There can never be too many Irish things in the world if you ask us, people, accents, beers, bars, keep them all coming, all day long please.
Which is why it brings us great pleasure to report on the opening of Finn McCools, an Irish bar that swung open its’ doors in Surfers Paradise late last month.
Taking up space where the Coast’s beloved Fiddlers Green once lived, Finn McCools is keeping the Irish tradition alive on Cavill Ave bringing hearty eats and a pint of Guinness or two to the people.
The legend goes that Finn McCool was a mythical giant, hunter and warrior who battled a Scottish giant defeating him with cunning trickery. It is said Finn McCool now sleeps in a cave beneath Dublin ready to one day defend Ireland in the hour of her greatest need. The luck of the Irish hey.
The space earned itself a whopping $2 million makeover when Hallmark took the reigns and began the process of transforming the venue into a space not unlike their Brisbane haunt.
A huge bar runs down the left hand side of the space, with a stunning stained glass feature overhead, high tables take up the front section of the space while booth seating is an option along the opposite wall and in the upstairs section, overlooking the crowds. Huge TV screens broadcast all of the sports you could ever hope for and the general good vibes Irish bars are known for, are certainly evident here too.
It’s all dark greens and wooden furniture with Irish sayings and vintage signage plastered all over the walls plus, of course, plants dotted throughout to complete the picture.
Food-wise you can expect all the Irish favourites you’ve come to know and love including Beef and Guinness Pie, Chicken Curry, Pork and Cabbage and an all day Irish Breakfast. It’s all flavour-filled and nourishing and there definitely won’t be any going home hungry here.
Of course, you can also indulge in pub favourites like Chicken Parmi, Battered Fish, burgers and steaks.
There are daily meal offers and we highly suggest you get involved in that. Monday is steak night with a rump for $11.90 and a rib fillet for $17.90. Tuesday is $3 taco day, Wednesday grab yourself some 50 cent chicken wings, Thursday is $11.90 chicken parmy night and Sunday is, of course, roast night for just $12 including roast meat, potatoes and veggies and Yorkshire pudding with gravy. It’s the goods.
There’ll also be live music on Sunday afternoons so good times aplenty friends.
To be sure.
LOCATION: 39 Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise
HOURS: Open daily from 11am until late
Words and photos by Kirra Smith