Sitting outside on this beautiful May morning in Tallahassee, Florida, as I waited for my scheduled appointment with my esthetician, I realized I was at a table reserved for patrons of a local pub.
The pub, Finnegan’s Wake, won’t open for a few hours yet, so no one seemed to mind my presence. If they were serving, I’d order a Guinness and be certain to take a nap during my upcoming facial.
I’ve never been inside this bar, but it looks pleasant enough. As I sat here with my phone I wondered if Finnegan’s Wake might be a common name for such an establishment in the United States. Thanks to google, I now have a fairly good idea. While I didn’t get a chart showing the number of bars named after the James Joyce novel, I did get a good many search results:
There’s one in Springfield, Missouri
Another in Pickerington, Ohio, tucked between a Drug Mart and a pizzeria.
The one on the Upper East of NYC didn’t offer a photo of the establishment, but it earned 4 stars and is affordable.
Philly had one, but it closed.
Here’s one in Winston Salem, NC:
And many, many more.
I’ve never read Joyce’s book, but if it inspired so many drinking establishments it must be worth exploring. Right?