SeattlePI.com Inside Belltown blog, by David Nelson
Thursday, March 22, 2012 - 11:15am
C.S. Finnegan's has a full bar and restaurant. (Photo by David Nelson)
Belltown has a new Irish bar and restaurant.
The owner of West Seattle’s Celtic Swell, Gareth Hughes, decided to bring his Irish cuisine to Belltown. Hughes, a born and raised Irishman from Armagh, Ireland, left Ireland 17 years ago and moved to Belltown. According to Hughes, Belltown has always had a special place in his heart since being the first neighborhood he lived in after leaving Ireland.
Hughes named C.S. Finnegan’s after his dog, a Siberian Husky named Finnegan.
C.S. Finnegan’s is an authentic Irish bar and restaurant that serves traditional Irish food and beverages while capturing the atmosphere that many bars in Ireland offer.
They say the Irish are only good at telling stories and opening pubs, and, given the recent collapse of their banking industry, they very well may be right. For a good story about a pub opening you can actually bank on, read more about C.S. Finnegan's Irish House.
When I think of going out to eat, I used to think Thai food, Sushi, or Italian. It wasn’t until a good friend of mine and her Irish (directly from Ireland itself) husband, opened the Celtic Swell on Alki that I discovered Irish food. A hearty blend of meats, mashed potatoes, and love, I became a huge fan of Irish food. And now they opened a second bar, C.S. Finnegan’s Irish House, with the grand opening on March 17, 2012, in Belltown. So naturally with a craving for their delicious lamb stew, sausage pastry appetizers, and blue cheese steak, I will start with them.
C.S. Finnegan’s Irish House Grand Opening
Grand Opening (photo credit: C.S. Finnegan's Irish House)
After eight successful years of serving up the best, authentic Irish food and libations to its treasured friends and neighbors in the Alki Beach neighborhood of West Seattle, Celtic Swell Irish Pub owner Gareth Hughes is expanding the Celtic Swell brand by bringing some Irish cheer to the Belltown neighborhood of Seattle with the Grand Opening of C.S. Finnegan’s Irish House on St. Patrick’s Day.