C.S. Finnegan's Irish House
Description: C.S. Finnegan's Irish House is a Belltown restaurant and lounge miraculously free of the neighborhood's usual douchey flavorings, brought to us by Celtic Swell owner Gareth Hughes. Inside, the space is lean but airy, with plain brick walls and plain wood floors. The music plays quietly, and nobody is being an asshole.
What else: Before it was C.S. Finnegan's, the antiquated building was occupied by a grocery store for years. Remodeling was a hefty chore, and collections of spooky happenings added delays: Tools and ladders misplaced themselves, masking tape was found mysteriously stripped from the walls. It was probably a ghost, the bartender says, and the boringness of these activities suggests he's correct. (While one hopes for the thrill of pants-shitting horror, my past visits to haunted locales have brought only casual sounds, with footsteps, leisured pauses, and maybe some shutting cupboard doors possibly signaling a decades-long search for a lost container of Mrs. Dash.)
Happy hours: Mon–Fri 3–7 pm, Sun 11 am–close.
Happy-hour drink specials: $1 off drafts, with many Irish imports (Guinness, Smithwick's, Harp, more); $1 off wells; $5 specialty cocktails (the Irish Root Beer has Captain Morgan, Coke, and Guinness).
Happy-hour food specials: Small plates for cheap prices, such as $4 potato-leek soup (with bacon, green onions, and cheddar cheese); $3 fried pickle chips (Harp-beer-battered, with spicy aioli); $2 mini cheeseburger; $2 chicken tenders (with barbecue sauce and homemade coleslaw).