A decent Irish pub in the heart of Toronto.
I’d never been to this Fionn MacCool’s before, but I would like to think I was a bit of a regular at their former St. Clair Avenue West location as I used to live near there. I do like Fionn MacCool’s, it’s nice and all, but it’s a little soul-less and rather surgical. It’s the type of place I would take a business client rather than a friend.
In terms of ambiance, there are lots of old photographs and Celtic knots in the frosted glass partitions. You will be pressed to find seating for groups of six or more. We were a group of six at this point in our three-part pub crawl (The Spotted Dick — now closed — was first, then here, then The Rebel House) and we had to drag over two chairs to make enough seating for our group. There are booths with green leather seats, high chairs, and regular tables. The pub has a bar in the middle, so it appears more intimate than it really is. It was a hot day and fortunately they had air conditioning.
There are three Fionn MacCool’s locations in Toronto: Bloor Street East, Front Street West, and Davisville and Yonge, so make sure everyone knows which one you are suggesting for your Friday night booze-up.
Number of visits by yours truly: first time, on a Saturday evening in early July 2011, as part of a three-part pub crawl
TTC information: Bloor-Yonge Station, but also close to Sherborne Station. If travelling from the north or south, there’s no point in transferring lines
Booze selection: a section of 25 beers, with a selection of whisky and cocktails, two ciders — Strongbow and Magners (no Pimm’s). The current menu has a history of various cocktails
Food selection: a little small, but tasty
Service staff: friendly and attentive
Prices: slightly higher, but you are dining at Yonge and Bloor
Toilets: good, with hairspray and hand cream available in the ladies’ room
Patio: north, large, on the street, and very busy
Wheelchair accessible: yup!
Televisions: three televisions, but none visible in our section
Live music: “not at the moment”
Piped-in music: modernish
Rating: four pints (out of five)