489 King St. W.
Ambience: While The Pulse typically shuns chain pubs, Fionn MacCool’s on King has unique qualities worth a mention. The pub is located in a prime spot amidst the ever-growing insanity that is the very crowded King West neighbourhood. It’s also one of only a handful of pubs on the street largely dominated by posh lounges and exclusive supper clubs. The cozy downstairs location featuring regular live music, and a deceivingly large patio tucked off the main street outside make Fionn’s a major area draw for regulars and those who’ve tired of the local lounge scene.
Crowd: Fionn’s draws a slightly more interesting mix than most pubs due to its location. Expect to see a mix of business people, club kids and regulars, none of whom kick around much attitude.
Dress Code: There really is no code to speak of, but the King West location means that people will often pour out of other venues and head over to Fionn’s for a night cap. The attire tends to be a bit more stylish than most pubs, but isn’t worth stressing over.
Should I dance on the bar?: Only on St. Patrick’s Day.
Will I get lucky?: You stand a very good chance. Pull up to the bar and make conversation and mention that you have a very expensive condo in the neighbourhood. Then keep buying drinks before they realize you can barely afford your bar tab.
Best Accessory: A dictionary to choose an appropriate washroom — they’re labeled in Irish making the task all the more challenging after five pints.
Cocktail du jour: While bar shots, mixed drinks and coolers all sell, the draught selection is what keeps them coming back for more. Ask for an import and you’ll fit in with the crowd.
Hours: Thursday through Saturday 11:00 a.m. until 2 a.m.; Sunday and Monday 11 a.m. until midnight; Tuesday and Wednesday 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.