At Finbar’s Pub and Grill, it’s all about the marvelous bar itself, a restored piece from 1873 that was purchased in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia. The oak beauty is fronted with marble and topped with mahogany—and more than a few glasses and bottles of Harp, Guinness, Boddington’s and Strongbow Cider. Gastro-pub grub is excellent.
If you can’t swing a trip to the British Isles, Finbar may be the next best thing. This fine tavern offers excellent fare and great ales, including Smithwick’s. The atmosphere is pure pub, complete with an antique bar from an old Philadelphia locale. The booths and tables were made in Dublin. English prints add to the authenticity. Dining chairs are covered in thick, comfy upholstery, and tables are spacious enough for larger parties. The food is terrific. You can’t go wrong with a cottage pie, braised lamb, prime rib, fresh fish, pork or pasta. And Finbar grills a respectable burger.