Finnigan’s Wake Is for Sale, and It’s Really Nice Inside When It’s Empty

The Northern Liberties bar Finnigan’s Wake–the subject of so much real estate drama last year–is up for sale for $5 million. Philebrity.com, ever tactful, has some advice for a prospective buyer: “All year long, you’ll be inundated with douchebags of all stripes, and for that, they should really pay you.”

Well, douchebags or no, the inundating visitors will carry wallets. And the listings photos reveal that Finnigan’s Wake, without the presence of all those visitors, has a very attractive interior with a lot of potential for the owner who’s in it for the long haul.

Here’s an excerpt from the real estate listings copy:

Fantastic opportunity to own an Iconic piece of Philadelphia History. FINNIGAN’S WAKE. Zoned C3, lot is 60 feet of frontage on Spring Garden Street and depth of 112 feet (lot square footage of 6,720 – .15 acre). Interior building square footage of 19,140. Currently a thriving 3 story restaurant/Catering establishment with a lower basement level that contains additional pub with dining area. 2 commercial grade Kitchens, 8 passenger automatic elevators, state of the art mechanicals, large restrooms on every floor, full service bars with all the amenities… and very much more

There’s also mention in the listing of bills #120395 and #120396, hard-fought battles that now allow the bar to have outdoor seating and a roof deck.



• Listing: 537-41 N. Third St. [Prudential, Fox & Roach]

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  • Thousandaire

    Would love to see Mario Batali open an Eataly type of place at this location. Or maybe a ‘test kitchen’ where different restaurants/craft brewers/wineries/food trucks can hold pop-up dinners. Or maybe court a west coast brewery/brewpub.

  • Thousandaire

    Would love to see Mario Batali open an Eataly type of place at this location. Or maybe a ‘test kitchen’ where different restaurants/craft brewers/wineries/food trucks can hold pop-up dinners. Or maybe court a west coast brewery/brewpub.

  • Pietro_F

    “hard-fought battles that now allow the bar to have outdoor seating and a roof deck.”

    Yep, totally ran over the requests of the surrounding community and is pretty much thoroughly hated in Northern Liberties. Can’t blame the community, either, when you look at the weekly police reports and it’s fights, people pissing in the streets, and public intoxication every Friday and Saturday night.

    But hey, if you’re plugged right into the upper echelon of the Philadelphia political machine, I guess you don’t have to care about the community, right?

  • Pietro_F

    “hard-fought battles that now allow the bar to have outdoor seating and a roof deck.”

    Yep, totally ran over the requests of the surrounding community and is pretty much thoroughly hated in Northern Liberties. Can’t blame the community, either, when you look at the weekly police reports and it’s fights, people pissing in the streets, and public intoxication every Friday and Saturday night.

    But hey, if you’re plugged right into the upper echelon of the Philadelphia political machine, I guess you don’t have to care about the community, right?

  • bandanaken

    Yup, beautiful inside but you’re probably never going to scrub away the smell of cheap beer and blood from the fights. Won’t have to worry about the smell of puke and pee however, since the patrons did all of their pee-ing and vomiting around the neighborhood of Northern Liberties.