic brews — Coors, Miller, Michelob, Budweiser, etc., as well as more specialty beers like seasonal brews from La Vista’s craft brewery, Lucky Bucket Brewing Company.

The night we visited, Finnegan’s offered Lucky Bucket’s Snowsuit, a spiced Belgian Abbey Ale, which at 5.3 percent alcohol by volume is an easy-drinking winter weather brew. Its blend of six spices makes for a complex flavor.

Finnegan’s also offers other specialty brews like Fat Tire, Blue Moon, and Lucky Bucket’s Certified Evil, an imperial oatmeal stout that, at 9.1 percent alcohol by volume, is a heartier beer.

They also serve up the standard imports — Corona, Heineken, Dos Equis and a variety of Guinness offerings.

The pub’s drink menu also features wines and some specialty drinks, including the Original Watermelon, the Big Ginger, Finn’s Kinky Martini and Moscow Mules.

Moscow Mules are a cocktail with vodka, ginger beer and lime served in a copper mug. At Finnegan’s you can also get them flavored, so I made mine raspberry. It was refreshing, like a usual Moscow Mule, and not overly sweet. I’d recommend it.

Finnegan’s has nightly food and drink specials starting at 7 p.m., including 60-ounce pitchers for $7 on Tuesdays and $2 well drinks on Wednesdays.

In terms of seating, Finnegan’s is rather spacious with lots of high tables and low round tables.

They also have comfy office-style chairs that make you want to settle in and stay a while — ideally while snacking on loaded potato skins and sipping a Moscow Mule.