A little over a month since its grand opening, McFinn’s Irish Pub has seamlessly woven itself into the fabric of downtown Barrie, not just as a new culinary destination but as a vibrant cultural landmark. The pub, nestled within the historic Simcoe Hotel, has already made a name for itself, especially when it comes to serving up the city’s best Guinness.

“We pour the best Guinness in Barrie,” boasts the proud owner, Sean McCauley. The sentiment is echoed by patrons and staff alike, with comments praising the perfection of their pour. “Perfectly poured,” they say, and indeed, when the Guinness was first tapped, it was a moment of collective triumph. “The was the happy moment, it was like yes! We nailed the Guinness! I won’t be shunned from the homeland,” McCauley joked, underscoring the importance of authenticity in every sip.

Photos taken by Kenesha Creative.

Innovative Culinary Delights: A Nod to Irish Heritage

The culinary genius behind McFinn’s, Chef Amanda Rider, has taken the challenge of integrating traditional Irish cuisine with unique flair to heart. “Amanda the chef went extreme with the theme of Ireland in the dishes,” McCauley remarked. The menu features a whimsical yet delightful Crème Brûlée topped with Lucky Charms, and even their Fish and Chips have a Lucky Charms batter twist. “I gave her a menu of foods that you would find in Ireland, and what she’s done with it is insane.”

This innovative approach not only highlights Rider’s culinary prowess but also her commitment to celebrating Irish culture in unexpected ways. Her dishes offer a taste of Ireland, reimagined, making each meal at McFinn’s a discovery of flavors.

St. Paddy’s Day: A Celebration of Heritage and Community

With St. Paddy’s Day here, McFinn’s is buzzing with anticipation. “It’s like our holidays,” McCauley says, “More important than Christmas.” This sentiment captures the spirit of McFinn’s Irish Pub — a place where the celebration of heritage is paramount. St. Paddy’s Day at McFinn’s is not just an event; it’s a testament to the joy of coming together to honor a rich cultural tradition.

The pub is set to host a St. Paddy’s Day celebration that promises to be a memorable one, inviting everyone to partake in the festivities that embrace Irish culture at its best. “It’s a time to celebrate our heritage,” McCauley emphasizes, inviting all of Barrie to join in the celebration.

Photos (Left and Right) taken by Kenesha Creative.

A New Chapter in Barrie’s Culinary and Cultural Landscape

McFinn’s Irish Pub has quickly become a cornerstone for community and culture in downtown Barrie. From its perfectly poured Guinness to the creatively themed Irish menu and the forthcoming St. Paddy’s Day celebration, McFinn’s is more than a pub. It’s a place where history, culture, and culinary excellence converge, creating a vibrant atmosphere that’s welcoming to all.

As McFinn’s continues to make its mark, it invites locals and visitors alike to experience the warmth of Irish hospitality and the joy of shared moments. Whether it’s raising a glass of the best Guinness in town or savoring the innovative twists on Irish cuisine, McFinn’s Irish Pub is a celebration of Barrie’s dynamic spirit.

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