A whole lot of Irish is descending on Belltown. Paddy Coyne’s is due soon on Pier 70, and coming to 2604 First Avenue is C.S. Finnegan’s. The pub is brought to you by one Gareth Hughes, owner of The Celtic Swell in West Seattle.
Nine brews will rotate on draft, including your usual Irish suspects (Guinness, Harp, Smithwick’s) as well local microbrews and European ales. The food menu will take cues from Celtic Swell.
Hughes, a native of Ireland, used to live in Belltown 17 years ago and says he is tickled to return to his former stomping grounds. C.S. Finnegan’s is opening next to Black Bottle in what is a former grocery store dating from the early 1900s. He’s been working on the space—now outfitted with bars on the first and second floors with room for 83 people—for about a year now.
Depending on how things shake out, Hughes may softly open early next week. If that doesn’t happen he’s organized a Herculean grand opening for St. Patrick’s Day, complete with six musical acts, food and drink specials, and a large heated tent with its own bar. An Irish dance troupe is scheduled to swing in for a jig. The bash gets underway at 11am and continues till bartime.
Hughes says he’ll likely continue hosting live music post-St. Pat’s. C.S. Finnegan’s will serve lunch and dinner daily.