They say the Irish are only good at telling stories and opening pubs, and, given the recent collapse of their banking industry, they very well may be right. For a good story about a pub opening you can actually bank on, read more about C.S. Finnegan's Irish House.
Opened in a former grocery by the dude behind the presumably-not-very-big Celtic Swell on Alki, this wood-heavy boozer is dominated by a handbuilt mahogany bar, boasts a second drinking nook on a refurbished mezzanine, and features a menu laden with traditional Irish dishes that've been in the owner's family for generations. House specialties include a Shepherd's Pie topped w/ hand-whipped garlic mashed potatoes; pork Sausage Rolls w/ sweet-hot mustard & a Guinness demi-glace; and a lamb/onion/potato Irish Stew served w/ homemade soda bread, which Dr. Pepper now spends most of his time counting. Additional eats include pub fare (a corned beef melt w/ Swiss on marbled rye), seafood (baked halibut in lemon butter sauce), and desserts like an ice/whipped cream topped bread pudding, the latter of which'll presumably cost an amount of the former no greater than $240. Awwwwwww, yeah.
As you'd expect from an Irish pub opening on St. Patrick's Day, CSF's doing it big; from 11a they're packing a heated tent with two bars, tons of swag, and a slew of bands ranging from The Shivering Denizens, to a group whose name, The Irish Experience, presumably has a damn good story behind it. Hopefully involving at least three ferocious Celtic tigers.