Finnigan’s Wake Gets All Borg Like

Despite objections from the City Planning Commission, Northern Liberties Neighborhood Association and Philadelphians with Couth (we made that up, though we’d totally join), Finnigan’s Wake is indeed getting its rather humongous outdoor decks over Spring Garden Street thanks to City Council. But that’s not all!  The bar is also annexing Bodine Street next door for a walkway.

Finnigan’s wins battle for massive balconies/street takeover over neighborhood opposition [City Paper]
Finnigan’s Wake [Official Site]

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  • Matt

    I’m not a fan or a patron of Finnigans Wake. Nor am I a fan of the douchbaggery it brings into the neighborhood I live in. However, I see no harm in a legitimate business wanting to expand. It’s a free world and market and as long as the plans meet city and safety codes….why not. Plus, the walk along Bodine that exsists now is full of their trash dumpsters, if they plan to clean it up and make it nice, I’m all for that.

  • David G

    I’m indifferent to Bodine. But the encroachment to the public right of way with their decks is awful. Especially the way, and by who, this got done.

  • jjjj

    I am fine with them converting the alley into an outdoor area since it is gross there right now. In the mornings when I walk by it smells and is dirty. But the decks over the side walk look horrible. They also might set a bad precedent for other business wanting to have decking over sidewalks.

  • rory


    Giving them the alley is rewarding them for breaking the rules and having connections so they never got busted.

    This is a terribly corrupt old-philly decision that we all knew was going to happen, but damn its still disappointing. the planning commission and local residents lost and a politically well-connected business won.

    Also, LMAO @ the catered events argument by Finnegan’s. Like loud drunk asshats don’t do catered events? Like the 25% that won’t be catered events aren’t the friday and saturday late night crowds that have neighbors upset. Turrible.

  • Chris

    Hopefully someone falls over the railing, sues them for all they’re worth, and that’s that.